Top things to do in Gulf Coast

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 Seafood in Apalachicola

Up the Creek Raw Bar

You came to Apalachicola to eat oysters. You'd best have a few here. There's a variety of toppers, but we loved the 'classic': lightly cooked with Colby-Jack cheese, chopped jalapeños and bacon – a great way to intr…
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 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 Modern American in Pensacola

Iron

Armed with New Orleans experience, chef Alex McPhail works his ever-changing menu magic at downtown's Iron, the best of Pensacola's new line of vibrant, locally sourced, high-end culinary hotbeds. Extremely friendly…
Top Choice Modern American in Pensacola

Tin Cow

Burger fans can't leave town without sampling the oozy, mountainous delight that is the Tin Cow burger: choose from signature suggestions or enjoy the freedom of building your own. With a tasty and original starter …
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…