12 Best Things To Do In Apalachicola, Florida - Updated 2021

things to do in apalachicola florida

Apalachicola, Florida, United States, is a nice, welcoming small town that you will find on the southern tip of the Florida Panhandle. The name of the town says it all since it is an Indian name which means “friendly people”. Currently, the most important industry in this town is seafood harvesting. Apalachicola is most famous for its excellent quality oysters and so it is known as the oyster capital of the world. This is the place where most of Florida’s oysters are harvested. Also part of the thriving local fishing industry are blue crab, shrimp and varioust types of fish.

Book one of the best Airbnb vacation rentals in town, and check out the top things to do in Apalachicola, Florida.

1. Scipio Creek Boardwalk

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Scipio Creek Boardwalk is a moderate hike where you can get stunning views of the Apalachicola River estuary. This magnificent nature trail and hiking area feature various coastal habitats, and at one point along the trail, there is an observation deck. If you’re in town with family, this is a fun and exciting thing to do with them without having to exhaust yourself with complicated trails. The entire trail is mostly a boardwalk with a short, rocky pathway by the entrance.

Scipio Creek Boardwalk

Address: Apalachicola, FL 32320, United States

Website: Scipio Creek Boardwalk

2. Apalachicola Maritime Museum

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Posted by Apalachicola Maritime Museum on Friday, February 15, 2019

This is a history museum that was founded with the intention to celebrate and preserve the maritime history of the town of Apalachicola. What you will find at this place is a hands-on learning environment with active sailing and adventure programs, boat building and restoration, and educational programs. Spend some time at the maritime museum if you don’t know what to do in Apalachicola!

Apalachicola Maritime Museum

Address: 103 Water Street, Apalachicola, FL

Website: Apalachicola Maritime Museum

3. St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge

Brown Pelicans in Flight over St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge
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This wildlife refuge was established in 1968 for waterfowl, but now also provides protection for such endangered species like red wolves. This Apalachicola attraction has two islands and two mainland regions. Some popular things to do here are fishing, hunting, wildlife viewing, hiking, bicycling, kayaking, and nature photography.

St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge

Address: 479 Market St, Apalachicola, FL

Website: St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge

4. Mile Seafood Market

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Posted by 13 Mile Seafood Market on Thursday, June 16, 2011

This is a family owned and operated fresh seafood market. Some of the delicious seafood you will find here include oysters, shrimp, blue crabs, clams as well as homemade seafood dips. There is also a gift shop onsite where you can find a variety of souvenirs. A unique thing about this place is that you can book a charter tour and catch some mouthwatering seafood yourself.

13 Mile Seafood Market

Address: 227 Water Street, Apalachicola, FL

Website: 13 Mile Seafood Market

5. Apalachicola Sponge Company

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Posted by Apalachicola Sponge Company on Sunday, November 18, 2012

This is a store in the historic downtown district of Apalachicola. Natural sea sponges, handmade goat’s milk soap and Cottonseed clothing are some of the things you will find at this store. An interesting fact is that Apalachicola used to be the third-largest sponge producer in the Florida sponge industry following Key West and Tarpon Springs. This store is a tribute to the history.

Apalachicola Sponge Company

Address: 14 Avenue D, 32320-1761 Apalachicola, FL

Website: Apalachicola Sponge Company

6. The Raney House Museum

David G Raney House Street
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This is a beautiful old Southern home that was built for the family of David G. Raney, a prosperous cotton trader in Apalachicola. He also had a hand in the construction. Currently, this historic antebellum home is a museum and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. On the grounds of the museum you will see a state marker that details the history of the lovely house for more information. A great place to tour with family while being educated on a piece of history.

The Raney House Museum

Address: 128 Market St, Apalachicola, FL

Website: The Raney House Museum

7. The Grady Market

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Posted by The Grady Market on Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Found in the historic Grady Building, this marketplace hosts a whole variety of antique shops, artist galleries, unique and scenic dining as well as clothes and textile boutiques. Take a stroll through this restored ships’ chandlery. You will love the Apalachicola elegance the same as it was more than 150 years ago. Some of the shops here are upscale, but it is always fun to window shop while enjoying the view of the beach right across the street.

