For a weekend escape or a day trip, it’s always a special time of year in Northwest Florida.
Shelling is a favorite winter activity along the beaches here and there is no better spot than St. George Island. From the pristine shores of St. George State Park (1900 E. Gulf Beach Drive, St. George Island, Florida 32328), the shelling is exceptional. The park is a popular destination for beachgoers who want to avoid the crowds as well as for birdwatchers, hikers and anglers.
Taking a scenic drive along the Spanish Heritage Trail offers a half-day tour of 150 miles of beautiful Northwest Florida scenery. Along the way, 11 sites important to Jackson County’s Spanish Colonial history can be explored. Tour information is available at the historic Russ House and Visitor Center (4318 Lafayette Street, Marianna, Florida 32446).