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The Weather in Apalachicola
Check out the climate diagram for Apalachicola. On average, the warmest month is July. On the other hand, you could have temperatures dropping under 46° in January. The rainiest month is July while the driest month is October.
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Apalachicola is a coastal city located in Franklin County, Florida, on the shore of Apalachicola Bay. It is blessed with beautiful beaches and steeped in history. There are a variety of vacation rentals to choose from, including houses, condos, guesthouses, and waterfront cottages. Whether you’re planning a quiet weekend break or an extended vacation, there are suitable accommodations in Apalachicola to fit your budget and preferences.
What to eat in Apalachicola
Apalachicola has a strong maritime history, and its cuisine is tied to the produce of the ocean. Seafood is king in Florida, and in Apalachicola, oysters are the main delicacies that you must try. Whether you eat them raw, deep fried, grilled, or baked, there’s nothing like fresh oysters to whet your appetite.
Adventurous eaters can also sample alligator empanadas. which are baked or fried pastries with alligator meat filling. Another local novelty that you can taste is gator and pork sausage. Spicy tuna tartare, crab cakes, grilled fish, baked clams, and shrimp are other dishes featured in local restaurant menus that you might be more familiar with, along with the more typical burgers, salads, and chicken wraps.
History and culture
The town’s name is an Indian word which is commonly interpreted as ‘the land of friendly people.' Its proximity to the sea and rivers contribute to its rich maritime history, making it one of the most historic cities in Florida. Visit the Apalachicola Maritime Museum and experience its hands-on learning environment. In addition to its exhibits, the museum offers a variety of sailing, kayaking, canoeing, and boating tours.
Swing by the Raney House Museum, a lovely Southern home built for the family of David G. Raney, a successful cotton trader. It has displays of 19th-century artifacts, documents, and furniture. Another interesting museum is the John Gorrie Museum, dedicated to the man who invented modern refrigeration and air conditioning. The museum also contains exhibits about Gorrie’s works and the city's history.
Activities with children
If you’re traveling with kids, there are a number of great activities in Apalachicola. On top of the endless fun on the beach and in the water, keep them occupied with kayaking and surfboarding lessons. Go turtle watching at Mexico Beach, a secluded beach located 35mi. from Apalachicola. For a bit of local history, visit the Orman House Historic State Park, which was constructed in 1838 by Thomas Orman, a cotton merchant. This colonial-style mansion overlooking the Apalachicola River features wooden mantelpieces, ornate cornices, and pine floorboards.
Adjacent to the park lies the Chapman Botanical Garden, with many plant species native to Florida. Walk along paved pathways and boardwalks to enjoy the beautiful surroundings. There’s also an interesting butterfly garden on the premises. If you’re planning on introducing your kids to theatrical productions, the Dixie Theatre is the place to go. It was established in 1912 and hosts regular live performances & special events. If you prefer other activities in the area, browse in the shops or take a break at a café in the historic district.
What to see and do in Apalachicola
Apalachicola's stretches of unspoiled beaches, marshes, and rivers offer great opportunities for fishing, kayaking, walking, and birding. There are also plenty of land-based activities you can do in Apalachicola. You can tour the waterfront, or visit the historic Gorrie Square and City Square. Pass by the Chestnut Street Cemetery, the oldest burial grounds in the city where people who played an influential role in its history and development are laid to rest.
A trip across Apalachicola Bay to one of the barrier reef islands is also worth doing. Explore the St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge, established in 1968. Walk along its quiet beaches or head inland to observe the local wildlife. If you’re lucky, you might spot an endangered red wolf or white-tailed deer bucks. For unique wilderness experiences, hop on a boat to Cape St. George Island (also known as Little St. George Island), and walk around its 9mi. of unexplored beaches and trails. On Cape St. George Island, you’ll find the Cape St. George Light Museum, where you can climb the 92 steps to reach the top of the lighthouse and be rewarded with 360-degree views of the area and the reserve.
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