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If you enjoy outdoor family adventures in gorgeous settings, then Gulf County, Florida should be on your bucket list. Located on the pristine white sand beaches of the Florida panhandle, Gulf County is a nature lover’s dream! As the rest of the country is moving into cool fall, Gulf County’s prime season is just beginning. Sunny weather, friendly people, and a stunning setting: here are three adventures for nature-loving families to try in the unspoiled beaches of Gulf County.
1. Kayaking the “Dead Lakes”
Anything but dead, the Dead Lakes are literally brimming with wildlife. The best way to enjoy the raccoons, deer, rabbits, turtles, snakes and alligators is from the water! We are huge animal lovers, and seeing them in their natural environment while trying out a new sport would be a blast. Visitors can paddle through the canopy of cypress and tupelo trees on the calm waters of the Dead Lakes and experience the sights and sounds of the coastal forest with a guide. Can you imagine being immersed in this unique habitat?
2. Horseback Riding on the Beach
I was excited to see that the horseback riding on San Blas could accommodate large families! I have always wanted to ride a horse on the beach, and the kids would be so excited to try something new. Spending the day on horses, on the powder-like white sand of Cape San Blas seems like the perfect way to relax while enjoying the breathtaking scenery.
3. Turtle Walks
Loggerhead sea turtles have been nesting in Cape San Blas for ages; in fact, the Gulf County area is the highest density-nesting beach in North Florida! My kids LOVE animal encounters in nature, and fell in love with sea turtles when we were in Mexico. Near the end of the summer, the little baby turtles start to hatch. Families are invited to sign up for a turtle walkabout with naturalist Jessica and the SJP Turtle Patrol.