Tucked away on Okaloosa Island across the water from Fort Walton Beach, Ross Marler Park is known for its natural beauty, the variety of activities there are to enjoy here, and for having a peaceful, picturesque ambiance. Find out more details about Ross Marler Park and what makes this spot worth visiting during your time in Fort Walton Beach by reading on below!
Ross Marler Park is A Scenic Setting for Your Time in Fort Walton Beach
Ross Marler Park is located on Okaloosa Island along Choctawhatchee Bay at 1275 Santa Rosa Blvd., Okaloosa Island, FL 32548. Easily accessible by car or by tram, Ross Marler Park is well worth checking out during your time in Fort Walton Beach.
Here, you and your guests can partake in swimming, fishing, and boating within the bay. Stroll along the fishing pier and catch yourself some dinner before grilling it up and enjoying it at one of the picnic pavilions, situated within a convenient distance of the water’s edge and the free public parking lot. Walk along the beach and you’ll encounter a variety of shells. Launch your boat (rented or owned) from one of two boat ramps onsite.
Younger visitors will enjoy playing on the rubberized playground, as well as any of the all ages activities offered onsite. Ross Marler Park is known for being extremely family friendly, with pristine grounds expertly maintained and shallow waters ideal for swimming with younger children.
Within the park, there is a fantastic nature trail where you can walk and observe nature while learning about the environment of Okaloosa Island and Fort Walton Beach through the interpretive signage. See incredible animals like herons and crabs as you explore the beautiful scenery of Okaloosa Island.
To learn more about Ross Marler Park and the activities you can enjoy here, you can call (850) 689-5772 or ask one of our representatives at Breakers at Fort Walton Beach!
Things to Do Nearby
Taking time to explore and enjoy Okaloosa Island is bound to be an inspiring adventure, particularly for those who take time to make the most of Ross Marler Park. Once you’ve had a chance to discover the beauty and fun that await, visitors are often thrilled to realize that this area and nearby Fort Walton Beach offer up even more opportunities for excitement. Whether you’re one for the beach, history, culture or flavor, this is a vacation destination that’s sure to deliver the best of all of it. Here are a few stops you won’t want to forget to add to your itinerary for a truly amazing stay.
Indian Temple Mound Museum
When you’re looking to indulge in some historical relevance and enjoy encounters with the past, a trip to the Indian Temple Mound Museum is definitely worth your time while you’re in town. Situated at 139 Miracle Strip Parkway SE, the Indian Temple Mound Museum is a must for those visitors that enjoy exploring archeological sites that date back thousands of years. This museum is open to the public Monday through Friday from 12:00 pm until 4:30 pm with early opening hours on Saturdays beginning at 10:00 am. Information on planning your visit can be found by contacting 850-833-9595.
Emerald Coast Science Center
Enjoy an engaging and educational experience quite unlike any other in the area when you make time for a stop at the Emerald Coast Science Center while you’re traveling through this area. Located at 31 Memorial Parkway SW in Fort Walton Beach, this science center is a fun and interactive place for families to learn and play. The science center, one of the top Okaloosa Island attractions, is open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm and provides an impressive collection of hands-on learning opportunities thanks to a multitude of exciting displays and exhibits. General admission to the Emerald Coast Science Center is $10 for adults and $8 for children but if you happen to find yourself here on a Friday, admission is $5 for all! Contact 850-664-1261 for more information on ticketing, special exhibits and group events at the science center.
For those visitors that are excited to stay and explore more of Okaloosa Island, a trip to the Fishing Pier shouldn’t be missed. This icon of the area is easy to spot and makes for a wonderful way to capture a sunset in the evenings or spend an afternoon fishing. Wander the pier and enjoy bird spotting at will. The pier is accessible from 5:00 am until 9:00 pm daily and more information on the pier can be found by contacting 850-244-1023.
Plan the Vacation of a Lifetime with Breakers at Fort Walton Beach
Contact our reservation agents today for more information on Ross Marler Park and other Okaloosa Island attractions to check out in Fort Walton Beach during your time here! Get a jump on planning your vacation by calling and asking about reserving your accommodations in one of our amazing vacation rental properties! We offer a vast selection of rentals, including long-term properties.