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5 Family-Friendly Activities on the Forgotten Coast

By Forgotten Coast Web Team | March 23, 2019

Kid Biking at St. George Island Lighthouse Park

If you’re visiting Florida’s Forgotten Coast this spring, you may plan to spend your whole vacation soaking up the sun and frolicking on the beach. While our local beaches are certainly beautiful and tons of fun, there are countless other things to do while you’re here.

Here are just five of the awesome activities you may want to try during your visit to the Forgotten Coast:

#1. Explore Our Lighthouses

Franklin County is home to two restored lighthouses: Cape St. George Light on the center of St. George Island and Crooked River Lighthouse at Carrabelle Beach. Each of these striking lighthouses reflect Franklin County’s long-standing coastal history, and both locations host special climbs on full moon evenings. Learn more at our Lighthouses page.

#2. Take a Hike

Florida’s Forgotten Coast is home to hundreds of thousands of beautiful, protected acres filled with regional wildlife—which means there are tons of hiking opportunities for nature lovers! Take the family on an exploration of Tate’s Hell State Forest, St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge, St. George Island State Park or Bald Point State Park. Visit our Hiking page to plan your big adventure. Happy trails!

#3. Go Fish

Land the big one on Florida’s Forgotten Coast! Whether you’re a fishing pro or a first-timer, Franklin County is angler’s paradise with fabulous freshwater and saltwater fishing opportunities. While you’re here, take the family out on a fishing charter and load up the cooler with trout, redfish, mackerel, grouper, snapper, amberjack and more! Visit our fishing page to book your angling adventure today!

#4. Enjoy a Local History Lesson

Home to a rich coastal past that stretches back more than 100 years, Florida’s Forgotten Coast is heaven for history geeks. Franklin County’s fascinating past is reflected in our area’s bounty of museums and historic sites. Whether you’re a history buff or a curious kiddo, there are tons of interesting artifacts and relics for everyone to explore at our local museums. Check out our Museums page to learn more!

#5. Shop Till You Drop

Attention Spring Break shoppers: Here on the Forgotten Coast, we have special deals on everything from gifts and beach-themed decor to clothing and keepsakes. Franklin County is home to an array of art galleries, eclectic boutiques and charming shops brimming with handmade treasures, unique trinkets and rare finds. So, come on down shopaholics! Visit our Shopping page to plan your Forgotten Coast shopping spree.

Looking for more family-friendly fun on the Forgotten Coast? Visit our Things to See & Do page to find loads of adventures, events and activities.