When planning a family vacation, one of the most important things to consider is the destination. But since you’re a busy parent who’s got better things to do than spend hours going through dozens of vacation destinations, I’m more than happy to lend you a helping hand. So, why wouldn’t you opt for a relaxing beach vacation in one of Florida’s hottest spots: The Breakers of Fort Walton Beach. In addition to the breathtaking views visible from our Gulf-front balconies, we make available a whole host of amenities and activities for families with children. Here are just three things that can turn a beach vacation at The Breakers into an unforgettable experience.
- One of the best spots to catch Pokemon – Pokemon characters are popping up all over Fort Walton Beach. But The Breakers is one of the coolest places in the area to catch them all. That’s because in smaller cities, Pokemon are usually found in a higher number of places compared to big cities. From the most common Pokemon, such as Hitmonlee, Bellsprout, Rattata and Zubat, to the rarest ones like the wild Cloyster, Cubone, Gengar, Growlithe and Rapidash, your kids can track down, hunt and catch their favorites all day long. They can even take their Pokemon to battle as The Breakers is labeled as a Pokemon Gym while you’re spending time swimming in one of our beachfront pools, exercising, using our sauna, playing tennis or shuffleboard. Thus, if your kids love hunting Pokemon characters, let them grab their avatars, cell phones and Poke Balls, and head to The Breakers! One useful tip: playing Pokemon Go is a battery killer, so don’t forget to pack a portable charger in your luggage. I personally have been educated about the Pokemon by various guests and my grandchildren.
- Ghost Crabs: The Most Wanted “Fugitives” – Ghost crab hunting is a little-known but well-loved after-dark activity you can do with your kids on your next beach vacation at The Breakers. Fact is, a beach vacation would be incomplete without meeting these adorable creatures. Shy, small and almost iridescent, ghost crabs are most active at night, when they come out of their burrows for a late dinner or for surfing the waves. If your family is up for a wonderful adventure, all you need is some courage, a bucket and a few headlamps (so you can use your hands to catch and play with the ghost crabs). Obviously, the beach and the ghost crabs are on the “house.”
- Plenty of time to play – Play is vital to children’s physical, cognitive, social and emotional development. A beach vacation at The Breakers will give your kids all the time and freedom they need to play alone, with other children and with you. As a family-friendly vacation spot, Fort Walton Beach is the perfect place to let your kids build sand castles, make sand angels, engage in imaginative play, splash in the waves, collect shells, paint rocks, chase seagulls, hunt for buried treasures, play frisbee or beach volleyball, go boating or snorkeling, and make new friends. If your kids also love marine life, you can go on an exciting dolphin and seashell safari cruise, visit the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, Fort Walton Beach Heritage Park and Cultural Center Museum, etc.