I’ve lived near or in Tallahassee, Florida pretty much my entire life. I’m not going to pretend like I think Tallahassee is the most amazing city in the U.S., because I like you all too much to lie to you (although in an interesting turn of events, Southern Living magazine named Tallahassee one of the top 10 southern cities). Actually, there are some pretty amazing things to do around Tallahassee…if you know where to look. Unfortunately, these Tallahassee treasures aren’t always easy to find. Which is why…
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I am introducing my newest blog series, Tallahassee Day Trips!
With as long as I’ve lived in the area, you would think that I’ve done just about everything on the list of ‘things to do’ in Tallahassee. However, I am constantly discovering new places right around this place I call home.
Craig and I love outdoor adventures. When we vacation, we would rather explore a remote hiking trail than roam the city. So, once the weather starting warming up, I began looking for new outdoor activities near Tallahassee. In my search, I stumbled across Pebble Hill Plantation and immediately knew how we’d be spending our Saturday. Located just 30 minutes north of Tallahassee, it made for the perfect Tallahassee day trip.
The Perfect Outdoor Activity Near Tallahassee: Pebble Hill Plantation
While Pebble Hill Plantation serves as a lovely venue for any event, it is also open to the public for tours of the grounds and main house. With 3,000 acres of beautiful gardens, fields, pastures, and stately buildings reminiscent of another era, Pebble Hill Plantation is a beautiful sight to behold.
Admission to tour the grounds is only $5.50 per person and if you want to tour the Main House, it is an additional $16.00 per person. Craig and I opted to only tour the grounds and outside of the Main House. But, we will be back to tour the inside one day!
The Main House is a 26,000 square foot mansion built in 1914 and 1936 (a fire in 1934 led to the reconstruction and expansion of the building in 1936). It is filled with collections of fine art, antique furniture and unique pieces from many years ago. Honestly, the house is so big that I couldn’t get a picture of the entire thing. Side note – this place is so perfect for ALL the Instagram pictures.
Touring The Grounds At Pebble Hill Plantation
While the Main House tour is guided, the grounds tour is a self-guided adventure. After entering through the visitor’s center and paying our admission fee, a nice gentlemen gave us a much-needed map and directed us out of the Visitor’s Center to the Courtyard to begin our tour. There are numerous attractions to see at Pebble Hill Plantation, including a Stables Complex, Dog Hospital, Kitchen Garden, Family Cemetery and multiple other buildings and outdoor areas spread out on the plantation.
There weren’t many people touring the grounds, which made made it even more fun. It felt like we had the entire 3,000 acres to ourselves. We wandered into the horse stables to pet horses, walked through huge empty buildings, meandered up and down stairs. We were free to explore the grounds at our own pace and go where we pleased.
Touring Pebble Hill Plantation was like getting a glimpse into the past, and made for a wonderful day date on a beautiful Saturday. With plenty of space to play and a picnic area, Pebble Hill Plantation is a fantastic family-friendly activity near Tallahassee as well. There is even an Ark, a playhouse built for children shaped like a boat with paintings of animals.
If you are looking for things to do near Tallahassee, you must add Pebble Hill Plantation to your list. But if outdoor adventures aren’t your style, you might want to check out Level 8 Lounge, where you can watch a stunning Tallahassee sunset for a perfect date night.
What is your favorite Tallahassee day trip that you have taken? Let me know in the comments below, so I can add it to my list!