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Activities in Fort Walton Beach

Fall Activities in Fort Walton Beach

Finding time in a busy schedule to enjoy a well-earned vacation with your sights set on Fort Walton Beach is a refreshing and exciting choice! Travelers whose plans bring them this way in the fall will find there’s no shortage of options when it comes to fall activities in Fort Walton Beach of all types to enjoy. Whether you’re one for festivals or you’re looking forward to fun on the sand, Fort Walton Beach has the best of it all. The following are a few activities you’ll want to be sure to put at the top of your list this autumn.  

Fall Activities in Fort Walton Beach

If you’re heading to this area in the fall and you’re looking for family-friendly Fort Walton Beach, FL, activities to enjoy that include plenty of flavors and fun too, a stop at the annual Destin Seafood Festival might just be the highlight of your getaway. In its 44th year, the Destin Seafood Festival continues to delight locals and visitors alike with the three days of fun it provides each year. The Destin Seafood Festival is hosted at Destin Harbor starting October 7th and includes everything from fresh-caught seafood displays and a variety of food vendors to presentations and performances alike. Guests heading this way with kids will want to be sure to check out the arts and crafts area while the live entertainment and fireworks displays are sure to please as well. You’ll even find some family-friendly competitions along the boardwalk including the iconic Mingo Toss. Thanks to the festival’s prime location, there are plenty of great photo opportunities along the way as well. Bring your sense of adventure and appetite when you head to the Destin Seafood Festival this fall! 

Make Time to Enjoy the Fishing Rodeo

While the annual Destin Seafood Festival is well worth checking out on its own—it’s also the official kick-off to the month-long Destin Fishing Rodeo that graces this area each year. It’s no secret that fishing is a fan-favorite activity in and around Fort Walton Beach and Destin. Anglers from near and far will find the month of October to be a particularly appealing time of year to visit thanks to this vibrant event where casting a line is the priority each and every day. Throughout the Destin Fishing Rodeo, participants can charter a boat and captain for the day and head out on the water to see what they reel in. Weigh-ins are done at AJ’s afterward and winning catches are announced frequently! It’s a great chance for anglers to embrace the hobby they love this fall while connecting with others who enjoy the same activities on the water.  

Enjoy a Beach Day or Two

While milder weather is certainly a staple of a fall getaway to Fort Walton Beach, those heading here in the autumn will find temperatures are still high enough to enjoy plenty of time outdoors—including at the beach! With fewer crowds to contend with this time of year, making the most of the sand and sun is sure to delight. If you’re looking for a beach stop where you can pair relaxation with family-friendly fun, the Fort Walton Beach Landing Park is the perfect place. Open to the public daily, this waterfront locale hosts everything from stretches of stand to a climbing wall for kids, playgrounds and even an in-part concert stage where performances are hosted year-round.  

Explore the Mattie Kelly Festival of the Arts

Those who find themselves in Fort Walton Beach on October 29th and 30th and are looking for a creative and fun way to spend their days will want to head over to the Mattie Kelly Festival of the Arts. Hosted at Destin Commons, this festival will be in its 27th year in 2022 and continues to delight guests from near and far! The festival is put on by the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation and is a chance for guests to enjoy everything from live music and art displays to food and fun for all ages. The festival invites artists from around the world to put their best work on display much to the delight of festivalgoers. The festival includes access to a beer and wine garden as well and admission is free for all. There’s even a kids’ art tent for little ones to enjoy! Those who come to enjoy the fun can expect to browse more than 100 exhibits on average. 

Book Your Stay Today

Taking time to enjoy a great getaway and Fort Walton Beach, FL, activities is always a good idea. No matter what time of year travelers arrive, it’s a place that’s sure to inspire! Those who know they’ll be wanting luxurious, comfortable, and conveniently located accommodations to top off their trip will find everything they’re looking for at The Breakers of Fort Walton Beach. Get in touch with our team today to learn more about our many exciting property options and how we can help you plan your next trip to Florida. We look forward to seeing you in sunny Fort Walton Beach soon!