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Day Trip Guide: Let's Go To The Beach!

Aug 11, 2023 06:55PM ● By Cristi Mc Kee

As August rolls around and it (mildly) cools off, the beach is the perfect place to visit while on a day trip from Tallahassee. Tallahassee’s location provides a unique advantage for beach lovers as the Gulf Coast's stunning shores are just a short drive away. When you're craving a day of sun, sand, and surf, escaping to one of the nearby beaches is an ideal way to unwind and rejuvenate. Here are some top picks for local beaches near Tallahassee to consider visiting on your next day trip.

Shell Point Beach

Just a 30-minute drive from Tallahassee, Shell Point Beach awaits. This hidden gem is perfect for those seeking a peaceful and uncrowded beach experience in Wakulla County, Florida at 117 Beaty Taff Drive, Shell Point, Florida 32327. The shallow waters make it safe for families with kids to splash around, and the nearby picnic areas provide a delightful spot to enjoy a beachside lunch. 

Alligator Point

Venture about an hour south of Tallahassee, and you'll find Alligator Point located along U.S. 98, south of Bald Point State Park.This secluded stretch of coastline is a haven for nature enthusiasts. At Alligator Point, keep an eye out for dolphins playing in the surf and explore the nearby hiking trails for a well-rounded coastal adventure.

Mashes Sands Beach

Nestled about 40 minutes from Tallahassee, Mashes Sands Beach, located at 901 Mashes Sands Road, Panacea, FL 32346, is a favorite among locals for its family-friendly atmosphere and stunning vistas. This charming beach overlooks Ochlockonee Bay and features a fishing pier where anglers can try their luck catching the day's fresh bounty. 

St. George Island State Park

If you're willing to extend your day trip to about 1.5 hours from Tallahassee, St. George Island State Park, located at 1900 E Gulf Beach Dr, St George Island, FL 32328, is a must-visit beach destination. This barrier island paradise offers miles of unspoiled beaches, where visitors can sunbathe, swim, and beachcomb to their heart's content. The park also boasts hiking trails and abundant wildlife, providing opportunities for nature lovers to observe birds, turtles, and other coastal creatures in their natural habitats.