The Panhandle

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Panhandle - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park


    From January to April (and especially in March), the grounds at this 1,200-acre estate, one of Florida's most stunning ornamental gardens, are...Read More

  • 2. Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park


    This is Old Florida at its undisturbed best. On the east end of the island are 9 miles of undeveloped beaches and dunes—the longest beachfront...Read More

  • 3. Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Known for having one of the largest and deepest springs in the world, this very picturesque and highly recommended park remains relatively untouched...Read More

  • 4. Grayton Beach State Park


    One of the most scenic spots along the Gulf Coast, this 2,220-acre park is composed primarily of untouched Florida woodlands within the Coastal...Read More

  • 5. National Naval Aviation Museum


    Within the Pensacola Naval Air Station (widely considered to be the must-see attraction in Pensacola), this 300,000-square-foot museum has more...Read More

  • 6. St. Andrews State Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    At the southeastern tip of Panama City Beach, the hotels and condos and traffic stop, and there suddenly appears a pristine 1,260-acre park...Read More

  • 7. St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge and Lighthouse

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Natural salt marshes, tidal flats, and freshwater pools used by early natives set the stage for the once-powerful Ft. San Marcos de Apalache...Read More

  • 8. Air Force Armament Museum


    The collection at this museum just outside the Eglin Air Force Base's main gate contains more than 5,000 armaments (e.g., missiles, bombs, and...Read More

  • 9. Camp Helen State Park


    Next to Panama City Beach's coastal dune lake, this former getaway for employees of Avondale Textile Mills still has a few of the original cabins...Read More

  • 10. Carillon Beach


    You're likely to find absolute solitude at the powdery beach of this planned community west of Panama City Beach proper. Public parking is available...Read More

  • 11. Casino Beach


    Named for the Casino Resort, the island's first tourist spot when it opened in 1931 (the same day as the first Pensacola Beach Bridge), this...Read More

  • 12. Challenger Learning Center


    Visitors of all ages can't help but get excited about math and science exploration at this "edutainment" center featuring a space mission simulator...Read More

  • 13. Chautauqua Winery


    Open since 1989, the winery has won honors in national and international competitions, with most wines crafted from two varieties of sweet muscadine...Read More

  • 14. Circle Drive

    Historic District/Site

    Some of the finest examples of Victorian architecture in the state can be seen while you are walking or motoring around Circle Drive, the road...Read More

  • 15. Crab Island


    Not really an island, nor a beach, Crab Island is actually a sandbar in Destin's East Pass, just north of the Destin (aka Marler) Bridge. A...Read More

  • 16. Destin History and Fishing Museum


    To understand why Destin calls itself the "World's Luckiest Fishing Village," visit the History and Fishing Museum and meet the descendants...Read More

  • 17. Eden Gardens State Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Scarlett O'Hara could be at home here on the lawn of an antebellum mansion amid an arcade of moss-draped live oaks. Tours of the mansion are...Read More

  • 18. Eglin Air Force Base Reservation

    Military Sight

    The 250,000 acres of the Eglin reservation conditionally open to the public include 21 ponds and plenty of challenging, twisting wooded trails...Read More

  • 19. Falling Waters State Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    This site of a Civil War–era whiskey distillery and, later, an exotic plant nursery (some species still thrive in the wild) is best known for...Read More

  • 20. Florida Caverns State Park


    You won't want to miss the cave tours revealing stalactites, stalagmites, soda straws, columns, rim stones, flowstones, and "waterfalls" of...Read More

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