The charming Natural North Florida town of Perry is a historic destination worth a visit. Located on U.S. Highway 19/98, this county seat of Taylor County boasts a population of 7,000 people. Perry was named after Madison Starke Perry, Governor of Florida from 1875 to 1861 – making it one of two towns to bear his name in the region. It’s revitalized downtown is alive with interesting shops, eateries and Rosehead Park – offering plenty of fun for visitors to enjoy.
Perry is well known for its festivals and events that draw crowds from around the Southeastern United States. Events include the Big Bend Brewfest in March, the Florida State Bluegrass Festival in April, the Smokin’ in the Pines Barbecue Festival in September and the Florida Forest Festival in October. As timber remains an important industry to this area, the Florida State Forestry Museum depicts the history of the forestry industry in the state.
For those who enjoy cycling, the 54-mile Perry to Econfina route will provide a scenic and enjoyable ride. If you’re looking for something relaxing, there are plenty of outdoor activities to keep you busy. Those interested in agritourism, bicycling, culture/history, diving, equestrian, fishing, hunting, parks, marinas and paddling trails will find no shortage of options.
Whether you’re looking to explore the local sights, attractions or simply want to relax, Perry is the perfect destination. From local restaurants to shopping/antiquing and visitor centers, there are plenty of things to do. Visitors to Perry can stay at camping/RV centers, hotels/motels, inns/B&Bs or resorts/rentals. With so much to see and do, a trip to Perry won’t soon be forgotten!
Just 20 minutes away is the largest waterfall in the state, Adams Creek Falls. The falls cascade over a mini grand canyon with an observation deck offering spectacular views. Hikers, swimmers and scuba divers can also explore these majestic waters.
The historical scene in Perry shines through with its numerous Civil War-era monuments like the grave of Confederate General James Patton Anderson, or the soldier’s monument at Rosehead Park. Nature enthusiasts will find solace in the numerous state parks and wildlife management areas including Econfina Creek State Park, Troy Springs State Park and Steinhatchee Falls.
Those looking for adventure can take their pick from multiple ATV trails, horseback riding and kayaking. Nearby places like the Apalachicola National Forest, Osceola National Forest, St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge and Tate’s Hell State Forest offer plenty of outdoor activities.
In town, there’s the Taylor Wildlife Park, the Taylor County Historical Museum and the Forest Capital Museum to explore. Both the Taylor County Library and Taylor Technical Institute are also open to visitors. The Historic Perry Peddler’s Village allows guests to explore the area’s culture and heritage with a collection of unique shops, restaurants and more.
Another popular attraction is the Perry Flea Market, a gathering place for unique finds and unusual items. It has been a staple of the area since its founding in the early 1970s. To sample the region’s local delicacies, the Farmer’s Market showcases a bounty of fresh fruits, vegetables and honey.
If you’re a fan of the performing arts, consider checking out the First Union Players, Taylor Technical College’s jazz band or the area’s annual theater productions. The city also hosts frequent festivals, including the annual Shrimpfest, Crawfish Boil and Seafood Jam.
Sports fans have a variety of options to choose from, with the fast-paced action of the Taylor County Speedway drawing crowds throughout the year. Golfers can enjoy the challenging courses at the nearby Cypress Lake Country Club and Keaton Beach Country Club.
The thriving artistic community in the area is represented by studios and galleries such as the Downtown Performing Arts Center and the Visual Arts Center. While the area may be known for its beautiful natural scenery, local artists add to the vibrant culture.
Whether you’re looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle of metropolitan life or just in search of a little historic charm, Perry has something for everyone. Your visit to Florida’s Natural North will be one you won’t soon forget.