Monday, March 30, 2015

Gulf County, Florida Adventure Guide for Family Friendly, Nature, and Outdoor Trips and Giveaway

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

Gulf County beaches are all leashed dog friendly with the exception of St. Joseph Peninsula State Park!

My husband and I spent almost a year in Florida in 2011, and one of the things I loved the most about the state was all the birds, wildlife, and outdoors. Now we do a trip to Florida, every year for work, family, and fun. Of course we've braved the crowds at Disney and LEGOLAND. However, next time we make our trip, I'm planning to check out Gulf County to experience more of the nature and outdoors with the kiddos!

What are we going to do in Gulf County, Florida?

Gulf County, Florida has miles of coastline and a remarkable amount of wildlife with responsible eco-tourism activities and adventures. We are going to enjoy nature and learn about it without disturbing it. With plenty of shoreline and beautiful landscape, you can find an abundance of fish and ocean animals, birds, sea turtles, and so much more. Sea turtles are found on the Gulf Coast beaches year round. I'm looking forward to taking 100s of photos, here, one day!

Florida is home to 40% of the world's sea turtle population and Gulf Coast is protected habitat for many of them. See link below for info on Gulf County Adventure Guides.

Check out Gulf County Adventure Guide to find the full list of local Gulf Coast activities!

Gulf Coast County family friendly adventures:
There literally is so much to in this area, but here are some of the highlights! 

Kayak Through the Dead Lakes - The Dead Lakes get their name from the Cypress and Tupelo trees in the water making it look other worldly and surreal.

Wildlife Sightings: In April, the birds are all coming to nest.

Beach Adventures
Wildlife sightings: Dolphins!

Activities: Snorkeling, paddleboarding, bike riding, horseback riding, watching the sunset, and camping on the beach.

St. Joseph Peninsula State Park
Wildlife Sightings: Deer, bobcats, squirrels, raccoons, kingfishers, great horn owls, and otters, etc.

Activities: Hike and witness the local wildlife,
- Rent a charter boat and go “snuba” diving (Snuba - diving with air but no tank - No special certification required).
- Go on an Ecotour with Captain Charlene from About Fun Charters. Tour St. Joseph Bay at sunset and see birds, fish, sea life and the resident dolphin.

St. John's Bay
Mouth opening is to the North around the top of Cape San Blas.

Wildlife sightings: Sea turtles, mullet, trout, redfish, ladyfish, bluefish, sting rays, sharks, spider crabs, blue crabs, stone crabs, pufferfish, sea horses, star fish, sand dollars, olive snails, or moon snails
Activities: Wading and snorkeling and much more.

Indian Pass Campground
Activities: Camping in waterfront cabins, RV sites and primitive campsites around Indian Pass Lagoon.

Lulu and I (7 mo pregnant) in Florida, 2011 - I can't wait to go back with the second baby, now!

I think what I like most about Gulf County, Florida is how dedicated they are to conservation. There is a ton of information to help tourists and locals visit without leaving a trace and tips on enjoying this beautiful wilderness. Responsible pet owners are welcome to enjoy beautiful beaches, walks, and sunsets, together. Kids can have tons of exploration and activities to do.

Check out Gulf County Adventure Guide for more activities, adventures, and nature!
OR follow Instagram hashtag #GCFLnofilter for a photo tour!

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