With school out for the summer and plenty of family fun waiting to be had, make sure to plan some fun in the sun, and spend a little time in the Sunshine State. You’ll definitely want to live the beach life in Fort Walton Beach. Inside or outside, Fort Walton Beach and the surrounding area have plenty of activities to keep everyone in the family entertained for the duration of your Fort Walton beach summer trip.

Public Beach

Pack up the family and the beach gear and head down to the water. Take a dip and swim in the waves, or try your hand at snorkeling, stand-up paddleboarding, and a myriad of other water activities. You can also choose to spread out on the sand and sunbathe, take a walk, or help the kids build sandcastles.

Pirate Cruise

Gather the family and board the Sea Dragon for a swashbuckling good time with Captain “Fearless” Phil and his crew. Adults and kids alike will no doubt have fun during the two-hour cruise, which includes sea life sightings, music, and plenty of pirate fun. Enjoy cold drinks, as well as snacks, t-shirts, and other pirate booties while on board. The kids will love learning sword fighting, reading a treasure map, the pirate tattoos, face painting, or firing the “Kid cannon,” among other pirate-themed activities.


Fishing is an activity for all ages and ability levels. There’s a great fishing trip awaiting you and your family during Fort Walton Beach summer. Stay close to shore with inshore and nearshore fishing, explore the bayous, flats, and inlets with a fly-fishing excursion, or brave the waves of the Gulf for a deep-sea trip. The captain may have age minimums for deep-sea excursions. If you and your family view fishing as a small group activity, rent some gear and head down to the beach for surf fishing and see what’s biting close to shore.

Indy Speedway

You won’t be racing against Will Power or Scott Dixon at this track! Indy Speedway in Panama City Beach is a “family fun center” that includes attractions like go-karts, the Slingshot – which shoots you 300 feet up into the air at a wild 100 miles per hour, and the Vomatron, a ride so intense even NASA astronauts don’t like it. Strap into the two-seater Vomatron capsule, modeled after the 1960s test capsules created by NASA in preparation for the moon landing. Once you’re strapped in tight, prepare to rotate at speeds over 70 miles per hour and feel what 5G’s of force does to your body.

Emerald Coast Mirror Maze

Find indoor fun for the whole family within the walls of the Emerald Coast Mirror Maze. The air-conditioned 2,300-square-foot mirror maze keeps you turning circles trying to find your way out. Compete against the rest of the family in the 1,800-square-foot Pirate’s Quest laser tag arena. You can also experience what it might be to be a secret agent as you twist and weave through the laser challenge: move slowly and stealthily to make your getaway undetected. Hit a laser and suffer a penalty added on at the end of the round.

Emerald Coast Science Center

Another indoor attraction that’s fun for the whole family and gets you out of the beat of the summer sun. Enjoy indoor and outdoor exhibits like interactive robotic units, engineering, physics, electricity, color, light, sound, and more. Learn about space, and the Emerald Coast ecosystem, conduct an experiment in the lab, or make a creation in the Makerspace. Step outside to outdoor exhibits like the marine exhibit – an exhibit in a boat that shows you just what it takes to keep a craft afloat, how radio communication is possible, and the engineering behind boat building. Stay outside and stop by the Dino Dig Pit to discover something of mammoth proportions. There’s so much fun to be had, that the kids won’t realize they’re learning!

Ripley’s Believe It or Not

There are interesting and strange exhibits, odd artwork, and many more displays and experiences that will have the whole family saying “I can’t believe it!” waiting within the walls of Ripley’s Believe It or Not. Visit the Odditorium, filled with the weird and amazing, including shrunken heads and records of the world’s largest waistline! You’ll have to see all of these things to believe them (or not). Once you’ve been amazed by the amazing collection of oddities, take a seat in a moving 3D theater for a show, get lost in the mirror maze, or attempt the Impossible Laser Race.

Fort Walton Beach Summer Family Getaway to Florida

From a cozy one-bedroom for a smaller family to a spacious three-bedroom for a Fort Walton Beach family reunion, the Breakers has a vacation rental that’s perfect for you. Step in and feel your stresses and worries melt away, knowing all your needs will be met. Our kitchens come fully equipped with everything you’ll need to make a home-cooked meal. Stretch out with some popcorn and your favorite show or movie. Choose a premium unit for flat-screen TVs, stainless steel appliances, a wet bar, and more.

Call us today to start planning a summertime family adventure in Fort Walton Beach!