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. Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

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

  • 2. Grayton Beach State Park

    Beach–Sight

    This is the place to see what Florida looked like when only Native Americans lived here. One of the most scenic spots along the Gulf Coast,...Read More

  • 3. National Museum of Naval Aviation

    Museum/Gallery

    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

  • 4. St. Andrews State Park

    Beach–Sight

    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

  • 5. St. George Island State Park

    Beach–Sight

    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

  • 6. Air Force Armament Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    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

  • 7. Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park

    House/Mansion/Villa

    Starting in December, the grounds at this 1,200-acre estate are afire with azaleas, dogwood, Oriental magnolias, spring bulbs of tulips and...Read More

  • 8. Big Kahuna's Lost Paradise

    Amusement Park/Water Park

    The water park is the big draw here, with the Honolulu Half Pipe (a perpetual surfing wave), flume rides, steep and slippery slides, and assorted...Read More

  • 9. Camp Helen State Park

    Beach–Sight

    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

    Beach–Sight

    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

    Beach–Sight

    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

    Observatory/Planetarium

    Visitors of all ages can't help but get excited about math and science exploration at this museum that features a space mission simulator, an...Read More

  • 13. Chautauqua Winery

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    Open since 1989, this winery and its vintages have slowly won respect from oenophiles wary of what was once considered to be an oxymoron at...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

    Beach–Sight

    All of the sugary, white-sand beaches of Destin and the surrounding Emerald Coast garner worldwide attention, but this is the locals' favorite...Read More

  • 16. Eden Gardens State Park

    House/Mansion/Villa

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

  • 17. Eglin Air Force Base Reservation

    Military Site

    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

  • 18. Falling Waters State Park

    Scenic Drive/Tour

    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

  • 19. Florida Caverns State Park

    Cave

    A short drive from the center of Marianna, a cute and pristine community, you can see what's behind or—more accurately—what's beneath it all...Read More

  • 20. Fort Barrancas

    Museum/Gallery

    Dating from the Civil War, this fort just northeast of the Museum of Naval Aviation has picnic areas and a half-mile woodland nature trail....Read More

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