I’m a student and on a tight budget. What are some fun, inexpensive things to do near FSU apartments?

The struggle is real. As a former college student, I know how difficult it can be to find fun, cheap things to do that do not break the bank around apartments near FSU. After all, you need to make sure you save enough money for your Ramen Noodle and beer budget, right? All jokes aside, there are so many inexpensive and even FREE things to do within close proximity to both luxury and cheap FSU apartments that are sure to keep you entertained during your entire Florida State University tenure.

Many apartments near FSU are centrally located to most of the fun, outdoor activities the city has to offer. With beautiful year-round weather in Florida, be sure to check out some of the awesome parks in the area. The Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park features over 200 different varieties of flowers. You can also hike, bike, walk one of their many nature trails, swim, fish and boat. You will also want to make sure you explore the intricate architecture of the 1930's home on property, previously owned by the park's namesake. Dorothy B. Oven Park is another garden featuring gorgeous Florida fauna. Be sure to visit during the holiday season to see more than 250,000 twinkling lights. Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park is one of the largest and deepest fresh water springs in the world. Activities include a river boat tour and swimming. Even just strolling around downtown to discover the Park Avenue Historic Chain of Parks, hanging out underneath Canopy Roads or taking a visit to Lake Ella will help you free your mind from the stresses of college life…all for free!

If you enjoy a bit of history with your outdoors experience, be sure to check out Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park, located near many FSU apartments. This location showcases six earth temple mounds, which are evidence of Native American habitation. Mission San Luis is a historic landmark which offers artifacts and exhibits on this western capital of the Spanish Mission system. San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park is another historic landmark which contains a fort and an awesome history lesson.

Apartments near FSU are also near activities for those of you who like to stay active. Tom Brown Park, the largest park in Tallahassee, sits on 225 acres and has amenities such as disk golf, biking trails, lighted sports fields, playgrounds and more. There is even a dog park, so if your FSU apartment is pet friendly, be sure to bring Fido along for the exercise! The FSU Reservation is a park that offers access to Lake Bradford for swimming, canoeing and kayaking. They also offer a High Challenge ropes course and climbing wall. 

If you are into architecture of visiting old buildings, there is no shortage of that near Florida State University! Some options include Bradley's Country Store, a historical, fully-operational store that has been a community staple since 1927. The Governor's Mansion is a beautiful building modeled after Andrew Jackson's home. Inside you will find antiques and international gifts. The John G. Riley House and Museum was built in 1890 and has been restored to honor African American leaders. When it's all said and done, be sure to visit the 22nd floor of the Capitol Observatory and Gallery. Here you will enjoy panoramic views of Tallahassee and all of the amazing, and inexpensive, places you have yet to discover!

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