Apalachicola Travel Guide

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Apalachicola Things to Do

  • Fantastic Beach - All to Ourselves!

    Absolutely beautiful sugar-sand beaches that are easily accessible by boardwalks over the sand dunes. There are few shells or rocks making it a great beach for walking along the shoreline. Plus smooth sand bottom all the way out into the water for fun playing along the shore and easily wading out to the deeper water. The water is clear and a...

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  • Stop for a Visit & A Climb (The...

    Actually the St. George Lighthouse was rebuilt by volunteers after it fell into the Gulf of Mexico. Relocating it to the main entrance at St. George Island visitors can now climb the steps to the top and also visit the museum in the innkeeper cabin. We really enjoyed the video at the museum sharing the fall of the lighthouse and the efforts to...

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  • St. James Bay Resort & Golf Course

    This is an exciting golf course in the Florida Panhandle just outside Carrabelle. It is in excellent condition and is very challenging. It's over the marsh/hazards and then some target golf so it keeps golfers on their toes. A lot of holes have hazards to carry on the drive and several also have hazards requiring placement of shots/laying up while...

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  • John Gorrie State Museum

    A Florida State Park Museum it gives a good overview of Dr. John Gorrie and how he came to invent the ice machine. There is a very good video that tells the story of how Dr. Gorrie wanted to find a way to cure/eliminate yellow fever and malaria eventually resulting in his inventing an ice machine. This invention’s impact was huge as it lead to the...

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  • Maritime History and Future of...

    The museum does a good job of walking through history of the various maritime industries .and their impact on Apalachicola over the years. See “real tongs” for gathering oysters, learn about shrimping, and the spongers, as well as the lumber business. They offer many seafaring options including kayaking, a schooner trip, etc. that give visitors a...

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  • Orman House

    The Orman House is a moderately-sized but fascinating plantation-era house that is operated as a public museum by the State of Florida in coordination with local volunteers. It has a beautiful setting on a small hill overlooking the Apalachicola River. Local entrepreneur Thomas Orman built the house for his family in 1838 in the Greek Revival...

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  • The Gorrie Museum (Ice Machine Museum)

    Apalachicola was the home of noted inventor John Gorrie (1803-1855), inventor of the first commercially successul Ice Machine. The Gorrie Museum is a state-operated site that commemorates this early ice pioneer. A nearby historical markers attests to Gorrie's accomplishments:"He was granted the first US patent for mechanical refrigeration on May 6,...

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  • st. george island

    st. george island is located southeast of apalachicola in the gulf of mexico. st. george island is home to st. george island state park and is one of the most beautiful beaches in northwest florida. for more information see my st. george island page.

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  • trinity episcopal church

    the trinity episcopal church was chartered in 1837. the building that houses trinity episcopal church is the earliest prefabricated building in america. in 1840 the framework of the church was shipped to apalachicola from new york by schooner.

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  • dixie theater

    this historic theatre opened in 1913 as a vaudeville house. in 1915 it was converted into a movie theatre. today the dixie hosts theatrical productions, cinema, and music concerts. the dixie is home to the apalachicola music fest. for performances and times see their website.

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  • apalachicola river and bay

    the town of apalachicola is located on the apalachicola river and bay. this area is famous for it's oysters and other seafood. pictured are some shrimp boats at the city dock.

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  • historic downtown

    pictured is the grady block in apalachicola's historic downtown. there are numerous restaurants, bars, and gift shops in the downtown area. find a parking space near the gibson inn and explore on foot this interesting area.

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Apalachicola Hotels

Apalachicola Restaurants

  • Disappointed!

    We selected the Fisherman's Wife based on the numerous rave reviews from Tripadvisor. Sad to say it did not meet our expectations. The outside appears as though it hasn't been that well maintained (no foilage around it) and at first we were not sure we had the correct place. It is clean inside with basic table and minimal decor. While my shrimp...

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  • Good Outdoor Veranda Views of Town

    We enjoyed have our wine and beer outside on the upper veranda with a view of downtown Apalachicola. All we were seeking was relaxation and the Veranda was perfect for us. The upstairs seating does give a good view of town.

