The Florida Panhandle is perfect for Florida Vacation


From the white sand beaches of Destin, Pensacola and Panama City to the beauty of nature on St George Island you can find both old and new Florida along Interstate 10 heading across the Emerald Coast.


PENSACOLA RESTAURANTS

McGuire's Irish Pub & Brewery
Cuisine: Irish, Steakhouse

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Marina Oyster Barn
Cuisine: Seafood
Price Range: $15

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Peg Leg Pete's
Cuisine: American
Price Range: $15
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Jamie's Restaurant
Cuisine: American, French
Price Range: $30
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Oscar's Restaurant
Cuisine: American
Price Range: $30
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Skopelos On The Bay Seafood
Cuisine: American, Seafood
Price Range: $30
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La Hacienda
Cuisine: Mexican
Price Range: $30

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Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon
Cuisine: Steakhouse
Price Range: $30

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El Vallarta Mexican Restaurant
Cuisine: Mexican
Price Range: $30
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Blue Dot Barbecue
Cuisine: American, Barbecue
Price Range: $30

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Mesquite Charlie's
Cuisine: American, Seafood, Steakhouse
Price Range: $30

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House of Chong
Cuisine: Chinese
Price Range: $30

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Aroma Of Mandarin Restaurant
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Price Range: $30

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Cole's Wings & Things
Cuisine: Barbecue
Price Range: $30

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H & O Cafe
Cuisine: American
Price Range: $30
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Tailgaters Sports Grill
Cuisine: American
Price Range: $30
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Nobusei Japanese Restaurant
Cuisine: Japanese
Price Range: $30
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Sunshine Garden Cafe
Cuisine: Japanese
Price Range: $30
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Slip's
Cuisine: Japanese
Price Range: $30
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Sailor's Grill
Cuisine: American

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Bar-B-Q Express
Cuisine: Barbecue
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Cocodries
Cuisine: Barbecue
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Davinci's
Cuisine: Barbecue
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Barracudas
Cuisine: Barbecue






PENSACOLA THINGS TO DO

Civil War Soldiers Museum
Provides an accurate view of the Civil War era. (850) 469-1900

National Museum of Naval Aviation
Open 9am to 5pm daily, FREE Admission. (850) 452-3604

The Zoo
A wildlife experience awaits you with over 700 animals surrounded by botanical gardens. (850) 932-2229

Pensacola Museum of Art
The museum is alive with art, music, films, & classes for children and adults.
Admission is FREE. (850) 432-6247

Pensacola Greyhound Track
Come and enjoy the thrill of high-speed, action-packed greyhound racing. 1-800-345-3997


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FORT WALTON BEACH
Gulfarium
Marine show aquarium, featuring live perfomances with dolphins, sea lions, and a scuba diver. The have a COUPON on their site. (850) 243-9046

Indian Temple Mound Museum
The Museum is recognized for having the finest collection of prehistoric ceramics in the Southeast United States. (850) 833-9595

Emerald Coast Science Center
The only science museum in Northern Florida. Is in downtown Fort Walton Beach across the street from the Indian Temple Mound Musuem (850) 664-1261

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DESTIN THINGS TO DO:

Big Kahuna's Water Park
45 acres park with over 50 water attractions. Open seasonally. (850) 833-9595

Henderson State Park
Modern state park with 30 campsites. (850) 837-7550


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BEACHES OF SOUTH WALTONS

Eden Gardens State Park
Tucked away in historic Point Washington on the shore of Tucker Bayou is a beautiful turn-of-the-century mansion surrounded by azaleas, camellias and towering Spanish mossdraped live oaks, some dating back more than 600 years. Eden State Gardens is also home to ArtsQuest, an award-winning fine arts festival held in May. Guided mansion tours are offered Thursday through Monday.

Seaside
The town of Seaside and the beach at Grayton are major attractions. This is a place to relax, enjoy the planned beauty of Seaside and the natural beauty of Grayton. Follow the above link to a calendar of events.

Grayton Beach State Recreation Area
Pristine landscapes, camping, self-guided nature trails and picnic areas. A boat ramp is located on Western Lake. You'll find this park off Scenic Highway 30-A.





