Sunset over water in Alligator Point

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Restaurants, Attractions & More

Looking for things to do during your stay in Alligator Point? Here’s a list of nearby fishing charters,
restaurants, tackle shops, boat ramps & more!

Fishing Charters, Tides & Guides

Current Weather & Tides at Alligator Point.

Marinas, Bait & Tackle

  • Crum’s Bait & Tackle: (850) 984-5501 - Crum’s Mini Mall has been locally owned for forty years, located at 1321 Coastal Hwy, Panacea, Fl, 32346 (on Hwy 98, 35 miles south of Tallahassee). Our in store selection is huge, with over 3000 rods in stock. We have live and frozen bait, marine supplies, marine and home hardware, souvenirs, you name it we just might have it.
  • Alligator Point Marina: (850) 349-2511 - Alligator Point’s local marina. Offering wet/dry storage, ship store and Tiki Bar. In addition, they offer transient wet storage for $1.75/per foot per day.
  • Coastal Corner: (850) 713-0008 - Deli, gas, limited groceries, bait & tackle.

Boat Ramps

  • Alligator Point Marina: (850) 349-2511 - Alligator Point's local marina offers a boat ramp available to the public; however, no parking is available.
  • Alligator Point Public Ramps: There are two public boat ramps located at Alligator Point. One is located approximately 2 miles onto Alligator Drive on Surf Road. The second boat ramp is located approximately 6.5 miles on Alligator Drive across from the beach access. Limited parking at both locations.

Boat and Kayak Rentals

  • T-N-T Hideaway Canoe Rental: (850) 925-6412 - Located 20 miles south of Tallahassee, FL, the Wakulla River is fed by an underground spring that emerges at Wakulla Springs State Park and flows out to the Gulf of Mexico. The slow moving river is perfect for the beginner or entire family. You launch at our location so there is no shuttling.
  • Shell Island Fish Camp: (850) 925-6226 - St. Marks Welcome to Shell Island Camp, a family-owned and operated piece of old Florida located in the quaint fishing village of St. Marks, Florida. The camp overlooks the pristine Wakulla River, which features a well-marked, easy to run channel. Just 18 miles south of Tallahassee on State Road 363, Shell Island Fish Camp has been in the Hobbs family since 1962.
  • Journeys of St George: (850) 927-3259 - 240 East Third Street, St. George Island
    Ecotours including kayaking, powerboat and sailing. Fishing charters- deep sea and flats. Kayak, boat and sailboat rentals. Plus a full outdoor shop selling kayaks and gear. We also sell fishing gear/bait/tackle and fishing licenses. Summer kids' camps and eco kids' tours in summer.
  • Dockside Marina: (850) 697-3337
  • Wefing's Marine, Inc. and Apalachicola Boat Rentals: (850) 670-8100 - New Boat & Motor Sales, Boat Rentals.
  • St. Mark's Outfitters: (850) 510-7919 - Full service guide, and kayak rental business.

