Fort Walton Beach Guidebook

Dennis

Fort Walton Beach Guidebook

Neighborhoods
If you listen to anything in this guidebook: let it be this recommendation!!! Route 30A is a collection of small, unique, beautiful Florida beach towns nestled between the much busier areas of Panama City and Destin along County Road 30A. Here you’ll find the beach communities of Rosemary Beach, Seaside and Santa Rosa, to name a few. What you won’t find in 30A are tourist traps, big hotels, massive condo units or really chains of any kind. Instead, you’ll find a much quieter approach to beach life with more families than college kids, more local shops with cult-like followings and all the shrimp, grits and Emerald Coast views your stomach and soul could possibly want. Seaside is our personal favorite place to take family & friends as it has gorgeous beaches, cute shops and amazing eateries as well as Martha’s Vineyard-esque architecture. It’s a bit of a drive (32 miles, takes about an hour give or take, longer during summer/spring traffic) but it’s definitely worth it. The address for Seaside Beach and the large tower you see in photos is: 2236 E Cnty Highway 30a Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459 United States
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Florida 30A
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If you listen to anything in this guidebook: let it be this recommendation!!! Route 30A is a collection of small, unique, beautiful Florida beach towns nestled between the much busier areas of Panama City and Destin along County Road 30A. Here you’ll find the beach communities of Rosemary Beach, Seaside and Santa Rosa, to name a few. What you won’t find in 30A are tourist traps, big hotels, massive condo units or really chains of any kind. Instead, you’ll find a much quieter approach to beach life with more families than college kids, more local shops with cult-like followings and all the shrimp, grits and Emerald Coast views your stomach and soul could possibly want. Seaside is our personal favorite place to take family & friends as it has gorgeous beaches, cute shops and amazing eateries as well as Martha’s Vineyard-esque architecture. It’s a bit of a drive (32 miles, takes about an hour give or take, longer during summer/spring traffic) but it’s definitely worth it. The address for Seaside Beach and the large tower you see in photos is: 2236 E Cnty Highway 30a Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459 United States
Sightseeing
This is a FREE museum open to all on Elgin Air Force Base nearby to explore and learn about military aircraft. From the website: The Air Force Armament Museum is the only museum in the world dedicated to the collection, preservation and exhibition of artifacts and memorabilia associated with Air Force Armament and its platforms of delivery. There are over 29 different aircraft that have found a home at the Air Force Armament Museum including an AC-130, B-17, B-25, B-52, P-51, A-10, F-15, F-16, F-100, F-101, and many other aircraft from the WWII era to the present. There are also several hundred pieces of armament to include a gun collection, bombs, bomblets and missiles to include the Sparrow, Sidewinder, cluster bombs, Bunker Buster and the MOAB.
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Air Force Armament Museum
100 Museum Drive
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This is a FREE museum open to all on Elgin Air Force Base nearby to explore and learn about military aircraft. From the website: The Air Force Armament Museum is the only museum in the world dedicated to the collection, preservation and exhibition of artifacts and memorabilia associated with Air Force Armament and its platforms of delivery. There are over 29 different aircraft that have found a home at the Air Force Armament Museum including an AC-130, B-17, B-25, B-52, P-51, A-10, F-15, F-16, F-100, F-101, and many other aircraft from the WWII era to the present. There are also several hundred pieces of armament to include a gun collection, bombs, bomblets and missiles to include the Sparrow, Sidewinder, cluster bombs, Bunker Buster and the MOAB.
