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Top 5 Family Water Activities in Gulf County Florida

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Gulf County Florida for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Is there anything more exciting than a getaway to the beach to play and enjoy the sun, surf, and sand? Plan a vacation filled with fun family water activities and your whole crew will come home with endless memories. A great family destination to enjoy the outdoors is Gulf County Florida. There’s no better place to enjoy the coastline and build memories together as a family.

Gulf County Florida makes it easy to find, plan, and discover the perfect excursions for your family with their Concierge Program. It’s an easy 3-question form where you share what your family will enjoy. Then, the team will help you match your interests with the best experiences for your family.

You can even learn from an expert during a free 20-min session that will guide you in the must-do experiences to help your family get excited and your trip planned for the perfect family vacation to Gulf County Florida!

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Top 5 Family Water Activities
in Gulf County Florida

1. Get to Know the Sealife

Have you ever wanted to take a step beyond the bounds of an aquarium? At St. Joseph’s Bay, you’ll beautiful clear saltwater that is abounding with sealife and soft grass flats in shallow water that’s perfect for exploring. You may be able to spot turtles, dolphins, seahorses, and other sealife all during your visit.

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The whole family will be giddy as you wade in the shallow water and discover the gulf coast come to life!

2. Try Paddleboarding

Paddleboarding is a relatively new craze that even kids as young as ages 6-8 can enjoy! Let them try it solo or have your children paddleboard with you. Make sure your child is able to swim and bring a life jacket along for your adventures.

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Trying something new will build a memorial experience for the whole family. This gives you a really close and personal experience in the Gulf and is a workout to boot! You can get started with paddleboarding in a kneeling position first, and then try standing as you get more comfortable with your stability.

3. Go Kayaking

Whether you’re up for giving paddleboarding a try, or not, you should still plan an outing in kayaks! In a kayak you’ll be able to enjoy the scenery and wildlife while feeling the gentle, calm atmosphere out on the Gulf.

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Kayaking is also an easy way to include your children. Young kids can ride in your kayak and older children can manage their own kid-sized kayak. This will give the whole family the chance to explore together.

4. Head out on a Boat Tour

Head to Port St. Joe Marina or to Captain’s Cove Marina and spend an afternoon watch the boats coming and going through the port. While there you can book the perfect excursion for your family from a day out snorkeling to an eco-tour or even a sunset cruise!

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Whether you choose a boat tour to inform, thrill, or relax you’ll have a wonderful time out in the Gulf.

5. Catch Your Dinner While Fishing

There are many places you can set out together to fish and catch your own fresh dinner right from the Gulf. Set out on a fishing excursion if you’re inexperienced and learn about the different fish found in the coast including Mahi, Red Snapper, Flounder, and more!

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If you’ve been fishing before, you can find a quiet spot to enjoy the beauty that surrounds you as you try to catch either saltwater or fresh water fish – you can find both locations in Gulf County Florida!

Which of these would be your favorite way to be In “Gulf’ed” in the experiences offered in Gulf County Florida?

Cathi Crismon

Friday 16th of March 2018

Wow! I'm thinking I need to plan a family trip back to Florida! That starfish is so awesome and I know everyone would love paddleboarding. I love Florida and my boys love Love LOVE fishing! And the sky... Florida has the best sunsets ever!


Thursday 15th of March 2018

This is the type of vacation that would make me decide to stay and move down there. Such an amazing experience

Melissa Chapman

Thursday 15th of March 2018

this is the kind of family excursion that is the best way to unplug and reconnect with your kids! There are so many great ways to bond over the beauty and nature in the GULF and I think it is a trip that is definitely on my future must travel to list after reading your post!

Dawn Lopez

Thursday 15th of March 2018

Going to the Gulf sounds like a great plan to me! I was just saying I wanted to try to Paddle Board so that sounds like a perfect family adventure for us all to try.


Thursday 15th of March 2018

Ohhhh, these all look so fun....especially the sea life one!! We still have snow where I live, so these activities look very appealing!!

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