State Parks

  • Bald Point State Park: (850) 349-9146 - Some of the most picturesque scenic areas along north Florida’s Gulf Coast can be found at this park. Located on Alligator Point where Ochlockonee Bay meets Apalachee Bay, Bald Point offers a multitude of land and water activities. Coastal marshes, pine flatwoods, and oak thickets foster a diversity of biological communities that make the park a popular destination for birding and wildlife viewing.
  • Ochlockonee Bay State Park: (850) 962-2771 - This jewel of a park is a great place to get away for a weekend or a weeklong vacation. Picnic facilities and a swimming area are located near the scenic point where the Ochlockonee and Dead rivers intersect. Ochlockonee, which means "yellow waters," is a mix of brackish, tidal surge, and fresh water. Pristine and deep, the river empties into the Gulf of Mexico. Trails allow visitors to explore the park and see the diverse wildlife, including the red-cockaded woodpecker, and natural communities such as pine flatwoods and oak thickets.
  • Tate’s Hell State Forest: (850) 697-3734 - A tale that has been told for many years recounts how Tate's Hell Swamp got its name. Local legend has it that a farmer by the name of Cebe Tate, armed with only a shotgun and accompanied by his hunting dogs, journeyed into the swamp in search of a panther that was killing his livestock. Although there are several versions of this story, the most common describes Tate as being lost in the swamp for seven days and nights, bitten by a snake, and drinking from the murky waters to curb his thirst.
  • Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park: (850) 926-0700 - Home of one of the largest and deepest freshwater springs in the world, this park plays host to an abundance of wildlife, including alligators, turtles, deer, and birds. Daily guided riverboat tours provide a closer view of wildlife, and glass bottom boat tours are offered when the water is clear. Swimming is a popular activity during the hot summer months. A nature trail offers a leisurely walk along the upland wooded areas of the park.
  • Torreya State Park: (850) 643-2674 - The park is named for a species of rare Torreya tree that occurs only on the bluffs along the Apalachicola River. This once plentiful tree was nearly destroyed by disease in the early 1960s and may be doomed to extinction. Other rare plants found in the park include the Florida yew tree and the U.S. Champion winged elm.
  • Econfina State Park: (850) 922-6007 - Nestled along the northern Gulf Coast, this park protects a mosaic of diverse landscapes. The Econfina River meanders like a dark ribbon through pine flatwoods, oaks and palm forests to broad expanses of salt marsh dotted with pine islands. Nature lovers can explore the scenic beauty by foot, bicycle, or horseback on nine miles of wooded trails-or drift along the river in a kayak, canoe, or boat.
  • Saint George Island State Park: (850) 927-2111 - Miles of undeveloped beaches and emerald waters provide the perfect setting for this park. The park offers ample opportunities for sunbathing, swimming, canoeing, boating, hiking, camping, and nature study. Two boat ramps provide access to Apalachee Bay where anglers can fish for flounder, redfish, sea trout, pompano, whiting, and Spanish mackerel. Few parks offer better opportunities for gulf coast shelling. Voted the #3 best beach in the U.S. by Dr. Beach in 2013!
  • St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge Visitor’s Center: (850) 653-8808 - St. Vincent Island is an unspoiled barrier island at the west end of Apalachicola Bay. The refuge is open during daylight hours. It is only accessible by boat and there are no facilities available.
  • St. Joseph Peninsula State Park: (850) 227-1327 - Miles of white sand beaches, striking dunes, 2,516 acre park. Excellent snorkeling, swimming, birding, camping.
  • St. Joseph Bay Preserve: (850) 229-1787 - Over 5,000 acres on St. Joseph Bay. Educational center, programs, and volunteer opportunities.
  • Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve: (850) 670-7700 - Encompassing over 246,000 acres in Apalachicola Bay, it is the 2nd largest Estuarine Research Reserve system in the nation. Nature Center is located at the north end of Market Street. Attractions include exhibits on the flora and fauna of the area, a nature trail and aquaria facility featuring a variety of local fish and turtles.
  • Apalachicola National Forest: (850) 643-2282 - 564,000 acres for birding, camping, boating, wildflower viewing, hunting, and fishing.
  • Fort Gadsden Historic Site: (850) 643-2282 - Earthen embankments and interpretive kiosk, located on the east bank of the Apalachicola River, approximately 45 minutes north of Eastpoint, accessed by Highway 65. The site interprets the role of Native and African Americans during the early 1800s.

Golf

  • St. James Bay Golf Course: (850) 697-9606 - Robert Walker worked closely with Audubon International to create a course in complete harmony with nature. This perfectly manicured 18-hole championship course gives golfers the ability to play a more strategic game of golf.
  • Wildwood County Club: (850) 926-4659 - Located about 30 minutes south of Tallahassee in Wakulla County, Wildwood Country Club’s beautiful 18-hole championship golf course provides a challenge for golfers of all ages and skill levels.