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  • “Great Seafood!”

    Papa Joe's offers some great seafood in a casual setting. A laid back place with a variety of seafood options. I had the dozen oysters -raw, steamed and Rockefeller that were excellent. The oysters are sweet and succulent. My husband had the seafood platter. It is big and gives a lot of delicious seafood. We also enjoyed the views of the creek from...

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  • “Casual Laid Back Restaurant featuring...

    A very casual laid back setting for outdoor dining in Apalachicola on Scipio Creek. We enjoyed dining outside with the view of the creek and waterways. The crab cake of blue crab was the best! I had it grilled and it has the right combination filler and crab. Their Oysters on the half shell are also delicious. Despite efforts to keep the seagulls...

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  • For people who, who, who, like seafood

    Wonderful Apalachicola classic restaurant/bar, charmingly casual, with a real "local" feel. It's on the second floor of a balconied building, above a small food gadget store, and there's a nice outdoor dining patio with views of the river.

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  • Great dining with an international flair

    Great little restaurant with an emphasis on locally caught seafood, prepared expertly and ofteh with a continental flair. I came here fifteen minutes before close on a Sunday night, and was very grateful that I was graciously served a hearty, unrushed meal in a nearly empty restaurant. For my entree, I had a daily special, the Bay Snapper, in a...

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  • Must eat oysters

    If oysters had backs, Apalachicola would have been built on them. Actually, that's kinda literally true, since shell middens -- big piles of oyster shells -- were found throughout the area when Europeans arrived, and oyster shells are used in construction even today. The economy of Apalachicola still relies on the oyster, and seafood houses line...

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  • great seafood

    the owl cafe located in downtown apalachicola is one the the best restaurants in town. they specialize in local seafood such as grouper, shrimp and oysters. a very good restaurant for a town as small as apalachicola. i recommend the owl cafe when visiting apalachicola. grouper.

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  • When in Apalachicola

    Friendly laid back with incredibly fresh seafood. Only open 11:00 - 4:00 weekdays, don't remember weekend hours. Great variety of beers. Biggest grouper sandwich in the world. Nothing is too spicey so the true food flavor is evident. No fishy smell or taste at all. Daily specials too. Oysters, grouper sandwich, oyster po boy, shrimp po boy all...

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Apalachicola Shopping

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    by yooperprof Updated Sep 15, 2012

    It is just wonderful that Apalachicola has a small independent bookstore, specializing in local and regional authors and their works. Even better, it doubles as a knitting store, so there are multiple constituencies for the business. I got the feeling that this was a real community center.

    Folks, Apalachicola has a population of about 2300 people! How many megaplex shopping malls in the bland 'burbs don't have a single bookstore in them? I always make a point of buying at least one book when I come upon a small town place like this - and you should too.

    What to buy: If you're not a reader, you should buy some yarn. Everyone needs to have some good yarn.

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Apalachicola Off The Beaten Path

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    by doug48 Written Nov 1, 2007

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    the fort gadsden historic site is located 30 miles northeast of apalachicola on SR65. fort gadsden is on the apalachicola river in the apalachicola national forest a mile south of the town of sumatra. this park has the remains of fort gadsden and the negro fort. a very interesting and scenic place to visit in northwest florida. see my sumatra pages for more information.

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Apalachicola Favorites

  • Franklin County Courthouse

    Franklin County, where Apalachicola is located, is named after the great polymath Benjamin Franklin. The current courthouse is the result of a Depression-era project, the building completed in 1940 and designed in the Federal neo-classical (and monumental) style of the time.

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  • Trinity Episcopal Church, Apalachicola

    Trinity Episcopal Church seems like a little piece of New England on the Gulf Coast. There's a good reason for that. Large sections of the church were "pre-assembled" in New York State, and then sent by steamer down the Atlantic Coast and around the tip of Florida to Apalachicola. It was dedicated in 1839 and is on the National Register of Historic...

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