Although we love our Florida State University apartments, sometimes we need to get out and explore a little bit. Luckily, north Florida is near some amazing gems, especially for any nature lovers. Whether you love water, staying on land, or want to stay near the shops, there are plenty of places to explore around Tallahassee. Even if you only have a day to explore and are on a strict budget, here are some amazing and fun day trips you and your roommates can take.
Located approximately 20 minutes away from Florida State, Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park is the largest and deepest freshwater spring to be surrounded by swamp. Perfect for the nature lover, there is a variety of things to do here. You can go bicycling on different trails, see some unique birds, go on a boat tour, hike, go horseback riding, or go on a nice walk with your furry friend. But the main attraction to Wakulla Springs is definitely swimming in the beautiful (and very cold) water. Maybe if you're lucky you'll even be able to see a manatee or two.
If you're not a nature lover, Thomasville, GA might be the perfect day trip for you. This small and quaint town has its own unique charm, delicious restaurants, and interesting shops. Only about a 45-minute drive from your Tallahassee apartment, there is a lot to do or see in this small town. Head into downtown Thomasville to shop around for books, clothes, or cheese. Stop at Sweet Grass Dairy Cheese Shop to pick up some amazingly delicious cheese that is sure to knock your socks off. Check out The Bookshelf to pick up an amazing read. If you get hungry and want to grab a bite to eat, Jonah's Fish and Grits is the best southern food around. The Shrimp & Grits are a must-try and I'm a big fan of the sweet tea.
St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge
If you love a scenic drive, head down to St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge. This wildlife refuge is located about 30 minutes away. For only a small donation, you have access to a beautiful drive through the refuge where you can see tons of birds, fish, and other wildlife. The major draw to St. Marks is definitely the historic lighthouse, which is sure to wow your Instagram audience. You can also dip your toes into the Gulf of Mexico or go for a walk around. There's so much nature to see in north Florida and this wildlife refuge should definitely be on your list.
Florida Caverns State Park
If you're looking for something a bit more unique (or Instagram worthy), the Florida Caverns at the Florida Caverns State Park might be the day trip for you. At this park, you can go under the earth into some unique caves that is sure to wow you. Outside of the spectacular caves, there's also a ton of recreational activities including bicycling, hiking, boating, camping, paddling, and swimming.