Perry–Much More Than Florida’s Forest Capital!

There’s something for everyone when you visit Perry, Florida–Florida’s Forest Capital!

Yes, Perry’s main industry still revolves around pine trees and the products produced by the wood harvested nearby.  But there’s more to see and experience in Perry, and it’s certainly worth a visit if you’re traveling down US19/98 into our Natural North Florida region.

Your first stop should be downtown, on Jefferson Street.  While there’s no longer a traditional town square (or County Courthouse), there still are a few things to see, and experience in Taylor County’s largest town.    There are shops to visit, as well as several excellent restaurants and coffee shops.  And don’t miss a stroll along the creek at Perry’s newest park, Rosehead Park.

Speaking of food, there are two destinations of note in Perry.  Deal’s Famous Oyster House, west of town on US98, has been a locally popular seafood restaurant for many years, and it’s arguable that Johnson’s Bakery on Jefferson street has the best donuts in the United States!

Making Perry the destination for a long weekend can be more fun than a quick visit, especially if there’s a festival going on. The Florida State Bluegrass Festival is held the first weekend in April, and the Smokin’ in the Pines BBQ Festival is held each year in September. There’s also the Florida Forest Festival, usually held in October.  And, don’t miss a trip to one of Florida’s most interesting and historic State Parks, the Florida Forest Capital State Park.

Florida State Bluegrass Festival

Southern Pines BBQ Festival

Take a trip back in time at Perry’s Forest Capital State Park

Leave a Reply