Fort Walton Beach
Hello, from The Sunshine State!
The Florida Panhandle and The Emerald Coast are home to some of the worlds most beautiful beaches! Florida has beaches for days, and I love exploring them all! My trip will bring me onward to Fort Walton Beach, which is renowned for its gorgeous emerald water and sugary white sand!
Fort Walton Beach is located in Okaloosa County, Fl. along Florida’s Emerald Coast stretching from Pensacola to Panama. Fort Walton Beach, Okaloosa Island, and Destin make up the center of Florida’s Emerald Coast.
Fort Walton Beach is excellent for outdoor water adventurers. This beach park is widely popular for surfing and catching waves. It is also great for picking seashells. Fort Walton Beach is a good spot for bird watching as they have many seagulls along the shoreline. Fort Walton Beach offers an array of lodging, shopping, and dining options.
John C. Beasley Beach Park offers recreational opportunities to visitors featuring a pavilion, volleyball court, and playground. At John Beasley Beach Park visitors and locals can enjoy the sunshine and the pristine beach while swimming, sunbathing or adventuring out on the waters.
Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park features close-up encounters with dolphins, seals, sea lions, penguins and more. The marine park is both educational and entertaining for all ages. The Gulfarium showcases daily marine shows and exhibits showcasing some of natures most beautiful creatures and animals. The Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park is not to be missed while vacationing in Fort Walton.
The Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island is known for its entertainment and attractions. The beach is located behind the boardwalk. There are surf shops, boutique shops, and souvenir stores. The views of the Gulf of Mexico are quite lovely. There are six restaurants to choose from ranging from casual beachside dining to more upscale beachfront restaurants.
Downtown Fort Walton exudes beach vibes and local culture. In Downtown Fort Walton many of the restaurants, bars, and boutiques are conveniently lined up making it easy to pop in and out. On the weekend’s traffic may be more congested so parking lots or on-street parking may be more of a challenge.
Heritage Park and Cultural Center is home to the Indian Temple Mound and Museum. The museum features local history and pre-historic artifacts cultivating back to the early Native American settlers. The property is also the site of a historic Civil War building, schoolhouse and post office.
Fort Walton Beach Landing Park is along the beach and may be utilized for most outdoor recreational activities. There is also a playground for younger kids and picnic tables.
Okaloosa Island Pier is perfect for sightseeing dolphins by the pier and jellyfish along the beach shore. The marine life is abundant here, and there are many birds including seagulls and herons flying overhead. The dock is great for sunrise or sunset walks, and avid fishermen flock here to fish off the pier regularly.
Air Force Armament Museum houses information on U.S. military history. The Air Force museum features aircraft and combat displays.
Emerald Coast Science Museum is an interactive museum for children and families. The kids are able to be completely immersive and hands-on with the displays and exhibits.
Wild Willy’s Adventure Zone is quite literally a slice of heaven for children. The adventure zone offers miniature golf, arcade games, rope climbing, 4D movies, and of course, pizza.
Fort Walton Beach is excellent for vacationing couples and families. I love the relaxing atmosphere, beautiful beaches, delicious food, live entertainment and so much more!
And my bucket list adventures just keep coming true!
Sending all my love from Fort Walton Beach,
The Vintage Gypsy
“Be easy. Take your time. You are coming home. To yourself.” -Yrsa Daley-Ward