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Self-Guided Tours on the Forgotten Coast

Step back in time as you explore the Forgotten Coast with these self-guided tours.  Follow any of these tours at your own pace, and experience the history and beauty of the Forgotten Coast.

Brochures and maps of all of these self-guided tours can be found at our area visitor centers or linked on this page.


Chestnut Street Cemetery Walking Tour
Take a 30-minute walk through the Chestnut Street Cemetery, and discover some of Apalachicola’s heritage from more than 100 years ago.  Beautifully eerie and lovingly preserved by the Apalachicola Area Historical Society, the Chestnut Street Cemetery is home to Apalachicola’s biannual Ghost Tour (usually the first weekend in May and on Halloween).  The rest of the year, the cemetery is open for history buffs and curious minds to wander and explore.

Historic Apalachicola City Squares Walking Tour
Did you know that Apalachicola’s squares and the rectilinear grid of streets were designed to model the city of Philadelphia?  There is one central square and five smaller squares in the grid.  The squares were intended to be used for public parks and public use.  This tour will have you leisurely wandering through historic Apalachicola and imagining what it looked like over a hundred years ago.

Apalachicola Historic Walking Tour
Apalachicola is far from a typical tourist town.  Take the Apalachicola Historic Walking Tour and see for yourself why this small fishing village is so unique.  The historic homes, cottages, and museums on this tour can keep you busy for a day or two if you take your time.

Walk the Hill
“The Hill” is the affectionate name for the Apalachicola’s African American community in existence since the antebellum era on the north side of Avenue E.  Walk the Hill (available from the Florida Humanities Council and the Florida Stories app) is a tour that will take you as far back as the Civil War when Apalachicola was a major cotton shipping port.  Download this app and listen to stories about the area and community as you walk to specified locations.

Apalachicola Museum Trail Tour and Map
From the invention of air conditioning to cotton, timber shipping, and oyster harvesting, Apalachicola has quite a colorful history.  This self-guided tour features Apalachicola’s museums, parks, and historic sites.  Stroll through Apalachicola and visit one or all of our historic museums.


Snapshot Tour of Carrabelle, FL:  Walk, Cycle, or Drive
Carrabelle is a walkable community with daily conveniences, shopping, and restaurants close by.  Have a photoshoot at the World’s Smallest Police Station or explore the Camp Gordon Johnston WWII Museum.  Tour the Carrabelle River Walk and Wharf and land on Carrabelle Beach.  Whether you walk, cycle, or drive, this tour of Carrabelle will undoubtedly provide you with a beautiful snapshot of this historic fishing town.

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Lighthouse Driving Tour
Take some time to visit the beautiful and historic lighthouses of the Forgotten Coast.  While they are beautiful to look at, nothing can top the views they provide.