If you’re headed away from the cold weather of the North, Florida is a good destination. In North Florida, Tallahassee is a city of about 170,000 people, and is a college town that has several colleges and universities. It is very hot there in the summer, often reaching over 100 degrees. Winter is a more comfortable time to head there, where it is usually in the mid-60s. There is snow once in a blue moon, though. Autumn is probably the best time to go, as it’s not too hot or too cold. The city has plenty of gardens, parks, museums and other things to enjoy, along with its many dog-friendly resources.
Attractions and Parks
Alfred B Maclay Gardens State Park
This beautiful park is offering a scarecrow exhibit right now, and will go on until tomorrow (October 25) with a jazz concert. Many more people come here in the autumn for the cooler weather, so they can enjoy the nice trails. You can also watch high school teams row in the lakes. Fees vary from $2-6, and they are open 9:00 AM-5:00 PM daily. Dogs must be leashed.
Lake Talquin State Park
This park has scenic views and boardwalk trails around the lake, and much greenery. There are also nature trail that you can bird watch on, and sometimes spot bald eagles. People often go there to fish, or to picnic (you have to register a spot in advance). It is open 8 AM until sunset, and is located 15 miles west of Tallahassee. It costs $3 for entrance with a vehicle, and $2 for entrance without a vehicle. Dogs must be leashed.
Natural Bridge Battlefield Historic State Park
This is a very important historical place during the Civil War, if you’re into history. It hosted the second largest Civil War battle in Florida.
PetSmart Pet Store
This chain store probably has anything you need for any situation that may come up. Your leashed dog may accompany you in the store.
Andrew’s Captain Grill and Bar
New Leaf Market
This is a large natural foods store that has organic groceries and fine beer and wine. They have a deli with vegan and vegetarian options, and dogs are allowed at outer tables.
QDOBA Mexican Grill
This is a chain Mexican restaurant with fresh ingredients. Dogs are allowed at outdoor tables.