Horseback riding is one of those romantic activities that is nearly indescribable. The experience of riding atop a majestic steed while exploring a beautiful, exotic locale like Fort Walton Beach—home to miles of sugar white sands alongside wooded forests—is a unique opportunity for fun, excitement, and adventure during your vacation in Fort Walton Beach. For more information on how you can enjoy Fort Walton Beach horseback riding for yourself during your vacation, read on below!
A Fun and Romantic Activity in Fort Walton Beach
Fort Walton Beach and the surrounding area are home to several notable stables specializing in horseback riding trail rides and lessons.
The Equestrian Center in Fort Walton Beach employs over 45 years of experience to bring you and your guests lessons for everyone from beginning to advanced riders, as well as birthday parties and more.
Arnett’s Gulfside Trail Rides offers horseback riding Fort Walton Beach trail rides within the state forest, over the course of 14,000 acres. Guided 1 hour tours are offered daily all year long, and large groups can be accommodated (though a maximum of 12 riders are allowed on each tour).
Finally, in the nearby town of Miramar, Western Pleasure Riding Stable offers riding lessons and nature trail rides.
What to Know Before You Enjoy Horseback Riding in Fort Walton Beach
If you’re new to horseback riding in Fort Walton Beach but want to give it a shot anyway, you may feel more comfortable with riding after receiving a lesson or two. Oftentimes, the trail rides offered by stables like those listed above come with a brief lesson on the basics of riding and an opportunity to familiarize yourself with the horse you’ll be riding. However, if you wish for additional instruction outside of that lesson, places like Arnett’s Gulfside Farm and Stables offer private and group lessons. Lessons range from $40 – $70 per lesson on average, with discounts often available for multi lesson packages.
Additionally, you’ll want to dress appropriately for your trail ride. Wear long pants or jeans, thick enough so they won’t be pinched by stirrup straps, as well as a fitted shirt or t-shirt, boots or closed toe shoes with at least a half inch heel, and an equestrian helmet (often provided by the stable if you do not have your own). Bike helmets will not provide proper protection.
Top 10 Romantic Activities in Fort Walton Beach and the Surrounding Area
While horseback riding is sure to inspire the romantic in every traveler that comes this direction, Fort Walton Beach and the surrounding communities have even more to offer! Here are a few to add to the itinerary.
Private Catamaran Sailing
When you and your loved one bond over luxurious moments, booking a private catamaran sailing is the way to go. Enjoy time on the water complete with a knowledgeable captain and guide, soaking in the sights and each other’s company.
Looking for a more independent couple’s adventure? Booking a pontoon and spending time on the water together is sure to please. Pontoons can be rented by the hour or for the day depending on your preference.
Dolphin Sunset Cruise
Connect with each other as well as nature’s amazing creatures when you book a dolphin sunset cruise. Be prepared to be mesmerized as these marine mammals jump and play in the waves.
Jet Ski Dolphin Tour
For those that are more in the mood for time together with some speed incorporated, booking a dolphin tour via jet ski is the way to go. Let the wind blow through your hair as you enjoy options for spotting dolphins from the comfort of your own jet ski.
Sometimes a new view can bring couples closer together and parasailing is sure to fit the bill. Take your relationship to new heights in Fort Walton Beach by booking a parasailing adventure for two while you’re here!
Tandem Kayak Rentals
Just as inspiring and charming might be a tandem kayak rental. Paddle your way through incredible ecosystems while enjoying each other’s company too.
Crab Island Tour
When you find that you and your loved one come together over food, heading to Crab Island is bound to be a savory as it is romantic. This area is known for its collection of anchored boats that serve up delicious options all day long.
Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier
Feel free to spend an afternoon fishing or simply people watching from the Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier. Extending out into the water, this is also a place for the couple that can’t get enough of scenic views.
Liza Jackson Park
If your romantic getaway includes your canine companion, Liza Jackson Park is a scenic stop that’s available to pets as well. While leashes are required, the view is always accessible.
Indian Temple Mound Museum
Take a step back in time and incorporate a touch of history into your romantic escape at one of our rentals when you make time on the itinerary for a trip to Indian Temple Mound Museum.