Fort Walton Beach is a Florida panhandle beachfront paradise. It's a traditional summer vacation destination for many people who spent their own childhood summers here and now stroll past the ice cream shops and splash in the surf with their grandchildren. For a true Florida vacation that offers something for visitors of every age, visit Fort Walton Beach.
There's plenty to do by day, both on and away from the beach. Cheer for dolphins as they do tricks in an aquarium, or put on a mask and fins and try to catch a glimpse of them in their natural habitat. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon in a spa or play a round of golf on some of the best courses in the country. Fort Walton Beach also has museums, great shopping districts, eco-adventures, and historic sites that are appropriate for all ages.
Here are a few specific suggestions:
-Visit the Air Force Armament Museum: This museum features some historical military pieces like a B-17 Bomber from World War II and fighter jets like the F-4 Phantom.
-See the Indian Temple Mound and Museum: Visit this museum built on a ceremonial mound and learn more about the Native American Cultures of the southeast. The museum documents the history of four tribes all the way back to the 1300s. The mound itself is a national historic landmark built in 800 AD.
-Rent a bicycle: Rent a bicycle or bring your own and ride along the beautiful Timpoochee trail, one of the most popular activities in Fort Walton Beach.
-Explore the Emerald Coast Science Center: Younger children will appreciate the hands-on science exhibits in this fun museum.
-Hit the beach: Okaloosa Island and Grayton Beach are just two of the famous beaches that offer a sense of the old fashioned Florida beach vacation. Relax on pristine sands, stir the ice in your drink and forget your troubles, or have a wild parasailing or jet skiing adventure.
-Sample the nightlife: Don't miss out on some of Florida's legendary bars, restaurants, and night spots. Prepare to stay up late.
Fort Walton Beach is home to some of the best vacation experiences that you'll find anywhere. Book a downtown vacation rental, or if you want to be close to the ocean, rent a condo or villa right on the beach.
As featured in USA TODAY and recommended by Travel + Leisure in its annual Villa Guide:
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