Port St (saint) Joe & Apalachicola Florida are great places to visit with kids. These coastal towns are a little more on the quite side but there is still plenty to do in both the summer and winter months. For a quiet vacation, come in the winter. You can enjoy miles of beaches without all the crowds. For more activities, visit in the summer when all of the waterfront activites will be open.
We have compiled a top 7 list of places to see and things to do with kids in Port St (saint) Joe & Apalachicola FL. These are things that you don't want to miss when visiting this area of Florida.
1. Number one on our list is "The Gulf Of Mexico". In the summer, nothing beats a day in the surf and sun. The Gulf of Mexico is warm and the beaches are nice. In the winter time just stay on the beach. If its cold get between some dunes and enjoy the sun.
2. Number two on our list is the "Port St. Joe Marina". Located in the heart of the city on the south side of the highway. Plenty to do here. Rent a jet ski or a kayak, charter a fishing boat, or enjoy a meal at the restaurant. www.psjmarina.com
3. Number three is the "Happy Ours Kayak and Canoe Outpost". (here is a quote from their website) The shallow waters of St. Joseph Bay provide a clear view of the grass beds and sand flats below as you paddle silently along. You'll see redfish swirling on the surface, mullet jumping out of your way, and schools of bait fish running from some unknown predator. In the deeper channels around Black's Island you may find bottle-nosed dolphin frolicking or seaturtles surfacing for a breath of fresh air. Less active are the numerous horseshoe crab, starfish, and live shells you'll see mosying along the bay bottom.
The pine forests, salt marshes, and estuaries surrounding the bay support myriads of feathered grace. Bald eagles will break the silence as they screech in search of prey. Annual migrations of warblers, vireos, tanagers, grosbeaks, falcons and hawks are common sights in the spring and fall. Threatened or endangered species find refuge here, so keep a lookout for the rare blue heron, snowy eqret, Eastern brown pelican, osprey and marsh hawk.
You'll discover why they call this the Forgotten Coast when you climb aboard one of our kayaks or canoes and leave the fast lane behind. Kayaking is becoming a popular sport for all ages and levels of fitness because the new designs make paddling easy. Our fine line of stable craft are suitable for touring in open water, fishing and snorkeling. We also offer complete rental packages for the fishing and skindiving enthusiats if you are not able to supply your own gear. Eco-tours, and guided fishing and snorkeling trips are also available.
Our eco-tours will give you a greater understanding of how the many creatures in the bay live in harmony. You will learn about the legend of the pen shell, the medical uses of the horseshoe crab, and many little known historical facts about the bay area itself. You will hear stories about Indian burial grounds and pirate treasures while paddling over areas where civil war ships once cannon-balled the shore. But wait, we would rather show you our miraculous area and tell you our stories firsthand. So what are you waiting for?
4. The number four thing to do in the Port St. Joe / Apalachicola area is "St. Joseph Peninsula State Park Recreation Area - Port Saint Joe National And State Park". Peninsula State Park has miles of white sand beaches, striking dune formations, a heavily-forested interior and a favorable climate for year-round outdoor recreation. The 2,516-acre park is bounded on three sides by the waters of St. Joseph Bay. Great place to get away from it all.
5. Number five on our list is the "St. George Island State Park". Nine miles of undeveloped beach, pristine shoreline, majestic dunes and bay forest, sandy coves and salt marshes. A series of hiking trails, boardwalks and observation platforms great for hiking, camping or a leisurely stroll. (850) 927-2111
6. Number Six on our list is "Island Adventures". 105 East Gulf Beach Drive, St. George Island 850-927-3655
Retail shop selling beach supplies, T-shirts, sunglasses- New York Style, Maui Kim, Costa Del Mar, , fishing gear, boogie boards, men's and women's clothing-Columbia, sandals and hats also bike rentals. Open 9:00 to 9:00 during Season closed Wednesdays during Off Season. Wide variety of shoes including Crocs, Noats, Keens, Reefs. We also rent bicycles, fishing gear, beach chairs, umbrellas and boogie boards.
7. Number Seven is something you can do in both Apalachicola and Port St. Joe, "Scalloping and Fishing". Fun for the whole family. Easy to catch when they are in season. Ask around for tips on how to clean and cook them. Its not hard. For smaller kids there are several recreational parks in both Port St. Joe and Apalachicola. The parks have playground equipment.
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