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04/05/24

Plan Your Family-Friendly Forgotten Coast Summer vacation

Tucked into the panhandle, away from the bustling crowds of Florida’s more rowdy destinations, lies a stretch of coastline that’s home to some of the most pristine landscapes in the state. From Mexico Beach to Indian Pass, if you’re looking for a family-friendly getaway for your summer vacation this year, there’s no better place than […]

Tucked into the panhandle, away from the bustling crowds of Florida’s more rowdy destinations, lies a stretch of coastline that’s home to some of the most pristine landscapes in the state. From Mexico Beach to Indian Pass, if you’re looking for a family-friendly getaway for your summer vacation this year, there’s no better place than Florida’s Forgotten Coast. Offering a serene retreat amidst powder-soft sands and undisturbed natural habitats, it’s the perfect backdrop for both relaxation and adventure. Whether you’re building sandcastles with the family, exploring the diverse wildlife at state parks, or simply enjoying time in your vacation rental, the Forgotten Coast is the ideal spot for your family-friendly summer vacation. Check out these top things to do during your visit, and start planning your Forgotten Coast summer vacation today!

Fun in the Sun

When it comes to a Florida summer vacation, days at the beach are a given. Rather than dealing with the crowds in places like Panama City or 30A, when you visit the Forgotten Coast, you can enjoy miles of uncrowded shoreline perfect for your family’s summer vacation fun. Whether you’re swimming in the gentle Gulf water, lounging on the warm sand, or challenging the kids to a game of cornhole or volleyball, with room to spread out, you’ll feel like you have the whole beach to yourselves. Soak up every ounce of fun in the sun during your Forgotten Coast summer vacation when you visit our unspoiled, uncrowded beaches. This extends to the very accessible pickle ball courts across near Cape San Blas and Mexico Beach.

Get Up Close with Nature

The Forgotten Coast is home to unique habitats and stunning landscapes that are perfect for nature exploration and adventures during your family-friendly summer vacation. Whether you’re taking a boat out to St. Vincent’s National Preserve or hiking the Maritime Hammock Trail in St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, getting out in nature provides an opportunity to learn about the unique animals and marine life of this beautiful region.

Sunset near Bryant Patton bridge over Apalachicola Bay on St George Island, County Franklin, Florida

To get up close to nature during your visit, consider renting kayaks and exploring the gentle waters of local estuaries and rivers, or plan a day of fun at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve. With three aquariums that display the different coastal habitats of our marine life, as well as interactive and live exhibits, this unique activity is sure to be one of the most memorable parts of your family-friendly summer vacation.

Explore Beyond the Shore

When planning your holiday to the Forgotten Coast, it’s important to take advantage of all the ways you can enjoy the outdoors. While beach days and nature hikes are excellent additions, you may want to explore beyond the shore during your stay, too! For fantastic fun the whole family will enjoy, consider booking a fishing charter where you can cast a line for redfish, grouper, king mackerel, and more!

If you want a more leisurely activity, dolphin tours, airboat rides in Apalachicola, and sunset cruises provide a wonderful end to a full day of adventure.

Shop Local and Find Your Perfect Keepsake

In the midst of all your summer vacation excursions and activities, finding time to experience the wonderful communities of the Forgotten Coast is equally important for a well-rounded trip. Enjoy a day of retail therapy as you visit the charming shops and boutiques of Port St. Joe and Cape San Blas, or find your perfect souvenir at the Indian Pass General Store as you shop their locally-made goods.

Interior of a shop selling clothes and accessories

Indulge in delicious seafood at our family-owned restaurants and treat yourself to tasty desserts and adorable knick-knacks at Mexico Beach Sweets for the cherry on top of your ideal day.

The Perfect Vacation Rental for Your Family

Now that you’ve planned your family-friendly Forgotten Coast summer vacation, there’s only one thing left to do: book your vacation rental!

Early Morning Light on a Beautiful White Sand Beach of the Florida Gulf Coast

Whether you’re looking for a pet-friendly private home, or a Gulf front getaway, at Book Direct Forgotten Coast, we have the perfect place for you. Browse our collection of vacation rentals and book your trip directly with us for the best rates and selection in the region. We can’t wait to welcome you to our piece of paradise on your holiday getaway.