Camp Walton Schoolhouse Museum

Fort Walton Beach-Okaloosa Island, Florida

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Jun 18 ~ Jun 24
Located in the heart of downtown Fort Walton Beach, the Camp Walton Schoolhouse Museum showcases the local history from the 1910’s to the 1930’s. This historic building was the first school to be built in Fort Walton Beach, then called Camp Walton, and is still a place where visitors gather for educational purposes today!

Camp Walton Schoolhouse Museum Visitors Guide

The Camp Walton Schoolhouse Museum is located in the heart of downtown Fort Walton Beach, and has been educating its guests on local history since opening as a museum in 1976. This museum dives deep into the history of education in the area, and the city as a whole, specifically from 1911 until the 1930’s. Not only that, the building itself is a historic structure, and was actually the first school ever created for the children of Fort Walton Beach, which was then called Camp Walton.

The school was created using native pine and oak in 1911, and opened for business in 1912. At this time, there were 15 students and one teacher in attendance, with eight grades being taught in a single-room school! Another room was added in 1927 for high school students and their teacher. The school closed in 1936, but has been providing deeper insight into the local history and culture ever since.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. How long does it take to explore the whole museum?

Most visitors will typically spend about an hour or two at the Camp Walton Schoolhouse Museum, as it is filled with unforgettable experiences, exhibits, artifacts, and more! Please keep in mind that admission tickets do also allow access to the other museums located within the Heritage Park & Cultural Center, making it easy to spend the entire day here.

2. Is this a kid-friendly activity?

Absolutely, all ages will love the Camp Walton Schoolhouse Museum, and the Heritage Park & Cultural Center as a whole. Kids will love comparing their school today with how it was in the past through imagination and role playing. The perfect combination of fun and education, a trip to the Camp Walton Schoolhouse Museum has something for everyone!

3. Is this a good rainy day activity?

Visiting the Camp Walton Schoolhouse Museum is a great thing to do on a rainy day in Fort Walton Beach! This indoor attraction offers plenty of entertainment for the whole family. Not only that, purchasing a ticket to this marvelous museum also allows access to the Indian Temple Mound Museum, Garnier Post Office Museum, Fort Walton Temple Mount, and the Civil War Exhibit Building, for even more indoor family fun.

It’s important to know that while all of these museums are within walking distance of each other, there is no covered awning to get from museum to museum. It is highly recommended to bring along a rain jacket or umbrella in case of inclement weather. Discover the top Fort Walton Beach indoor/rainy day activities at the best rates online with TripShock!

4. What is there to do nearby?

The Camp Walton Schoolhouse Museum is located within the Heritage Park & Cultural Center in downtown Fort Walton Beach, which means it is in close proximity to tons of fun things to do! A stroll through downtown yields a wide variety of fantastic shopping, dining, and entertainment for the whole family. From boutique shops showcasing art from local artists, to awesome axe throwing adventures at The Ratchet Hatchet, there’s truly something for everyone!

Not only that, downtown Fort Walton Beach is less than two miles away from The Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island, which is the perfect place to soak up the sun and enjoy some family fun! Some of the top things to do here include catching keepers and taking in scenic views on the fishing pier, relaxing at the beach, volleyball, snorkeling, and more. Nearby attractions include the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, Wild Willy’s Adventure Zone, parasailing, and pontoon rentals, just to name a few!

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