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Water Street Riverwalk - Apalachicola, Florida

Photos by Ben Prepelka
Scenic USA Artist Website

   A broad pathway along the Apalachicola River silently draws visitors down to the water for an after diner stroll. This peaceful scene along the Apalachicola Riverwalk, with sunshine and blue skies, is typical for Florida's weather. An all morning rain disappeared by late afternoon, making for a Riverwalk - Apalachicola, Florida pleasant visit on Florida's Forgotten Coast.
   This stop on the Big Bend Scenic Byway holds a treasure trove of Victorian architecture, named "one of a dozen distinctive destinations in America" by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Apalachicola's economy has always been centered on a bountiful Gulf of Mexico. Coming from some of the purist waters in the world, oysters, shrimp and seafood are the town's mainstay. With the right mix saltiness, Apalachicola Bay oysters are known worldwide for their mellow flavor. Harding working oystermen supply some of the finest oysters in the world, totaling ninety percent of all the oysters sold in Florida.
   Located where the Apalachicola River meets the bay, the bustling port became the third largest on the Gulf of Mexico by 1830. Today, the town is still a working fishing village. And what better way to sample some of this fresh seafood? Apalachicola has a choice of restaurants tucked between Chestnut Street and Battery Park. Many of the area's bed and breakfasts, craft shops, art galleries and souvenir shops are found in Apalachicola's historic downtown.

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