Looking for a family-friendly vacation destination that offers everything under the sun—and more? South Walton, Florida, offers family fun, adventure, culture, and beach relaxation, thanks to sixteen picture-perfect neighborhoods located along a 26-mile stretch of beaches. Here are six things you’ll want to add to your to-do list when visiting South Walton, Florida.
1. Set off on a biking adventure
The scenic Timpoochee Trail is an 18-mile bike path that will lead you through state parks, coastal dune lakes, and picturesque neighborhoods. smooth and safe, this is the perfect trail for even the smallest bikers. A number of bike shops dot the trail, making it easy to find the perfect bike for every family member.
2. Learn to surf
Do you dream of hanging ten and riding a wave into the sunset? Seagrove Beach’s 30A Surf Camp offers a three-hour instructional workshop for kids. While the kids are busy learning to surf, parents can take private surfing lessons themselves, or take part in RUN/SUP, a unique fitness class that combines the best of stand-up paddle boarding and running.
3. Catch a show.
Spend an evening at The Seaside Repertory Theatre. From musicals and comedies for grown-ups to to puppet shows and story hours for little ones, this gem of a theater offers a wide range of family-friendly entertainment.
4. Make a masterpiece.
At Fired Up Pottery Studio you can paint-your-own pottery piece—think mugs, vases, plates, or ceramic figures—or work on a family pottery painting project. After your studio session, browse South Walton’s boutiques and galleries. South Walton is the creative hub of the region—there’s art on every corner!
5. Go Fish
Rent tackle and gear and grab some live bait at Stinky’s Bait Shack, and you’re practically guaranteed to find the catch of the day on your hook. Or just grab some cold beers and rent beach chairs—Stinky’s carries both—and spend an all-out relaxing day with your toes in the sand.
6. Play at the Wharf.
You’ll find plenty of fun and adventure at the Village of Baytowne Wharf; boutiques, eateries, galleries, and nightlife welcome both locals and tourists. Plan on paying a visit to the Adventure Zone, which features a zip-line and ropes course, video game arcades, a merry-go-round, and a playground perfect for letting off a little steam.
Where to stay: There’s a place to fit every family’s tastes in Fort Walton, from boutique-style inns to affordable, beachfront resorts. If you have a big family, need your space, and appreciate having some of the comforts of home while on vacation, check into one of the many large, multi-bedroom luxury rentals available in the area.