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If you’re looking for a great travel destination for vacation this year where your family can really unplug from their digital lives and get back to nature, it’s time to take a closer look at Gulf County, Florida! You can find lots of travel planning resources here on their website: Come visit GCFL.
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One of my favorite things to do is explore outside wherever I am. Now that I live in California, I check out the beach at all the places I visit. Here’s a picture of me from instagram at the beach in Southern California. I could easily add to my beach combing adventures in Gulf County since they have 43 miles of shoreline.
Things to Do in Gulf County, Florida
If you want unlimited outdoor activities, Gulf County will be perfect for your family! When I started looking through the Gulf County website with my husband, I immediately saw activities that I couldn’t wait to do.
Of all the activities available, I’m most excited to go on a horseback ride on the beach. I’ve only ever been horseback riding in the woods and I think it would be such a fun way to check out the shore and even enjoy the amazing sunsets over the ocean (another one of my favorite activities: snapping sunset photos over the water).
However, the place that sparked my husband’s interest the most was Wewahitchka (which means “water eyes” in Seminole), because he saw the water filled with giant cypress skeletons at the Dead Lakes! These tree trunks actually look like little huts in the water and I know my kids would absolutely love to see them.
Of course, I was also excited by the prospect of being able to go scalloping in Gulf County, something I’ve never done before. At Port St. Joe Marina, they have group trips for snorkeling and scalloping if you don’t want to do it alone.
You can either snorkel in shallow water to collect scallops underwater or just wade in (this is the way I would do it) and look into the water to see their glowing blue eyes. Then you take a floating mesh basket with you to put them in after you scoop them out of the water. That sounds like so much fun!
I love eating scallops and I can’t imagine how it would taste to eat fresh scallops that I just caught myself.
Since the internet availability is not reliable along the shoreline of Gulf County, your family will truly be able to focus on nature and everything your family can do together outdoors.
With all of the amazing camping, fishing, and exploring choices, I know my kids would be choosing different favorites from me. I’d love to sit out on the beach and watch the sunset, and I know they’d rather be building sandcastles and looking for shells in all that white sand. The kids would also love the Tupelo Honey Festival (for the honey tasting, of course!).
Would you and your kids have the same favorite activity in Gulf County?