City of Marianna, Florida

“The City of Southern Charm” is the official nickname of Marianna. It is a nickname that the city has earned by holding on to its southern past. The historic downtown district contains many old shops and antebellum homes. The city borders the Chipola River and is very close to Florida Caverns State Park, so there are plenty of activities for nature lovers to enjoy. It is also home to Chipola College.

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. 

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Walk the path of the early Florida settlers along the Bellamy Bridge Heritage Trail and visit the oldest metal bridge in Florida. The historic Bellamy Bridge is located west of the western end of the Chipola River bridge and is known for The Bellamy Bridge Ghost - a character in one of the most well-known Florida ghost stories!