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There are lots of interesting things to do on and around St. George Island.

Beach it! - Lighthouse Park (a county park) in the center of the island, and the State Park at the eastern end of the island, both provide public access to the beach with restrooms, picnic tables, and other amenities.  And, most of the north/south roads on the island provide a public access to the beach.  If you need beach chairs or umbrellas ...

JOLLY ROGERS BEACH SHOP at 139-A W. Gorrie Dr.  850-927-2999.  Rents chairs and umbrellas, rafts & more. www.jollyrogersgi.com

ISLAND ADVENTURES at 15 E. Gulf Beach Dr.  850-927-3655, 800-363-0046.  Rents chairs, umbrellas, and boogie boards by the hour, day, or week.  www.SGIslandAdventures.com

ST. GEORGE ISLAND BEACH CHAIR RENTALS by Sailboat Dave - 850-670-4536 Rents chairs, umbrellas, wave-runners, boats, boogie boards, skim boards and surf boards. Will deliver chairs & umbrellas to your rental home. www.sgibeachchairs.com

Bicycling - The island has 17 miles of paved bike paths and lots of off-roads for exploring.  Ride a bike from one side of the island to the other ...

JOLLY ROGERS BEACH SHOP at 139-A W. Gorrie Dr.  850-927-2999.  Rents bikes, scooters, Gem cars, trikes, and club cars. www.jollyrogersgi.com

ISLAND ADVENTURES at 15 E. Gulf Beach Dr.  850-927-3655, 800-363-0046.  Rents bikes and surreys by the hour, day, or week.  www.SGIslandAdventures.com

Birding - Although birding is a year-round event, the spring and fall migrations (mid-to-late April and the-first-to-mid October) are notable for both species diversity and the sheer number of birds.  More than 300 species of native and migratory birds have been documented.  The area near the youth camp in the State Park is a particularly good spot to look for migratory birds.

Concierge Services - Consult a concierge ...

AT YOUR SERVICE CONCIERGE & COURIER - 850-591-5255.  Airport transportation, guided shopping tours to Panama City or Tallahassee, designated driver, child/pet/house sitting, specializing in executive business retreats/weddings, notary, typing, temporary office serice, stock vacation homes, and more.  Bonded.

EXCLUSIVE CONCIERGE SERVICE - 850-559-1900.  In-house spa treatments & personal fitness instruction, arrange a romantic dinner cruise, in-house wine tastings, in-house gourmet meals, arrange fun events for the family, child/pet sitting, airport transportation, guided shopping tours, designated driving, and much more.  StGeorgeIslandConcierge@mchsi.com

 Historic Home - Visit a historic home in Apalachicola ...

THE ORMAN HOUSE at 177 5th St.  850-653-1029.  During a guided tour, you will experience the 1800s when Strauss's dreamy waltzes filled the rooms and Thomas Orman epitomized the entrepreneurial spirit of the people who transformed a wilderness into the third largest cotton shipping port on the Gulf Coast.  The Three Soldiers Detail statue is located in front of the house and the Chapman Botanical Garden is on the grounds.

RANEY HOUSE MUSEUM at the corner of Market St. & Ave. E in Apalachicola.  850-653-1700.  Re-live Apalachicola history in this cotton trade era mansion and museum.  The house is an outstanding example of Greek-revival architecture prevalent in the south during the 1800s.  www.ApalachicolaHistoricalSociety.org

Kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, etc. - Launch a kayak or stand-up paddleboard into either the Bay or Gulf.  Rent a sea-doo or motor boat.  The bay side has a kayak and canoe launch site at W. 11th St. and W. Bayshore Drive, and a couple inside the State Park.   

APALACHICOLA MARITIME MUSEUM at 103 Water Street in Apalachicola. 850-653-2500 The Maritime Museum offers educational tours which include; 1-7 day trips into the Gulf and along the barrier islands, island and river trips, canoes, kayaks, rowing shells and sailing dories which depart from the Museum docks and we also offer airboat trips. AMM also offers full moon cruises. Book your cruise on the museum’s 40’ catamaran, Starfish Enterprise, with tables and bench seats, or set sail on the classic 52’ Gaff Rigged Schooner Gitana. Cruise past the historic waterfront and up the scenic Apalachicola river as the sun sets, then take in the magic of the moon rise over the water. www.ammfl.org

CAPT. DAVE VOLK  on the beach in front of the Blue Parrot.  Rents sea-doos.

ISLAND OUTFITTERS at 235 E. Gulf Beach Dr.  850-927-2604.  Rents kayaks, including tandems (for 2) and single kayaks outfitted for fishing with rod holders.  Stand-up paddle boards are included in the rental fleet.  www.sgiOutfitters.com 

JOLLY ROGER BEACH SHOP at 139-A W. Gorrie Dr.  850-927-2999.  Kayak rentals.  Life vests and sun boat rentals. www.jollyrogersgi.com

JOURNEYS OF ST. GEORGE ISLAND at 240 E. 3rd St.  850-927-3259.  Rent a kayak, standup paddleboard, or motor boat.  www.sgIslandJourneys.com 

Lighthouses - Visit both of Franklin County's lighthouses ...

