Today, Leon County Government proudly announces the launch of its Bicentennial-themed Backyard Bucket List, designed to support local businesses and educate residents about their community as a continually evolving visitor destination.

Held in partnership with the Capital City Chamber of Commerce and Tallahassee Foodies, the Bicentennial Backyard Bucket List runs from June to August and features a “bucket list” of more than 100 local businesses and attractions to explore, including restaurants, breweries, shops, museums, parks, monuments and events.

“Leon County’s rich history and vibrant community spirit make this a perfect opportunity for residents to rediscover and support local businesses during our Bicentennial year,” said Carolyn Cummings, Leon County Commission Chair. “We invite everyone to join us in exploring our county and finding the treasures it has to offer.”

Throughout the challenge, the Bicentennial Backyard Bucket List website will showcase partners, encouraging residents to visit the selected businesses and check in through the Visit Tallahassee mobile app. Each check-in earns participants one entry to the contest, while 10, 15, and 20 entries earn separate prizes. At the end of the campaign, one grand prize winner will be awarded a two-night staycation that includes hotel accommodations, meals and activities.

“It’s exciting to watch our destination continue to shine through this initiative,” said Leon County Administrator Vincent S. Long. “The County’s Bicentennial Backyard Bucket List program continues to guide local residents to new experiences, shining a light on all that makes Tallahassee-Leon County a South’s Best community.”

Chuck’s Fish – Images provided by Tallahassee Foodies

Participation in the program is free, although some locations may have an entry fee. Below is a list of the current food and beverage establishments participating in the program.

There are also so many shops, museums, parks, monuments and events including Alfred B.Maclay Gardens State Park, Challenger Learning Center, Goodwood Museum & Gardens, Union Bank Museum, Tallahassee Museum, Picked, The Other Side Vintage, and more. For the complete list of current businesses and attractions, go to VisitTallahassee.com/Backyard-Bucket-List.

“Data shows that nearly 25 percent of tourists who come to Tallahassee are visiting friends or family, and this program encourages residents to explore their own backyard this Bicentennial year.” said Leon County Director of Tourism Kerri L. Post. “Supporting local businesses is essential to maintaining the vibrant community spirit that makes Leon County unique.”

The Bicentennial Backyard Bucket List is still growing, and there are additional opportunities for local businesses and organizations to partner.

For more information about adding your local business to the list of participating partners, please email Katie Kole, Leon County Division of Tourism/Visit Tallahassee, at Katie.Kole@VisitTallahassee.com. To learn more and view the official sweepstakes rules and a list of local partners and prizes, go to VisitTallahassee.com/Backyard-Bucket-List. For more information, contact Scott Lindeman, Leon County Division of Tourism/Visit Tallahassee, at Scott.Lindeman@VisitTallahassee.com.


About The Leon County Division of Tourism/Visit Tallahassee:

The Leon County Division of Tourism (Visit Tallahassee) is the official destination marketing organization charged with marketing Tallahassee-Leon County as a premier leisure, business and sports destination through direct sales, advertising, public relations, sports and visitor services. The Capital of Cross Country, Tallahassee-Leon County is home to the internationally recognized cross country course at Apalachee Regional Park, which will serve as the host for the 2026 World Athletics Cross Country Championships. In 2023 Tallahassee-Leon County welcomed 2.4 million visitors who contributed $1.25 Billion in economic impact and accounts for more than 12,790 people employed in our community in the tourism & hospitality industry. For more information, go to VisitTallahassee.com or call toll free (800) 628-2866. Engage with Visit Tallahassee on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or visit us at the Leon County Visitor Information Center and Gift Shop located at 414 E. Bloxham St., Suite 115, Tallahassee, FL 32301.


Disclosure – This post is a paid partnership with Visit Tallahassee, in exchange for my work here at Tallahassee Foodies. Partnerships help pay for my blog expenses, so that I may offer our readers more fun posts like this, and continue to support our locals.

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