Guided Tours

Weekday guided tours are available for large groups by contacting the Florida Welcome Center. Bookings for guided tours during Legislative Session should be made several months in advance.

Tours are scheduled on a first come, first serve basis. Scheduling of tour does not guarantee a guide will be available. When the tour guide is unavailable because of extenuating circumstances, the center assumes no liability. Groups do not need to schedule a tour to visit the Capitol. However, it is strongly recommended groups inform the center of their intention to visit. This assures the visiting group will aware of all security concerns.

The guided tours provided by the Florida Welcome Center are a privilege and individuals, groups, and/or organizations that abuse this privilege may find it permanently revoked.

The center is responsible for tours of the Capitol only. The center can be reached by calling (850) 488-6167. Reservations are taken Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., excluding state holidays. After hours, please leave a voice mail message with your contact information.

 

Touring Tips and Advice for Chaperones

 

Guided Tour Reservations

Guided tours must be scheduled 10 weekdays in advance.

The best time for school groups (especially 4th through 7th grades) to visit the Capitol is when the Legislature is not in session. The building is less crowded and group interference is minimized. 

To find out when reservations for a particular date are being accepted, please use the chart below.

Desired Date

Reservations Open

December 2016 - May 2017

August 1, 2016

June 2017 - August 2017

April 1, 2017

September 2017 - November 2017

July 1, 2017

December 2017 - May 2018

August 1, 2017

 

Tour Requirements

  • Each tour must have at least 15 people and no group can exceed 50 people. This count includes adults, chaperones and children.
  • It is suggested that school groups should contain a ratio of one chaperone to 10 children.
  • If a group exceeds the maximum limit of 50 people and has failed to contact the Welcome Center more than 24 hours in advance before arriving, the group runs the risk of having that tour terminated as well as any additional and/or future bookings.
  • Guided tours are provided to school groups that are entirely fourth grade and above.
  • Tours can only be scheduled on weekdays (Monday through Friday).
  • Tours are not available on weekends or state holidays.
  • Tours are only available at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
  • You must inform the Welcome Center whenever any changes are made to your group. Failure to do so, may adversely affect the tour and any additional bookings.

 

Group Information to Provide

  1. Name of group or school
  2. Age and/or grade level
  3. Size of the group, including children, adults and chaperones (15 minimum - 50 maximum)
  4. Name of the contact person, phone number and email address
  5. Desired date and time as well as alternatives.
  6. Any group special needs.

 

Delays

Always allow enough time to go through the security check-in. If you are going to be late, please call (850) 488-6167 to notify the Welcome Center. As the Welcome Center allocates a maximum of an hour for each tour slot, groups that fail to show up on time will have their tour truncated as to remain within that time frame. A guided tour slot may be forfeited if a groups arrives more than 30 minutes late, especially if they fail to contact the Welcome Center.

 

Cancellations

In cases of cancellation, please contact the Welcome Center at (850) 488-6167 as soon as possible. Groups that do not will face penalties in future bookings.

 

Where to Meet

The tour begins at the Florida Welcome Center. The Welcome Center is located on the west side of the Plaza Level.

  

  

All Construction Closures

East Madison Street

Aug 12, 2016 - TBD

East Madison Street between Monroe Street and Adams Street is currently closed.

East Jefferson Street

Sep 14, 2018 - TBD

The two eastbound lanes of East Jefferson Street between Adams and Monroe streets are currently closed.

Capitol Hours & Tours

400 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399

The Capitol is open to the public on weekdays from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. It is closed on weekends and holidays.

For inquiries about tours of the Capitol please call (850) 488-6167
  

Touring the Capitol