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The 7 Wonders of Tallahassee

Nov 03, 2022 02:22PM ● By Cristi Mc Kee

Tallahassee is home to unique architecture, historical sites, stunning art and cultural monuments.

Among these special pieces are monuments that date back to the beginning of the city, state parks that hosted Florida battles during the Civil War, popular recreational spots and more.

This fall, while the weather is perfect for outdoor adventures,  take some time to visit these seven wonders here in town.

Integration statue:

Located at the Woodward Plaza on the Florida State University campus, the Integration statue by W. Stanley “Sandy” Proctor is a must-see wonder in Tallahassee.

The statue shows three African American figures -  a baseball player, Fred Flowers; a homecoming queen, Doby Lee Flowers; and a scholar, Maxwell Courtney.

The statue, which was unveiled in 2004, represents some of the first African American students to attend Florida State University.

USS Tallahassee Bell:

The USS Tallahassee Bell, which is found onsite at City Hall, 300 South Adams Street, is not only a historical landmark, but also a unique wonder to see here in town.

The 107-year-old bell was part of the USS Tallahassee, a ship launched in 1901 for the United States Navy, and was under the care of the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce since 1972 before being transported to City Hall in 2010.

Natural Bridge Battlefield State Park:

Located in Leon County, this historic state park, 7502 Natural Bridge Road, is a wonder that is also a must-visit in Tallahassee.

Natural Bridge is the site of the second largest Civil War battle in Florida and is home to a monument that honors the Confederate soldiers who defended Natural Bridge during this war.

It is also the location where the St. Marks River drops into a sinkhole to an underground location where it continues to flow.

TLH structure:

This wooden structure, which reads “TLH,” was built in 2018 after being initiated by the Knight Creative Communities Institute.

Located on the Capital Cascades Trail at Cascades Park, 1001 South Gadsden Street, this humongous structure, designed by Cosby Hayes and Ryan Sheplak and built by Florida State University’s Master Craftsman Studio, stands tall as a wonder in Tallahassee.

Florida’s World War II Monument:

Completed in 2004, this monument, located at the R.A. Gray Building at 500 South Bronough Street, is a replica of Florida’s pillar in the National World War II Memorial, which was originally built in Washington, D.C.

The stone monument is one component of a larger war effort memorial project, which was issued in 1999 by then-governor Jeb Bush.

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University's Eternal Flame:

Burning brightly 24 hours a day, the Florida A&M University's Eternal Flame, which is located at the center of the university's campus, 1601 South Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

The flame commemorates Time Magazine’s selection of Florida A&M University as the 1997-1998 College of Year. 

Lake Ella:

This popular lake, originally called “Bull Pond” and located in Midtown, South Lake Ella Drive,  is somewhat of a classic sightseeing spot in town.

The site was once used for raising cattle, but is now a recreation spot.

With a rich history dating back to 1867, this wonder was once a spot for baptisms, cattle raising, political rallies and used as a portion of a highway, and was renamed “Lake Ella” in around 1925.