Many would say that the town of Apalachicola is a hidden Florida gem in itself. We have to agree the town is full of charm and fun things to do. It is part of Florida’s Forgotten Coast, the best-hidden gem in the state of Florida. Here are some of the best-hidden gem activities to do in this amazing Florida town.
The site of a beautiful historic Antebellum house that is lovingly preserved and was once owned by Thomas Orman, a cotton merchant. Orman built the home in 1838 and used it to host social gatherings and business gatherings. Today guests of the park can tour the home for $2 and listen to history retold by the park ranger. When you are done admiring the house, you can go outside to enjoy the beautiful rose garden honoring Dr. Alvin Chapman, a 19th-century botanist. In the rose garden is also a butterfly garden. Tours of the home are available 9 am to 5 pm Thursday through Sunday.
Take in Some Little Known History at the Raney House Museum
The Raney House is run by the Apalachicola Area Historical Society. The Raney House was a small settlement at the mouth of the river. Today the home still stands and members of the historical society are ready to greet you and answer all of your questions or just allow you to meander along the exhibits and informally take in the history of Apalachicola at your own pace.
Learn About the Waters of the Forgotten Coast that Apalachicola Sits on at the Maritime Museum
This museum was founded to preserve and celebrate the rich maritime history of Apalachicola. There are hands-on learning experiences and active boating excursions available at the museum to get a first-person feel for the beginnings of this charming waterside town. It is a fun place to get involved in the community as a volunteer as well. Admission to the museum is $5 and you can purchase tickets online. Or book one of the many boating adventures like the moonlight dinner cruise for $75.
Take a Guided Fishing Charter
There are several companies in and around Apalachicola that take people out on fishing adventures. There are many large fish in the waters around Apalachicola and these local experts can help guide you in the best methods for catching them. You just may have a new favorite hobby by the time you are done.
Hop on an Airboat
Apalachicola Airboat Adventures is loved by locals and tourists alike. You will skim along the surface of the water at 40 miles per hour while seeing local wildlife including dolphins, alligators, birds, turtles, manatees, and several different fish. It is a great way to enjoy the beautiful waters in the area and admire all the local wildlife. The boat takes you to secret spots that you can’t see any other way.
There are many great reasons to love Apalachicola some popular and obvious and some are hidden gems. For more information on homes in Apalachicola and other areas of the Forgotten Coast so that you can enjoy these activities any time you want, please contact us any time.