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

September 27 - 29, 2019

Location: Pensacola, Florida

Pensacola has some of the best seafood in the world! This festival lets you enjoy that seafood while you listen to live music and browse arts and crafts vendors.

September 28th - November 3, 2019

5 acres of corn maze that is divided into three sections so you can choose your challenge. Includes a pumpkin patch and lots of fun activities for the family. 

October 4 - 6, 2019

Location: Destin Harbor, Destin, Florida

3 Days of Entertainment & Fun at the Destin Harbor includes the best local and coastal musician's on the beach on 3 stages featuring Rock, Reggae, Country, and tropical music. Enjoy the music and great food at the restaurants and bars throughout the Harbor. 

October 11 - 12, 2019

Location: The Village of Baytowne Wharf, Sandestin, Florida

Come out to The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin for the 10th Annual Baytowne Wharf Beer Fest featuring American specialty beers from around the nation, more than 200 domestic and international craft beers, brewery representatives offering an opportunity to learn about the different types of lagers and ales from a variety of styles and live music.

October 11 - 13, 2019

Location: Panama City Beach, Florida

Columbus Day weekend will bring waves of fun-filled adventures to Panama City Beach with the annual Pirates of the High Seas Fest. Family activities include a scavenger hunt, pirate invasions, a kids parade and main parade, live music, fireworks and so much more! 

October 14 - 20, 2019

Location: Schooners Local Beach Club, Panama City Beach, Florida

Eat delicious lobster while you participate in sandcastle competitions and lobster tournaments during this fun week long celebration of everything lobster!

October 18 - 20, 2019

Location: Niceville, Florida

Welcome to Boggy Country!  What’s our recipe for success?  Start with a savory assortment of food, including tons of tasty mullet.  Add a unique selection of handmade arts and crafts, then throw in thrilling amusement rides and games.  Top it all off with top-notch musical entertainment, and you’ve got one of the most enduring festivals in the Southeast!  It’s three days full of fun for the whole family, and you won’t want to miss a minute!

April 29 - May 3, 2020 Spring

Oct 23 - 27, 2019 Fall

Location: Panama City Beach, Florida

Bikers descend from around the country to Panama City Beach Florida for this week of live music, entertainment, motorcycle events and more. 

October 23 - 27, 2019

Location: Panama City Beach, Florida

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

 

October 24 - 27, 2019

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

Set on the banks of Florida's most famous river, this festival is a great way to celebrate Halloween with dazzling lights, art installations, and performance art, all of which come together to make this music festival a completely unique experience.

October 26, 2019

Location: St. Marks, Florida

This annual event kicks off the fall season with a celebration of the stone crab. "We know fall has arrived when our fishermen start hauling in the Stone Crabs". Come enjoy the live music, parade, local vendors and artisans, children's activities and fun for the whole family.

November 1 - 3, 2019

Location: Downtown Pensacola’s Historic Seville Square

The Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival is a three-day, juried art show that draws more than 200 of the nation's best painters, potters, sculptors, jewelers, graphic artists, craftsmen and other artists.

November 1 - 3, 2019

Location: Cedar Key, Florida

Cedar Key is invaded by pirates one weekend every year at this fun event! 

November 29 - December 30, 2019 (Select Dates)

Location: Kirby Family Farm, Williston, Florida

Take a 20 minute train ride to get a Christmas experience like no other. Here you will see thousands of Christmas lights, Visit with Santa and friends, and find so many other rides and activities for the whole family.

December (tba), 2019

Location: from Sabine Marina to the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk, Pensacola Beach, Florida

This lighted boat parade is a fun way to kick off the holiday season with the whole family. It includes a pre-show party for kids and an appearance from Santa Claus!

December 14, 2019

Location: Carrabelle River, Carrabelle, Florida

Find your favorite spot along the river to enjoy Live Music and other Entertainment while you watch all kinds of decorated boats make their way past!

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. 

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).

The Inglis Lock Recreation Area has recreational things to do like taking a leisurely walk, running, and biking along the trail. Located about an hour south of Gainesville, the Inglis Lock Recreation Area is in close proximity to the western end of the Cross Florida Greenway and has been inoperable since 1999. The Inglis Lock Recreation Area sits on over 70,000 acres of land with over 1200 of that land being used for multi-purpose trails. In addition to the trails the Inglis Lock Recreation Area has freshwater bank fishing, saltwater fishing, wildlife viewing opportunities and more. Don't forget to get your Inglis Lock Recreation Area stamp when you visit. 

