Fort Walton Beach – A Colorful Destination on the Florida Coast
Fort Walton Beach is situated on the western end of the Florida Panhandle- the Emerald Coast. It’s a very popular summer vacation destination full of adventure.
Summers in Fort Walton are warm and humid so if you’re not a fan of the heat, take a trip in the fall.
You can also try a trip in the winter when the crowds are down, the prices are lower and you’re really in need of some sun.
The city of Fort Walton experienced tremendous growth during the second half of the 20th century. It grew from only 90 residents recorded in 1940 to nearly 20,000 that live there today.
Visitors today can still experience the Indian Temple Mound when they visit the historic city.
There are also two significant Air Force bases along Fort Walton Beach. Take the kids to the Air Force Armament Museum, where they can see an F-4 Phantom II Jet and a B-17 World War II bomber as well as a number of other historic and educational exhibits.
The beaches in this city have some of the whitest sands and warm, turquoise waters.
From Fort Walton, you can head out to Okaloosa Island by crossing Brooks Bridge where you’ll find even more incredible beaches, as well as restaurants, bars and shops. Many visitors prefer to stay on Okaloosa Island after visiting Fort Walton because it’s a bit quieter than the mainland beaches.
Once you’ve had your fill of lounging on the soft sand, soaking up the sun’s rays and splashing in the warm waters, drive back across the bridge to the Gulfarium where you’ll encounter dolphins, sea lions, penguins and other creatures from the deep!
You can also enjoy animal shows that will entertain every member of your family.
If you’re looking for some action, you can try catching some yourself! There are more than 20 different sport fish species in the waters around Fort Walton beach.
Anglers come from neighboring states, and even farther, to reel in the most prized of the area’s fish species- red snapper.
The Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier is the perfect place to cast your line.
Fort Walton is home to some great seafood places. Local and fresh is what you’ll get when you sit down for a meal here.
Some of the best restaurants are Stewby’s Seafood Shanty, Old Bay Steamer and Angler’s Beachside Grill.
If white beaches and turquoise waters aren’t colorful enough for you, add some green to the palette by checking out one of the many parks in Fort Walton.
There are city parks that are located right on the beach, or you can head to a national or state park for some hiking, biking or camping.
Skip the hotels, and experience Fort Walton like a local! Enhance your Fort Walton Beach vacation by booking a vacation rental.
Check out this stunning Fort Walton beach oceanfront condo. Click the picture for more info.