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Visit Tallahassee

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Best known as Florida's capital city, Tallahassee shares a deep-rooted history and culture with unparalleled natural adventure and an upbeat vitality. From performing arts to outdoors and nature, Tallahassee offers something for everyone.

Usually when I hear the term “urban development,” I think “condos.” But a new project in Tallahassee is bucking the trend.

Our state’s capital has debuted its new downtown development, Cascades Park. The 24-acre oasis sits on land where the Spanish settled in 1529. The property has undergone a few changes since then.

The new park’s many features include:

Walking trails.

Garden.

Amphitheater with 1,500 permanent seats, plus lawn seating.

Several fountains where kids (or kids at heart) can splash in their swimsuits by day. After dark, the water “performs” a choreographed light show set to music by the Adderley Brothers, Ray Charles and other Florida natives.

Restaurant.

Monuments, including a Korean War memorial and a marker commemorating Tallahassee’s historic African-American neighborhood, Smokey Hollow.

And something especially useful: “You may see Cascades Park as a park, but it’s actually an infrastructure project designed to attenuate and treat stormwater,” says Autumn Calder, senior planner with Blueprint 2000, the group that designed the park.