Lafayette Blue Springs State Park flows into the beautiful Suwannee River. The spring has crystal blue waters that you can swim, canoe, or paddle board in. The park also has many other amenities such as a campground, rental vacation cabins, equestrian trails, and a picnic pavillion. A natural limestone bridge crosses the spring run for visitors to walk across and see all the wildlife the park has to offer. Whether you are looking to go camping for the weekend or take the family out on the boat, Lafayette Blue Springs State Park is a gorgeous spot to be outdoors.

Hiking, wildlife viewing, and picnicking may be the most traditional activities observed at Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park, but families might be interested in taking a guided tour of the park's earthen temple mounds as well. A journey into Florida's Territorial Period and early statehood is just a short drive north of Florida State University, on the wildlife-rich southern border of Lake Jackson.

Lake Talquin State Park is a true one-of-a-kind state park. Unlike most areas in Florida, Lake Talquin State Park is nestled in between bluffs that overlook the lake. Lake Talquin itself is close to 10,000 acres in size and guests are welcome to fish, picnic, hike, and go bird watching.

Encompassing Florida's tallest Native American ceremonial mound that was built around 1,800 years ago, Letchworth-Love Mounds Archaeological State Park offers a wide array of activities for the entire family to enjoy. Some of the activities include bird watching, hiking a half-mile nature trail, picnicking, and touring the numerous wildlife roaming around. While it's nice to explore the nature in the heart of Florida's capital, the state park also serves to educate on the Swift Creek Culture, whom were the people that built the mound between 200 and 450 A.D. 

Madison Blue Spring State Park is a must see for people who love swimming and cave diving. This state park is located in Lee, Florida about an hour from Jacksonville. Madison Blue Spring State Park is popular for its scenic woodlands and its 82 feet wide, 25 feet deep, spring. Some of the many things you can experience include birding, paddling, fishing, scuba diving, and of course, swimming. As for amenities, Madison Blue Spring State Park provides picnic pavilions, as well as being a pet friendly park. This state park is a place where anyone can come and have a great time, In fact, it was voted #1 swimming hole in the country in 2015!

Manatee Springs State Park is located in the northwestern part of Florida's peninsula, and is the sight of one of Florida's 33 first magnitude springs, with an average water flow between 50 and 150 million gallons of water per day. It is a great place to gaze at the beautiful wildlife, especially the park's namesake, the manatee (when the water is cold enough). The park also offers paddling, bicycling, tubing, and even event catering thanks to Anderson's Outdoor Adventures. And some of the park's most alluring features are the underwater caverns available to certified cave divers looking for a beautiful, maze-like adventure. But if you aren't certified, fret not, because the park has everything from camping and picnicking to snorkeling and fishing, as well as an 800 ft. boardwalk and over 8 miles of hiking trails. Park rangers are on sight to provide additional support and information in order to make Manatee Springs State Park a truly wonderful experience. 

Found in Tallahassee, Natural Bridge Battlefield Historic State Park is the site of the second largest Civil War battle in Florida. A monument located at the park honors the Confederate soldiers who defended Natural Bridge. There are picnic tables available as well as fishing areas surrounded by nature for visitors to relax and enjoy the historical beauty of the park.

Nature Coast State Trail is a designated National Recreation Trail, connecting Cross City, Trenton, Fanning Springs, and Chiefland. Along the 32-mile trail, visitors can choose from two primary paths that run parallel to the abandoned rail lines that meet at Wilcox Junction. Along with hiking, mountain biking, and a variety of other activities, Nature Coast also sports a 4.5-mile equestrian trail. Noted as "one of the state's best bike trails," Nature Coast State Trail takes you over the Suwannee River Trestle, delivering beautiful views of the river and the abundant 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.

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).

Welcome to Ochlockonee River State Park! A great place to spend a day, weekend, or week long vacation. Enjoy fishing in the park's river for both freshwater and saltwater fish such as bream, largemouth bass, and catfish. The boat ramp allows easy access to the water for anyone who wants to canoe or kayak. Picnic and swimming areas are available for visitors at the intersection of the Ochlockonee River and the Dead River. Blissfully hike through the trails and marvel at the various wildlife families that live there. For visitors who plan on staying the night, full access to campgrounds with restrooms and showers are available. 

