Things to do in Fort Walton Beach-Okaloosa Island, FL

Fort Walton Beach-Okaloosa Island has developed into a popular destination for Southern travelers over the years. When you visit Fort Walton Beach, you'll find tours, activities, and attractions that can appeal to almost anyone. Top things to do in Fort Walton Beach-Okaloosa Island include boat tours, deep-sea fishing, and dolphin cruises.
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Featured Fort Walton Beach-Okaloosa Island Activities

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Apr 15 - Apr 21

Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park Admission Tickets

1,636 ratings
Get ready for a day filled with education and entertainment at Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park. See trained animals, like dolphins and sea lions, perform shows by dancing and jumping for you throughout the day. Animal exhibits throughout the park will captivate your attention between shows. See penguins, sharks, sting rays, pelicans, dolphins, and sea lions. Located on the beach in Fort Walton and just a few minutes from the Destin Harbor, the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park is the place to spend a relaxing afternoon with marine animals. Get your ticket today!
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Daytime Dolphin Watch & Sunset Cruises - Tour East Pass, Harbor, Crab Island

11,053 ratings
1 Hr.
Set out to sea in search of dolphins aboard the Hannah Marie. Destin Dolphin Watch and Crab Island Sightseeing Cruise is complete with a spectacular glass-bottom, snack bar, and a climate-controlled cabin. This family-friendly trip is the perfect recipe for maritime bliss. Take in scenic views of the Destin, Florida Harbor and learn about the history as you enjoy the fresh ocean air. Both convenient and comfortable, these tours depart daily and provide plenty of seating for the whole crew. Book your experience today!
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Booked 25 times in last 48 hrs

Afternoon Snorkel & Dolphin Tour

7 ratings
3 Hrs.
Join this Afternoon Snorkel & Dolphin Tour aboard a spacious 45-foot catamaran, the Soundside Cruiser, in Fort Walton Beach, Florida! Find your ideal spot on the deck, unwind, and feel the gentle sea breeze as you navigate the tranquil water, surrounded by picturesque white sandy beaches. Embark on a snorkeling adventure in the beautiful crystal-clear water of the Emerald Coast, guided by the friendly crew, who will share fascinating stories about marine life and the area's history. Keep your eyes peeled for playful dolphins and colorful seabirds against the breathtaking backdrop. Experience the enchanting beauty of Fort Walton Beach's coastal wonders. Book your spot today!
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Sunset & Dolphin Tour from Fort Walton Beach

59 ratings
2 Hrs.
Experience the breathtaking beauty of Fort Walton Beach and Destin on a worry-free, epic sunset boat tour. Step aboard a state-of-the-art 2023 vessel, a USCG-certified masterpiece accommodating up to 49 passengers. As you glide atop the mesmerizing emerald green waters, prepare to be captivated by the abundant marine life that graces these shores. Keep your eyes peeled for playful dolphins, graceful turtles, majestic stingrays, and elegant pelicans. Immerse yourself in nature's vibrant palette as the sky transforms into an awe-inspiring canvas of colors. Brace yourself for a sunset like no other, a true spectacle that will leave you in awe. Embark on this unforgettable journey and let us create memories that will last a lifetime. Get ready to be amazed!
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Booked 2 times in last 48 hrs

4 Hour Pontoon Boat Rental from Fort Walton Beach (12 passengers max)

297 ratings
4 Hrs.
Get a taste of the good life as you kick back and relax on this 4-Hour Private Pontoon Boat Rental. Cruise through the sparkling waters of the Choctawhatchee Bay with your party as you explore local hotspots, like Crab Island. Enjoy a swim, sightsee, spot dolphins, and soak in the beautiful Florida sun. Get out on the water on a private pontoon boat and make your next trip to Fort Walton a memorable one! Book today!
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Deep Sea Fishing Party Boat in Destin

2,703 ratings
6 - 10 Hrs.
Embark on an unforgettable offshore Deep Sea Fishing Party Boat in Destin Florida. Party boat fishing provides a unique opportunity to castaway and fish, chat with family and friends, and learn from fellow fishermen from all across the country. Your experienced captain and crew will help you every step of the way, including filleting your catch so you can bring home dinner! Reel in this fishing deal and book today!
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Booked 5 times in last 48 hrs

