The Northwest Region of Florida includes the Panhandle and the Big Bend and boarders the Gulf of Mexico to the south and Georgia and Alabama to the North. Florida's capital city, Tallahassee, is part of this region. The culture of the panhandle is more closely related with the deep south of the boarding states.

Some of the most beautiful beaches and natural coastlines are located in this region and includes the Emerald Coast, the Forgotten Coast and the Nature Coast.

Counties in this Region include:
Levy, Dixie, Gilchrist, Taylor, Lafayette, Suwannee, Hamilton, Madison, Jefferson, Leon, Wakulla, Franklin, Liberty, Gadsden, Jackson, Calhoun, Gulf, Bay, Washington, Holmes, Walton, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Escambia

Northwest Florida Region Map
Upcoming Events in this Region

May 24 - 26, 2019

Location: Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, White Springs, Florida

Learn about old Florida and the folk traditions of this great state at this festival. Jam sessions, demonstrations, and workshops are held throughout the weekend to teach you the ways of our ancestors.

May 29 - June 7, 2019

Location: Pensacola, Florida

This is a celebration of the founding of Pensacola by Spanish Conquistador, Don Tristan de Luna in 1559. Since then, the flags of five different countries have flown over the city: Spanish, French, British, Confederate, and American. The fiesta celebrates the multi-cultural heritage of Pensacola and its long history.

May 31 - June 1, 2019

Location: The Fort Walton Beach Landing, Fort Walton Beach, Florida

Head to the panhandle for one of the longest-running and most popular pirate festivals in the country! Check it out for a fun-filled weekend that ends in an unforgettable parade.

June 1, 2019

Location: 23 SE 2nd Avenue, Chiefland, Florida

63rd Annual Chiefland Watermelon Festival features Family fun, crafts, food, parade, and a Watermelon Pageant and Watermelon contests.

June 1, 2019

Location: Wellborn Community Center, Wellborn, Florida

A pancake breakfast kicks off this celebration off all things blueberries that also includes a parade, a car show, local entertainment, and over 100 vendors!

June 8, 2019

Location: St. George Island, Florida

Mullet tossing might seem like a strange tradition, but this event proves that it's a fun one too! Come to benefit the Apalachicola bay Charter School while you compete for prizes and bragging rights.

June 14 - 15, 2019

Location: Monticello, Florida

This celebration of the watermelon harvest brings thousands of people together for all kinds of fun events. Pageants, rodeos, and a vendor village are just a few of the great things you'll find here.

June 22, 2019

Location: Days Inn & Suites Navarre Conference Center, Navarre, Florida

Here you will find over 40 exhibitors practiced in the psychic and healing arts. Featuring intuitive readers, life coaches, speakers, products, healers, chair massage, yoga, fitness, and much more!

June 28 - 29, 2019

Location: Pals Park, Chipley, Florida

A huge lineup of musical performances, lots of great food, the Hot Trot, parade, arts and crafts, rides, pageant and so much more.

July 3 - 5, 2019

Location: Panama City Beach, Florida

There are tons of ways to celebrate Independence Day in Panama City Beach! With multiple fireworks shows on different night, a summer concert series show, and so much more, there is something for everyone to enjoy!

July 4, 2019

Location: The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin, West Miramar Beach, Florida

Tons of fun activities for the whole family and live music kick off this fun Independence Day festival!

July 10 - 13, 2019

Location: Gulfside Pavilion at Casino Beach, Pensacola Beach, Florida

Features the world-famous Blue Angels performing over Pensacola Beach on Santa Rosa Island.

Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park is one of the most unique and exquisite state parks in north florida. The garden itself is beautiful, especially during the months of January through April when the garden is in high blooming season making it absolutely stunning. The park however, features much more than just the garden itself. There are two lakes within the park, offering all sorts of water enjoyment throughout the year including swimming, kayaking, boating, and fishing. If that wasn't enough, this park is put over the top with several miles of walking, biking, and equestrian friendly trails that overlook both lakes making the possibilities at Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park endless.

