Visiting the Capitol

The Capitol is located in downtown Tallahassee at the intersection of Apalachee Parkway and Monroe Street.

  • The Capitol is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • It is closed on weekends and holidays.
  • Admission is free.
  • Self-guided tour information and pamphlets are available from the Florida Welcome Center.

Visitors may have questions when they are visiting the Capitol. Many of these questions are addressed in the downloadable Visitor's Guide.

   

Times of Operation

The Capitol is open weekdays, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. It is closed on weekends and state holidays.

State Holidays

The Capitol is closed for the following state holidays:

New Year's Day: January 1
Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.: Third Monday of January
Memorial Day: Last Monday in May
Independence Day: July 4
Labor Day: First Monday in September
Veterans Day: November 11
Thanksgiving Day: Fourth Thursday of November
Friday after Thanksgiving: November 25
Christmas Day: December 25

If any of these holidays fall on Saturday, the preceding Friday is observed as a holiday. When a holiday falls on Sunday, the following Monday is observed as a holiday.

Occasionally, the Capitol may also be closed because of Executive, legislative and/or security action.

 

Security is handled by Capitol Police. For additional information, please visit the Capitol Police section of the FDLE website.

   

Florida Welcome Center

The Florida Welcome Center is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to provide information about Florida and the Capitol. For holiday hours and weekday guided tours for large groups, please inquire at 850-488-6167. Self-guided tours are also available. Bookings for guided tours during Legislative Session should be made several months in advance.

   

Entrance and Exit Procedures

Groups visiting the Old Capitol are encouraged to travel around the New Capitol to avoid unnecessary delays.

Before entering the Capitol, the group coordinator must check in with the staff at the Florida Welcome Center. While the coordinator is talking with Welcome Staff, the group should remain outside the Capitol until directed to enter. On occasion, a group may be delayed in entering the Capitol.

Upon entering the Capitol, visitors must enter through a metal detector. All backpacks, purses and packages are to be scanned by an x-ray machine. Persons with sealed envelopes or wrapped packages will be prevented from entering. Capitol Police are required to examine any electronic device brought into the Capitol. Sticks, knives or any other items that can be considered as weapons are not allowed in the Capitol. Visitors are not to bring backpacks, purses, cell phones, handheld games, beepers, pagers, radios, headphones, pocket knives or any other similar items or hazards into the Capitol. Groups should take these procedures into account and adjust their arrival time accordingly.

Restroom facilities on the first floor of the New Capitol are available to groups. However, a large group may be directed to facilities on another floor.

Upon completion of the tour, groups will be directed to the appropriate exit.

   

Decorum

Please remember that the Capitol is a working building. To ensure a pleasant and safe Capitol experience, please advise your group of the following guidelines:

  • Respect should be shown to the Welcome Center staff and visitors.
  • Visitors should be respectful of the Capitol and Welcome Center property by not touching furnishings, paintings or statues.
  • Restroom breaks should be taken before your scheduled tour time begins. Restrooms are located on every floor of the Capitol.
  • Teachers and adult supervisors are responsible for the discipline and safety of their students throughout the tour.
  • When the group is moving around the Capitol, it is important to do so in a quiet and orderly fashion. Students should not run in the Capitol public areas, hallways or stairwells. They should not lean over any balcony railing. In order to minimize hallway and stairwell congestion, the group should stay to the right and in single file. Jumping in the stairwells is not acceptable.
  • Students will be invited by the tour guide to touch those items in the Capitol that are touchable.
  • Noise must be kept to a minimum. All conversation should be kept at whisper level.
  • Groups that are excessively noisy or rowdy, disruptive and/or disrespectful will have their tour terminated with the possibility of the group being requested to leave the Capitol.
  • Food, gum, beverages and the use of electronic devices such as earphones or cellular phones are not permitted while on tour.
  • No storage is available for groups to leave belongings, lunches, ice chests, etc. Plans should be made for the retrieval of these items from the bus or other vehicles.
  • Cameras are allowed in the Capitol tour area. While in a chamber, viewing the gallery area, visitors are not allowed to use flash attachments to photograph the Legislature. However, students who have cameras that will function with available light may photograph the House and Senate chambers.
  • Because of the nature of the Capitol, there will times when certain areas will have limited access. Also, security procedures may be modified from time to time. Group members should do their best not to violate procedures and create an unpleasant situation.

   

All Construction Closures

East Madison Street

Aug 12, 2016 - TBD

East Madison Street between Monroe Street and Adams Street is 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