Searching for pet friendly Florida beaches and other doggone good fun? Look no further than Florida’s Forgotten Coast! With tons of dog friendly beaches and pet friendly restaurants and shops, Franklin County gets the paw of approval from all of our four-legged guests.
When it comes to pet friendly activities, Franklin County is chock-full of furry fun! There are pet friendly beaches, shops and restaurants all across our coastal communities that welcome dog and cat guests with open arms.
See below for a full list of pet friendly restaurants, shops and beaches across Franklin County. Our furry visitors give all of these hotspots two paws up!
Aunt Ebby’s Ice Cream St. George Island
BJ’s Pizza & Subs St. George Island
Hole in the Wall Apalachicola
Lynn’s Quality Oysters & Raw Bar Eastpoint
Café con Leche Apalachicola
The Station Apalachicola
Pesky Pelican Eastpoint
Tamaras Café Apalachicola
Apalachicola Seafood Grill Apalachicola
Apalachicola Chocolate Company Apalachicola
Red Pirate Family Grill and Oyster Bar Eastpoint
Family Coastal Restaurant Eastpoint
Doc Myers’ Island Pub & Sports Bar St. George Island
Half Shell Dockside Apalachicola
Paddy’s Raw Bar St. George Island
Blue Parrot Oceanfront Café St. George Island
Up The Creek Raw Bar Apalachicola
The Crooked River Lighthouse in Carrabelle is hosting a Full Moon & Sunset Lighthouse Climb on Tuesday, July 16 from 7:30-10 pm. Visitors can climb to the top of the tallest lighthouse on the Forgotten Coast, Crooked River Lighthouse, to see breathtaking views of the bay with the sun setting and the full moon.
For the July full moon climb we have exciting live music out of Tallahassee featuring Afro-Cuban drumming by Master Yazid along with several of his fellow drummers. Yazid Johnson has played in professional orchestras, is a jazz musician, has performed at the Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and for former presidents and has been an instructor and leader for the FSU African Drumming Ensemble.
Enjoy this special opportunity to see the gorgeous natural surroundings of the St. George Sound, Carrabelle Beach, and Dog Island, under the glow of the setting sun while listening to the sounds of African-Cuban drums with this special Crooked River Lighthouse evening climb. Guests can also enjoy s’mores around the new fire pit. Cost is just $8. Music will start at 7:30 pm. So be sure to come early if you’d like to experience the music. The museum and gift shop will also be open. All climbers must be 44 inches tall.
Crooked River Lighthouse is located in Carrabelle, just west of the Carrabelle Public Beach Park. 1975 Hwy 98 W, Carrabelle. For more information, contact the Museum and Gift Shop at 850-697-2732. Reservations appreciated but not required.
Come learn all about our nesting sea turtles and find out how you can help them! Members of the St. George Island Turtle Patrol team will be on hand to answer questions and give an update about sea turtle nests on the island. Get the chance to touch a sea turtle carapace, or look close-up at loggerhead sea turtle eggs. This air-conditioned event is a wonderful chance to learn more about sea turtles and is great for anyone visiting the area alone or with family.
Apalachicola Florida is a warm, welcoming port town bursting with hometown charm, friendly folks and rich maritime history. Nestled on the mouth of the Apalachicola River near St. George Island, this small coastal city is home to bustling seafood houses, weather-worn shrimp boats and stately historical buildings.
The name “Apalachicola” is a combination of the Hitchoti Indian words “apalahchi,” meaning “on the other side,” and “okli,” meaning “people.” However, Apalachicola locals will tell you it means “land of the friendly people.” As soon as you set foot in this genial small town, you’ll understand why. Brimming with warm hospitality and smiling faces, Apalachicola makes everyone feel at home.
Hip & Historical
Apalachicola has managed to retain its historic charm while evolving into a hip destination teeming with arts and culture. Affectionately called “Apalach” by locals, this picturesque town gives visitors a delightful taste of Old Florida while offering countless activities and events.
The town lays claim to a beautifully restored historic district like none other in the Panhandle. Throughout Apalachicola’s historic downtown commercial district, visitors will stumble across eclectic boutiques, unique eateries, art galleries and popular music venues tucked into brick, tin-roofed warehouses. It’s a distinctive destination that offers the best of both worlds: old world charm and new world cool.
The 28 miles of St. George Island Florida’s beaches are serene and pet-friendly. The island consistently rates as one of the top beaches in the U.S., with miles of uncrowded expanses for sunning and shelling, clear Gulf waters for swimming and fishing, and pristine marshes for wildlife viewing. Visitors can rent a quaint beach cottage, a multi-story luxury beach home, or lodge at one of the two island hotels or inns. Except for the Julian G. Bruce State Park beach, St. George Island beaches are pet-friendly for well-behaved and leashed pets. Start planning your island getaway today at www.islevaca.com
The public beach on St. George Island is easy to find. From Island Drive, the only access to the island, Go over the five-mile long Bryant Patton Bridge with a gorgeous view of Apalachicola Bay. When you get to the island stop sign, turn right and then left into convenient island parking. The public beach is not only easy to find but there are bath house facilities, covered pavilions for picnics, a playground and ball court for the younger generations. The Cape St. George Lighthouse and lighthouse Keeper’s House are also located in nearby Lighthouse Park.
We would like to invite you to the 20th Anniversary of the Apalachicola Classic Boat & Car Show on April 20, 2019 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Come to Riverfront Park in Apalachicola to see many antique & classic vessels, workboats and runabouts. Fiberglass, wood and aluminum as well as motor displays. Boat building demonstrations will be on display as well.
Antiques, classic and late model cars will be on display from Studebakers, Model Ts , Mustangs, Classic Chevys and much more. The Apalachicola Traders’ Canoe, a hand built 50-foot long vessel used between 1750-1850, recovered from the Apalachicola River will be on display at History Culture & Art Center during the day as well. The Apalachicola Classic Boat & Car Show also will feature a few arts and crafts vendors that focus on nautical themes.
And we have oysters!
Dr. Drew Ramsey is prescribing his patients an alternative treatment for anxiety and depression that deviates from the standard Prozac, Zoloft, and Celexa: oysters. Yep, we’re talking about shellfish. According to the Columbia University assistant professor and psychiatrist, the popular dish can improve mental health.
Ramsey credits the food’s high vitamin b12 for reducing brain shrinkage, while noting the link between long chain omega-3 fatty acid deficiencies and depression, New York Times reports. Given the oyster’s high level of the polyunsaturated fatty acid, they can reduce symptoms.
It’s a treatment method his patients are clearly fond of. In fact, one took Ramsey’s advice a step further and ordered three dozen oysters in one weekend. “You’re the only person I’ve prescribed them to who came back and said he ate 36!” Ramsey reportedly told the 48-year-old, who was suffering from mild depression and anxiety.
Ramsey’s belief in the ties between food and mental health extends beyond shellfish. In fact, the psychiatrist has published a number of books exploring the “food mood connection.” The author of “Eat Complete,” “Fifty Shades of Kale,” and “The Happiness Diet,” claims poor diet choices can contribute to depression.