The Grady Market

Address: 76 Water Street, Apalachicola, FL

8. John Gorrie State Museum

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This is a Florida State Park and museum that honors Dr. John Gorrie. Dr. Gorrie is considered the father of air conditioning and refrigeration. He received the first United States Patent for mechanical refrigeration in the year 1851. While at the museum, you can see a replica of Gorrie’s ice machine. Florida gets quite hot and this invention really made Florida what it is today, a sunny and exciting place to visit. There is a visitor center here that is open from 9 am until 5 pm Eastern time on Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday only. Please note that it is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

John Gorrie State Museum

Address: 46 6th Street, Apalachicola, FL

Website: John Gorrie State Museum

9. Orman House

Orman House
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This is another Florida State Park and historic site in Apalachicola that is popular with tourists. Also on the property is the Three Soldiers Veteran’s Memorial. It is a tribute to three southern soldiers that were killed in the Vietnam War and the Chapman Botanical Gardens. Just a note: the house is open from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm Eastern time on Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It is closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Orman House

Address: 177 5th St, Apalachicola, FL

Website: Orman House

10. Apalachicola Chocolate & Coffee Company

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Posted by Apalachicola Chocolate & Coffee Company on Friday, January 29, 2021

Here is a place to stop in and enjoy handmade chocolate, gelato and coffee. Also served here is homemade lunch, pastries, pie, cookies, rolls and more. After a day of sightseeing, this is a great place to relax and kick back. Enjoy the scenic view as you savor the delicious sweets and other things at this cool place.

Apalachicola Chocolate & Coffee Company

Address: 75 Market Street, Apalachicola, FL

11. Southern Comfort Floating Home (from USD 400)

Consider residing within a houseboat while in Apalachicola. We recommend Southern Comfort, a 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath floating home that comfortably accommodates 4 adults. It has a cathedral ceiling in the living area as well as a full-sized kitchen. There’s a covered patio on the river that will give you an amazing view of fishing boats. You can even cast your fishing poles right at the front porch and catch some fishes. The houseboat is situated close to town, so you can easily walk to restaurants, cafes, and bars.

Gorgeous Upscale Houseboat Moored on the River!
Apalachicola, Florida, United States
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Houseboat 2 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 4

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very nice clean convenient location and the peacefulness of being on the river was fantastic
karen was a gracious host
this is a great location
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clean quiet and conveniently located within walking distance to town shops and restaurants
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12. Apalachicola Bay (from USD 539.0)

Of all the many beautiful Apalachicola, Florida, beaches, here’s one you should not miss. Home to more than than 100 species of fish, Apalachicola Bay offers one of the best fishing adventures in Florida. Between March and November, there’s an abundance of catch that includes speckled trout, flounder and tripletail, among many others. Red snapper and mahi-mahi can be caught offshore. As you board on a boat and head out to Apalachicola Bay and its inland tributaries, you’ll enjoy the beautiful scenery of wild Florida. Casting lessons are available for all - regardless of fishing experience. After an exciting day of reeling in, you can have your catch cleaned and packaged for you to take home.

Apalachicola Inshore Fishing Charter

Duration: 4 hours

The sweet town of Apalachicola, Florida

Apalachicola FL city hall
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Apalachicola is a great place to take a vacation in. You will feel relaxed and welcome in this fun place. There is lots of history to explore, so pay this place a visit and see this beautiful town for yourself.

Frequently asked questions about things to do in Apalachicola

1. What are the top attractions to visit in Apalachicola?

If you’re looking for some of the best attractions to visit in Apalachicola, look no further than The Raney House Museum, St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge, and Scipio Creek Boardwalk.

2. What are the most popular things to do in Apalachicola with kids/family?

Treat yourself to something delectable and sweet at Apalachicola Chocolate & Coffee Company, which is one of the popular things to do with family when in town. Some other activities you will all enjoy are exploring Apalachicola Maritime Museum and fishing on Apalachicola Bay.

3. Which are the best beaches to Apalachicola?

Apalachicola Bay sure is one of the best beaches in town. You can visit some other nearby beaches, which include Money Beach in Cape San Blas, 30 minutes from Apalachicola.

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