Panama City Beach Off The Beaten Path

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    Oakland Cemetery

    by grandmaR Updated Jul 25, 2011

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    Grave of Panama City founder
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    I decided to visit some cemeteries in Panama City proper to take photos for some people that wanted pictures of their relatives' stones (I belong to a volunteer group that documents cemeteries). So I called Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetery (photo 4) where some of them were and got directions. This was a big huge cemetery and a lot of the stones were flat so you had to walk up to them to see them. But with the locations, it wasn't hard to find them. When I told the person that I had the pictures, he said that many other people had tried to find them and failed. I guess they didn't think to ask the location. There were some really pretty stones there (photo 3)

    We went to Oakland Cemetery which is an older historic cemetery and happened to drive by a grave which said it was the grave of the founder of Panama City. When I looked him up, I found that not only did he found Panama City (bought the land, platted it up and sold lots), but he was also in railroads, and had started the Panama City paper. Panama City was named because it was almost the same longitude as the Panama Canal, which was being built at that time.

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    Camp Helen State Park

    by grandmaR Updated Jul 25, 2011

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    We took a couple of day trips to Florida State parks. In addition to St Joseph we went to Camp Helen and Eden House Gardens

    From 1945 until 1987 Camp Helen was a company resort for the employees of an Alabama textile mill. Some of those buildings have now been restored. There was a lodge and little cabins, a camp kitchen and stables.

    But the main reason for this to be a state park was that it is bordered by the Gulf of Mexico, and by Lake Powell, one of the largest coastal dune lakes in Florida on three sides. In addition to the ecological stuff, there are prehistoric middens.

    Day use only. Activities include swimming, beachcombing, nature study, hiking and both freshwater and saltwater fishing.

    Admission Fee:

    $4.00 per vehicle. Please use the honor box to pay fees. Correct change is required. Limit 8 people per vehicle.

    $2.00 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.

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    Eden Gardens State Park

    by grandmaR Updated Jul 25, 2011

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    This was two-story Wesley house with elegant white columns and wrap-around porch. There were moss-draped live oaks and ornamental gardens. This was formerly the home of a sawmill owner named Eden. Then in 1963, Lois Maxon came in and fixed it up and bought antiques from Europe to furnish it with.

    Tours were on the hour, and we got there about five after the hour. So we walked around the grounds - they had roses and camellias still in bloom even in January and a big reflecting pond. Since we missed the tour, we walked around and photographed the gardens.

    Then we did the 1300 tour. There were no prohibitions against photography.

    Admission Fee:

    $4.00 per vehicle. Please use the honor box to pay fees. Correct change is required. Limit 8 people per vehicle.

    $2.00 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.

    House Tours:

    $4.00 per adult.
    $2.00 per child.

    The park has Boating, Fishing, and Picnicing in addition to the Gardens. It is also a site for Weddings, Meetings and Retreats

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    St. Joseph Peninsula State Park

    by grandmaR Updated Jul 24, 2011

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    We went to Port St. Joe, and from there to the St. Joseph Peninsula State Park which is about 30 miles out onto a peninsula. At that time, it was $4.00 entrance fee. They have boat ramps, swimming, and bike riding. As a coastal barrier peninsula, St. Joseph provides excellent opportunities for bird watching; over 240 species have been sighted in the park. On the way back I saw a kingfisher and also an osprey. We got out where there was a boat ramp, and saw some deer there.

    The park is open from 8:00 a.m. until sundown, 365 days a year.

    Admission Fee:

    $6.00 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle.

    $4.00 Single Occupant Vehicle.

    $2.00 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.

    Boat Launch & Entrance Fees:

    $9.00 for one person with a boat.

    $11.00 for 2 - 8 people with a boat.

    Picnic Pavilion Fees:

    $35.00 per day, plus tax: 70-seat pavilion is available for rent at the Bayview picnic area. Water and electric are available. The pavilion overlooks St. Joseph Bay. Restroooms, a nature trail and playground are conveniently located close by. Access to the Gulf Beach is approximately one mile south of the pavilion. For availability and reservations, please contact the park office.

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  • slower pace, same fun

    by nickLB97 Updated Oct 26, 2010

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    the state park is a great place to go relax or play in the water, it's a short drive from the strip and has a great beach and place to snorkel, we have alot of fun there. i think it's 8 dollars per vehicle for an all day pass.

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  • If you love ice cream...

    by lovethebeach17 Written May 4, 2007

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    There is this little ice cream place on front beach road that is ran by this older man. He make all of the ice cream is homemade and it is the beat ice cream I have ever eaten. My family and I go to the beach every summer and we always stop by there and get some. It is about a 1/2 to 1 mile from Beach Break Motel in a little shopping mall. It is next door to Subway.

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    Alligator Farm - Fountain Florida

    by MatthewMetcalfe Written Jul 20, 2004

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    Large Alligators Looking for Food!

    While not necessarily off the beaten path, the Alligator Farm in Fountain Florida is certainly not a main attraction in this Beach town.

    The Farm hosts a variety of alligators as well as a small Emu Farm. The people are nice and provide lots of information on the animals.This is a great place to stop if you have kids.

    The Alligator Farm is about an hour north of the Beach on 231 just north of I-10. If you are heading south into Panama City it'll be on the Right Hand Side of the Road.

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    The beautiful sunset..Panama...

    by cobrioc Updated Aug 1, 2011

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    The beautiful sunset..Panama City Beach the world most beautiful beaches.
    Rated #4 beach in America by The Travel Channel!

    I WILL WRITE UP MORE INFORMATION FOR YOU:)
    THANKS

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