Bald Point State Park is a 4,065 acre chunk of wildlife hanging off of the western end of the Florida panhandle right on the Golf of Mexico. The park is perfect for nature goers and birdwatchers with much of Florida's intricate habitats to explore. Not too mention the amazing wildlife on display including bald eagles in the fall, among other Florida birds migrating south for the winter. The parks beaches are also great for canoeing, kayaking, swimming, or simply relaxing near the ocean water. 

Open every day of the year, Blackwater Heritage State Park is a great place to go for mountain biking or just plain old bicycling, hiking, and horseback riding. The paved trails, which add up to more than nine miles in total, are great for walkers too, and some paths are shaded for more enjoyment. People also find some great photography shots of nature while they are here, with the wildlife that lives so peacefully here. There are multiple wooden bridges throughout the state park that exercisers can walk/ride over with creeks running underneath them. Pets are allowed as long as they are on a leash, so feel free to bring your little four legged friend with you. Restroom facilities, picnic pavilions, playgrounds, and water fountains are also found around the state park. 

Blackwater River State Park is made for the outdoor enthusiasts. Activities like canoeing, kayaking, camping, and picnicking are some of the more popular activities, along with walking through the park's nature trails surrounded by trees. Blackwater State Forest and Blackwater River State Park are a part of the largest longleaf pine ecosystem that's left in the world. They say it's even rarer than a tropic rainforest, so be sure to bring your camera when you visit to get some excellent photography shots of nature at its finest. Guests can also came here in tents or RV's if they want to make their stay a little longer.

Home to one of the largest coastal dune lakes in Florida, Camp Helen State Park is located in Panama City Beach. This park is 180 acres in size and activities that can be done here include swimming, beachcombing, nature study, hiking, and both freshwater and saltwater fishing. Guests can also learn how to kayak and paddle board if they are feeling adventurous enough. The walking trails for hikers have some great photographic characteristics so be sure to bring your camera if you're into nature photography shots. 

Cedar Key Museum State Park is home to what used to be called the St. Clair Whitman Museum. St. Clair Whitman lived in Cedar Key since he was a boy in the late 1800s and during his lifetime, he was involved in both of Cedar Key's major industries, the cedar pencil mill and the fiber factory. He also had quite a collection of seashells and Native American Artifacts. When Whitman died  in 1959, he dedicated all of his collections to the University of Florida's Florida Museum of Natural History. The museum with these belongings and Whitman's home was donated by his family in 1991. The home was restored to look like the inside of a 1920s style home and the museum itself also has some cool artifacts from the same time. Birdwatching is also a big pastime here, so be sure to bring your binoculars to check out the birds. A canoe launch and nature trails line the property and pets are allowed as long as they are on a leash. 

Visitors to this area can take a self-guided tour through the museum that houses displays from the mid 1800s when Florida hosted its first State Constitution Convention. The constitution became the Organic Law of Florida after four more constitution conventions and Florida was finally admitted to the Union as the 27th state. There are actual artifacts from this time period and an audio-animated mannequin demonstration of the debates and the process of drafting a state constitution. It's definitely a history lesson if you happen to stop by!

Not only is this a beach where people can swim, it also has a rare dune lake within the property. In this coastal dune, visitors can expect to find magnolias, golden asters, woody goldenrod, and scrub oaks as well as more rare plants like the spoonflower, pitcher plants, and Curtiss' sand grass within the park. There are also plenty of other wildflowers to add color to this attractive state park as well as some nature trails for the nature lovers. Visitors like to walk across the dunes to the beach and picnic with their friends and families during the nicer weather. Fishing is also allowed here so be sure to bring your fishing rods if you're a fan of fishing. 