The Island Pier is a fishing pier extending 1/4 mile into the Gulf Of Mexico. Bring your own gear or you can rent nearby! As well we have a store with tackle, snacks and drinks! Species caught: King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Pompano, Redfish, Cobia, Sheepshead, Bonita, Mangrove Snapper, Black Fin Tuna, Squid, Tarpon
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Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier
1030 Miracle Strip Parkway Southeast
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The Island Pier is a fishing pier extending 1/4 mile into the Gulf Of Mexico. Bring your own gear or you can rent nearby! As well we have a store with tackle, snacks and drinks! Species caught: King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Pompano, Redfish, Cobia, Sheepshead, Bonita, Mangrove Snapper, Black Fin Tuna, Squid, Tarpon
Delight in watching dolphins leap and sea lions play during their spectacular shows! Or participate and interact directly with these and other remarkable marine animals including stingrays, sharks, and otters in a new interactive programming (additional fee applies). Enjoy educational exhibits and beautiful ocean views. Open daily at 9am
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Gulfarium
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Delight in watching dolphins leap and sea lions play during their spectacular shows! Or participate and interact directly with these and other remarkable marine animals including stingrays, sharks, and otters in a new interactive programming (additional fee applies). Enjoy educational exhibits and beautiful ocean views. Open daily at 9am
Wild Willy's Adventure Zone offers Family Fun Entertainment for All Ages! With 2 Miniature Golf Courses, Go Karts, Laser Tag, 4D Movie Theater, 60 Foot Ropes Course, over 70 State of the Art Arcade Games, Laser Maze, Ptero Jump, and Onsite Authentic Italian Pizza Restaurant and Frozen Yogurt Shop! Great for families, open 10AM-10PM.
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Wild Willy's Adventure Zone
1306 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE
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Wild Willy's Adventure Zone offers Family Fun Entertainment for All Ages! With 2 Miniature Golf Courses, Go Karts, Laser Tag, 4D Movie Theater, 60 Foot Ropes Course, over 70 State of the Art Arcade Games, Laser Maze, Ptero Jump, and Onsite Authentic Italian Pizza Restaurant and Frozen Yogurt Shop! Great for families, open 10AM-10PM.
The Indian Temple Mound is an educational and cultural institution of long standing traditions. It is their mission to preserve, interpret and present the prehistory and history of the Fort Walton Beach community and the Northwest Florida area from 14,000 B.C. through the 1950′s. They serve students, citizens and visitors through exhibits, educational programs, publications and special events. The Indian Temple Mound Museum is part of the Heritage Park and Cultural Center which also includes the Camp Walton Schoolhouse Museum, Garnier Post Office Museum, Fort Walton Temple Mound, and the Civil War Exhibit Building. One admission price covers all four museums!
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Indian Temple Mound Museum
139 Miracle Strip Parkway Southeast
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The Indian Temple Mound is an educational and cultural institution of long standing traditions. It is their mission to preserve, interpret and present the prehistory and history of the Fort Walton Beach community and the Northwest Florida area from 14,000 B.C. through the 1950′s. They serve students, citizens and visitors through exhibits, educational programs, publications and special events. The Indian Temple Mound Museum is part of the Heritage Park and Cultural Center which also includes the Camp Walton Schoolhouse Museum, Garnier Post Office Museum, Fort Walton Temple Mound, and the Civil War Exhibit Building. One admission price covers all four museums!
Shopping
Fort Walton Beach Flea Market hasover 14,000 square feet of treasures for you to search for that item you can't live without. 70+ Vendors sell their wares from this all indoor climate controlled Flea Mall or Antique Mall. Open 7 days a week: Mon - Sat 10am - 6pm Sundays 11am - 5pm. Their inventory includes: 14K-18K-22K Gold Jewelry Sterling Silver Jewelry Collectible Coins Knives Home Decor Fishing Rods, Reels (Antique & Newer) Vintage Furniture NASCAR Collectibles Hummels Paintings and Artwork Vinyl Record Albums Electronics Antique and Used Books Vintage LIFE Magazines Seashells Movies (DVD and VHS) Souvenirs Vintage Toys Sports Memorabilia Celebrity Autographs Water Toys Guitars and other Musical Instruments Clothing Tupperware China Fire King and much, much more!!!
