Things to See & Do on Florida's Forgotten Coast
If you’re searching for unique things to do in Florida, look no further than the Forgotten Coast! While our area has a laid-back, friendly and easy-going vibe, there are tons of fun activities and exciting events here for the entire family to enjoy!
We offer some of the most remarkable things to see in Florida, from our pristine beaches and plentiful wildlife to lighthouses, museums and historical sites. If you want to plan a truly unforgettable adventure, Franklin County is where you’ll find the most thrilling things to do in Florida, including fishing, boating, kayaking, birding, paddling, golfing and shopping.
Art & Theatre
The Forgotten Coast is home to a flourishing art and theatre scene. Discover an array of art galleries, tucked away in the nooks and crannies of Apalachicola’s historic downtown district and scattered throughout Carrabelle and St. George Island. Community theatre also thrives here in Franklin County. The Panhandle Players, our local theatre group, hosts a variety of entertaining productions at the Chapman Auditorium in Apalachicola. If you’re a fan of live performances, you’ll fall in love Dixie Theatre, a restored historic theatre in Apalachicola’s downtown district that features professional seasonal offerings.
Of course, one of the most popular things to do in Florida is hit the beach! The Forgotten Coast includes more than 250 miles of pristine, uncrowded, sugar sand beaches. From St. George Island to Carrabelle to Dog Island to Alligator Point, all of Franklin County’s beaches are breathtakingly beautiful but each one is unique.
If you’re a bird-watching enthusiast, Franklin County is the perfect vacation destination! Throughout the year, birders can catch a glimpse of an array of beautiful birds and butterflies across our area. From ducks, loons and other striking water birds to more exotic feathered friends, you never know what you might spy from your spotting scope. Florida’s Forgotten Coast is truly birder’s paradise.
If you’re looking for more adventurous things to do in Florida, bring your boat down to the Forgotten Coast! Home to hundreds of miles of freshwater creeks, sloughs and rivers that empty into Apalachicola Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, Franklin County is boater’s heaven. Even better, our area offers more than 40 boat ramps and paddling launches across the county. Don’t have your own boat? No worries! Choose from a range of boat rental companies and fishing charters across the Forgotten Coast.
Land the big one on Florida’s Forgotten Coast! Whether you’re a fishing fanatic or a reel rookie, Franklin County is every angler’s paradise. The unique topography of the Apalachicola River and Bay systems, which empty into the prolific offshore waters of the Gulf of Mexico, creates fabulous freshwater and saltwater fishing opportunities.
Food & Drink
Florida’s Forgotten Coast is home to heaps of awesome restaurants, from casual beachfront cafes to riverside oyster dives to fine dining experiences. With more than 30 restaurants across Franklin County, you’re certain to find mouthwatering menus and delicious dishes to satisfy even the pickiest eaters. While you’re here, be sure to sample the fresh, local seafood, including our world-famous Apalachicola oysters, clams, shrimp, blue crabs and the catch of the day straight from the Gulf of Mexico.
On the hunt for unique things to do in Florida? Come down to the Forgotten Coast for a geocaching adventure! Geocaching sends seekers on a treasure hunt for a containers of trinkets and prizes. Participants use a smartphone, Global Positioning System receiver (GPSr) or other navigational techniques to locate containers called “geocaches” or “caches.” All told, there are more than 200+ geocache sites along the coast between Alligator Point and the western edge of Franklin County—including The Bald Point State Park on Alligator Point and St. George Island State Park, which are participants in Operation Recreation GeoTour.
Golfers rejoice! Florida’s Forgotten Coast is the perfect place to sharpen your swing and improve your golf game. Just six miles east of Carrabelle, the St. James Bay Golf Resort features a world-class, 18-hole, par 72 championship course surrounded by 90 acres of pristine, natural beauty. So, grab your clubs and come on down!
Take a hike on Florida’s Forgotten Coast. Home to hundreds of thousands of beautiful, protected acres, Franklin County offers ample hiking opportunities. Come on down to explore Tate’s Hell State Forest, St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge, St. George Island State Park or Bald Point State Park. Happy trails!
Out of all the spectacular things to see in Florida, lighthouses are by far one of the most popular. 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.
Home to a rich coastal past that stretches back more than 100 years, Florida’s Forgotten Coast is history buff heaven. Franklin County’s fascinating past is reflected in the area’s range of museums and historic sites. Whether you’re a history aficionado or just an inquisitive visitor, there are tons of interesting artifacts and relics for everyone to explore at our local museums.
