Top 10 Things to do in Ft. Walton Beach, FL Pt. 1


We have spent a lot of time (and words) here on our blog telling you about other places to visit. There is a lot to do right here in our area. Yes, beyond going to the beach. Today we would like to tell you about some of the great things to do in Ft. Walton Beach. For this two part piece, we’ll take the top 10 things to do in Ft. Walton Beach from and tell you a little about numbers 10 – 6.

10: The Emerald Coast Science Center – is a great place for parents and kids alike. There are a lot of great exhibits and learning opportunities. Want to see a skeleton ride a bike, make a bubble bigger than your head, or touch lightning? (Don’t worry, it’s safe.) Do you know how to make a car get 100 miles per gallon? These are just some of the things you can do at the Emerald Coast Science Center. The center is open 7 days a week. Admission ranges from $3.75 – $5.75.

pedibowl9: The Posh Daisy – is a great place for the ladies (or men and children) to relax and enjoy some quiet time. Guests can come in for full service hair care, manicures, pedicures, advanced skin care treatments, massages, airbrush makeup services, and even two-week mascara. Prices range by service; appointments are available.


indianmound08: Indian Temple Mound and Museum – located in downtown Ft. Walton Beach is another chance for the family to learn about the Gulf Coast’s rich history. While there, be sure to read all of the plaques and experiment with the hands-on exhibits. The lifestyles of four southeastern American Indian tribes dating from the 1300s can be explored through artifacts and interactive displays. The entire museum is situated atop a ceremonial mound.


07: The Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island – has covered picnic areas, volleyball courts, outdoor showers, public restrooms, and ample parking…adjacent to the beach. Add to that over a dozen shops and eateries and you easily have a full afternoon of fun with varying levels of family friendliness.

06: Okaloosa Island Pier – is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week. The pier extends 1262 feet into the Gulf of Mexico with an octagonal area at the end which greatly increases its fishing area. From the pier, Tarpon weighing in excess of 100 pounds have been caught. Additionally, tuna, king mackerel, cobia, and dolphin have been reeled in. Smaller species including redfish, bonito, jack cravelle, Spanish mackerel, whiting, and bluefish can be caught as well; the latter three being the most common.  Beverages, snacks, bait, tackle, and pole rentals are available. No fishing license is required to fish the pier. Daily fishing rates range from free for children under 5 to $7.50 for adults. Annual passes are also available.

There you have it, the first installment of the top 10 things to do in Ft. Walton Beach, as reported by Check back with us in a couple of weeks to read about the top 5 things to do. We thank you for reading our airport blog. If you’d like to connect with us, we’re on Facebook and Twitter.