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

March 29 - 30, 2019

Location: Tallahassee, Florida

This event kicks off with one of the largest and most celebrated parades in the southeast. After the parade, join us for the Jubilee in the Park featuring hand crafted items, a Children's Park, local entertainment stages, and national entertainment acts.

April 5 - 7, 2019

Location: Suwannee River State Park, Live Oak, Florida

Paddle two of Florida's most beautiful rivers while you camp out along them with tons of like minded people. This festival will also feature live music, outdoor meals, an evening ghost tour through nearby ruins, and an opportunity to hear from local experts dedicated to preserving North Florida's environment.

April 5 - 7, 2019

Location: Tallahassee, Florida

Throughout Tallahassee during the weekend, you can join fellow movie lovers and filmmakers in this celebration of all things film! Screenings for all kinds of independent movies can be enjoyed all weekend!

April 6 - 7, 2019

Location: Seville Square, Downtown Pensacola, Florida

Tons of amazing jazz artists from around the world and the local area come together for this one-of-a-kind event.

April 7 - 13, 2019

Location: St. George Island, Florida

Want to learn from some of the best artists from across the country? This festival brings 15 amazing artists together to paint en plein air on the Island. You can attend workshops to learn or you just watch them work!

April 12 - 14, 2019

Location: Cascades Park, Tallahassee, Florida

This is an occasion to celebrate music and literature of all kinds. It features tons of writers and musicians and explores how the two disciplines can work together.

April 13, 2019

Location: Sopchoppy, Florida

One of Florida's weirdest and most wonderful festivals celebrates an old Sopchoppy tradition. Worm Grunting is a technique that brings earthworms to the surface to be collected and used as bait. This festival does include a worm grunting contest, plus so many other fun activities such as a 5k, live music, and vendors!

April 24 - 28, 2019

Location: Pier Park, Panama City Beach, Florida

Celebrating it's 19th year with Kenny G and top jazz musicians as well as rising stars. This is one of the top Jazz Festivals in the U.S. and features 5 days of jazz along the beautiful white sandy beaches of Panama Beach. 

April 25 - 28, 2019

Location: Fort Walton Beach, Florida

This festival brings together tons of celebrity winemakers, distillers, chefs, brew masters and entertainers for a completely unique culinary experience! 

April 26 - 28, 2019

Location: Bartram Park, Pensacola

Bring your appetite and dig in at the Pensacola Crawfish Festival featuring crawfish, cajun dishes, boudin balls, seafood gumbo, jambalaya and more. 

April 26 - 28, 2019

Location: Flora-Bama, Perdido Key, Florida

This celebration takes place on the border of Florida and Alabama. Participants throw mullets across state line and compete to see who can throw it the farthest. But that's really just an excuse to throw a giant beach party that straddles two states!

April 26 - 28, 2019

Location: Panama City Beach, Florida

This festival brings together amazing popular artists from the adult-alternative rock genre. It is located right on the beautiful white sandy beaches of Panama City Beach, so you can enjoy the ocean while you enjoy the music.

April 27 - 28, 2019

Location: Tallahassee, Florida

Enjoy the beautiful northern Florida spring while you stroll downtown Tallahassee at this fun art festival. Here you will find live entertainment, local food trucks and vendors, and libations served at the WXYZ Bar by Aloft.

April 27, 2019

Location: Tallahassee, Florida

Pridefest is a celebration of all kinds of people of diverse cultures, races, creeds, genders, and sexual identities. Come out to promote peace and understanding between all kinds of people, especially those in the LGBT+ community.

May 1 - 4, 2019

Location: The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park & Campground, Live Oak, Florida

Camp out in one of Florida's most beautiful spaces while you listen to music by some of the world's best country artists.

May 1 - 5, 2019

Location: Panama City Beach, Florida

This is one of the biggest and best gatherings of bikers in North Florida. 

May 4 - 5, 2019

Location: Cedar Lakes Woods and Gardens, Williston, Florida

Find the perfect Mother's Day gift here with so many great spring and garden vendors to shop from!

May 14 - 19, 2019

Location: Frank Brown Park, Panama City Beach, Florida

Join your fellow jeep enthusiasts for this spectacular 5 day music event with it's 2nd year featuring more vendors, more music, and more family fun! 

May 17 - 18, 2019

Location: Alys Beach, Florida

This festival celebrates a new kind of graffiti. During the festival, the white walls of Alys Beach are covered with projected images for a whole new way to view art work!

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 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.

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. 

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. 

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. 

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.