Overlooking the Apalachicola River is a beautiful home built by Thomas Orman for all sorts of gatherings in 1838. The rich history behind the Orman House Historic State Park aided in shaping Florida. Travel back in time and take a tour of the home, or visit the Chapman Botanical Gardens, which is always blooming in remembrance of one of the most popular botanists, Dr. Alvan Chapman. Experience the interpretive exhibits and nature trails, and find out everything that this state park has to offer.

Perdido Key State Park is a popular destination for swimmers in Florida. The white sand beaches and dunes covered with sea oats give it a gorgeous sight. The beaches can be accessed through the boardwalks from the parking lot, allowing for the preservation of the delicate dunes and vegetation. There are picnic tables for families, and a collection of endangered and threatened species to view. Surf fishing is a must-try activity at Perdido Key. It is popular among the locals and all skill levels are welcomed. 

Price's Scrub State Park stretches 1000 acres across the Northwest Marion Greenway. The park is known for its lush green landscape and mile long trails for walking and hiking. The park features picnic tables, spacious grass areas, restrooms, and a watering trough. An equestrian trail is available for horseback riding as well as a 9 mile trail, great for bicycling. Whether you want to be active and take a jog, or sit back enjoy the green landscape and bird watch, Price's Scrub State Park has a little something that everyone can enjoy.

San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park is known for being one of Florida's best kept secret hiking spots. This state park is also one of the largest remaining hardwood forests in Florida. Along side the hiking trails, San Felasco also has perfect views for birdwatching, the best off road biking, and historical sites available for viewing. Featuring picnic tables and scenic views, this is the perfect spot for a family outing or enjoying some of Florida's natural beauty. 

San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park is boasted for its rich history. Its museum has displays for some of the tools unearthed beside the fort, as well as a self-guided interpretive exhibits through the park. There are picnic pavilions and grills available overlooking the Wakulla River and Apalache Bay from Tucker's Point, where fresh and salt water come together. It has become an excellent fishing spot for anglers! Come learn about this historic site and take a walk on one of the nature trails that are just waiting to be explored.

Located in Panama City Beach Florida, St. Andrews State Park is a beautiful state park with a mile-and-a-half of pristine beach. Some of its experiences and amenities include biking, boat tours, boating, camping, paddling, fishing, geo-seeking, hiking, picnicking, and many more fun activities!

Rebuilt in 2008, the St. George Island lighthouse is located on beautiful St. George Island Florida. The two-story building built next to it is a replica of the keeper’s house and now houses a museum and gift shop to tell visitors about the history of the lighthouse and its keepers. It is located near beautiful blue waters and white sandy beaches, perfect for a family day exploring the beaches and learning about old Florida history.

St. Marks River Preserve State Park is a hiking and equestrian trail located off of Tram Rd in Tallahassee. The park is ideal for wildlife viewing, with an array of animals in the air and on the ground, ranging from small critters like opossum, to larger beings such as deer, black bear, or bobcat. The park is free to enter and great for those looking to roam and tour the beautiful scenery. 

Named after the American composer Stephen Foster, Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park is situated by the banks of the Suwannee River. It has a museum with exhibits that feature many of Foster's songs, and the park itself plays some of his songs throughout the day from the 97-bell carillon. Demonstrations in quilting, blacksmithing, stained glass making, and many others are available for visitors to watch in Craft Square. Other Popular activities include hiking, bicycling, wildlife viewing, canoeing/kayaking, and picnicking. A campsite is offered for visitors who want to spend the night. The Florida Folk Festival is hosted every memorial day weekend at the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center. Other special events, such as concerts and weekend retreats, are also held throughout the year. 

Suwannee River State Park is a historic site, known today for its ghost town ruins and the remnants of a 19th-century steamship that are lost in time in this great hiking destination at the junction of the Suwannee and Withlacoochee Rivers. The park is a great place to host weddings or parties and has five vacation cabins available for rent. They also have a full facility campground, allowing all levels of accommodations from tents to RVs. Boating, paddling, fishing, and hiking are great activities at this historic park. 

This beautiful and historic 16-mile stretch of converted railway connects Florida's capital to the Gulf of Mexico. The paved trail provides an amazing scenic experience for running, walking, biking, and skating. Equestrian riders can also enjoy the adjacent unpaved trail. Along the path you will encounter all kinds of wildlife such as beautiful cypress trees, butterflies, wading birds, and on occasion alligators and manatees. 

