What is there for kids to do (on and around St. George Island)?
APALACHICOLA ESTUARY NATURE CENTER at 108 Island Drive, just across the bridge in Eastpoint 850-653-8063
Educational exhibits, aquaria with local fish, turtles and more, bird viewing areas. www.dep.state.fl.us/coastal/sites/apalachicola/education/nature_center.htm
AUNT EBBY’S ICE CREAM at 147 E. Gulf Beach Dr. 850-927-3229 www.auntebbysicecream.com
14 years in operation. Hamburgers, hotdogs, and more. Bluebell & Haagen Dazs ice cream. Open spring & summer only.
B. J.’S PIZZA & SUBS at 105 W. Gulf Beach Dr. 850-927-2805 www.sgipizza.com
Specializing in appetizers, salads, pizza, and sandwiches. Beer & wine. Party trays of wings, meat & cheese, sandwiches & subs. Game room, pool tables & TVs. Dine in or take out.
BLUE PARROT OCEANFRONT CAFE at 68-A Gorrie Dr. 850-927-2987 www.blueparrotsgi.com
Specializing in fresh seafood, steak & chicken, burgers. Appetizers, sandwiches, soups, salads, oysters. Homemade desserts. Lunch specials, children’s menu. Outside tiki bar with beer, wine,& specialty drinks.
BROKE-A-TOE HORSEBACK RIDING in Cape San Blas. 850-899-RIDE
A ¾ hour drive from SGI. Ride on the beach with experienced guides and professionally trained horses. Advance reservations requested.
CARRABELLE JUNCTION at 88 Tallahassee St. & Hwy 98 in Carrabelle. Continental breakfasts & lunches. Capuccino, ice cream, sundaes, shakes, hot & cold sandwiches. Homemade soups & salads. Daily specials.
CROOKED RIVER LIGHTHOUSE in Carrabelle. Call 850-297-2585 for info. This recently restored lighthouse has a huge jungle-gym pirate ship beside it. Located at 1975 Hwy. 98 West, approximately 2 miles west of downtown Carrabelle. Watch for the sign, Barbara Revell Lane, on the north side of the highway. www.CrookedRiverLighthouse.org
FRANKLIN CO. PUBLIC LIBRARY at 29 Island Dr. in Eastpoint. 850-670-8151
Stories, activities, crafts, games, & surprises. Also, pre-school story adventures every Thursday at 10:00 with stories, music, games, and activities. Summer reading program for boys & girls on Fridays. www.franklin.lib.fl.us
FRANKLIN CO. PUBLIC LIBRARY in Carrabelle. 850-697-2366
A ½ hour drive from SGI. Story time for elementary school kids on Tuesdays at 4:00. Stories, activities, crafts, snacks.
GULF SPECIMEN MARINE LABORATORY in Panacea. 850-984-5297 www.gulfspecimen.org
An hour drive from SGI. An aquarium that focuses on the living treasures of the North Florida Wilderness Coast. Sea horses, hermit crabs, spiny box fish, red & white spotted calico crabs, shrimp, sea anemones, and more.
HARRY A’S RESTAURANT at 28 W. Bayshore Dr. 850-927-3400
Breakfast, lunch, & dinner. Kids menu includes fish fingers, p.b.&j. sandwich, hot dog, chicken fingers, cheese sticks, shrimp basket, hamburger, grilled cheese and French fries. Pizza, appetizers, oysters, fresh local seafood, sandwiches, steaks, salads, catch of the day. Families and large groups encouraged. Full service bar. www.HarryAsRestaurant.com
ISLAND ADVENTURES at 15 E. Gulf Beach Drive. 850-927-3655, 800-363-0046
Bike & surrey rentals. Rental chairs & umbrellas. Beachwear and beach fare. www.SGIslandAdventures.com
ISLAND EMPORIUM at 160 E. Pine St. 850-927-2622
Shop includes a large assortment of kids clothing, floats, beach toys, flip flops, etc.
ISLAND FISHING & FAMILY ADVENTURES. 850-228-6234
Kayak rentals. Kids’ fishing adventures. Family adventures including snorkeling, sunset cruise, island hopping and shelling trips, “living off the bay”, pirate tours.
