Apalachicola has dozens of well-known shops, restaurants, and landmarks in the heart of downtown that are heavily frequented by visitors. Here are a few that are well worth a visit that are just slightly off the beaten path:
Gorrie Square can be found at the intersection of Avenue D and 6th Street. Visit the John Gorrie Museum and gravesite of Dr. Gorrie, see 17th century canons on display in the center of the roundabout, and read the historic marker at the beautiful and historic Trinity Episcopal Church. The Apalachicola Municipal Library has a trove of information about local, regional, and Florida history as well as genealogical resources.
The historic Bowery District is located within Avenue F, Water Street, and Commerce Street. Here you’ll find Wake and Bake Bread, Bowery Station bar, Honey Hole Liquors, Iggy Art Studio at Bowery Station, the Bowery Art Gallery, Up the Creek Raw Bar, Water Street Hotel and Marina, and the newly opened Bowery Inn.
49 Palmetto Gallery is located on Avenue G, just off Market Street. Upstairs, The Flat at 49 Palmetto is a vacation rental that offers visitors a stylish apartment in a residential neighborhood.
The Orman House State Park, Chapman Botanical Garden, and Three Soldiers Detail Statue can be accessed from Market Street, just a short drive north of the traffic light.
The Scipio Creek Boat Basin (called the “Mill Pond” by locals) is a favorite spot for photographers. And on the second Saturday of each month, don’t miss the Apalachicola Farmers’ Market at the Scipio Creek Pavilion.
Just north of the Scipio Creek Boat Basin is the River Ramble Trail and Boardwalk, part of the Great Florida Wildlife and Birding Trail. This easily accessible half mile (one way) trail leads to an elevated platform with a stunning waterfront view.
If you haven’t visited all of these spots, or if it’s been a while, we hope you’ll take the time to enjoy them soon.