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Fort Walton Beach Travel Tips

This cozy, beach city along the Emerald Coast is popular for its year-round fishing and well-known as a beach resort community.

The warm subtropical climate gives way to hot and humid summers that last from late May to mid-September. Even the winter weather is on the warm end of the spectrum and is a great place to escape the snow. Most days in Fort Walton Beach are sunny, with a much higher average of sunny days compared to the rest of the country. This hidden gem of a vacation destination is full of family-friendly activities, resorts and attractions.

Things to Do in Fort Walton Beach

- Heritage Park and Cultural Center: This educational and cultural center helps to preserve the history of Fort Walton Beach and the surrounding community. There are several museums throughout the area including the Indian Temple Mound Museum, Fort Walton Temple Mound, Camp Walton Schoolhouse Museum, Garnier Post Office Museum and Civil War Exhibits. Artifacts at these locations date back to prehistoric times through the Civil War and up to the 1950s.

- Emerald Coast Science Center: This family-friendly attraction boasts a Hall of Life and Under the Hood and Wind Tunnel. There's also the opportunity to touch lightning, see a frozen shadow and watch a skeleton ride a bike. Admission to the center is pocketbook-friendly.

- Emerald Coast Dirt and Vert: If you're into extreme sports, stop by the Emerald Coast Dirt and Vert. This sports facility boasts a 9,000-square-foot skate park and street course, a BMX racing track and Burly BMX/Freestyle dirt jumps.

- Downtown Arts and Entertainment District: you'll find a plethora of antique and collectables shops in the antique district as well as top-notch dining, salons and spas.

Water Activities

- Beaches in Fort Walton Beach: You'll run into no shortage of beaches while visiting Fort Walton Beach. There are a number of spots you can check out including Juana's Beach, Seascape, Navarre Park, Navarre Beach Pier, Miramar Beach, Homeport, Sandestin, Navarre Beach West, Woodlawn Beach and County Park East. When you stop by one of the city's several beaches you can do a little fishing, have fun in the sun, build a sand castle or go for a dip in the blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

- Snorkeling and Diving: There are diving and snorkeling adventures to enjoy in Fort Walton Beach. In fact it is one of the top destinations in the world for shelling. The deep water attracts a variety of marine life, but you can also get the chance to explore artificial reefs, wrecks and a limestone shelf.

- Crab Island: A favorite spot among locals is Crab Island where you can partake in jet skiing, parasailing, kite boarding, surfing, water skiing and much more. You can even go on dolphin excursions on waverunners or while parasailing. There's also the chance to take a two-hour narrated glass-bottom boat dolphin cruise.

- Big Kahuna's Water and Adventure Park: The entire family will have a blast when you visit Big Kahuna's Water and Adventure Park. There are more than 40 water attractions, three tropical mini golf courses, go-kart tracks and even rides. You can race down water slides, try catching the perfect wave on the Honolulu Half Pipe and get blown away by the "Cyclone," an airplane-like attraction with a 160-foot attached propeller. If you're really a daredevil, try the "Sky Coaster" where you'll hang 100 feet in the air and take a dive toward the ground at speeds of up to 60 miles per hour before swinging back up into the sky.

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