Time is too valuable to stand around for 2 hours waiting on 2 minutes worth of spinning tea cups. And when you have to buy an additional pass to get the most out of your tickets, where do you find the time to take a step back and soak in the euphoria that is being on vacation? Here are a few stress-free activities that are free of special passes in desirable Ft. Walton Beach.
Dolphin Watching at the Gulfarium on Okaloosa Island
Discover dolphins and a multitude of other sea life at the aquarium that’s been enchanting guests of all ages on the Emerald Coast since 1955. Enjoy sea life away from the hour-long queues and crowds of typical theme parks, and revel in the creatures of Stingray Bay or even enjoy a breakfast in the company of dolphins! From gators to sea lions and even penguins, this family friendly marine park would have even a flip flop-donned Dorothy saying, “oh my!”
A Breezy Stroll on the Oklaoosa Island Boardwalk
Every great beach has a boardwalk, and Fort Walton Beach is no exception. With the beautiful backdrop of the Gulf of Mexico, Oklaoosa Island Boardwalk makes for a great sunset destination at the end of a busy day, or the perfect spot to watch the local SUPing scene. Whether day or night, you can choose from a variety of amazing restaurants, beach-ready shopping and premier nightclubs to stop at or even listen to some live music!
Go to the Beach!
A trip to the Emerald Coast obviously wouldn’t be complete without at least one day spent at Fort Walton Beach. If you’re not into sunbathing, there are plenty of things to keep you busy; partake in some parasailing, fly a kite, try your hand at stand up paddleboarding (SUP). Or, if you’re like me, just flop aimlessly around in the waves like a little kid. Unlike the Atlantic Coast, the Gulf Coast offers the finest, sugary white sand to sink your toes into and listen to it squeak. Complemented by crystal clear ocean views, warm waves, and plenty of natural wildlife to be seen, there’s no better way to wind down and escape the rat race.
Heritage Park Indian Temple Mound Museum
Looking for something a little different? Take an educational trip back in-time when you visit Heritage Park of Fort Walton Beach. This museum is host to several exhibits and Native American artifacts that tell the 12,000 year old story of some of the earliest occupants of the Emerald Coast. Many of the exhibits are interactive, so the kids are sure to stay entertained and learn a little something along the way.
Deep Sea Fishing
All the fishing Fort Walton Beach has to offer will have you reeling! Corny puns aside, the fishing scene is plentiful with species like Red Snapper, Grouper, King Mackerel, Tuna, Sailfish, Mahi Mahi and many more. There’s nothing more satisfying than that first big catch, but don’t let it end there! There are several of renowned fishing charters that can get you started or, if you’re the adventurous type, see how you fare on your own fishing boat. Either way, the fishing at Fort Walton will leave you saying, “Wahoo!” (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.)