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PANAMA CITY BEACH

Club La Vela
The largest nightclub in the USA and one of the trendiest and most respected nightclubs in the world

Miracle Strip Amusement Park
Steer clear of the Abominable Snowman, and head for Hilda's Hotel of Horrors at this establishment of good, clean fun. (850) 234-5810
Shipwreck Island Water Park
This park is not nearly as large as say Wet 'n Wild in Orlando, but it is nonetheless very enjoyable. (850) 234-0368
St. Andrews State Recreation Area
Named as "The World's Best Beach" by Travel Magazine, this must-see is located just east of Panama City Beach. (850) 233-5140
St. Joseph State Peninsula Park
This 2,500 acres park has the third best beach in America according to Dr. Beach. Located in Port St. Joe, an hour's drive from Panama City Beach. (850) 227-1327
Gulf World Marine Park
One of the top attractions in Panama City Beach, with dolphin shows and sea lion shows. (850) 227-1327
Cypress Springs
In Vernon, an easy drive from Panama City Beach, this freshwater spring offers diving, snorkeling and canoe trips. (850) 535-2960
Morrison Springs
Another freshwater spring perfect for diving, located just off I-10 (850) 836-4223
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Apalachicola & Carabelle



Florida's Forgotten Coast is a virtual playground for those of us who enjoy Florida history, Exploring coastal eco-systems, birdwatching, shell collecting, or any number of nature-based activities. There's never a shortage of things to do. Here are a few links to help you plan your next adventure.

Apalachicola Maritime Museum

Apalachicola Maritime Museum - Providing active sailing, boat building and restoration and educational programs to celebrate the maritime history of Apalachicola. Features sailing trips on the vessel Heritage of Apalachicola, a 58' wooden ketch formerly Quark. - 103 Water Street, Apalachicola, FL 32320 - Phone: (850) 653-2500

John Gorrie State Museum

Contains a replica of the ice machine created by Dr. John Gorrie in an attempt to cool his yellow fever patients. His invention later bacame the basis for the ice industry and modern air conditioning.

Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve

Encompassing over 246,000 acres in Apalachicola Bay, it is the largest of it's kind in the nation.

St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge

St. Vincent Island is an unspoiled barrier island in Apalachicola Bay, accessable only by boat. (rentals and tours available). The visitor's center is located in Apalachicola, on the north end of Market Street.

Big Bend Scenic Byway

Approximately 171 miles along US 98 from the City of Apalachicola in Franklin County to CR59 in the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in Wakulla County, including a spur road to St. George Island (SR 300), and three (3) Forest Trails including SR 65 through Tate's Hell State Forest; SR 267 through the Wakulla State Forest; and CR 375 through the Apalachicola National Forest. The corridor also includes short segments of local streets and county roads.

Lafayette Park

Pier, interpretive signage, a gazebo, picnic tables and playground. In Apalachicola on Avenue B between 13th and 15th Streets.

Battery Park and the City Marina

Boat launch and park with picnic tables and playground, located in Apalachicola on Bay Avenue between 4th and 6th Streets.

Chestnut Street Cemetery

One of the more significant cemereries on the Gulf Coast. Established in 1831, the stones tell the history of Apalachicola. Funerary art reflects the ethnic diversity of the community, religious beliefs and burial customs trade patterns. Located on Highway 98 between 6th and 8th Streets.

Dixie Theatre

Built in 1912, the Dixie Theatre became the entertainment center of the county. Eventually opened as a motion picture theater, the Dixie closed in 1967. Recently renovated, the Dixie is again hosting live theatre. Summer repertory runs from mid-May through early September with performances at 8pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and at 2:30pm on Wednesday and Sunday. For more information call (850) 653-3200.






St. George Island State Park

Nine miles of undeveloped beach, pristine shoreline, majestic dunes and bay forest, sandy coves and salt marshes. Hiking trails, boardwalks and observation platforms great for hiking, camping or a leisurely stroll.

Cape St. George State Reserve

A 28-mile long barrier island that seperates Apalachicola Bay from the Gulf of Mexico. The island's remoteness and wilderness qualities provide an opportunity to explore and enjoy a remnant of Florida's original natural landscape. Boat rentals and tours offer accessibility to this shell collector's dream.

Apalachicola Historic District

Many fine old homes and buildings dating back to the 1830s. A scenic walking tour of the town aquaints visitors to sites such as cotton warehouses which housed the city's once prosperous cotton exports during the 1800s and stately antebellum homes nestled amid magnolias. A tour map is available at the Chamber of Commerce office on Market Street.

Fort Gadsden Historic Site

Located on the east bank of the Apalachicola River, accessed by Highway 65. The site interprets the role of Native and african Americans during the early 1800s. For more information, call (850) 643-2282

The Apalachicola Paddling Trail System

The Apalachicola Paddling Trail System is a National Recreation Trail and one of the top 12 paddling destinations in the country according to Paddler magazine and the American Canoe Association.

The Great Florida Birding Trail

The Great Florida Birding Trail also has sites located in this region that are of interest to birding tourists and those interested in wildlife viewing.