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Tallahassee Government Building

Although it's known as the "New Capitol," the 22-story modern skyscraper flanked by lower-slung House and Senate offices actually dates to the 1970s. In the 1960s, when there was talk of relocating the seat of the state's business to a more central location like Orlando, Panhandle legislators got to work and approved the construction of a sorely needed Capitol Complex that would anchor the capital right where it was. It's perfectly placed at the crest of a hill, sitting prominently behind the classical revival-styled Historic Capitol. After going through security, pick up a brochure for a self-guided tour at the Florida Visitor Center, located on the plaza level. The governor's office is on the first floor, along with galleries including the Florida Artists Hall of Fame, a series of plaques that pay tribute to Floridians such as Ray Charles, Burt Reynolds, Tennessee Williams, Ernest Hemingway, and Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.

The Italian marble–lined rotunda area is abuzz when the... READ MORE

Although it's known as the "New Capitol," the 22-story modern skyscraper flanked by lower-slung House and Senate offices actually dates to the 1970s. In the 1960s, when there was talk of relocating the seat of the state's business to a more central location like Orlando, Panhandle legislators got to work and approved the construction of a sorely needed Capitol Complex that would anchor the capital right where it was. It's perfectly placed at the crest of a hill, sitting prominently behind the classical revival-styled Historic Capitol. After going through security, pick up a brochure for a self-guided tour at the Florida Visitor Center, located on the plaza level. The governor's office is on the first floor, along with galleries including the Florida Artists Hall of Fame, a series of plaques that pay tribute to Floridians such as Ray Charles, Burt Reynolds, Tennessee Williams, Ernest Hemingway, and Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.

The Italian marble–lined rotunda area is abuzz when the state legislature meets for its annual 60-day session (January and February in even years, March through April in odd years) and the census grows from 1,500 workers to 5,000 people. The House and Senate chambers on the fifth floor provide viewer galleries for watching lawmaking in action. To get away from the crowds, spend a few contemplative moments in the Heritage Chapel, constructed of Florida materials including coquina and cypress. Another don't-miss is "Stormsong" outside the west entrance to the capitol. The steel sculpture of dolphins cavorting in a cascade of water celebrates the state's wildlife.

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Government Building

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400 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, Florida  32399, USA

850-488–6167

www.floridacapitol.myflorida.com

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Rate Includes: Free, Closed weekends and holidays

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