Fishing is one of the most popular activities in the Alligator Lake area. Off the beach, you can catch whiting, flounder, and redfish all year. In the summer months, you can also find pompano speckled trout, bluefish, Spanish mackerel and sharks. It is also possible to charter a fishing boat and head out on the water. There are more than 50 artificial reefs where anglers all year.
Bald Point State Park, one of the most picturesque areas on the Gulf Coast of Florida, is a great place to spend a day. There are coastal marshes, pine Flatwoods, and oak groves with a diverse population of wildlife and fauna. Migrating raptors, including the bald eagle, are commonly seen in the area in the fall along with migrating Monarch butterflies.
St Marks Wildlife Refuge, established in 1931, initially provided a sanctuary for migrating birds. It is one of the oldest in the National Wildlife Refuge System. There are coastal marshes, islands, tidal creeks, and estuaries that provide a home for a wide range of animals and plants. It is a great place to see migrating birds and other animals in their natural habitat. The visitor’s center is located at 1255 Lighthouse Road in St. Marks, about a half-hour from Alligator Point.
The Big Bend Scenic Byway, a 220-mile scenic route along the Gulf Coast of Florida, travels past Alligator Point. You can catch the byway at St. Mark’s and travel all the way to St. George Island State Park, just about an hour’s ride. Along the way, you will travel a two-lane road with areas to stop and wade in the water and may even catch a glimpse of a dolphin pod.
Orman House, a beautiful antebellum home with stunning botanical gardens, was built by Thomas Orman, a cotton merchant. The house has both Federal and Greek revival style attributes along with beautiful wooden mantles, plaster cornices, and floorboards created from wide heart pine. The gardens honor Dr. Alvin Chapman, a botanist, and include a butterfly garden, walkwasy and open spaces. You will want to visit the Three Soldiers Detail, a statue honoring those who fought in Vietnam. It is located at 177 Fifth Street in Apalachicola, just under an hour from Alligator Point.