St. Marks Historic State Trail is also pet friendly and provides many great locations for picnics with multiple pavilions and playgrounds for families to enjoy. 

At the southern entrance of the trail, the coastal city of St. Marks welcomes hikers to enjoy seafood dining, fishing, and entertainment. The northern entrance connects hikers to trails leading directly to Apalachicola National Forest to experience even more relaxing scenery and wildlife.

Tarkiln Bayou Preserve State Park is a 4,000 acre preserve that offers a variety of things to do and see. With over 100 rare plant and animal species including the alligator snapping turtle, sweet pitcher plant, and Chapman's butterwart, this is an ideal spot for birdwatching, fishing, and Geo-seeking on the trails.

While at the preserve bring your pets and kids for a family day out. Have a picnic at their picnic pavilion, bring your bike for a ride on the mountain bike trail, or take a walk down the nature trail. Make a day of it with a day hike to Perdido Bay.

Tarkiln Bayou Preserve State Park also offers an interpretive exhibit to learn more about the preserve and its inhabitants, including the four species of endangered pitch plants and other rare or endangered plant species.

 

Come boat, camp, and fish where the Chattahoochee and Flint River converge into Lake Seminole, the source of the Apalachicola River. Three Rivers State Park is the perfect place to spend the day picnicking or observing wildlife, and at night you can camp under the stars or snooze in a reserved cabin!

Enjoy the beautiful beach line of the Gulf of Mexico when you visit the Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. This 1,640 acre park is teeming with wildlife, and is home to a variety of different habitats, perfect for wildlife viewing. From the beach to freshwater coastal dune lakes, longleaf pine forests to wetlands, Topsail has something for everyone. Enjoy 3.2 miles of white sand beach right on the Gulf of Mexico. Swim in the emerald green water, or try your hand at fishing. Saltwater fishing is a popular activity at Topsail. You could catch a pompano, or a king mackerel. Or head on over to the freshwater dune lakes and see if you can catch a bass or freshwater catfish. Fishing not your thing? Visitors are also able to kayak or paddleboard on the water. 

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. 

A visit to the Anna Maria Island Historical Society Museum is a trip back into old Florida. The museum displays artifacts, photographs, and maps that show the Island's history. The museum's exhibits tell the story of the first settlers on the Island and the legacy they left behind. Kids and parents can enjoy walking and biking tours of Anna Maria City, Holmes Beach, and Bradenton Beach.

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.

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!

Big Top Brewing Company is a Sarasota-based brewery that crafts unique and tasty beers. Big Top Brewing Company's mission is to create beers that reflect the rich and powerful history of Sarasota, Florida. The brewery offers tasting room hours so that visitors are able to try different beers.

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.

Local Florida raw, unprocessed honey direct from the hives. 

 

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.

If botany is your thing or you just enjoy gazing at an alluring garden, Cedar Lakes Woods and Gardens is your place to be. This is one of Florida's most beautiful botanical gardens and one that is sure to leave you breathless. It was founded by Dr. Raymond Webber in 1991 when he purchased an old retired lime rock quarry that he gradually turned into the most luxurious botanical garden that Florida has ever seen. Enjoy viewing over 100 species of plants and flowers or the vast array of wildlife that you will encounter through the trails. Cedar Lakes Woods and Gardens also contains a number of domesticated animals such as pheasants, a swan, a 100 pound catfish, cats, a squirrel, and much more. 

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. 

Devil's Den is a prehistoric spring that has previously uncovered many ancient fossils from the Pleistocene epoch. Many of these Fossils can now be found at the University of Florida's Museum of Natural History. After the owners bought the place in 1993, they turned this cavern into one of Florida's most popular sites for snorkeling and scuba diving. Visitors can spend the night by lodging in one of the many comfortable cabins or by setting up a tent on property grounds. There are also designated areas for those who wish to bring their RV's. 

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.

Escape LOL features live escape rooms located in Cantonment, FL. They currently feature two rooms: Pirate Peril and Prison Escape, and their reviews have been buzzing with positive feedback. Solve puzzles and clues in order to work your way out of the room with approximately 2-8 players sleuthing at a time. Play with friends and family, or get partnered with strangers. They offer gift cards and birthday party packages. Check out their website to make your reservation!

