Cascades Park - Features
Capital City Amphitheater
The heartbeat of Cascades Park is undoubtedly the Capital City Amphitheater. This amphitheater provides the park's pulse, making it alive and vibrant with color and sound. Located next to the Prime Meridian Plaza, the amphitheater features a canopied 80 feet by 55 feet stage, which can be seen from all angles of the park. The amphitheater is equipped to handle both local and regional acts - musical, theatrical and just about anything else that tickles your fancy. With its state-of-the-art lighting and sound system, you and your friends are sure to be amazed!
If you are interested in booking the amphitheater, be sure to check out the Cascades Park Event Planning Guide (PDF). When you are ready to book your event, use the Date Request Form (PDF).
Tickets and Events
Tickets to events at the Capital City Amphitheater can be purchased through CapitalCityAmphitheater.com. Be sure to also check out the schedule of events.
Perhaps the place where you'll hear the most laughs and giggles is at Imagination Fountain. Located on the west side of the Prime Meridian Plaza, Imagination Fountain offers a fun, water-park atmosphere for children. The fountain, which features 73 jets, randomly shoots filtered water into the air, wetting even the most suspecting children. Once your little ones have had enough fun, they can change into dry clothes in the public changing rooms right next to the fountain area.
While the fountain offers a fun way to cool off in the daytime, it's equally cool at night. After dark, Imagination Fountain is not only a water feature, it's a show! Programmed to music and lights, the fountain performs a magnificent, repeating, seven-minute show beginning at dusk. Some of the hit songs featured in the show are "Celebrate" by Kool & The Gang and "Mess Around" by Ray Charles, who once lived in Tallahassee. The nighttime finale show runs every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8:00, 8:30 and 9:00pm.
Birthday parties are definitely welcome at Imagination Fountain and throughout the park! Space is available on a first come first serve basis. Grills are not allowed in the Fountain or Amphitheater areas and vehicles may not enter the park. Also, don't forget to check out the event calendar to make sure there is not an event conflicting your party date. You can always call 891-3816 to check a date as well.
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Rules to Note:
- Fountain is open for play 8:30am - 8:00pm daily
- No food or drink allowed in fountain
- No animals allowed in fountain
- No one allowed in fountain during nighttime finale show
Laughs and giggles from children are a staple at Cascades Park, and nowhere can more laughs be heard than their own special play zone - Discovery. This playscape, thoughtfully designed with natural materials in mind, engages children through sense and imagination. Some of the obstacles in the Discover play area include a Cypress Climb, Steephead Slide, Log Jump, Butterfly Garden and Beach Sand area.
Walk...or Just Relax
If peace and tranquility is what you're looking for, Cascades Park has that, too. Weaving throughout Cascades Park are miles of trails – trails for walking, jogging, biking or whatever suits you. There are three main trails in Cascades Park - the whole park loop, Bocha Chuba pond loop and the Smokey Hollow pond loop. Altogether, the trails make up 2.3 miles of paved pathways.
You're sure to enjoy the options, and your four-legged friends will, too. Cascades Park is pet-friendly, as long as your furry feline or canine is on a leash. If you bring your furry friend to Cascades, please take advantage of our pet waste stations to keep the park looking good.
The trails of Cascades Park connect to the Capital Cascades Trail, which will run along the newly constructed FAMU Way and connect with the St. Marks Trail, allowing for a seamless path from Tallahassee to the Gulf coast.
Designed to Flood
Cascades Park is first and foremost a stormwater management system consisting of a network of underground channels, open streams, and retention ponds. To provide flood relief both north and south of the park, Cascades Park is designed to flood during major storm events.
The stormwater facilities provide both flood protection and treatment of urban runoff pollutants. A large underground channel called a box culvert diverts the runoff generated by large storm events directly to Boca Chuba Pond to protect the restored stream and to minimize the impact to the park.
From the Prime Meridian Plaza, to the Smokey Hollow Commemoration, to the Korean War Memorial, there are plenty of other sights to see. Check out the History page for more details on these park features.
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