Destin Dolphin Cruise Aboard The Original Sea Blaster

3,446 ratings
1.5 - 2 Hrs.
Climb aboard a Destin classic on this fun and exciting dolphin cruise aboard the Original Sea Blaster. A family-friendly excursion perfect for any occasion, this is your chance to explore the emerald waters of Destin, FL in all of its glory in search of playful dolphins splashing and playing among the waves. From water gun fights on daytime cruises to some truly stunning sunsets in the evenings, this trip has something for everyone. Don't miss the boat... literally. Book now!
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Booked 5 times in last 48 hrs

Crab Island Excursion and Dolphin Tour

40 ratings
4 Hrs.
Get ready for a Crab Island Excursion and Dolphin Tour departing from Fort Walton Beach, Florida! This adventure begins aboard a state-of-the-art 2023 vessel, a USCG-certified boat with a capacity of 49 passengers. As you cruise atop the mesmerizing emerald-green water, keep your eyes peeled for playful dolphins, turtles, stingrays, and more. Dive into the crystal-clear water of Crab Island, relax on a float, or stay on the catamaran and bask in the warm Florida sun. The options are endless! Sit back and relax while the captain and deckhand make sure all your needs are accommodated. Don't miss out on this unforgettable journey to Crab Island! Book yours today!
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Booked 3 times in last 48 hrs

Half Day Fort Walton Beach Pontoon Rental

14 ratings
4 Hrs.
Enjoy a day out on the water with this 12-Passenger Pontoon Boat Rental in Fort Walton Beach, Florida! Cruise through the incredible sights of North Florida's stunning Gulf Coast, where every turn reveals a new and awe-inspiring landscape. Discover pristine beaches and crystal-clear water that make this part of Florida a true slice of paradise. The choice is yours, whether you seek adventure, relaxation, or simply want to bask in the beauty of nature, this activity offers the perfect opportunity to create your ideal day on the water. Embark on an unforgettable experience, book your rental today!
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Double Decker Pontoon Rental with 2 Waterslides

199 ratings
4 - 8 Hrs.
Get everyone out on the water and experience this 14-Person Double Decker Pontoon Rental with 2 Waterslides. This is fun the whole family can enjoy! Explore Crab Island, the Santa Rosa Sound, Destin Harbor, the Choctawhatchee Bay, a diverse array of popular waterfront restaurants, and so much more! Choose to enjoy snorkeling around the boat, sliding down the two waterslides, or simply relaxing on the decks and catching some rays. Perfect for families, friends, and large groups of all kinds, so live your best life and book your pontoon today!
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The MAXIMUM MAGIC Show Starring Noah & Heather Wells

567 ratings
90 Min.
Don't spend another night in your condo with nothing to do! Head to HarborWalk Theater for some family fun! "Entertainers of the Year" and "Illusionists of the Year,” Noah and Heather Wells present MAXIMUM MAGIC, Destin's only magic show with mind-blowing illusions, hilarious comedy, special effects, unbelievable mentalism, and more! This family friendly, fast-paced, 90-minute show with audience participation is perfect for all ages. Experience the magic today!
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Private Saltwater Fishing Charter from Fort Walton Beach

37 ratings
4 - 8 Hrs.
Venture out to sea on this fishing charter aboard a 2018 fully rigged 31T Cape Horn with twin Mercury 300 engines. You will start your fishing expedition by catching live bait then will head out looking for seasonal king mackerel, Spanish mackerel, and blackfin tuna nearshore. For the second part of the trip, the captain will anchor offshore and catch some good eats such as grouper, snapper, and amberjack (all contingent on the season). You will also target Mahi, wahoo, and larger species. So buckle in for an adventure to remember and get ready to bring home the catch of a lifetime. Book your Saltwater Fishing Charter today!
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Jet Ski Rental departing from Okaloosa Island

260 ratings
1 - 8 Hrs.
Check out an excellent way to explore the beautiful waters of the Emerald Coast. Get out on a fast and fun Yamaha GTI jet ski, equipped with neutral and reverse with this Jet Ski Rental departing from Okaloosa Island. Learn some of the best way to spot lots of the amazing local wildlife in their natural habitats. Visit the world famous Crab Island and have an all around amazing adventure. So get out on the water and book your jet ski today!
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Semi-Private Group Fishing Charter

655 ratings
4 - 12 Hrs.
This Semi-Private Group Fishing Charter with Olin Marler is an authentic deep-sea fishing experience. The Semi-Private Group Fishing Charter gives you all the perks but with fewer passengers. This fishing adventure offers more space, shorter waits for crew assistance, and better chances at hooking more fish. The crew will even fillet and bag any fish that the customer catches on the trip for tips. Spend your day in Destin reeling in the big one with this Semi-Private Group Fishing Charter. Reel in this fishing deal and book today!
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Destin Parasailing Adventure

