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Tallahassee offers adventures beyond the Capitol dome

Tallahassee offers adventures beyond the Capitol dome

Many Florida fifth-graders and FSU/FAMU college students have a leg up on other Floridians -- they’ve been to Tallahassee.

Visiting the capital city is an exercise in history, but there is much more to explore, especially for families.

History is, of course, a large draw. The Florida Capitol building is gorgeous and located in the center of an historic downtown that is postcard pretty. I got lost on my way in and so approached the Capitol from the bottom of a long hill that gives visitors a sense of the importance of the landmark building.

Brick-paved and tree-lined streets mark the downtown, which includes nightclub hotspots as well as restored buildings and modern...