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Top 8 Emerald Coast Hidden Adventures!

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  1. Britton Hill
    Location: DeFuniak Springs, Florida
    Drive: 50 min
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Britton Hill is the highest natural point in the state of Florida, USA, with a summit elevation of 345 feet (105 meters) above mean sea level. Britton Hill is the lowest state highpoint in the United States, 103 feet (31 m) lower than the next lowest highpoint, Ebright Azimuth in Delaware. The hill is located in northern Walton County near the town of Lakewood, Florida, just off County Road 285 about 2 miles southeast of Florala, Alabama. A small park called Lakewood Park marks the high point and features a monument, trails and an information board. (Wikipedia)

  1. Man in the Sea Museum
    Location: Panama City Beach, Florida
    Drive: 51 min
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Man in the Sea Museum is a great place to explore fascinating exhibits and get acquainted with the roots of diving. The Man in the Sea Museum is a great place to discover the history of diving. You can climb through a submarine, learn about different diving helmets used throughout history and so much more!! There is a large collection of rare diving equipment highlighting man’s success in underwater exploration capabilities. Make plans to visit this unique one-of-a-kind museum located in beautiful Panama City Beach, Florida!

  1. Vortex Spring
    Location: Ponce de Leon, Florida
    Drive: 55 min
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Vortex Spring is a commercially operated recreation, camping and dive park located near Ponce de Leon, Florida. It is the largest diving facility in the state of Florida. Vortex Spring is a cold, freshwater spring that produces approximately 28 million gallons of crystal-clear water daily at a year-round temperature of 68 degrees F. Depths in the spring basin range from about 50 feet for a cavern dive and up to 115 feet for a cave dive.

  1. Moss Hill Methodist Church Handprints
    Location: Vernon, Florida
    Drive: 1 hour
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Ancient church constructed with a special wood that preserves prints from the past. It was built in 1857 using slave labor. The church is still used today for services, even though little has changed from when it was used more than 100 years ago. The building is without electricity, lighted instead by kerosene lamps scattered along the walls and hanging from the ceiling. Reportedly, the church is so old that it was only the second structure in the county to be constructed with glass windows.

  1. Fort Pickens
    Location: Pensacola Beach, Florida
    Drive: 1 hour 17 min
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Ft. Pickens is one of the only Florida forts to remain in the hands of the Union throughout the Civil War. Today the remains of Fort Pickens are a national park and can be visited by any Civil War buff. In the fort, visitors can take a stroll through the officers’ and prisoners’ quarters, the mine chambers, and the interior gunrooms, known as casemates. They can climb atop of the cannons on the Tower Bastion and walk around the Parade Ground, the three-acre open space used for drill exercises and a makeshift officer campground, where dozens of men fell ill and several died from intense heat and scurvy. They can duck into cells where sunlight streams in through the tiny open-air, metal-barred windows and explore tunnels connecting parts of the fort. Flickering lights, old brick walls, and low arches give the sprawling fort an eerie ambience.

  1. Seacrest Wolf Preserve
    Location: Chipley, Florida
    Drive: 1 hour 20 min
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A non-profit organization founded by a husband and wife team in 1999, the Seacrest Wolf Preserve is the only such preserve in the Southeastern United States. Cynthia and Wayne Watkins own a 400-acre rural farm near Chipley, Florida, and within its confines maintain distinct wolf packs in large fenced tracts. Seacrest Wolf Preserve, Inc. goals are working to build bridges of greater understanding and respect for wolves in the natural world through the profound educational outreach programs. Seacrest Wolf Preserve is a place humans and wolves connect in nature for educational purposes. The rare hands on wolf-human interaction are profound learning opportunities for humans to connect on a deeper level with wolves.

  1. Panhandle Pioneer Settlement
    Location: Blountstown, Florida
    Drive: 1 hour 37 min

    At the Shiloh Schoolhouse, a two-room structure built around 1886, each wooden desk holds a slate that students of the era would have used as a writing tablet with chalk.

    At the Shiloh Schoolhouse, a two-room structure built around 1886, each wooden desk holds a slate that students of the era would have used as a writing tablet with chalk.

The Panhandle Pioneer Settlement, a living-history museum in Blountstown, Florida, has a collection of 18 historical buildings, dating from 1820 to the 1940s. Now arranged on five acres to replicate an idyllic farm community, the buildings were moved from their original locations throughout Calhoun County. During the year, the Settlement is home to numerous events and festivals, and offers classes on the trades and crafts of the past.

  1. Garden of Eden Trail, Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve
    Location: Bristol, Florida
    Drive: 1 hour 42 min
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A 1950s eccentric’s vision of Eden preserved as a hiking trail. The Apalachicola River and Bay region is a biological hotspot, unique to Florida and home to a disproportionate number of imperiled species. The preserve is well on its way to full restoration and the uplands are being transformed into a classic, intact sandhill habitat. There is a hiking trail there as well. A 3.75-mile, round-trip, self-guided trail takes you through an enchanting area that local legend claims is the original Garden of Eden. Beginning in longleaf pine/wiregrass uplands, the trail soon skirts the top of a dramatic steephead ravine, descends steeply through the slope forest to cross a seepage stream and then ascends the slope forest back to sandhills. The trail eventually opens to a spectacular view at Alum Bluff. At 135 feet above the Apalachicola River, Alum Bluff is the largest natural geological exposure in Florida!

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