2,194 ratings
90 Min.
There is nothing like the thrill of parasailing! It is a breathtaking way to see the spectrum of color and spectacular views over gorgeous Destin, Florida. Get a bird’s eye view of the beaches and jetties, the Gulf, sea turtles, dolphins, and more. With your professional captain and crew, you can expect breathtaking takeoffs and super smooth landings right from the boat deck. Create memories that will last a lifetime and book your parasailing trip today!
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Booked 3 times in last 48 hrs

10-12 Passenger Pontoon Rental Departing from Fort Walton Beach

379 ratings
2 - 8 Hrs.
The Emerald Coast is the place to be for some fun in the sun and what better way to enjoy it than on a 10-12 Passenger Pontoon Rental departing from Fort Walton Beach. Sail through the water on a custom-built Bennington Salt Water Series and set your eyes on the open water, beautiful nature, and Destin's famed Crab Island. Be the captain of your own Gulf Coast adventure, book your spot today!
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Private Crab Island Charter from Fort Walton Beach

1 rating
3 - 8 Hrs.
Escape to the tropical paradise of Crab Island in Destin, Florida on a private excursion designed exclusively for your group of up to 49 passengers. Step aboard a luxurious charter boat and set sail toward a world of adventure and relaxation. As you arrive at this floating oasis, immerse yourself in the crystal-clear emerald waters that surround you. Lounge on the pristine white sand, bask in the warm sunshine and feel the gentle sea breeze kiss your skin. Choose from a variety of water toys to enjoy. With the attentive crew catering to your every need, this private Crab Island Charter promises an unforgettable journey tailored to your group's desires. Unleash your inner explorer, soak up some serenity, book today!
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SeaQuest Daytime Dolphin Sightseeing Tour

1,135 ratings
1.5 Hrs.
Climb aboard Destin's SeaQuest in search of dolphins on a fun and affordable family adventure. Set out on this monstrous 53-foot speedboat that carries up to 80 passengers. Cruise through the waves as you take in the sights of the coastline and mesmerizing emerald waters. Don't miss out on the fun, book this Destin Sightseeing Tour today!
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Booked 2 times in last 48 hrs

12 Passenger Pontoon Boat Rental Departing from Destin Harbor

524 ratings
4 - 10 Hrs.
Be the captain of your day and adventure out into the sparkling waters of the Emerald Coast with the 12 Passenger Pontoon Boat Rental in Destin, Florida. Explore the Choctawhatchee Bay, the bayous, The Destin Harbor, Crab Island, and soak up some Florida sun. Whether you're in Destin with family or friends, a pontoon boat rental is the way to go. So what are you waiting for? Book yours today!
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Booked 2 times in last 48 hrs

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Fort Walton Beach Close to?

Fort Walton Beach is close to several popular coastal destinations. Immediately to the east is Destin, FL, and the west is Navarre Beach, FL. Nearby, you'll also find Pensacola Beach, Pensacola, Miramar Beach, and Santa Rosa Beach.

2. Are There Alligators in Fort Walton Beach, FL?

In the wild, it is very rare to find alligators in Fort Walton Beach. Most alligators have been peacefully removed from local lakes, golf courses, and coastal inlets. There are however, alligators in Fort Walton Beach at the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park. The park is located on Okaloosa Island and tickets can be purchased online, or in-person.

3. What is Fort Walton Beach Known for?

Fort Walton Beach is a thriving military community and tourist destination with strong local history. Fort Walton is known for local landmarks including the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, Okaloosa Island Boardwalk, Fort Walton Mound & Museum, Air Force Armament Museum, and the downtown Heritage Park and Cultural Center.

4. Are There a Beaches in Fort Walton Beach, FL?

Yes, there are beautiful white-sand beaches in Fort Walton Beach, FL. While a few beaches exist in western Fort Walton Beach, the biggest and best beaches are found on Okaloosa Island. These beaches are a mix of private and public, with the most popular spots located on the western end of Okaloosa Island near the Brooks Bridge.

5. Does Fort Walton Beach Have an Airport?

Yes, the Destin Fort Walton Beach Airport. It is located within Eglin Air Force Base, and is a major hub for Allegiant Air. This airport is the primary airport for those visiting Fort Walton Beach and Destin, Florida.


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