5 Fort Walton Beach Family Vacation Ideas

Experience the laid-back beach atmosphere of the Emerald Coast in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Between mainland Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island, the fun is non-stop, with the region's top dining, shopping, and entertainment. Uncover activities, attractions, and things to do in Fort Walton Beach for your next trip with these 5 Fort Walton Beach Family Vacation Ideas.


Day at the Boardwalk


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Gulfarium on Okaloosa Island, FL
food, shopping, and entertainment await at the Okaloosa Island Boardwalk. This main attraction offers some of the top Okaloosa Island family activities including swimming, dining, soaking up rays, and exploring the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park. Entrance to the Okaloosa Island Boardwalk is FREE and the Boardwalk offers FREE parking and public beaches with volleyball nets, picnic tables, and restrooms. Staying on Okaloosa Island? The Boardwalk is just a short walk from most Island Hotels & Condos, and in close proximity to plenty of other things to do in Fort Walton Beach including nightclubs, music venues, and restaurants!

Fishing at the Okaloosa Island Pier


Nothing instills fond family memories like a day of fishing! The Okaloosa Island pier in Fort Walton Beach has everything you need for the perfect day of fishing, including bait, equipment rentals, and temporary fishing licenses. The pier extends 1/4 mile out into the Gulf, reaching the deep waters with the biggest fish! Actually, the Okaloosa Island Pier is famous for big fish, with King Mackerel, Tarpon, Cobia, and even Sailfish reported time after time. The Pier snack-shop provides drinks and snacks, and a cooler is allowed for personal use (food, drinks, and carrying home the day's catch!) Locals and tourists alike consider fishing at the pier one of the best things to do in Fort Walton Beach, check below for Pier information:

Hours
March - October: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; October - March: 5am - 9pm
Rates
Adult $7.50, Seniors 65+ $6.50, Children 6-12 $4.50, Children 5 and Under FREE

Discover even more of the top local fishing spots online at the Best Places to Fish on Okaloosa Island.


Amusement Park


What's a Fort Walton Beach family beach vacation without a little extra excitement? Check out one of the area amusement parks during your trip and find unique and thrilling rides and entertainment. Wild Willy's Adventure Zone in the heart of Okaloosa Island offers Dino-themed activities and attractions including zip line, bungee jumping, and putt putt golf! Looking for something a little more wet? Head on over to Destin for the region's biggest and BEST water park, Big Kahuna's! Families love the 40 different children play areas, and the older family members will enjoy the mega water slides, lazy river, and wave pool.

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Big Kahuna's in Destin, Florida

Purchase your Big Kahuna's tickets online at Tripshock.com for discounts and group rates!


Trip to the Destin Harbor


Find world-class restaurants, shops, games, and fun things to do in the Destin Harbor! Boat trips, fishing excursions, and even pirate cruises run daily in the spring and summer, providing all-ages entertainment during your vacation! Stunning views and parking both come free with this family vacation idea, with enough to do and see to fill multiple days. Look up over 120 tours and activities in Destin, Florida online at Destin, Florida things to do!

Fort Walton Beach Photo Shoot


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Okaloosa Island Beach Photography
Capture your Fort Walton Beach family vacation with a professional beach photo shoot. Choose from the top photographers in Northwest Florida, and have the shoot down on the beach, boardwalk, or at your condo or rental property. This Fort Walton Beach family vacation idea is great for young families looking to capture their first visit to the Emerald Coast, family reunion trips, and more! Find a photographer that specializes in different types of photography including children, couples, families, and special events, and choose from different packages with options like longer shoot times, different times of day (sunrise or sunset), and large or small group sizes.

*Find Fort Walton Beach photographers online at Photographer in Fort Walton Beach - Okaloosa Island.




Published Dec 11 2015
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