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Place Category: Beach Towns
Apalachicola is a charming fishing town that offers excellent seafood, beautiful waterfront, amazing parks, and the chance to see the famous Florida Panhandle’s timber, oyster, and fishing history. The city is located within the boundaries of Franklin Country, at the heart of Apalachicola Bay.
The city was named after the Apalachicola tribe, who are Native Americans who used to live in these areas before the European colonization. The word Apalachicola is a combination of apalahchi which means from the other side and okki, meaning people. In the original settlement, these words probably mean people who are living on the other side of the river. Today, the city is not only rich in attractions but also culture and history which attracts hundreds of tourists every year.
There are a lot of things to do and enjoy when in the city, from enjoy the pristine waters of the Apalachicola Bay, water sports of all sorts such as fishing, kayaking, boating, and many more. The Apalachicola River itself is also a popular tourist destination where there are several unique things to do and enjoy. For an amazing time with the Old Florida feel, visit this small quaint city.
Attractions and Activities in Apalachicola
- Oyster City Brewing Company – This is a brewery which offers unique beverages. The brewery receives thousands of tourists and visitors every year who wants to try Florida’s beers. It is an awesome place to stop by before dinner or going on an adventure.
- Apalachicola Historic District – Located at Commerce St, visitors to the area this will love the amazing historical buildings and structures. With more than 900 homes, sites, and commercial establishments listed as part of the National Register District, it is a great place to do a walking tour and discover several areas. Check out sites like cotton warehouses – because the city was once one of the biggest suppliers of cotton.
- Apalachicola Maritime Museum – The museum is dedicated to preserving the history of the area providing a hands-on learning experience for its visitors. There are several things to enjoy here such as active sailing programs, boat building, adventure programs and restoration programs. All of which are made for visitors to know more about the history of the area.
- Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve – With more than 246,000 acres of land located within the Apalachicola Bay, this area is considered the 2nd largest Estuarine Research Reserve in the United States. There are several attractions in the area including various exhibits on flora and fauna, as well as, an aquaria research facility.
- Cape St George Lighthouse – This lighthouse stands right at the heart of a nearby island, St. George. This lighthouse is open for tourists during Mondays- Wednesdays. You can visit the island through boats that travel to the area from Apalachicola.
The nearest domestic airport serving the area is located about an hour and a half away, the Tallahassee Airport. To get to the city via your own vehicle, the best starting point is Tallahassee. From FL 61/Crawfordville Road, turn right on US 319/US 98 W continue towards US 98 W or Big Bend Scenic Byway Coastal Trail until you reach Apalachicola.