Recently we wrote about numbers 10 through 6 of TripAdvisor.com’s things to do in Ft. Walton Beach. Your response on social media was amazing. Thank you. Today, we present the top 5 things to do in Ft. Walton Beach. We hope you enjoy the list; even more, we hope you’ll go check some of these things out for yourself and let us know what you thought.
05: Cinema Plus – was built in 1940 and stands today looking largely as it did back then. The cinema offers movies for $4 or less in a comfortable setting. While watching the film, have a beer or cocktail and dinner (or lunch). It’s a restaurant with a giant screen at one end and a great time for the entire family.
04: Grayton Beach – is an hour’s drive from Ft. Walton Beach, but it’s in Walton County and on TripAdvisor’s list, so we’ve left it in ours. It’s really worth the drive to visit Grayton Beach if you’re in the area. It is a quiet beach community that harkens back to a time before large hotels and chain restaurants dotted Florida’s Emerald Coast. Small shops, rental homes, bed and breakfasts, quiet streets, and pristine, roomy beaches are trademarks of this cozy town.
03: Goofy Golf – was built in 1958 and for $3 a person (adult, $1.50 for children under 12) is a great way to spend time with family and friends. The facility has two 17 hole mini golf courses and a shared 18thhole. Standing out front, bringing smiles to parents and kids alike, is Goofy Golf’s 23 foot tall T-Rex, Hammy. He was installed in 1958 when the courses were built and restored to his Jurassic glory in 2008 as part of Goofy Golf’s 50th anniversary.
02: Okaloosa Island – is described by visitors as an “amazing beach”, a “favorite vacation spot”, and “peaceful”. A barrier island, Okaloosa Island is surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico, Choctawhatchee Bay, and the Intracoastal Waterway and is connected to the mainland by bridges at each end. You may remember that the Okaloosa Island Pier topped numbers 10-6 of this list, making the island a double entry in this top 10. This should be an indicator of how worthwhile the island is as a part of your vacation planning. Apart from fishing, Florida’s Gulfarium, a great variety of restaurants, a vibrant nightlife, beautiful boardwalk, convenient public beaches, showers, and restrooms, shopping, and several water sport activities make the list of things to do on the island.

01: Air Force Armament Museum – aboard Eglin Air Force Baseis a journey through Air Force armament history. Static displays take guests from World War I to today’s high-tech fighting machines including the fastest warbird ever built, the SR-71 Blackbird. Inside is an extensive collection of weaponry including bombs, missiles, and other tools of defense and offense. Also inside are interactive displays to intrigue, entertain, and educate the entire family. Admission is free.

Have you visited any of these places, or do you plan to? Hopefully we’ve given you some inspiration to fuel your next trip to Florida’s Emerald Coast. The splendors of nature and the comforts of modern life are just a few miles from the gates at VPS. We thank you for reading our airport blog. If you’d like to connect with us, we’re on Facebook and Twitter.