This park is a beautiful area for those who just need to relax and get away for a few hours or even a day. There's a sandy white beach for visitors to sunbath, play in the sand, swim, and look for sea shells as well as fishing spots, hiking trails, and the option to camp and enjoy nature for more than a day. It's very possible to see a variety of animals here such as dolphins, sea turtles, and other saltwater fish along with a variety of birds. If you're a fan of nature photography, this is the perfect place to get some practice in with the camera. The state park is also one of the best areas to stargaze at, so even if you don't decide to camp, be sure to stick around until after dark to look at the beautiful night skies. 

Located in Crawfordville, Florida, the Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park is the perfect destination for anyone craving a weekend getaway. With a variety of activities that range from swimming, hiking, snorkeling, horseback riding, and kayaking, one is sure to find an activity that the entire family can enjoy. There is a camping ground where one can set up a tent to enjoy the wildlife scenery during the day and stargaze by night. If outside camping isn’t your thing, then worry not. A lodge is offered at the property so that one can enjoy nature while still feeling at home.

Eglin AFB is a U.S. Air Force base located in the Florida panhandle in Oskaloosa County. A large base, it is home to many military tenant commands and hosted by the 96th Air Base Wing who test and evaluate Air Force weapons and other supporting systems.

The Florida Caverns are the only above ground cavern in all of Florida accessible to tourists - and for the only cave in Florida, they are absolutely amazing. The park itself is massive and contains caves, beautifully diverse trails, and even a small yet deep spring that is available to swim in. 

Did you know that caverns are pretty rare in the state of Florida? If you're in the area, this is the place to check out! Walking tours are available every day of the year except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Caverns are a great way to spend a hot day because when you go under ground, it gets cooler. You'll see stalactites, stalagmites, flowstones, and draperies while exploring the Florida Caverns. The cave passageways were actually enlarged by hand in the 1930s by workers so it was easier for visitors to stand rather than hunch down while they walked through. 

Besides the caverns, there are also paths for bicycling and walking. Make sure to bring your swim suit if it's a really hot day as there are waters to enjoy as well as grounds for picnicking. The grounds here are also made for campers, so if you want to stay a little longer, you're more than welcome to do that. Florida Caverns State Park is a great place to visit for nature lovers of all kinds as there are a variety of animals that live in the park as well as beautiful trees and plants. Be sure to bring your camera for a chance at some nature shots!

The Forest Capital Museum State Park is dedicated to celebrating and showing Florida's beautiful pine trees. Weddings are often held at the Forest Capital Museum State Park due to the beautiful scenery. Well behaved dogs on leashes are permitted on site, except for indoors. The Forest Capital museum is onsite as well and its goal is to provide information on Florida's pine trees.

Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park, formerly a WWII gunnery and bombing practice range, is now a stunning park full of longleaf pines. This park offers many different experiences including camping, beautiful fishing spots, geo-seeking, hiking, and biking paths. It's a perfect spot for a picnic underneath their picnic pavilion. This park is popular day spot with a playground, kayak and canoe launch, and it's pet friendly! It also offers RV camping with restroom facilities and a shower station. Come enjoy a relaxing day at the park and an out of this world Panhandle sunset.

Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park is a collection of natural springs that produce about 44 million gallons of water per day. The spring is called the Gilchrist Blue because of its clear, gorgeous blue waters. The main spring is known for its wildlife including turtles, fish, and invertebrates. Water activities such as paddle boarding, swimming, and snorkeling are all common at the spring head and spring run. Other activities at the park include hiking, nature trails, and picnicking. Pavilions are available that offer a food concession stand and beverage service. Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park is ideal for a day surrounded by nature and beautiful waters with the whole family. 

Grayton Beach State Park is a 2200 acre park featuring beautiful natural beaches with rolling dunes covered in sea oats and snowy white sand along emerald waters. Located between Panama City Beach and Destin in the Northwest Region of Florida right next to the town of Seaside. Grayton Beach State Park is Florida at it's most natural state with nature trails, nature trails, boating, fishing (both saltwater and freshwater), and swimming. 

This beautiful stretch of land from Mississippi to Santa Rosa Island is Florida coastland in it's natural state at it's best. Clear emerald water, sugary white soft sand with un-touched sand dunes and natural habitats for wildlife. 