Florida’s Forgotten Coast doesn’t shut down after sunset. In fact, our area is home to a dynamic nightlife scene for foodies, revelers and night owls. Whether you’re planning a girls’ night out, a romantic dinner date or just an evening on the town with friends and family, the Forgotten Coast serves up nighttime fun for everyone. From our energetic live music venues and waterfront bars to our breweries and pet-friendly pubs, Franklin County is the perfect place to eat, drink and be merry—well after dark!
Calling all paddlers! Whether you prefer traveling by kayak, canoe or paddleboard, Florida’s Forgotten Coast is paddler’s paradise. Our area is home to hundreds of miles of unspoiled rivers, creeks and coastal shallows just waiting to be explored. So, grab your paddle and embark on an unforgettable adventure on the Forgotten Coast!
Parks & Sites
Whether you’re obsessed with learning about historical sites or simply love exploring nature, Florida’s Forgotten Coast offers a wide variety of parks and sites for everyone to enjoy. From Bald Point State Park in Alligator Point and St. George Island State Park to Chapman Botanical Gardens in Apalachicola to the World’s Smallest Police Station in Carrabelle, there are tons of sightseeing opportunities all across Franklin County.
Pet Friendly Activities
When you visit Florida’s Forgotten Coast, there’s no need to leave your four-legged pal at home. That’s because Franklin County is the most “pawesome” vacation destination in the Sunshine State! With tons of dog-friendly beaches, accommodations, restaurants and parks, our area is the perfect place to bring your favorite furry friend. So, don’t leave Fido behind for this trip. Plan a doggone great getaway on the Forgotten Coast.
Attention shoppers: Did you know Florida’s Forgotten Coast is a shopaholic’s paradise? Franklin County is home to an array of unique art galleries, eclectic boutiques and charming shops brimming with handmade treasures, upscale gifts and rare finds. So, come on down and shop till you drop!
Seeing is believing—which is exactly why we have a live streaming webcam in Franklin County! When we say the Forgotten Coast is breathtakingly beautiful and brimming with fun activities, you don’t have to take our word for it. Check it out with your very own eyes. Tune into a live stream from our webcam in downtown Carrabelle to see for yourself what makes the Forgotten Coast so special.
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Quiet wooded setting overlooking Apalachicola’s East Bay. Motel and marina located in Eastpoint, just minutes away from historic downtown Apalachicola and the beaches of St. George Island. Several types of rooms available, some with Bay views or Bay frontage, some with kitchenettes, and larger family units. All rooms have cable TV, free wi-fi and electric heat & air.Learn More
St. James Bay Golf Villas offers two lodging options ranging from our convenient clubhouse Villas to the beautiful new Residences at St. James Bay luxury condominiums. St. James Bay offers golf and non-golf related packages in our Villas. Packages ranging from a single night to a week-long golf package. Stay in your choice of two or three-bedroom condos in The…Learn More
The Gibson Inn is a Victorian Inn listed on the National Historic Register of Historic Places. The Inn was carefully restored in 1985. With a tin roof and wrap around porches, many of the 30 guest rooms are uniquely appointed with authentic antique furnishings, cable TV, telephone, and wireless internet. Each guest room has its own full private bath. Banquet…Learn More
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Discover the Forgotten Coast's authentic, Old Florida charm at more than 100 annual events and festivals, that highlight our natural resources, culture and history. Click here to see all events
Lantern Fest Carrabelle
Lantern Fest will be celebrated on Saturday, October 19 from 6-10 pm at Crooked River Lighthouse, 1975 Highway 98 West, Carrabelle Beach, FL. This unique festival, best known for its awesome display of over a hundred colorful lanterns, lights up the night with magic and history at the 1895 maritime landmark. Special activities include amazing Celtic…Learn More
Hauntings will abound Saturday, October 26 in Apalachicola when local history enthusiasts don the garb and take on the persona of the cemetery’s notable inhabitants to tell their tale of life in Apalachicola for more than 180 years ago. The Ghostwalk will be held 6:30-8:30 pm. at the Chestnut Street…Learn More
Florida Seafood... Apalachicola
The 2019 Florida Seafood Festival will be held November 1-2 in Apalachicola’s historic Battery Park . This 56-year old event is Florida oldest maritime event that annually draws thousands of visitors to the historic port town of Apalachicola and features delicious seafood, arts and crafts exhibits and the famous Oyster…Learn More
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