Even though we love the beach here in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, we also love the spirit of exploration and the desire to learn. Fort Walton Beach is full of unique museums that will add to your overall vacation experience. Bond with your family as you explore the past, present, and future by experiencing these special museums. Here are 4 museums near Fort Walton Beach that the whole family will enjoy:
- Air Force Armament Museum. The Air Force Armament Museum is a museum dedicated to the collection, preservation, and exhibition of artifacts and memorabilia associated with Air Force Armament and its platforms of delivery. At this museum you will experience aviation warfare armament from the early days of World War I through to today’s high tech planes and bombs. Inside the museum you’ll find a variety of weaponry and even cockpit simulators. Outside displays include vintage military aircraft, including the fastest plane ever built. Admission is free and offers something interesting for all ages. I personally enjoy taking my grandson here and letting him be in awe of the big planes outside and then enjoy a nice lunch at the picnic tables.
- Indian Temple Mound and Museum. The Indian Temple Mound and Museum has exhibits depicting 12,000 years of Native American history. This museum has over 1,000 artifacts of stone, bone, clay, and shell, as well as an extensive collection of prehistoric ceramics. Exhibits also include artifacts from the European explorers, local pirates, and early settlers. Therefore, there is an authentic feel of how life used be. The mound is a part of the Heritage Park and Cultural Center, which offers other museums as well. I personally have made a few trips here, as I love to see Native American pottery of long ago.
- Emerald Coast Science Center. The Emerald Coast Science Center is a fun scientific adventure for all to enjoy, especially the little ones. The museum offers exhibits in robotics, a wind tunnel, critters exhibit, color and light, natural gas, and littleBits invention building. Each exhibit brings out the adventure in learning and inspires the creation of invention. The Emerald Coast Science Center will awaken the mind and get you ready to explore the world around you. Another favorite place to venture off to with my grandson. He gets the biggest kick out of the littleBits invention building.
- Destin History and Fishing Museum. In a previous post we discussed the Destin History and Fishing Museum. It is truly a unique museum, especially for those who love to fish. The exhibits covers the history of early Native Americans through development and growth of the village in Destin. Outdoor exhibits include the historic seine boat “Primrose”, the mullet boat “Lil Jimmy”, and a seine net reel. You can also explore the original Old Post Office and enjoy the “Footprints in the Sand” memorial walkway. It is a museum you don’t want to miss while in Fort Walton Beach. This is one of my husband’s favorite places to take our grandson, followed by a day at the beach.