September 30, 2016

What to Do in Gulf County, Florida (+ Giveaway)

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Visit Gulf County. All opinions are 100% mine.

We are big fans of Florida. We travel there as a family at least once a year to visit my snowbird in-laws. There are loads of fantastic beaches for shelling, waterways for stand-up paddleboarding and nature trails for biking and hiking, especially in Gulf County, which is in the panhandle of Florida, near Panama City.

I recently had the chance to check out the GCFL Adventure Guide. I love all that you can do outdoors as a family, like hiking the Bayview Nature Trail at St. Joseph Peninsula State Park and kayaking at Indian Pass Lagoon.

It’s easy to get outdoors in Gulf County since access to fishing, snorkeling, diving and boating are no more than 15 minutes from any given point in the area. Between the Gulf of Mexico, St. Joseph Bay, the Gulf County Canal, the Chipola River and the Intracoastal Waterway, all of which are connected, there’s so much to do on the water and there are so many ways to connect with nature.

Even better, because you do so much in nature, you’ll never have the experience more than once. Wildlife and adventure feed off the water in Gulf County, so you’ll want to get outside whether to go horseback riding on the beaches, snorkeling at St. Joseph Bay or walking with the Turtle Patrol at Indian Pass.

Here are four of my favorite must-do adventures in Gulf County.

1. Going on an Eco-Tour with Captain Charlene. Book an eco-tour with About Fun Charters. Head out into St. Joe Bay to see plenty of birds, fish, sea life, even one of the resident dolphins. About Fun Charters also offers fishing charters and scalloping trips.

2. Enjoying a Gulf Sunset. After a fun, busy day, it’s nice to just relax and enjoy a beautiful Gulf sunset. Take in the sunset from Cape San Blas or Windmark Beach. Another idea, hop in a canoe or kayak and watch the sun set from the middle of St. Joseph Bay.

3. Going on a Turtle Walk. Sea turtle season runs from May through October. This is when the Turtle Patrol walks the beach at Indian Pass in search of turtle nests. Stay at the Turtle Beach Inn, which is in a prime spot where sea turtles come up on the beach to lay their eggs.

4. Kayaking in St. Joseph Bay. Go on a guided eco-tour in a kayak with Happy Ours Kayak & Bike Outpost. Keep your eyes open for turtles as they come up for air. Some friendly turtles may even swim right up to your kayak to say hello.

If you like to explore the outdoors, Gulf County is the place to explore as a family. Be sure to check out their Pinterest boards for plenty of inspiration and ideas before you go.

Find Your Adventure Giveaway

If you’re ready to embark on your own adventure, I encourage you to enter Gulf County’s Find Your Adventure giveaway to win a week-long adventure package in Gulf County, which includes:

You can enter the giveaway below. You’ll also receive the Gulf County Adventure Guide each month.

Scavenger Hunt Giveaway on Kidventurous

In addition, I’m hosting a Gulf County scavenger hunt giveaway here on Kidventurous. One lucky winner will receive a $100 Sierra Trading Post gift card. To enter, search the GCFL Adventure Guide for the answer to my scavenger hunt question below:

According to Adventure Guide Jessica Swindall, where should you go to see the most loggerhead turtles?

When you know the answer, leave a comment below on this blog post with the answer. This giveaway ends on Sunday, March 27. Good luck!

Photo Credit: Gulf County Florida Tourism

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