Just about an hour north of the white sandy beaches of Panama City Beach, visitors and locals are invited to escape to a peaceful, history filled section of the panhandle. Jackson and Washington Counties offer plenty of nature to explore and historic sites to visit. There is even a winery!
The two counties have teamed up and now offer day trips from Panama City Beach.
The first one was today, however, there are three more scheduled and self guided tours are also encouraged.
The next day trip is for Washington County and will be on Monday, February 11. The bus leaves at 8am from Grand Panama Resort and will take you to Falling Waters State Park. This is the tallest waterfall in Florida. Tour participants will take a guided tour with a Florida park ranger, through the park to the waterfall. You will learn about the Civil War era grist mill, the first oil well in the state as well as tales of the native Americans who occupied these lands for 5000 years.
The tour continues on to the Washington County Historical Museum, where you will learn about the stories that make up this area, including the story of how kudzu, the vine that you see all
over the South, got its start here. Next stop, Moss Hill Church, one of Florida’s oldest standing church buildings, followed by a visit to Three Oaks Winery in Vernon, where you will tour the winery and taste wines made from Muscadine and Conquistador grapes.
Scheduled Dates for this tour are:
Monday, Feb. 11 8am – 4pm
Monday Feb. 25 8am – 4pm
Additionally, you may choose to make the drive yourself and explore Washington Country on your own. Make sure you visit the tourist development website for all of the information on where to go and what to see while you are there.
The Jackson County tour is set for Monday, February 18 and also leaves from Grand Panama Resort at 8am, returning at 4pm. This tour will take you on a 45 minute guided cave tour inFlorida Caverns State Park.
Next, you will be treated to an historic homes and buildings tour in Marianna, which includes a walking tour and a driving tour. This tour will take you inside two antebellum homes plus you will be driven through Marianna’s historic district to view homes, churches, Confederate Park and cemeteries.
You may visit these sites and more in Jackson County on your own as well. Visit their tourist website for more information.
Both tours give the participant time for lunch on their own and will point out the various restaurants that are available.
To make reservations or to find out more, contact Heather Lopez in the Washingotn County TDC at 850-638-6013 or Pam Fuqua in the Jackson County TDC at 850-482-8060
Cost of the tours is just $35 per person.