What Is There For Kids To Do On And Around St. George Island?
St. George Island Lighthouse & Museum
A timeless piece of history is being preserved and stands tall as a beacon of light and hope. Come see the new lighthouse located in the center of St. George Island. It is expected to be open for tours by the Fall of 2008. Discover the history of this amazing structure and see the photographs of the restoration project to “Save the Light”. Museum also provides visitor information and more fun things to do on St. George Island.
Journeys of St. George Island
240 East 3rd Street St. George Island, Florida 32328
Journeys of St. George Island offers incredible excursions, from camping on Little St. George to kayaking on St. Vincent and scalloping in St. Joe Bay. Take an oyster adventure and tong for oysters to enjoy them fresh with a cracker & hot sauce. The sunset bay cruise, dive trips and photography excursions are a must. Send the children on their own fishing adventure, kayaking adventure, dolphin encounter, critter crawl or week long environmental camp where kids learn about the various eco-systems that surround the Islands and the River.
Panacea’s Gulf Specimen Marine Lab
222 Clark Drive Panacea, Florida 32346
Discover the world where the sea reveals its secrets. A family friendly environment perfect for kids to experience marine life in an atmosphere that encourages them to get close and even allows them to touch and hold the creatures they can’t even see unless they dive to the depths of the sea. Some see the octopus, starfish, sea horses, shrimp, sponges, sharks, sea bass and many other creatures of the sea. Open Monday – Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm, Saturday from 10:00am to 4:00pm and Sunday from 12:00 noon to 4:00pm.
Putt-N-Fuss Fun Park
236 Highway 98 Eastpoint, FL 32328
With the 18-hole mini golf and bumper boats the kids will definitely have fun. When your cheeks are too sunburned to play in the sand, play video games in the arcade, a game of pool or grab a few snacks & ice cream to brighten your day.
Raney House Museum
46 Avenue F Apalachicola, FL 32320
This home was built in 1838 for David E. Raney & his wife. They lived in Apalachicola for many years and were known as pillars of the community and the Trinity Episcopal Church. The home was placed on the National Register of Historic Homes in 1972 and since this time the Historic Society has kept the integrity of the past alive in this old museum. The Apalachicola Area Historic Society opens the home for tours Tuesday through Friday from 1:00 to 4:00 and on Saturday from 9:00 to 5:00. http://www.apalachicolahistoricalsociety.org/index.cfm/m/1
Sail the “Wind Catcher” with Captain Jerry Weber
Battery Park Apalachicola
This 40 ft classic 1950’s sloop is perfect for that romantic starlight sailfor two or a fun afternoon on the seas. Share the breathtaking views and the thrill of the water.
St Vincent National Wildlife Refuge
Next to Little St. George Island sits the unspoiled, uninhabited barrier island called St. Vincent. The refuge on this tropical paradise is open during daylight hours and is only accessible by boat. Hike through the trails and discover the eagles, osprey and Island wildlife. See nature displays and find out about the Island at the Visitor’s Center, located on the north end of Market Street in Apalachicola. Open Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
The Bike Trail
The Bike Trail runs parallel to Gulf Beach Drive and extends for miles. Feel the breeze on your skin and fresh air in your lungs while getting great exercise and a relaxed perspective of the Island.
Bike rentals are available at certain area businesses.
Tate’s Hell State Forest
Spend time hiking & biking through the trails in the Forest. Discover the beauty and the rare species of flowers such as the White Top Pitcher Plant, which blooms from March to May, the Swamp Mallow, which blooms from June to September, the Water Lily, which can be seen from April to July, and the Coral Bean, which blooms from December to June.
Orman House Museum
177 5th Street Apalachicola, Florida 32320
Thomas Orman built this two story Greek Revival Structure in 1838. The wood for the home was cut to measure near Syracuse, New York and shipped to Apalachicola by sailing vessel around the Florida Keys. The home was assembled on the bluff overlooking the estuary and bay of the Apalachicola River. This is one of the oldest homes in the area and is open for you to see its unique design & feel the warmth from the past. Open Thursday – Monday 9:00 a.m-5:00 p.m.