6 Days of “Almost Free” Family Fitness By Michelle Miller, CPT
WRITTEN BY MICHELLE MILLER, CPT
When it comes to fitness in Tallahassee Florida, there are so many fun family options that are highly effective and inexpensive to boot! My family has visited some amazing places over the years and the memories from these adventures have enriched our family life and developed positive lifestyle habits that will last a lifetime. Here’s 6 days worth of ideas for your family to experiment with and my wish is they will inspire your family to move more, connect better, feel stronger and help you experience the greatest quality of life imaginable.
The Alfred B. Maclay Gardens is a 1,176-acre state park, botanical garden and historic site that modestly welcomes you through the gates but goes overboard with beauty and fitness opportunities once inside. Activities include trails for bicycling, horseback riding, geo-seeking, hiking, mountain biking, roller blading, walking, running, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, and snorkeling. It’s easy to spend an entire day here in the great outdoors for a family of any size and there are even special amenities for families with disabilities.
$6 per family vehicle. 3540 Thomasville Road. 8am to sunset daily.
FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY
Florida State is a must see for anyone living in or visiting the great City of Tallahassee. A walk through even a small portion of their enormous 485 acre campus is a great workout in and of itself, but another fun option is to visit the track or baseball stadium and walk or run the stairs. Doak Campbell Stadium provides the greatest workout challenge but is tougher to gain access since construction began. The visitor’s center is a good place to start to see the football stadium outside of game day.
$1-5 per family vehicle in the Visitors Center Lot. 403 Stadium Drive W.
ST. MARK’S TRAIL
Just outside of town is a beautiful, flat, 16 mile long converted railway trail. This scenic route is perfect for biking, hiking, skating, walking or running. We love to take a mid-way break at the River Side Café located at the end of the trail. After rest and refreshments, we hop back on our bikes and head back to the Woodville Road Parking Lot. Benches are conveniently located along the paved trail for those who like to take breaks and bask in nature.
No Fee required. 1358 Old Woodville Road-8am to sundown 365 days a year.
Lake Ella is a serene 12 acre spread located on US 27 right in the heart of town. There are three beautiful fountains and a 0.7 mile paved loop encircling the lake that is ideal for walking, running, skating, or biking for little ones. It is common to find people feeding a variety of wildlife including ducks, geese, pigeons and turtles. There are plenty of benches throughout the park in spots located around the lake perfect for enjoying a picnic or relaxing with loved ones. Be sure to stop by the old tree with low lying limbs that kiddos big and small love to climb on.
No Fee Required 1641 N Monroe Ave.
Miccosukee Greenway Trail is a 12.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Tallahassee, Florida that is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. The Greenway is ideal for hiking, walking, horseback riding, biking, running, and nature trips. There are four trailheads – two on Miccosukee Road, one on Fleischman Road and one on Crump Road.
No Fee Required. Hours 6am to 9pm daily.
RED BUG TRAIL
This dirt trail is approximately 5 miles long and conveniently located off Thomasville Road. It is located in Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park and can be accessed from Meridian Park or Forest Meadows Athletic Center. This remote and rugged trail can be somewhat difficult due to a large number of roots and wetlands that continuously pop up throughout the course. The numerous wildlife and bridges over running creeks make this an extra fun place for children! It is common to see hikers, walkers, runners, bikers and wildlife enthusiasts here as well.
No Fee Required. Hours 6am to 9pm daily.