JOLLY ROGER BEACH SHOP at 139-A W. Gorrie Dr. 850-927-2999
Bike, scooter, kayak rentals. Chairs & umbrellas, rafts, life vests, metal detectors, fishing poles. Gem car, trike, club car and sun boat rentals. Fishing and scenic tours. www.jollyrogersgi.com
JOURNEYS OF ST. GEORGE ISLAND at 240 E. 3rd St. 850-927-3259
Kids’ adventures include snacks, drinks and a qualified guide. Kids’ fishing trips, “creature features”, beginning kayak, “night critter identification”, dolphin encounters. Family fun including kayak family tours, kayak and snorkel trips, lake or bay kayak historical tours, family kayak sunset tours, “bounty of the bay” boat trips. www.SGIslandJourneys.com
MISSION SAN LUIS in Tallahassee. 850-487-3655
A 2 hour drive from SGI. An archeological and historic site. Special programs throughout the year.
OLDE TIME SODA FOUNTAIN at 93 Market Street in Apalachicola. 850-653-2606. Ice cream, malts, sodas & floats served in an original 1950s decor.
OYSTER BAY BAR & GRILL at 200 E. 2nd & Pine St. 850-927-3700
Appetizers, oysters by the dozen, salads, sandwiches, pasta, fish / chicken, steak entrees, children’s choices, desserts. Closed winters.
PAM’S AIR BRUSH AND HENNA TATTS in the purple bldg. with the yellow door. 850-653-8393
On Gulf Beach Dr. across from the Subway. Custom designed air brush t-shirts, henna (temporary) tattoos. Spring & summer.
RED PIRATE FAMILY GRILL & OYSTER BAR with MINI GOLF Family Grill and Oyster Bar at 236 Highway 98 in Eastpoint. 850-670-1090. Includes a kid's menu and an 18 hole mini golf course. www.redpirategrill.com
ST. GEORGE ISLAND STATE PARK at the east end of the island. 850-927-2111
Canoe, kayak or fish in the shallow Apalachicola Bay. Take the nature trail to Gap Point from the campground. Bring a group to the youth camp. Enjoy the playground near the family campground. Picnic under shaded pavillions. Swim and sun in the gulf. Some of the island’s best shells can be found by walking east from the 2nd pavilion. www.floridastateparks.org/stgeorgeisland/
SEAHORSE WATER SAFARIS at the marina in Port. St. Joe. 850-227-1099
Less than an hour’s drive from SGI. Scallop trips for all ages. Snorkeling & Cape trips. Sunset cruises. Fishing, sailing and dive charters. Boat, kayak, bicycle, fishing rod, and snorkel/dive gear rentals. Reservations required for all trips. www.SeahorseWaterSafaris.com
STOWAWAY RENTALS at 40 W. Bayshore Dr. 850-927-9817
Kayak rentals, fishing boats, bait, and fishing gear.
SUBWAY SANDWICH SHOP at 163 E. Gulf Beach Dr. 850-927-4781
Fresh sandwiches, wraps, and subs with your choices of bread, cheese, meat, veggies, sauces & vegetables. Cookies, chips and drinks. Kids’ meals. Catering.
WOMBAT SOUND MUSIC STORE at 29 Ave. E. upstairs in Apalachicola. 850-653-3871
Musical instruments and accessories, professional guitar lessons.
OTHER KIDS' ACTIVITIES:
Enjoy a presentation about Sea Turtles, by Sea Turtles at Risk, Inc. and the SGI Volunteer Turtlers, at the firehouse (324.E. Pine Ave.) at 2:30 on Wednesdays during the summer.
Fish from the old bridge or the shores of the bay or gulf.
Ride your bike or skate along 17 miles of bike path. The path will be extended all the way to the State Park eventually.
Enjoy the basketball court and shaded picnic tables at the St. George Lighthouse Park at mid-island.
Visit the Cape St. George Lighthouse and Keeper's Museum at mid-island.
Star gaze. Without the interference of city lights or street lights, the clear skies are abundant with stars and constellations. You may see a shooting star.
Walk the dog or take the dog to the beach. Pets are welcome at many of the vacation rentals. Several nearby businesses offer pet grooming, boarding, and pet supplies.
Bird watch. Many species stop by the island during the fall and spring migrations. There are also a large number of bald eagles, ospreys, and water fowl year round. Look for their large nests.