 

Henderson Beach State Park  has something in store for everyone! From a nature trail to sandy white beaches, Henderson Beach State Park is a must for those who love the beach and nature in general. 

Hurlburt Field is a part of the greater Eglin Air Force Base reservation. Located in the Florida Panhandle in Okaloosa County, it is the headquarters of the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), the 1st Special Operations Wing (1 SOW), and the Air Force Special Operations School (USAFSOS).

NAS Pensacola Corry Station is a sub-installation of nearby Naval Air Station Pensacola. It’s primarily used to train military personnel in the Information Warfare Corps. The military station is located near the city of Pensacola, Florida, on Florida’s Emerald Coast. 

Located a short distance from the Alabama-Florida border and a 20-minute ride east to the City of Pensacola, Naval Air Station Pensacola lies a short 25-minute drive from the cities of Mobile, Alabama, Biloxi, Mississippi and New Orleans, Louisiana. The base and the attractions nearby make this a great place to be stationed at and a fantastic travel destination.

Naval Hospital Pensacola is a U.S. Navy hospital located near the City of Pensacola, Florida, the westernmost city in the Florida Panhandle. Older than 26 U.S. states, it is in its second century of service and is one of the oldest and most respected military medical facilities in the country. It’s website states “It continues to provide health care to over 150,000 beneficiaries in its main facility and 10 branch clinics in 5 states.”

NSA Panama City is a U.S. Navy base located between the cities of Panama City and Panama City Beach. It is a base for several commands including the Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD), the Navy Experimental Diving Unit (NEDU), and the Navy Diving Salvage and Training Center (NDSTC).

Tyndall Air Force Base is an advanced fighter base with many types of fighter aircraft including the F-22A Raptor. The base is located in the Florida Panhandle on the Emerald Coast next to Panama City, Florida. 

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This is a country radio station that covers 14 counties in Florida playing a variety of today's best country hits. Listen to win concert tickets and other prizes, or text 877-937-7883 for song requests, questions, or comments. 

Baptist Hospital, Inc. is the only locally owned nationally recognized health care system in the area. Baptist Hospital has made it its goal to provide patients with award-winning healthcare. This institution's involvement with the community has proved they care about more than just their patients.

Bay County, home of Panama City Florida, has a lot to offer its residents during all times of the year. Sports are surprisingly big here, with golf, paddleboarding, and sports programs for flag football and softball all proving to be popular the year round. Check out a few of our favorites below. 

Bay Medical Sacred Heart has received many awards for its clinical excellence on a national scale. Sacred Heart provides a wide range of quality health care services to everyone in their community.

Bob's River Place is a must go to water park if you are planning a Florida vacation during the summer. It is essentially a forest that has been decorated with ropes and platforms for 'daredevils' seeking an adrenaline rush. There are picnic tables and grills for family cook outs, volleyball nets, karaoke, log rolling, slides, and other activities that you won't find in many other places. Come visit this 'hidden gem' during the spring and summer seasons for an adventure that is sure to last a lifetime.

Calhoun County has quite a few examples of great locations to encourage outdoor recreation year round. Youth Baseball, Softball, and even T-ball, as well as their Greenway trail and locations along the Chipola River give plenty to do and see here in Calhoun.

Calhoun Liberty Hospital and its employees are dedicated to delivering professional, courteous, and compassionate care to all of their patients. They offer a gentle hand and friendly local faces when you need it most. At Calhoun Liberty Hospital, they are committed to serving the community’s needs.

Through the years Campbellton-Graceville Hospital has helped generation after generation reach better health. The organization has strived to serve the needs of their region ever since it was established. Campbellton-Graceville Hospital is loyal to its community and will continue to strive for excellence in healthcare.

With more than 1100 employees and 500 physicians, their number one priority is to exceed their patient's expectations with the highest quality and most compassionate care.

