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Apalachicola Museum of Art
The Greek Revival style Fry-Conter House, built in 1845 by Daniel Fry an illustrious riverboat captain, has been meticulously restored and now serves as the Apalachicola Museum of Art where temporary visual art exhibits can be viewed.5 Street and Avenue F (850) 653-2090

Apalachicola Historic District
Over 900 homes and buildings are listed in our National Register District dating as far back as the 1830s. A scenic walking tour of the town acquaints visitors with sites such as cotton warehouses, which housed the City’s once prosperous cotton export during the 1800s, a sponge exchange and Victorian homes nestled amid the moss-draped live oak trees. A map is available at the Chamber office and Visitors Center located at 122 Commerce Street.

Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve
Encompassing over 246,000 acres in Apalachicola Bay , it is the 2nd largest Estuarine Research Reserve system in the nation. Educational center located at the north end of Market Street . Exhibits on the flora and fauna of the area, an aviary and live giant fish tanks. Open Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm (850) 653-8063

Apalachicola National Forest
564,000 acres for birding, camping, boating, wildflower viewing, hunting, and fishing (850) 643-2282

Battery Park and the City Marina
Boat launch, park with picnic tables and great playground Bay Avenue 4th-6th Streets(850) 653-9319

Camp Gordon Johnston Museum
Camp Gordon Johnston opened near Carrabelle in 1942 to train amphibious soldiers during WWII. The CGJ Museum preserves the heritage of these men and has compiled extensive histories, as well as a photographic displays of the area and life as it existed at the camp. 302 Marine Street Carrabelle (850) 697-8575

Cape St. George State Reserve
This 9 mile long reserve is one of three barrier islands that separate Apalachicola Bay from the Gulf of Mexico . The Reserve’s remoteness and wilderness qualities provide an opportunity to explore and enjoy a remnant of Florida ’s original natural landscape. Shell collecting is very good, accessible only by boat .

Crooked River Lighthouse
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this 103 foot iron and steel structure was constructed in 1895 to guide ships through East Pass between Dog Island and St. George Island. Decommissioned by the U.S. Coast Guard in 1995, the lighthouse is currently being restored. Interpretive signage and picnic area 3 miles west of Carrabelle

Chestnut Street Cemetery
One of the most significant cemeteries on the Gulf Coast. Established in 1831, the stones tell the history of Apalachicola . Funerary art reflects the ethnic diversity of the community. Located on US Highway 98 between 6th and 8th Streets

Dixie Theatre
Originally built in 1912, the Dixie Theatre became the entertainment center of Franklin County . Closed in 1967, it was rebuilt and opened once again in 1998. The Dixie now produces the best in Live Professional Theatre, and musical events as well providing an acoustically perfect rental space for other community functions. For information call (850) 653-3200

Fort Gadsden Historic Site
Earthen embankments and interpretive kiosk, located on the east bank of the Apalachicola River, approximately 45 minutes north of Eastpoint, accessed by Highway 65. The site interprets the role of Native and African Americans during the early 1800s (850) 643-2282

John Gorrie State Museum
Contains a replica of the first ice machine (predecessor to A/C) created by Dr John Gorrie in an attempt to cool his yellow fever patients. His invention later became the basis for the ice industry and air conditioning. Open Thursday-Monday 9:00am-5:00pm 6th Street and Avenue D (850) 653-9347

Lafayette Park
Gazebo, pier, interpretive signs, picnic tables and playground Avenue B between 13th and 15th (850) 653-9319

Orman House
Built in 1838 by Thomas Orman, the wood for this two-story home was cut to measure near Syracuse, New York and shipped to Apalachicola by sailing vessel around the Florida Keys, then assembled on the bluff overlooking the broad estuary and bay of the Apalachicola River. Today the house still resonates with a genteel aura and warmth of the past. Open Thursday-Monday 9:00am-5:00pm North Market Street (850) 653-1209

Raney House Museum
Built in 1836 for cotton commission merchant David Greenway Raney. Historic house museum located on Market Street at the corner of Avenue F, the Museum is open to the public, Saturdays 1-4 p.m.

St. George Island State Park
Nine miles of undeveloped beach, pristine shoreline, majestic dunes and bay forest, sandy coves and salt marshes. A series of hiking trails, boardwalks and observation platforms great for hiking, camping or a leisurely stroll (850) 927-2111

St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge Visitor’s Center
St. Vincent Island is an unspoiled barrier island at the west end of Apalachicola Bay . The refuge is open during daylight hours. It is only accessible by boat and there are no facilities available. Open 8:00am-4:30pm Monday-Friday Visitor’s Center is located on the north end of Market Streetin Apalachicola (850) 653-8808

St. Joseph Peninsula State Park
Miles of white sand beaches, striking dunes, 2,516 acre park. Excellent snorkeling, swimming, birding, camping. Voted #1 beach in the nation in 2003 by Dr. Beach (850) 227-1327

St. Joseph Bay Preserve
Over 5,000 acres on St. Joseph Bay. Educational center, programs, and volunteer opportunities. The St. Joseph Bay Preserve is located at 3915 Highway C-30 (850) 229-1787

Tate’s Hell State Forest
Thousands of acres for hiking, biking, and wildlife, wild flower viewing. Canoe trails, cy press forest. Trailhead is located on US Highway 98, 4 miles west of Carrabelle in Franklin County (850) 697-3734

- The Gibson Inn -
51 Ave. C , Apalachicola, FL 32320