10 Things to Do in Fort Walton Beach That You Shouldn't Miss

November 3, 2017 Brain Ambrose

The great outdoors is likely to feature prominently in any vacation to Fort Walton Beach. There are two public golf courses in Fort Walton Beach, The Oaks and The Pines, while championship courses such as the one at Regatta Bay are within easy reach. Sea anglers have the opportunity for some fine shore or boat fishing, hunting down the big game fish which populate the waters off the Florida coast. The more adventurous may wish to go surfing - or even take instruction and perform a parachute jump!
Restaurants in Fort Walton Beach

1. Air Force Armament Museum

100 Museum Dr, Eglin Air Force Base, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32542-1497 +1 850-651-1808
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Air Force Armament Museum

The focus is on Air Force armament through a variety of historical displays, from a B-17 World War II bomber to an F-4 Phantom II jet.

Reviewed By deborah r - Belmont, North Carolina

We arrived 30 minutes before opening which gave us time to see all of the outdoor displays. There is no fee for entry to this museum. They do have a donation box at the entrance. A small gift shop has a lot of choices for souvenirs. The museum has much to see and learn. Great stop for families of all ages.

2. Okaloosa Island

Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Okaloosa Island

Reviewed By rasheedmack - Atlanta, Georgia

Okaloosa Island has one of the best beaches in all of Florida. The water is very clear, and beaches are very clean. We went in March during the off season and the beach was very quiet and peaceful. The weather was a bit chilly to get in the water, but we did lounge on the beach for a few hours. If you’re looking for a clean and quiet beach away from all the noise, then this is it!

3. Wild Willy's Adventure Zone

1306 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548-6219 +1 850-400-3300
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4.5 based on 250 reviews

Wild Willy's Adventure Zone

Wild Willy's Adventure Zone offers Family Fun Entertainment for All Ages! With 2 Miniature Golf Courses, 4D Movie Theater, 60 Foot Ropes Course, over 60 State of the Art Arcade Games, Laser Maze, Ptero Jump, Inflatable Zone, Spinning Coaster and Onsite Authentic Italian Pizza Restaurant and Frozen Yogurt Shop!

Reviewed By Julestwo - Canton, Georgia

We had a great time doing the 18 hole mini golf! It is a dinosaur based course with lots of motion activated “surprises!” My 10 and 11 year old were laughing so hard at each other’s reactions that we probably took longer than we should have playing. The course was very clean with everything appearing to be in perfect working order. The course was fun and we all enjoyed playing as a family! I did see the arcade inside. It reminded me a bit of games you would see in a Stars and Strikes, again everything looked very clean. You pay for whatever activity you want to do and we only chose the putt putt golf.The cost for an adult was $9.99 and children were $7.99. Good place to stop for some family fun!

4. Okaloosa Island Pier

1030 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548-6204 +1 850-244-1023
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4.5 based on 728 reviews

Okaloosa Island Pier

Reviewed By Angelle225 - Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Okaloosa Island Pier is perfect for sightseeing dolphins by the pier and jellyfish along the beach shore. The marine life is abundant here and there are many birds including seagulls and herons flying overhead. The pier is great for sunrise or sunset walks and avid fishermen flock here to fish off the pier regularly.

5. John C Beasley Park

1550 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548-6213
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4.5 based on 124 reviews

John C Beasley Park

Reviewed By Peter V - Houston, Texas

Woke up next to the beach and walked the beach to see the sunrise. The beach was very clean and the water was clear. It was just breathtaking.

6. Indian Temple Mound and Museum

139 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548-5817 +1 850-833-9595
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4.5 based on 140 reviews

Indian Temple Mound and Museum

We are an educational and cultural institution of long standing traditions. It is our 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. We 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!

Reviewed By April F - Greenville, South Carolina

They have a museum that you can walk through for a small fee. It is a lot of Indian artifacts. The museum is nice, but the schoolhouse, post office and civil war buildings are fun to walk through. They show what these places looked like a long time ago. You can see what an old report card looked like and find out what the zip code numbers mean. At the schoolhouse, a man was in there talking about how things used to be. The Indian Mound has an interesting story, and you can walk to the top of the mound and see the temple that was built. Hint: On the sidewalk, look across the street at the smallest church I have ever seen. It is white, has a steeple on top and probably holds no more than ten people.

7. Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park

1010 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548-6204 +1 850-243-9046
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Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park

Delight in watching dolphins leap and sea lions play during our spectacular shows! Or participate and interact directly with these and other remarkable marine animals including stingrays, sharks, and otters in our new interactive programming (additional fee applies). Enjoy educational exhibits and beautiful ocean views. Open daily at 9am.

Reviewed By S M - Roswell, Georgia

The price of the attraction was very high relative to the number of animals and activities. I suppose I am spoiled by the Georgia Aquarium and the Tennessee Aquariums, which are much larger and more enjoyable. The dolphin show was entertaining, although I do not know why they only had males.

8. Camp Walton Schoolhouse

139 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548-5817 +1 850-833-9595
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4.5 based on 22 reviews

Camp Walton Schoolhouse

Reviewed By Shooster365 - New Port Richey, Florida

Walking thru this original school house and observing much of the artifacts, I was readily taken back o some of my elementary years. For many baby-boomers, the desks are as they were then for us, The black chalk boards, etc. The an who speaks on the place is well able to answer any and all questions regrading this place. In the event you dddesire to look back in time...this would satisfy your ache.

9. Emerald Coast Science Center

31 Memorial Pkwy SW, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548-6534 +1 850-664-1261
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3.5 based on 116 reviews

Emerald Coast Science Center

The Emerald Coast Science Center is a hands-on museum for families located behind the baseball field at Seabreeze Park. With touchable exhibits there is fun for all families!

Reviewed By Cai53 - Shalimar, Florida

The ECSC moved to a new location a couple of years ago, and continues to expand and upgrade their offerings for school aged children. We visited during Christmas break, and I felt like we were at a sophisticated science fair, with everything hands on. My...MoreThank you for your review! You are correct, we have 2 areas that are in renovation states and should be completed by the end of March. This includes our Tots space, which will be reinstalled in the coming months. Thank you for visiting!

10. Liza Jackson Park

388 Miracle Strip Pkwy SW, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548-5203
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4 based on 41 reviews

Liza Jackson Park

Reviewed By Sonia S - West Chicago, Illinois

Our motel was across the street so we would take our golden there twice a day. There is a large fenced in dog park with some agility training equipment and poop bags and a seperate small dog area and a dog beach. The only down side was the homeless people that sleep there.

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