There aren't too many salt water marshes on the Gulf of Mexico, but at Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve, there are a lot of natural habitats on display. Swamps, hardwood forests, pine flatwoods, and scrub are just a few of the nature scenes that await the studier of nature and/or photographer. It's also a great place for wildlife observation since the area is completely natural. Hikers and off-road bicyclists will also enjoy their time here with the miles of trails that wind through the park. In certain areas of the park, the shallow waters of the creeks make for the perfect canoeing and kayaking waters, and rentals of these items are near the city of Cedar Key if you don't have your own.

Chautauqua Vineyards takes a different approach to getting customers in. By inviting them and allowing them to see the process of how wine is made live, and creating a learning opportunity for all. They specialize in muscadine variety grapes and wine.

Cobra Adventure Park is a small beachside amusement/entertainment park in Panama City Beach. While it might be small, there's still plenty of things to do, like a pirate themed miniature golf course, a go-kart track where there is double seaters available for smaller children, and several thrill including the Max Flight Simulator, which has been coined the "roller coaster of the future." There's also the Dragon Wagon, which is a kids-only roller coaster and the Vertical Accelerator, which can reach heights of over 160 feet. Don't forget to visit the arcade with all the newest and greatest electronic games. 

Cordova Mall is the largest mall in the Pensacola area. It features all kinds of shopping with upscale clothing stores sharing space with a Best Buy and a Dick's Sporting Goods, among many other kinds of shops. You can find pretty much whatever you're looking for here.

Their first vineyard was planted in 1985 and has been the home of various different grapes such as the muscadine and fruit muscadines the have since been phased out. Also, the home of a wildlife refuge of ducks that may stay or go back to the wild after they are done nesting.

The Destin Commons is Northwest Florida's premier shopping center. This open air mall has all the shops, dining, and entertainment you could ask for. The commons showcases interactive art from local artists so you can enjoy cultural offerings while you shop. It is also home to an AMC movie theater.

This is a local dog park with large and small areas and amenities such as benches and watering stations. 

Dixie County offers up a bevy of water paddling options for any park goer to make a splash in. Whether on boat or on foot, the whole of Dixie is open to those who wish to find it and learn about its particular ways of getting the best out of Northwest Florida. For the little sluggers in your life, don't forget to check out the Dixie County Little League.

This small town independent book store is a great place to get personalized service while you shop for books. You can also find exquisite yarns as well as games and diversions!

Their vineyard is 40 acres and has various kinds of muscadine grapes growing such as Carlos and Noble. They are a part of a sister store and their Chautauqua wines are sold there as well.

When you head outdoors in Escambia County, you'll find a number of things to do in the midst of their parks and recreation culture. Horseback riding, team sports, and great nature trails are just a few of the reasons why this is a great Florida County.

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) was founded in 1887 as a small college of only 15 students. After over 120 years, FAMU has grown to over 9000 students and is one of twelve colleges part of Florida's State University System. It is located in Tallahassee.

Founded in 1851, Florida State University is the oldest continuous institution of higher education in Florida. It is located in Florida's capital, Tallahassee. FSU is an elite university with high GPA and SAT expected scores for incoming freshmen. With over 40,000 students, FSU offers students a welcoming environment, challenging courses, and personal attention to students. 

This is a local park that features sections for large and small dogs and a hose station. It also has dog water fountains inside of the gated areas.

Franklin County is a great member of the gulf coast counties that line the panhandle of Florida. Here the beach is a great draw, with lots of ways to camp along the shoreline. Youth and adult sports and recreation are at home here as well. Come check a few of the attractions for parks and recreation to be found here in Franklin.

Come home to the outdoors in Gadsden County, Florida. A variety of lakeside activities will make your weekends a real splash. Youth and adult sports will also encourage physical activity all year round. Check out a few of the many amenities and features of this great Florida County.

This is the ideal County for those who love to take a dip in the clear blue waters of Florida's pristine springs. Whether it be tubing, snorkeling, scuba diving, or just wading in the shallows to see what you can catch a glimpse of, Gilchrist County goes overboard with its collection of natural springs. Team Sports are also a great draw at the youth level, so check out a few of the activities to keep your child out and about all year long. 