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.

Graffiti and The Funky Blues Shack is a locally owned business on the emerald coast of Destin, Florida for over 20 years. When arriving at this local hot spot, you will be immersed in the world of local and famous folk art that adorns every inch of this local establishment. Once entering the doors, you will be greeted with the classic tunes of your favorite jazz and blues musicians. They also have live music everyday of the week that encourages families and locals to let loose and get "jiggy" with it while enjoying local musicians. Graffiti's also offers and array of fresh gulf cuisine with generous portions. On the menu they offer pizza, pasta, and eccentric American fare such as Wild Buffalo Meatloaf with Jalapeño Gravy and Shrimp and Scallop Low Country. They are famous for their bread and garlic oil they want the guest to enjoy for free. Don't be scared to ask for more! If you are looking for an authentic eating experience in the Destin area this is the spot to try!

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.

The Gulfarium is the top Fort Walton Beach attraction and venue for enjoying daily shows, animal chats, animal exhibits, and interactive animal encounters. Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park’s mission is to educate, entertain, and inspire their guests to respect and preserve wildlife by providing unique and memorable experiences for visitors of all ages to connect with marine life.

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.

Idyll Hounds Brewing is a company out of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida that believes in the poetic nature of brewing something with quality ingredients, inspiring good conversation in good people. They have adopted a community lifestyle and are churning out some of the finest beers in the panhandle. Although they are yet a young company, they have already graced their followers with styles ranging from stouts to sours and have continuously made due on their promises of quality. 

 

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.

The Lanier family has been harvesting Tupelo honey from hives in the Apalachicola River swamps since 1898, bringing the unique qualities of the tupelo that can't be found anywhere else in the world. 

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. 

Leslie E. Owen Agent, LLC. is a literary agency that was founded by Leslie Owen. In relation to novel genres, Leslie Owen is looking for adult fiction and nonfiction, as well as children's fiction and nonfiction. For more information about what to submit, visit her website. 

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.

Visit the live ancestors of man's best friend at Seacrest Wolf Preserve! 

Bottling and selling raw and unfiltered honey from around the world with varieties produced from the honey bees in Florida. The Florida varieties include Cotton Honey, Holly Honey, Orange Blossom Honey, Tupelo Honey, and Wildflower Honey. Smiley Honey also produces natural honey enriched skincare products, balms and beeswax products. 

 

Soul Vegan Express Restaurant & Catering in Tallahassee has a fully vegan menu. Delivery and catering is also available. Gluten-free options are available and most common allergens are not found in the menu items.

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. 

Welcome to T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park. This state park is 20 miles full of white sand beaches, dunes, marsh, and wildlife. A self-proclaimed "wildlife haven," T.H. Stone Memorial is home to three species of sea turtles, the endangered St. Andrews beach mouse, and many beach nesting birds, including the snowy plover. A trip to this state park is a perfect opportunity to go bird watching or simply to observe the park's wildlife. Bobcats, otters, deer, and armadillos are among the many animals you can catch a glimpse of. 

Ranked as one of Florida’s top museums, the Museum’s living exhibits of native Florida wildlife, nature trails, and native gardens are renowned by visitors of all ages. The museum encourages guests to learn about North Florida’s rich history, wildlife, and culture.

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. 

The Bark in Tallahassee offers vegan and vegetarian menu options. The restaurant is known for having high-quality food and service as well as a bar and unique cocktails.

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.

Located in Tallahassee, The Junction at Monroe is a dining, arts, and music showplace where people go to enjoy the atmosphere, food, and performances. The business opened in 2014 but the building they are located in is a 1936 warehouse that was slightly refurbished for the performances that The Junction at Monroe wanted to put on. On any given day of the week, there could be an acoustic artist, karaoke where anyone can join in, country music, rock 'n roll performances, and many others. There's quite a bit of enjoyment to be had here so be sure to check it out the next time you're in Tallahassee!

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. 

Vue on 30a is a restaurant located in the south of Walton county and it is considered to be one of the best waterfront dining experiences around Florida. The restaurant serves lunch, dinner, and happy hour throughout the week as well as brunch on Sundays. The venue is renowned for its stunning panoramic beach view, excellent service, and live music during happy hours. On the other hand, the venue welcomes private events and wedding reservations as the location is perfect for the experience of small cozy weddings or a happy retirement party.

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.