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Gulf Islands National Seashore
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Gulf Islands National Seashore
Description - Located along the Gulf of Mexico and bordered by three states, the Northwest Travel Region is known for powder white beaches. Typically, summer is the busiest month but the other seasons offer as much opportunity and enjoyment. The region is lush with unique historical and culture attractions. It boasts the National Museum of Naval Aviation, one of the world's largest air and space museums in the world. Another museum favorite is the Indian Temple Mound Museum, known for depicting 10,000 years of Gulf life around the Choctawhatchee Bay. The area has fourteen museums in all. State and national refuges, parks, recreation areas and gardens abound. The Gulf Islands National Seashore is a treasure featuring barrier islands stretching from Florida to Mississippi encompassing beaches, historic forts and nature trails. Blackwater River State Park is a major attraction featuring one of the purest sand bottom rivers in the world. Nineteen state and federal land tracts provide recreation, habitat for endangered or threatened species, environmental education programs and much more. Private entrepreneurs offer kayak tours, guided canoe trips, charter fishing, and dolphin cruises.

Attractions - Anytime is a good time to visit the Northwest Travel Region in Florida. The area's stunningly beautiful powder white beaches and gorgeous emerald green waters is the doorway to an unforgettable visit. Recreation opportunities in this northern stretch of America's playground embody plenty of golfing, deep-sea fishing, freshwater boating, beachcombing, and more. The area is home to some of the most beautiful lakes, bays and rivers in the state. Eighteen of Florida's largest rivers lie within this region along with hundreds of smaller creeks. The three major rivers: Coldwater River, Blackwater River and Apalachicola River teem with marshes and woodlands thriving with alligators, deer, otter, beaver, raccoon, gray fox, bobcat, wading birds, songbirds, raptors and migratory butterflies. From the Apalachicola National Forest to the Gulf Islands National Seashore and beyond, outdoor enthusiasts have the opportunity to explore one of the greatest concentrations of clear-water springs in America, extensive salt marshes and vast meadows of seagrasses, huge pine plantations and even miles of limestone stalactite and stalagmite caves. Unique plant life and wildlife abound. Clear Creek Nature Trail, Florida Caverns State Park, St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge and areas such as Tyndall Air Force Base offer visitors a very educational, memorable and relaxing break from the hectic urban areas.

Recreation - The Northwest Travel Region is not necessarily considered a vacation destination, but perhaps it should be. Presenting the quieter side of Florida, the region is excellent for oystering, swimming, sunbathing, deep-sea fishing, kayaking, canoeing, museum hopping, hiking, biking, cave exploration, wildlife viewing, bird-watching, and more.

Climate - The panhandle area of Florida experiences mild, comfortable winters and warm to hot, humid summers. The average summer temperatures reach well above 83 degrees Fahrenheit (above 29 Celsius). Winters are mild with temperatures averaging below 52 degrees Fahrenheit (below 11 Celsius). The average precipitation for the panhandle area is more than 60 inches per year. August and September are peak months of the hurricane season that lasts from June 1 through November 30.

Location - Nicknamed the Panhandle of Florida, the Northwest Travel Region is bordered by Alabama and Georgia to the north, Alabama to the west, Gulf of Mexico to the south and Apalachicola National Forest to the west. Interstate 10 in the major east-west thoroughfare.


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Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: In 2002 I ZigZagged the Florida Panhandle in search of a good retirement spot with acreage. I played tourist for a few months and still have not exhausted the resources. Toughest part was occasional poor signage. Biggest reward was a swim in many of the BLUE HOLES/springs. For a few $ a large family can enjoy a great seashore at St Andrews State Park. Apalachicola and Marianna are charming historical towns. The "Forgotten Coast" is still fascinating and underdeveloped. Lunch@ "That Place on 98" in Eastpoint or green fried tomatoes in Defuniak Springs. Many State Parks within 1 hour drive or less of wherever you are. Historical Rural Park Museum (Panhandle Pioneer Settlement ) in Blountstown. Native History and the Capital nearby. Amusement Parks for kids in Panama City area. I think the area is a good destination for families on a budget or people who don't like better known FL destinations. Happy to share.


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VISIT FLORIDA, P.O. Box 1100 , Tallahassee, FL, 32302-1100, Phone: 888-7-FLAUSA

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Florida Travel Regions - From Pensacola to Jacksonville, from Daytona to Tampa to the Florida Keys, these regions are home to State Parks, State Recreation Areas, State Archeological Sites, National Parks, National Forests, National Wildlife Refuges, and much more.

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