Get to know…Lake Jackson

The Lake Jackson neighborhood is on the northwestern side of Tallahassee, and is known as a bucolic, family-friendly area with larger homes and beautiful Old Florida landscapes. This neighborhood has some of Florida's top K-12 schools and a strong sense of community.

Wildlife Around Lake Jackson

Ready to get out and enjoy nature? If you're looking for some gorgeous scenery or new trails for a walk, run, or family bike ride, don't miss these Lake Jackson treasures:

The Lake Jackson Aquatic Preserve

The Lake Jackson Aquatic preserve is a stunning natural resource with a vast array of waterfowl and marine life. Here you can fish for trophy-size largemouth bass, or kayak with friends and look for alligators and wading birds. The lake is relatively shallow – except for the two large sinkholes near the middle, Porter Hole Sink and Lime Hole, that can be as deep as 28 feet.

Ochlockonee River Wildlife Management Area

A part of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, this Wildlife Management Area is hugely popular with local hunters for its abundance of wild hogs, deer, and duck. The park also has forest hiking trails, picnic areas, and amazing nature views.

Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park

History buff? This state park is a great experience for anyone who enjoys learning about Florida history. The park is a beloved site for archaeologists, rich with historical artifacts. There is also an interpretive trail that passes locations from Florida's territorial period, and a wide variety of native flora and fauna.

Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park

A woodsy wonderland nestled next to Lake Jackson that's perfect for an afternoon outing in nature. Featuring beautiful swaths of wildflowers, sports fields, and trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding, it's an unspoiled slice of north Florida paradise.

Spring House Institute

Dedicated to preserving a remarkable example of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture right in Tallahassee – the Lewis Spring House, this institute is a local treasure. A private tour of the house and grounds makes a great idea for a date or family outing.

Eat, Drink and Be Merry

While the Lake Jackson neighborhood is quiet and peaceful, you still have options to enjoy a delightful meal with friends and family. Here are some of the area's eateries:

Tour of Italy

Located just a few blocks from the lake, this intimate family-owned establishment serves up the finest Italian cuisine in Tallahassee. Try the Linguine Pompeii with fresh spinach and artichoke, smoked mozzarella ravioli, or Shrimp Fra Diavolo.

The Melting Pot

The iconic fondue restaurant, Melting Pot is great for couples on a date or small groups celebrating a special event. The menu features charcuterie and a wide variety of fondue fun, like rich cheeses, filet Mignon, seafood, veggies, and decadent chocolate.

Wahoo Seafood Grill

Voted Best of Tallahassee in 2019, this casual seafood joint offers a mouthwatering array of fresh Gulf seafood like crawfish, crab, and shrimp, as well as Low Country seafood boils and good old Florida comfort food like fried gator tail and smoked fish dip.

Solle's Pizza

Craving a huge portion of chicken Parm, a giant Stromboli, or a righteous Italian grinder? Solle's has a tempting menu of pizzeria favorites and they deliver throughout the Lake Jackson neighborhood.These are the opinions of writers and not the opinions of or any of our advertising partners.