Apalachicola Travel Guide
quiet main street Apalachicola
quiet main street Apalachicola
Ice it, baby
Ante-bellum in the 21st Century
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...
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...
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
dr. john gorrie museum and monument
dr. john gorrie (1802-1855) is apalachicola's most famous resident. dr. gorrie studied tropical diseases. he urged the government to drain swamps to stop the spread of malaria and thought that cool air was good for patients. since ice had to be shipped to florida from the...
Water Street Hotel & Marina
1 Review and 130 Opinions this is a fabulous hotel. The rooms are spacious and all the units are condo units. they all have 2...
2 Reviews and 124 Opinions the gibson inn was built in 1907 by james fulton buck a turpentine business owner. the hotel was...
Owl Cafe: 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.
Tamara's Cafe: 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...
Boss Oyster: 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...
owl cafe: 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 Seafood Grill: 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...
Downtown Books and Purl: Yay for Independent small town bookstores!
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.
Updated Sep 15, 2012
Address: 67 Commerce Street
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- Arts and Culture
fort gadsden historic site
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.
Written Nov 1, 2007
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- Historical Travel
- Road Trip
- National/State Park
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.
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...
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