Fort Walton Beach Flea Market
125 Eglin Pkwy SE
Fort Walton Beach Flea Market hasover 14,000 square feet of treasures for you to search for that item you can't live without. 70+ Vendors sell their wares from this all indoor climate controlled Flea Mall or Antique Mall. Open 7 days a week: Mon - Sat 10am - 6pm Sundays 11am - 5pm. Their inventory includes: 14K-18K-22K Gold Jewelry Sterling Silver Jewelry Collectible Coins Knives Home Decor Fishing Rods, Reels (Antique & Newer) Vintage Furniture NASCAR Collectibles Hummels Paintings and Artwork Vinyl Record Albums Electronics Antique and Used Books Vintage LIFE Magazines Seashells Movies (DVD and VHS) Souvenirs Vintage Toys Sports Memorabilia Celebrity Autographs Water Toys Guitars and other Musical Instruments Clothing Tupperware China Fire King and much, much more!!!
Adorable little boardwalk with great food, cute stores and amazing views of the water. There’s something for everyone here!
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The Boardwalk, Okaloosa Island
1450 Miracle Strip Parkway Southeast
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Adorable little boardwalk with great food, cute stores and amazing views of the water. There’s something for everyone here!
Food scene
Amazing seafood, and they have great non seafood options too if not everyone in your party likes fish.
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Stewby's Seafood Shanty
235 Santa Rosa Blvd
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Amazing seafood, and they have great non seafood options too if not everyone in your party likes fish.
Fantastic breakfast & brunch spot- only open from 6AM until noon everyday. Classic all American breakfast with vegetarian/vegan and gluten free options as well!
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Asiago's Skillet
110 Amberjack Dr
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Fantastic breakfast & brunch spot- only open from 6AM until noon everyday. Classic all American breakfast with vegetarian/vegan and gluten free options as well!
Great little place for French pastries, desserts and food!
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Bon Appetit French Bakery and Cafe
420 Mary Esther Cut Off NW
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Great little place for French pastries, desserts and food!
Great seafood and drinks!
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Rick's Crab Trap
178 Eglin Pkwy NE
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Great seafood and drinks!
Fantastic Mexican food very close by! They have great margaritas as well as tacos and burritos (among much more)
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Burrito del Sol
201 Miracle Strip Parkway Southeast
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Fantastic Mexican food very close by! They have great margaritas as well as tacos and burritos (among much more)
Great seafood place if you’re looking for a nice restaurant
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Boshamps Seafood and Oyster House
414 Harbor Boulevard
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Great seafood place if you’re looking for a nice restaurant
Bars & nightlife
This is a typical Island bar with your classic bar food and good drinks, as well as pool tables & video games. We recommend this bar as it’s one of the closest to the condo should you want a place to get drinks.
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FUBAR Pizza Bar
114 Amberjack Dr
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This is a typical Island bar with your classic bar food and good drinks, as well as pool tables & video games. We recommend this bar as it’s one of the closest to the condo should you want a place to get drinks.
Great little place in Downtown Fort Walton. This is a great option because there’s quite a few bars in the vicinity that you can hop around at throughout the night as you please. Great restaurants nearby as well if you like to go from one to the next.
Tapworks
190 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE
Great little place in Downtown Fort Walton. This is a great option because there’s quite a few bars in the vicinity that you can hop around at throughout the night as you please. Great restaurants nearby as well if you like to go from one to the next.
Another dive bar in the Downtown Fort Walton district for you to explore along with other some bars close by. They have games, good music and drinks.
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Coaster's
214 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE
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Another dive bar in the Downtown Fort Walton district for you to explore along with other some bars close by. They have games, good music and drinks.
Downtown Fort Walton Beach: Pub with pizza, burgers and lots of drinks!
Fokker's Pub
215 Miracle Strip Parkway Southeast
Downtown Fort Walton Beach: Pub with pizza, burgers and lots of drinks!
Another good bar in Downtown Fort Walton Beach!
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Salty Duck
209 Ferry Road Southeast
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Another good bar in Downtown Fort Walton Beach!
Wine and beer bar with great food options. If classic bars aren’t your thing, we think you’ll like this casual gastropub a bit more!
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The Boardroom Pub and Grub
158 Miracle Strip Parkway Southeast
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Wine and beer bar with great food options. If classic bars aren’t your thing, we think you’ll like this casual gastropub a bit more!
Bar & music venue
VIBE NIGHTCLUB & LOUNGE
116 Perry Avenue Southeast
Bar & music venue

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This squeak is from the fine quartz granules in the sand!