Governor's Square Mall is the only regional mall in Tallahassee. It is a great place to find all your apparel and accessory needs, plus so much more. Don't miss the great dining while your here.

Gulf County Florida is a great destination for outdoor fun in the Panhandle of Northwest Florida. Great locations like the William J. Rish Recreational Park, the Dead Lakes, and the St. Joseph Bay Golf Club all provide unique recreational opportunities for all comers.

From great musical history to edge of your seat white water rafting excursions, Hamilton County shows the best of Florida's natural attractions, while keeping up with the sporting events that really get your blood pumping.

Indigo River Publishing highlights the importance of not only focusing on experienced authors but on first-time authors as well. This publishing company's goal is to work closely with authors to ensure the books they produce are to perfection. Indigo River Publishing also strives to market the books to the best of its ability. 

You might not think of cave exploration when you think of Florida, but if you're visiting Jackson County, you definitely could. With cave exploration, as well as a slew of walking trails, softball games, and river runs to paddle on, there is a lot to surprise you in this seldom seen gem of Northwest Florida.

Jefferson County has the eats, it has the wheels, and it has the classic parts of North Florida that still exist nowadays. Bring your bike helmet and check out some of the events in this great Florida County.

Put a little spring in your step in Lafayette County, home to as many natural springs as there are vowels in the name Lafayette. Take your paddle, take your boat, and bring a couple pairs of snorkels to dive into the aquatic magic of this great Florida County.

Birds and butterflies oh my! This is the county that lets the beauty of North Florida soar and takes its park goers with them. Leon is home to the heart of the capital city, but the green plant trees and the blue fountains are given an equal spot in its great park locations. Sports and other activities have equal place too. Come check out a few of the programs and activities here in Leon. 

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Levy County takes advantage of several travel mediums through which visitors can explore the area. A bicycle is a great option, horseback is something to remember, and a kayak adds some cool refreshing water to your workout. Check out these examples and look our for more in Levy County.

Liberty County offers a diverse array of activities in its relative small land area. Parks, trails, and youth baseball punctuate the activities listed here, but there is far more to offer in this important member of the Florida Parks and Recreation family.

Some of Florida's key attractions live right here in Madison County. Swim around some of the content as you familiarize yourself with this great member of North Florida.

Perkins Block was a department store opened in 1890 with an opera house on the top floor. Today the opera house has been renovated and serves as a home for the performing arts in Monticello area.

Monticello Vineyards and Winery is a small Florida farm with 50+ acres of USDA organic farm and vineyards. There are over 18 different kinds of muscadine grapes being grown on site.

In Okaloosa County, activities like geocaching and youth sports are offered alongside locations like the Baker Recreation area to offer a huge number of possibilities for parks and recreation activities.

The Panama City Mall is one of the area's best and largest malls. Shop at all kinds of stores to find everything you could need, eat at one of the many dining centers, and catch a movie at the PC Mall Cinemas.

This outdoor shopping center has everything you could need for the perfect day just a block away from the beach. Check out the 120+ stores that make shopping here great. For entertainment, you can go to Dave and Busters, take a ride on the Sky Wheel, and watch a movie at the Grand IMAX theater.

Port Pensacola, strategically positioned along the Gulf of Mexico in Northwest Florida, is a diverse business focused, full service deep-water port offering stevedoring and marine terminal services for all descriptions of bulk, break-bulk, unitized freight, and special project cargo. most diverse and business focused deep-water port. 

Port of Port St. Joe is a deepwater seaport on the Gulf Coast of Florida suited for bulk and cargo shipments, offering access to rail, the U.S. Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, and state and U.S. highways.

Port Panama City located on the Gulf Coast in Northwest Florida handles over a million tons of cargo per year and provides essential support service for major manufacturing companies in the area.