Area Attractions

  • Gulf Specimen Aquarium: (850) 984-5297 - Off of Road Landing Road, Panacea
    In recent years our facility has served as an educational exhibit for increasing numbers of schools in the Florida panhandle. It is now open to the public, enabling people to see many local marine animals for the first time.
  • Apalachicola Historic District: Over 900 homes and buildings are listed in our National Register District dating as far back as the 1830s. A scenic walking tour of the town acquaints visitors with sites such as cotton warehouses, which housed the City’s once prosperous cotton export during the 1800s, a sponge exchange and Victorian homes nestled amid the moss-draped live oak trees. A map is available at the Chamber office and Visitors Center located at 122 Commerce Street.
  • Dixie Theatre: (850) 653-3200 - Originally built in 1912, the Dixie Theatre became the entertainment center of Franklin County. Closed in 1967, it was rebuilt and opened once again in 1998. The Dixie now produces the best in Live Professional Theatre, and musical events as well providing an acoustically perfect rental space for other community functions.
  • John Gorrie State Museum: (850) 653-9347 - Contains a replica of the first ice machine (predecessor to A/C) created by Dr John Gorrie in an attempt to cool his yellow fever patients. His invention later became the basis for the ice industry and air conditioning.
  • Camp Gordon Johnston Museum: (850) 697-8575 - Camp Gordon Johnston opened near Carrabelle in 1942 to train amphibious soldiers during WWII. The CGJ Museum preserves the heritage of these men and has compiled extensive histories, as well as a photographic display of the area and life as it existed at the camp.
  • Crooked River Lighthouse: Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this 103 foot iron and steel structure was constructed in 1895 to guide ships through East Pass between Dog Island and St. George Island. Decommissioned by the U.S. Coast Guard in 1995, the lighthouse is currently being restored. Interpretive signage and picnic area 3 miles west of Carrabelle.
  • Cape St. George Lighthouse: (850) 927-7744 - The newly erected 79 flot St. George Island Lighthouse stands proudly in the center of the island. Open for tours.
  • Orman House: (850) 653-1209 - North Market Street, Apalachicola
    Built in 1838 by Thomas Orman, the wood for this two-story home ws cut to measure near Syracuse, New York and shipped to A and shipped to Apalachicola by sailing vessel around the Florida Keys, then assembled on the bluff overlooking the broad estuary and bay of the Apalachicola River. Today the house still resonates with a genteel aura and warmth of the past.
  • Raney House Museum: (850) 653-1700 - Owned by the city of Apalachicola and on the National Register of Historic Homes, provides a glimpse of the life of cotton commission merchant and community leader David Greenway Raney.

Area Restaurants, Coffee Shops and Breweries

  • Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce: (850) 653-9419 - This site is one of the most popular sources for information about Apalachicola.
  • Franklin County TDC: Highly valued for our unspoiled natural environment, the coastal communities of Apalachicola, St. George Island, Carrabelle, Alligator Point and Eastpoint that make up the Forgotten Coast offer an authentic taste of Florida's Gulf Coast with plenty of charm and history. You’ll find miles of uncrowded pristine beaches, an endless supply of protected shallow bays, excellent fishing and acres of National and State forests to explore.
  • Visit Wakulla: There are many joys associated with visiting Wakulla County, but there may be none greater than a home-cooked meal made with love, passion, and the freshest ingredients around. That’s what you’ll find at any of our family owned establishments whose life’s work is offering guests a dining experience unlike any other.
  • Bayside Coffee Company: (770) 639-3987 - Bayside Coffee Co. is a small-batch coffee roaster located on Florida's Forgotten Coast. We roast our coffee fresh, daily.
  • Eastpoint Beer Company: (850) 815-5185 - We are a small craft brewery, with great beer and the best view in the business.
  • Oyster City Brewing Company: (850) 653-2739