Located across Brooks Bridge from Fort Walton Beach, Okaloosa Island is a small but pristine island known for its gorgeous beaches, its laid-back atmosphere, its quaint fishing pier and boardwalk, and its abundance of attractions, restaurants, shopping, and water-based recreation.
A Picturesque Spot near Fort Walton Beach
Okaloosa Island Pier and Boardwalk is one of the places you can’t skip during your time on the island. The boardwalk is nearly a quarter-mile long and is ideal for sunrise or sunset strolls. Pay $8.00 and you can walk the boardwalk and fish for grouper and other types of fish. There’s a bait and tackle shop at the entrance of the boardwalk where you can stock up on fishing supplies, drinks, and snacks.
Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park is another incredible attraction on Okaloosa Island. At this hands-on aquarium and marine animal center, you and your guests can enjoy up-close encounters with bottle-nosed dolphins, sharks, stingrays, African penguins, loggerhead turtles, alligators, and more.
Big Kahuna’s Waterpark on Okaloosa Island was voted one of the Best Waterparks in America by the Travel Channel. Here, you and your guests can enjoy family friendly attractions like waterslides, wave pools, areas for children, and more.
You can also catch a show at The Swamp, one of the top beach clubs in the Okaloosa Island and Fort Walton Beach area. Live music and comedy performances make up most of the headlining acts at this club located at The Boardwalk.
Dining on Okaloosa Island
While you’re on the island, grab a bite to eat at one of the mouthwatering local restaurants. AJ’s World Famous Seafood and Oyster Bar and Floyd’s Shrimp House are excellent for lunch, while a sunset dinner with a view of the ocean at The Black Pearl will be one of the highlights of your trip. Other honorable mentions for dining and drinks include The Crab Trap, Anglers Beachside Grill, McGuire’s Irish Pub and Brewery, Fisherman’s Wharf, Pranzo Italian Seafood, Old Bay Steamer, and Pandora’s Steakhouse. Wander over to Destin for dessert at Donut Hole Bakery Café. Fort Walton Beach Okaloosa Island will be the reason you come back for more!
However you spend your time on Okaloosa Island, it’s sure to be memorable!