Fort Walton Beach

Fort Walton Beach is one of the top destinations on the Emerald Coast along with Destin, Okaloosa Island, and Sandestin. There are a wide variety of things to do in Fort Walton Beach, many of which revolve around water sports and activities. This area of northwestern Florida is a thriving beach and fishing resort community. Although May through September is technically the busiest time for tourism in this part of the state, Ft Walton Beach and the surrounding areas welcome anglers, divers, and travelers in general around the calendar. Whether you are interested in packing up the car rental and taking the gang to Fort Walton Beach Park for a day of fun in the sun or are planning a trip to the Gulfarium or the Indian Temple Mound and Museum, you are sure to find something that appeals to everyone on your trip.

The majority of the activities in Fort Walton Beach (especially during the summer) take place on or around the beaches. There are without question plenty of places for dining and nightlife, but the memories are made on the pristine beaches and emerald shores of the Florida Gulf Coast. Whether you are a family that is looking for kid-friendly activities or a group of friends planning a beach vacation, you will find no shortage of things to do in Fort Walton Beach. Ft Walton Beach includes Grayton Beach, where you will find a gorgeous stretch of coastline and a perfect place to soak up prime rays. Notable attractions in Fort Walton Beach that are perfect for the entire family include the Florida Gulfarium, the Indian Temple Mound and Museum, Timpochee Trail, and the Emerald Coast Science Center. The Gulfarium is the place to see a wide variety of sea life, and the Science Center provides both a fun and informative experience for adults and kids alike.

Fort Walton Beach is indeed a perfect spot for just relaxing and enjoying the good life, but there are also countless activities and water sports. Some are less strenuous than others. Take for instance, the ever-popular banana boat rides, a favorite with adults and children alike. This is a great activity for the family. You simply hang on to the banana-shaped inflatable and get whisked away behind the back of a motorboat. Banana boat rides are an exhilarating way to tour the Emerald Coast of Florida. There are plenty of Fort Walton Beach hotels from which to choose that put you in the middle of all the action.

There are also amazing opportunities for diving and snorkeling in Ft Walton Beach. The Emerald Coast was dubbed as such for very good reason, and the consistently favorable weather conditions and warm, clear water make for a veritable paradise on earth (or under the water anyway) for divers. Fishing is perhaps the most popular pastime in Destin, Fort Walton Beach, and the surrounding areas however. Destin hosts the Fishing Rodeo, a month-long even in which 30,000 anglers compete for prize money fishing for a wide variety of game fish. With the variety of things to do in Fort Walton Beach ranging from beach sports to fishing, dining to shopping, entertainment to nightlife, you will not likely get bored quickly. It is easy to take to the beach and stay there, but if you are traveling with younger kids, you may need to diversify and check out some more tourist attractions.

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