Florida is more than just theme parks and thrill rides. There are many places where you can go, unwind, and reconnect with nature. Gulf County, Florida is one of those places. It’s a perfect destination for families looking for a beautiful destination where they can have fun outdoors.
You’ll Love Gulf County, Florida
Located on Florida’s panhandle, Gulf County is situated on 244 miles of beautiful coastline. That provides easy access to water of all kinds; the Gulf of Mexico, the saltwater St. Joseph Bay, the Intracoastal Waterway, the brackish river basin, and the freshwater of the Dead Lakes. That coastline and water access provide for a wide range outdoor adventures like kayaking, fishing, hiking, biking, bird watching, snorkeling, diving, paddleboarding, ecotouring, and boating.
Unlike many travel destinations, the fun continues in Gulf County, FL well past the summer season. They say that their “Prime Season” is Mid August through Mid March. You can enjoy the area anytime of year. When you are ready to start planning your next family vacation to Gulf County, FL use these FREE resources.
- Gulf County Adventure Guide
- The Gulf County Concierge Program
Both websites will easily help you plan your adventure while feeling free, independent and right in the middle of where you want to be.
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When I was searching the websites, I found a few activities our family would love to do on our next trip to the area.
Gulf County, FL Eco Tours
Whether you are looking to do a little fishing or learning more about the local wildlife, local businesses and residents are ready to share their home with you. Owner of About Fun Charter, Charlene Burke, is a local boat captain that holds both a Master’s degree in Marine Biology and a Green Guide certification. She used both to help visitors explore the wonders of the area. On an eco-tour, you may see Bald Eagles at the local bird sanctuary, schools of fish, or octopus in shallow waters. I love experiences like this because every place has it’s own unique sites and experiences. Because the area is nature based, you will NEVER have the same experience twice. So no matter how often you come, it will be a new adventure every time.
Some of the area’s best sites aren’t on land, but underwater. Area dive operators can gear you up to experience a variety of nearby dive sites including over 200 artificial reefs, shipwrecks, and natural sea grass beds. Several of Gulf County’s best diving sites are shallow, between 12-20 feet. Staying shallow gives you more dive time and better light for photography. As a certified diver, I love exploring the underwater world. The area’s visibility is great, water is warm, and the abundance of fish and reefs mean that there will always be plenty to see on every dive. If you aren’t SCUBA certified, area operators offer a Discover Scuba Program where you take classroom instruction and then go down to an actual historic shipwreck with a certified instructor.
Day at the Beach
Any day at the beach is a GREAT day. With 244 miles of coastline, you could explore a different beach everyday of your Gulf County trip. Imagine you and your family sitting on the sand, searching for seashells, building sand castles, taking a horseback ride, or just cruising up and down the coast with the wind in your hair. St. Joe’s Bay offers beautiful beaches, amazing sunsets, and 4 miles of outdoor trails to explore. The best kind of vacation is one you where you can sit back, relax, and make amazing memories. I can do that in Gulf County, FL year after year. There are activities that the whole family will enjoy. Best of all you can find those activities within 15 minutes of anywhere in Gulf County. Start planning your next trip today and begin your next family adventure in Gulf County, FL.
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Answer the following question the comments section.
Which of the adventures in the Adventure Guide would you/your family enjoy taking part in? Why?
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