Apalachicola Travel Guide: 15 Best Things To Do and Attractions 

In an area often referred to as Florida’s “Forgotten Coast,” Apalachicola and the surrounding coastal area make for the perfect place for those seeking outdoor adventures and a quiet and peaceful beach getaway. 

We visited in mid-May before school got out for summer break and are sharing some of the best things to do near Apalachicola to help you plan your next visit to this charming part of Florida. 

Things To Do in and Around Apalachicola + Top Attractions

Thousands of tourists and locals flock to the island annually because it’s less crowded, the white sand is beautiful, and the water is emerald-green and mostly clear (but not as clear as Pensacola Beach or the Destin area). 

1. St. George Island

2. Visit the #1 Beach in America

For multiple years in a row, Dr. Beach has rated St. George Island as one of the top beaches in America. With 22 miles of white sand to explore, it’s the perfect place to soak up the Florida sun. 

Self-Guided Tours

Before visiting, we had heard the white sand beaches were incredible, which was the main reason we decided to plan a beach vacation here. We are so glad we did.  

3. Explore Dr. Julian G. Bruce State Park

St. George Island State Park is a paradise for outdoor adventure lovers. It is located on the eastern side of the island.  

Self-Guided Tours

Along with less crowded beaches than the more public beach access points on St. George Island, the state park is excellent for watching wildlife, birding, hanging out at the beach, launching kayaks and paddleboards, fishing, and biking. 

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