See Tallahassee – A Naturally Breathtaking Sanctuary for Visitors to Explore

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., July 26 /PRNewswire/ — Near, but far from the castles and crowds of Disney, lies another magical place in the Sunshine State. Often described as “The Other Florida” with its rolling hills, canopy roads of moss- draped oaks and cool climate, Tallahassee offers a breathtaking sanctuary for those seeking more “natural” attractions. From highly acclaimed fishing and spring snorkeling to cycling, flora and fauna watching and golf, Tallahassee provides a range of enticing activities for outdoor enthusiasts.

Anglers enjoy fishing on area lakes, cypress-studded rivers, ponds, and on the Gulf of Mexico, which is just 30 minutes away. The 37,000-acre Lake Seminole and the 16,000-acre Lake Talquin State Forest are renowned in the bass fishing world for yielding the “big ones.” Extensive stump and grass beds make for abundant cover to battle lunker largemouth and hybrid bass year round.

Nearby at Wakulla Springs, one of the world’s largest and deepest freshwater springs, the crystal clear water provides optimum views of grasses, fish and turtles during snorkeling. After a dive, safaris aboard the glass- bottomed and jungle cruise boats whisk visitors within arm’s length of alligators lazing in the sunshine and anhinga “snake birds” perched on twisted cypress branches.

For land lovers, Tallahassee’s hilly terrain is a cyclist’s paradise. The 16-mile, paved St. Mark’s Historic Railroad Trail borders the Apalachicola National Forest and leads to the Gulf. For a more daring ride, it features seven-and-a-half miles of off-road bike trails encompassing several natural sinkholes. Tom Brown Park also offers both leisurely scenic and speedy off- road path roads of discovery from sun up to sun down.

Alfred B. Maclay Gardens, along the banks of beautiful Lake Hall, presents an enchanting masterpiece of floral architecture as nature lovers stroll through lavish gardens. Part of the Great Florida Birding Trail, the nearby winding rivers and moss-draped cypress of St. Mark’s National Wildlife Refuge and Lighthouse offer hidden coves where fish-stalking osprey, lazing alligators and lumbering manatee are local residents.

Appealing to the strokes of different folks, Tallahassee features 99 holes of golf on six courses and a proliferation of tennis courts. The par-72, Hilaman Park Golf Course and par-73 Don Veller Seminole Golf Course entertain players of all ages and abilities.

Florida’s capital city touts many additional awe-inspiring spots for outdoor activities including boating, canoeing, camping, picnicking, swimming and exploring.

Tallahassee’s location between the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and the juncture of Florida’s panhandle and peninsula make it both beautiful and accessible. With continuous air service, Amtrak and four major highways — Interstate 10, U.S. 90 east and west, U.S. 27 and U.S. 319 north and south — getting to Tallahassee is easy.

To experience the natural adventures of Tallahassee, contact the Tallahassee Area Convention and Visitors Bureau at (800) 628-2866 or visit http://www.seetallahassee.com/ .

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