Attractions

Top Choice Wildlife Reserve in Big Bend

Wakulla Springs State Park

Glowing an otherworldly aqua and overhung with Spanish moss, the natural spring at the center of this 6000-acre state park feels like something from the set of an exotic adventure movie, and indeed parts of Tarzan's…
Top Choice State Park in Big Bend

Manatee Springs State Park

This park is worth a stop for a dip into the 72˚F crystalline waters of the beautiful eponymous spring. On dry land – a spongy combo of sand and limestone shaded by tupelo, cypress and pine – there's the 8.5-mile-lo…
Top Choice State Park in South Walton & 30A Beaches

Grayton Beach State Park

An 1133-acre stretch of marble-colored dunes rolling down to the water's edge, this state park's beauty is genuinely mind-blowing. The park sits nestled against the wealthy but down-to-earth community of Grayton Bea…
Top Choice State Park in St George Island

St George Island State Park

St George island at its undeveloped best is found here, in the 9 miles of glorious beach and sand dunes that make up this pristine park. A 2.5-mile nature trail offers exceptional birding opportunities, and througho…
Top Choice Park in Panama City Beach

Shell Island

Offshore from St Andrews State Park, this sandy 'desert' island is fantastic for sunbathing, swimming and snorkeling. There are neither facilities nor shade: wear a hat and plenty of sunscreen. To get here, buy tick…
Top Choice Museum in Pensacola

National Naval Aviation Museum

A visit to Pensacola is not complete without a trip to this enormous collection of military aircraft muscle and artifacts. Adults and children alike will be fascinated by the range of planes on display: more than 15…
Top Choice Museum in Tallahassee

Tallahassee Museum of History & Natural Science

Occupying 52 acres of pristine manicured gardens and wilderness on the outskirts of Tallahassee, near the airport, this wonderful natural-history museum features living exhibits of Floridian flora and fauna – includ…
Top Choice State Park in Cape San Blas & Port St Joe

TH Stone Memorial St Joseph Peninsula State Park

This lovely park, a quilt of beach and pine forest, brackish bays and fuzzy salt marsh, is a fine slice of increasingly rare Gulf Coast wilderness. Visitors can wander amid sugar-sand beaches that stretch for 2516 a…
Top Choice Park in Pensacola Beach

Gulf Islands National Seashore

The highlight of the Florida Panhandle, this 150-mile stretch of mostly undeveloped white-sand beach is a prime example of what the Gulf Coast looked like before human settlement (which, to be fair, can often be see…
Top Choice State Park in Gulf Coast

Ponce de Leon Springs State Park

This park features one of Florida's loveliest and least touristed springs. The spring has clear, almost luminescent waters, like something from a fairy tale, and is studded with knobby trees and surrounded by ladder…