CAPE ST. GEORGE LIGHT is located in the middle of St. George Island at 2B E. Gulf Dr.  850-927-7745.  This recontructed lighthouse was opened to the public in late 2008 after the 1852 lighthouse on the western end of the island collapsed in 2005.  The climb up 92 steps followed by 8 steps up a ladder, you're in the lantern room with a dramatic view of the area.  Tickets are sold at the Keeper's Museum.   www.StGeorgeLight.org 

CROOKED RIVER LIGHTHOUSE on Highway 98 less than 2 miles west of downtown Carrabelle.  850-297-2585.  This recently restored cast iron skeletal tower lighthouse is 108 feet tall with 138 steps.  Amenities include a huge jungle-gym pirate ship and a replica of the lighthouse keeper's house with a gift shop and historical displays.  www.CrookedRiverLighthouse.org 

Museums - Franklin County has museums spread out all across the county ...

APALACHICOLA ESTUARY NATURE CENTER at 108 Island Drive 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 

APALACHICOLA MARITIME MUSEUM at 103 Water Street in Apalachicola. 850-653-2500  The Maritime Museum has been re founded to celebrate and preserve the maritime history of Apalachicola in a hands-on learning environment with active sailing program and adventure programs, boat-building, restoration and educational programs. Collectively, the activities of the AMM will provide a glimpse into the rich and diverse history of the three rivers that come together to form the largest river in Florida, the Apalachicola River. The Maritime Museum offers educational tours which include; 1-7 day trips into the Gulf and along the barrier islands, island and river trips, canoes, kayaks, rowing shells and sailing dories which depart from the Museum docks and we also offer airboat trips. AMM also offers full moon cruises. Book your cruise on the museum’s 40’ catamaran, Starfish Enterprise, with tables and bench seats, or set sail on the classic 52’ Gaff Rigged Schooner Gitana. Cruise past the historic waterfront and up the scenic Apalachicola river as the sun sets, then take in the magic of the moon rise over the water. www.ammfl.org

CAMP GORDON JOHNSON WWII MUSEUM located in the Carrabelle City Complex at 1001 Gray Ave. in Carrabelle.  850-697-8575.  The museum's role is to preserve the heritage of the men who trained at the Franklin County amphibious training camp during WW II.  Carrabelle was the focal point of social life for a quarter million men when it was open from 1942- 46.  www.CampGordonJohnson.com 

CARRABELLE HISTORIC MUSEUM located in Carrabelle at 106 Ave. B.  Managed by the Carrabelle Historical Society.

JOHN GORRIE MUSEUM on 6th St. in Apalachicola.  850-653-9347.  The museum reveals the remarkable and compassionate man that was John Gorrie, and the amzaing ice machine that he invented in the mid-1800s.  The invention was designed to cool the rooms of patients during an outbreak of yellow fever, and laid the groundwork for modern refrigeration and air-conditioning.  www.FloridaStateParks.org/JohnGorrieMuseum/default.cfm 

RANEY HOUSE MUSEUM at the corner of Market St. & Ave. E in Apalachicola.  850-653-1700.  Re-live Apalachicola history in this cotton trade era mansion and museum.  The house is an outstanding example of Greek-revival architecture prevalent in the south during the 1800s.  www.ApalachicolaHistoricalSociety.org

CAPE ST. GEORGE LIGHT & KEEPER'S HOUSE MUSEUM at 2B E. Gulf Beach at the center of St. George Island.  850-927-7745.  The museum attractions include storyboards which relate the life and reconstruction of the Cape St. George Light.  Displays include pictures of some of the lighthouse keeper families and items used to tend to the light.  www.StGeorgeLight.org

Music - Listen to live music on the bay or the gulf ...

BLUE PARROT OCEANFRONT CAFE at 68-A Gorrie Dr.  850-927-2987.  Live bands on the outside deck most summer weekends.  www.BlueParrotCafe.net

EDDY TEACH'S RAW BAR at 37 E. Pine Ave.  850-927-5050.  Live music most weekends and some weekdays.  www.eddyteachs.com

HARRY A's RESTAURANT at 28 W. Bayshore Drive.  850-927-3400.  Entertainment every night.  Live music on the outside patio during the summer.  www.HarryAsRestaurant.com 

SOMETIMES IT'S HOTTER on 112 E. Gulf Beach Dr.  850-927-5039.  "Circle of Friends" every Thursday from 5:30 - 7.  Everyone is welcome to come and try the appetizers featuring spices from the store.  Cash beer / wine bar.  Pets on leashes welcome.  Music sometimes.  www.SometimesItsHotter.com 

Photography - The island is a photographer's paradise with another stunning shot around evey corner.  Sunrises, sunsets, landscapes, the surf, wildlife, native and migrating birds, butterflies, your family having fun ... 


Picnic in a Park - Picnic tables are available at the Lighthouse Park in the middle of the island, or in the State Park at the eastern end of the island.  The pavillions at Lighthouse Park allow for shaded picnicing.  The park also includes restrooms, the climbable Cape St. George Light, the St. George Island Visitor Center and Lighthouse Museum, an outside shower, grills, and a basketball court.  The State Park has covered picnic tables, restrooms, snack machines, showers, areas to launch a boat, nature trails, camping, and more.

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.

State Park - Spend the day at Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park on the east end of the island.  Experience miles of undeveloped beach with the Gulf of Mexico on one side and the Apalachicola Bay on the other.  Primitive, tent, and RV camping. Beach areas with restrooms, covered picnic tables, and snack machines.  Lots of areas for swimming, boating, and fishing.  Nature trails.  Fees for entry and camping.  Open 8 am to sunset.  850-927-2111.



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