A fantastic outing for the whole family, Race City Amusement Park has the classic fairground rides like paratroopers, Scrambler (also known as the Merry Mixer in some areas), a Tilt-O-Whirl type ride with the carts shaped like bears, and a roller coaster with other rides specifically for smaller children. There is also go-kart tracks, an indoor black light mini golf underwater themed adventure, bumper boats, a mega arcade with all the coolest video games where you can win tickets to pick out some awesome prizes, and a Skycoaster ride, which is similar to a zipline. The only Skycoaster in Panama City Beach, this is the ultimate thrill ride as you fly in a harness, going over 60 miles per hour. You can even share this experience with a friend or two if you want! It's one of the few parks around where you don't even have to pay to park and there's free admission. 

Just as the name suggests, Sam's Fun City is a fun experience for everyone who visits. The only amusement and water park that is located in Pensacola contains over 20 rides for kids of all ages. There's go-carts, bumper boats, miniature golf, water slides, and laser tag in the arcade. The Crossroads Arcade has the largest selection of arcade games on the Gulf Coast, so be sure to check it out when you visit! They've also got a great selection of food here, from burgers and hot dogs to homemade pizza and deli sandwiches, to choose from. 

Try a little bit of everything here in Santa Rosa County. With a huge number of options for physical activity, like horse riding, sports programs, and some great dog parks, check out the details of just a few of what this area has to offer.

The Santa Rosa Mall is the perfect place to get your shopping done while you're in the panhandle. You'll also find a Regal Cinemas movie theater and tons of events and entertainment for the whole family.

The St. John's Town Center is one of North Florida's best outdoor malls. It has over 150 stores, featuring some that you won't find anywhere else in the region. High end stores and world class dining make this a must visit if you're in the area.

For more than 30 years, this bookstore has been serving the panhandle with all kinds of local and non-local books. With a great atmosphere and a location near the shore, this is the best place to find your perfect beach read.

Bring your guitar pick and your favorite towel because at Suwannee County Parks, the day ahead is going to be a busy one. Come see all this great place has to offer.

Sweet Pea Cafe is serving some of the best vegan food in Tallahassee. Be sure to come by and try out a more healthy lifestyle. 

Taylor County is hosts a unique celebration of Northwest Florida's outdoor culture. Past and present mix in a tangy BBQ rub, while fisherman take their rods out on the water in a concert of Florida culture. 

Formally the Tallahassee Mall, The Centre of Tallahassee transformed the space into a center of retail and culture in the panhandle. In addition to great shopping it is also home to an AMC movie theater and The Pavilion, a live performance venue.

Family owned and operated winery that specializes in port and vinifera wines. They have different kinds of grapes growing in the vineyard including muscadine. 

University of West Florida opened it's doors in 1967 as an upper classmen university for Juniors and Seniors in Pensacola. Today more then 12,000 students attend UWF with undergraduate, graduate and targeted research programs. 

Try a little bit of everything at Wakulla County. A horse is welcome of course, and so is your bike, your running shoes, and your diving mask. Any way you get here, you will enjoy your time at this great ode to the attractions available in Northwest Florida.

In Walton County, park goers have a wide number of options to choose from. Youth Sports Programs, Morrison Springs, and Padgett Park offer a diverse number of ways to spend your afternoon. 

With a number of Youth Sports options, Holmes Creek, and Falling Waters State Park, Washington County has a number of places to visit and an even larger number of activities to try. Read on to learn more about a few of these and to whet your appetite for the outdoors of Florida's panhandle.

WFBD-TV is a digital television station that is independently owned. It licensed to Flinn Broadcasting in the Pensacola television market.

This isn’t a normal amusement park with thrilling coasters or family fun rides. WonderWorks is more than 100 hands on exhibits that challenge the mind and spark creativity in the visitor’s imagination. With a couple of different zones that can be explored: natural disasters, physical challenges, light and sounds, space discovery, imagination lab, and far out art gallery, it's hard to be bored here. There is also an indoor ropes challenge, a 4D simulator ride, and a laser tag arena for the kid in all of us. WonderWorks has only six locations in the United States and Florida is lucky to have two of them.