Parks & Museums
MUSEUMS, HISTORIC AND CULTURAL SITES
Apalachicola features several unique museums, historical and cultural sites.
Click here to download a walking tour map of these sites.
Center for History, Culture & Art, 86 Water Street. The Center is dedicated to arts education and enrichment. Located in an 1830’s brick warehouse overlooking the Apalachicola River, the City-owned center offers workshops, classes and exhibits year-round. apalachicolahca.com 850/272-5224.
Dixie Theatre, 21 Avenue E. Built in 1912, the historic Dixie Theatre features live theater and musical events. 850/653-3200 dixietheatre.com
Raney House Museum, 128 Market Street. This stately Greek Revival house was built in 1836 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Homes. It is owned by the City and managed by the Apalachicola Historical Society. 850/653-1700, Apalachicolahistory.org
Veterans Memorial Plaza, 230 Market Street. Created in 2008 to honor veterans for their service, the park features a Circle of Freedom walkway and the Three Servicemen Statue South Detail, a bronze sculpture by Fredrick Hart that depicts a realistic image of servicemen. 850/653-1318, tss.org
Orman House Museum, 177 5th Street. This two-story Greek Revival structure, built in 1838, is one of the oldest historic homes in Apalachicola. This antebellum home was used for both business and social gatherings in the early 1800s. 850/653-1209 floridastateparks.org
Scipio Creek Mooring Basin “The Mill Pond”, 479 Market Street. This is the site of a former saw mill where lumber was floated from up river and milled. It is currently home port for the local commercial fishing fleet. The St. Vincent Island National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center is also located here. 850/653-8808, fws.gov/saintvincent.org
Historic Holy Family Center, 203 Dr. Frederick Humphries Street. This building is the site of a former Catholic church and school now renovated into a multifaceted senior center and cultural hub. The Holy Family Center was an integral part of the Hillside community dating back to 1920. 850/653-1526
Chesnut Street Cemetery, Avenue E between 6th and 8th Street. This is a cemetery of historical significance in the Gulf Coast area. The funerary art reflects the religious beliefs and burial traditions of the town’s early settlers.
Apalachicola Muncipal Library, 80 12th Street. Contains a wealth of local historic information, genealogical research resources as well as an extensive Florida collection. Also features modern services including wi-fi, computer access and copies. 850/653-8436, Cityofapalachicola.com/library
John Gorrie Museum, 46 6th Street. Contains a replica of the ice machine created in 1851 by Dr. John Gorrie. Gorrie’s invention formed the basis for the ice industry and air conditioning. 850/653-9347, floridastateparks.org
Fort Coombs Armory, Avenue D and 4th Street. Constructed between 1901 and 1905, this building is said to be the oldest structure in the U.S. continuously used by a National Guard Company. The Franklin Guards were the first occupants. The Armory provides a location for many community events. 850/670-8167
PARKS AND SCENIC AREAS
Apalachicola boasts several local parks, several of which feature waterfront views.
Lafayette Park, located in the center of Apalachicola's historic home district, is a waterfront showcase. Dedicated in 1832 and rededicated 100 years later, it features a lush landscape, period lighting, a gazebo, children's play equipment, picnic tables and a long fishing pier which stretches several hundred feet out into Apalachicola Bay. Avenue B.
Battery Park, located beneath the John Gorrie Bridge at the entrance to Apalachicola, is the site of the annual Florida Seafood Festival. Funds raised by the Festival has paid for the extensive boat docks in the adjoining City Marina area. This park features a community center, boat launch ramps, fishing piers and children's play equipment. Bay Avenue.
The Chapman Botanical Gardens Park overlooks the Apalachicola River. The park is a tribute to Dr. Alvin Chapman, a prominent 19th Century Botanist who discovered many rare plant species in the Apalachicola area. The park features period lighting, seating areas, a gazebo and beautiful boardwalk. 177 5th Street.
Riverfront Park is located downtown along the Apalachicola River and is adjacent to several commercial shrimp boats that are docked along the river. This park provides the setting for many community events including the annual arrival of Santa Claus on a shrimp boat, summer concerts and annual Independence Day celebration. Water Street.
The Scipio Creek Boat Basin is located at the north end of Market Street in downtown Apalachicola. Locally known as the Mill Pond, it is the site of a former saw mill where lumber was floated from upriver and milled. It is currently a commercial fishing marina and park.