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Bonifay, FL

Bonifay FL is a charming little place located about 50 miles north of Panama City Beach and serves as the county seat in Holmes County. 

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Founded

1882

Population

2,784

Historical Sites of Bonifay Florida

The city has many historical sites, including the Keith Cabin, a 19th-century log cabin listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Its architectural integrity and craftsmanship continue to be admired by visitors to this day. 

Another historical attraction is the Waits Mansion, a two-story Mediterranean Revival style home located at 209 West Kansas Avenue in Bonifay. Lumber company owner George Orkney Waits built the mansion in the 1920s.

Relax and Unwind in Bonifay

If you’re ready to sit back and relax, we suggest grabbing a glass of sweet tea from the Holiday Restaurant and heading to the pool at the Holiday Inn Express or one of the locally-owned motels, all conveniently located near restaurants and Interstate 10. 

If you prefer to sleep under the stars, a unique place to set up camp is the Outback Springs RV Resort right off I-10 at Exit 112, about 50 miles north of Panama City Beach. The name fits its description perfectly. With two of the owners being Australian residents, they offer travelers a unique blend of Australian and Southern hospitality along with the true spirit of the Australian Outback with long pull-through sites with full hookups and a meeting room for groups. 

Bonifay Events

There’s a variety of city events scheduled throughout the year. One major event that brings thousands to Bonifay every year is the Northwest Florida Championship Rodeo, parade. and dance. 

The Bonifay Kiwanis Club hosts the event every year, which originally started as a fundraiser in December of 1946. Since its inception, every first full weekend in October goes country at Memorial Field, a tradition that continues to provide entertainment for the whole family. Because the Northwest Florida Championship is a PRCA sanctioned Ram Rodeo series, some of the best rodeo cowboys and cowgirls participate with hopes of scoring more points toward the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo in Kissimmee, Florida. 

The Down Home Street Festival, featuring a 5K run, antique car show, and more, is held annually in March, and the Holmes County Outdoor Expo, presented by the University of Florida/IFAS Holmes County Extension, is held in September.

Restaurants, Bonifay FL

If you’re searching for a bite to eat, search no further than M & W Smokehouse Barbecue on Highway 90 or fresh seafood and fried oysters are favorites at Castaway Seafood Restaurant. And if you’re in the mood for comfort food, there’s the Holiday Restaurant, Pho Noodle, and Donutland Express, voted one of the South’s Best Bakeries by Southern Living. Locally owned and operated by veterans, Donutland has been serving the Bonifay and surrounding areas with handmade-daily, German-style doughnuts for more than ten years.