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Apalachicola

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Welcome to Apalachicola, FL

It feels like a long haul between Panama City Beach and here. Add an odd name and a town's below-the-radar reputation to that long drive and you may be tempted to skip Apalachicola. But you shouldn't. It's a weirdly fascinating town that, for some reason, has a growing cosmopolitan veneer. And that makes it worth a visit. - Copyright © 2014 by Fodor’s Travel, a division of Random House, LLC. All rights reserved. Explore

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Orman House Historic State Park

Tour this antebellum mansion built overlooking the Apalachicola River by a cotton merchant. Don’t miss the adjacent butterfly and botanic garden.

Orman House Historic State Park

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Climb Aboard Capt. Gill’s River Cruise

Cruise for a few hours in air-conditioned splendor. Capt. Gill will tell you all about the Apalachicola River ecosystem and its great biodiversity.

Climb Aboard Capt. Gill’s River Cruise

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Slurp ’Em Up at the Boss Oyster Restaurant

This establishment has its own harvesting boat to make sure your oysters are kept chilled every step of the way “from bay to belly.”

Slurp ’Em Up at the Boss Oyster Restaurant

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John Gorrie Museum State Park — Very Cool!

Pay homage to the father of refrigeration and air conditioning in the state that might have been left to the alligators and mosquitos without them.

John Gorrie Museum State Park — Very Cool!

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Explore an Estuarine Research Reserve

Find sweeping views of the Apalachicola River estuary on this mostly boardwalk nature trail. Pass through a succession of four coastal habitats.

Explore an Estuarine Research Reserve

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