The Emerald Coast
Begin your day with a half-day fishing trip, dolphin cruise or sailing adventure and be soothed by the emerald-green waters of the Gulf. After the trip, venture over to The Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island, where you can lunch on fresh seafood with beachfront views of the sugar-white sand and the Okaloosa fishing pier. In the afternoon, stroll through downtown Fort Walton Beach’s Heritage Park and Cultural Center, made up by the Indian Temple Mound, 1912 Camp Walton Schoolhouse and Garnier Post Office Museums.
Authentic Florida holds many quiet coastal communities like Apalachicola, St. George Island, Carrabelle, Eastpoint and Alligator Point. Enjoy quiet, pet-friendly beaches on St. George Island and Alligator Point. Climb historic lighthouses and camp, paddle or hike along wooded trails and quiet sloughs. For a taste of everyday life, watch commercial fishing boats unload their daily catch or charter a trip with an oyster fisherman to learn how to catch your own. Explore the area’s historic charm, boutiques, galleries and museums. When your stomach is growling at the end of the day, enjoy the fresh local seafood served at more than 30 area restaurants and seafood markets.
Panama City Beach
At Zen Garden or Finn’s Island Style Grub, start your day with gourmet coffee and a yoga session or a quick surf check. From there, explore 27 miles of beautiful beaches. Try snorkeling or paddleboarding at St. Andrews State Park, or catch a boat to Shell Island, a seven-mile-long natural barrier island. Explore diving history at the Man in the Sea Museum before shopping at Pier Park. Catch the sunset from Schooner’s restaurant, where the nightly event is celebrated with a cannon blast!
Santa Rosa County
Start off the day with a walk on the sandy beaches of Santa Rosa County. Fish from the Navarre Beach Pier (Gulf of Mexico’s longest) or visit the Gulf Breeze Zoo, Navarre Beach Marine Science Station or Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center for an educational experience. Plant lovers will want to tour Coldwater Gardens near Milton. See why this part of Florida is known as the Canoe Capital of Florida with Adventures Unlimited. Canoe, kayak and tube along Coldwater Creek past secluded sandbars through the pristine ecosystem of Blackwater River State Forest, or soar on its zip line canopy tour.
You’ll have no problem jam-packing your day full of great activities in Northwest Florida.
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