One might think that a beach destination such as Fort Walton Beach is only great during the summer, but we highly disagree. Our town on the Emerald Coast is the perfect place to break away from the ordinary, offering plenty of fun to be had any time of the year. The fall season is especially great as visitors have access to the beach and all other activities without the summer crowds. Take a look at how you can enjoy your fall Fort Walton Beach vacation:
Relax at the Beach
The Florida weather is beautiful year-round, giving you more than enough opportunities to relax during your fall stay. Some of the most popular beaches in the area include John Beasley Park, Wayside Park, and Gulf Island National Seashore. These local beaches can be busy during the summer season. However, the fall season offers plenty of room for you to kick back and relax. Many local shops offer beach gear to rent, including umbrellas and towels. Pick up a kite from Kitty Hawk Kites and take advantage of the windy fall weather. Most of these beach parks also provide picnic tables, outdoor showers, and play areas so everyone in your family can have an incredible time.
Visit the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park
After hanging out at the beach, make sure to visit the local Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park. This aquarium features some amazing animals that put on incredible live shows. The dolphin and sea lion exhibits will wow your family as they get to see them up close. All animals at Gulfarium are rescues, having been found injured out in the wild. Help support the Gulfarium’s noble efforts with a visit during your fall getaway. Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park is open daily from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM.
Learn with Heritage Park and Cultural Center
The fall season is also great to relax at the Heritage Park and Cultural Center. This local attraction will help you learn all about Fort Walton Beach while relaxing in a beautiful park setting. Multiple museums, including the Heritage Park Indian Temple, can also be found here. You can learn more about the history of the area, dating all the way back to 14,000 BC! Come enjoy this favorite educational center Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
Book a Fishing Charter
The fall season is the perfect time to relax at sea with an exciting fishing charter. Local anglers know that the local fish love the cooler weather, so the fall season is the best opportunity to reel in a huge catch. Local charters such as Salty Dawgz’ Deep Sea Fishing and Charters and Jack M Up Charter Fishing are favorites for locals and visitors alike. Each charter will take you to some of the best spots known for fishing. Try your hand at reeling up huge catches such as yellowtail, mackerel, swordfish, and much more. Come see why our emerald waters continue to be a coastal favorite for catching these huge fish! If you want to stick to land, we recommend checking out Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier. You will see plenty of locals who camp out on the pier for hours trying to reel in a big catch.
Party It Up at Wild Willy’s Adventure Zone
Perhaps the most excitement children can have anywhere in Fort Walton Beach is at Wild Willy’s Adventure Zone. This popular attraction is always busy during the summer, making it hard to enjoy some space, especially on the weekends. You will not need to worry about this during a fun fall getaway! You and your family will have access to all kinds of exciting activities such as dinosaur-themed mini golf, roller coasters, a 4-D movie theater, rope course, gigantic arcade, and so much more. Have a friendly competition among your family with a go kart race or bumper boat challenge. Older children and adults will enjoy the bungee jumping and laser tag. New attractions are frequently being added or updated. One visit is hardly enough to see everything available at this local favorite. The onsite restaurant will keep everyone fueled for the entire day at wild Willy’s. This entertainment destination is open daily from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM and even later until 10:00 PM on the weekends!
More Fun in the Fall on Your Fort Walton Beach Vacation
All of the exciting activities of summer are still available in the fall when you visit Fort Walton Beach. Our exclusive Fort Walton Beach vacation rentals will keep you close to all of these incredible attractions while enjoying the comforts of luxury amenities. Don’t miss out on a fun fall getaway to the Emerald Coast! If you have extra time to stay, check out our 60-day rental properties!