Tallahassee is the capital of the state of Florida and the largest city in its Panhandle region. It takes its name from an Indian word translated as "old town/old fields" from the Indians who lived in the area during the 18th century. The city is known for being a vibrant hub for colleges as well as its beautiful parks and gardens. It's nicknamed by locals as "Tally" or "the big T". Tallahassee is rich with a fascinating history that started with Native Americans then Spanish and British colonists. The city's history comes alive in its architecture, neighbourhoods, and the many museums depicting it.
Tallahassee is located in the central northwest panhandle region in Florida, north of the Gulf of Mexico and south of Georgia. Summers in the city will seem like they never end with their hot, stifling heat, so make sure to pack light clothes, open shoes, and plenty of sunscreens! Rain is no stranger to the city in any season, so don't forget your umbrella and rain boots. Even though the winters are short, it could get cold with the temperature reaching 5°C, so don't forget to pack your heaviest coat.
Florida is famous for being the state to go to if you want to have the most fun, and Tallahassee is an excellent example of that reputation. One of the best places to visit in Tallahassee is Tallahassee Museum where you'll find 52 acres of nature, historical buildings, captivating wildlife, zip line, and adventure course. Take a peek at what life was like in the city in the 17th century in Mission San Luis de Apalachee. Make sure to visit Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park where you'll find captivating groups of flowers of all kinds. Cascades Park is one of the best parks in Tallahassee with its amphitheatre, historical tours, and sloping hills. Take a stroll along Lake Ella and grab the best coffee in Tallahassee at Black Dog Café.
Tallahassee has the best universities in Florida, and so, it is a rising market for student accommodations. It's home to the largest university in the state; Florida State University which has excellent programs in finance, marketing, psychology, and criminal justice. Florida A&M University is also one of the top universities in Tallahassee offering over 60 bachelor degrees in undergraduate majors in fields like architecture, journalism, psychology. Other top educational institutions in Tallahassee include Keiser University, Tallahassee Community College, and Lively Technical Center.
Since Tallahassee is considered a college city, its transportation is student-friendly. Universities like FSU have free buses around the campus while the local bus service, the Star Metro, have routes all over the city, which means you won't have to worry about the location of your student home. They also offer free rides for students with a valid Student ID. If you're more of a cycling kind of person or you hate traffic, the city is fully-equipped for cyclers. FSU has a Re-Cycle Bike Program where you can rent a bike with a helmet for a semester or the entire year.