Outdoor Fun in Fort Walton Beach

Almost everything to do is “outdoor fun in Ft Walton Beach!” As if playing in the water and sand on our beautiful beaches was not fun enough, there is even more to see and do. Try parasailing over the Gulf of Mexico, taking in a view unlike any other. Rent a wave runner to splash through the water and over the waves. Take a slower approach and rent an ocean kayak, which is the closest to the water you can get without actually being in it. Snorkel underneath the surface, exploring the sea life and finding treasured souvenirs. Many of these services are located on the beach, either behind or close by our properties, for your convenience. Let our Outdoor Guide lead you to a day filled with family fun!

Highlighted below are some of our favorite businesses offering discounts through our Southern Perks program.

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Olin Marler Dolphin Cruises

850.837.7095
Visit Olin Marler along the Destin Harbor for a delightful dolphin cruise aboard one of their two large boats. Complete with a snack bar, restroom and air conditioned cabin, you’ll love the entire experience of watching the local dolphins play in their natural environment. Southern Guests Receive Southern Perks from Olin Marler
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Gulfarium

850.243.9046
On the white sand beaches of Okaloosa Island sits a true treasure in Florida’s Gulfarium. Since 1955 we have entertained families with Dolphin, Sea Lion, Multi-Species shows & many Exhibits. Our award winning gift shop and our new Aqua Farm will amaze you. We open at 9am daily.
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The Track

850.654.4668
Go-Karts anyone? How about bumper cars and boats, bungee jumping or miniature golf? Head over to Destin to The Track, your family H.Q. for fun.
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Crab Island WaterSports

850.243.2722
Crab Island WaterSports has what you need for a full day of family fun in the sun. Rent waverunners, pontoon boats, take a dolphin tour or see the island from above with parasailing trip!  Located between Alvin’s Island and Legendary Marina on Okalossa Island.
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Sea Blaster

850.654.6888
For a wonderful time for the entire family, join Capt. Larry, on the original Sea Blaster searching the Gulf of Mexico for dolphins. Watch them frolic in the water often putting on a show for passengers, and always entertaining. As the Gulf’s largest speedboat it can carry up to 119 passengers for hours of fun. No trip to our area is really complete without a dolphin or sunset cruise. Southern Guests Receive Southern Perks from Sea Blaster
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Big Kahuna's Water Park

850.837.8319
Just east in neighboring Destin is this tropical paradise, with more 40 water attractions from lazy rivers to outrageous rides. Southern Guests Receive Southern Perks from Big Kahuna’s
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Eglin Reservation

North of Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island is the federal Eglin Reservation with approximately 280,000 acres of land opened conditionally to the public. A permit is required to access its exceptional natural features and many outdoor recreational opportunities. Visitors here can enjoy hunting, canoeing and hiking the Florida National Scenic Trail. A nature lover’s paradise, it is also home to rare plant species and animal species and is a site on the Great Florida Birding Trail.
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XLKites

Located right on Okaloosa Island in Fort Walton Beach, this outfit specializes in one very cool sport – kite boarding. Take lessons less than a couple of miles from Fort Walton Beach properties and let the breeze take you!
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Air Force Armament Museum, EglinAir Force Base

850.651.1808.
This area is well known for our Air Force bases and military influence. Come visit this museum and see why. The history of Air Force aviation and combat explode from the models and true life exhibits of planes, bombs and weaponry. It is a fascinating look at what most of us only get to read about.

Liza Jackson Park

On mainland Fort Walton Beach, this Park has 1,000 feet of waterfront on the Santa Rosa Sound. Facilities include boat ramps, fishing pier, restrooms, pavilions, picnic tables, grills and playground.

Indian Temple Mound

850.833.9595
Explore our city’s history and the Native Americans who lived here before us. Peek into the past at the museum in downtown Fort Walton Beach by an authentic Temple Mound.

Marler Park

On the bay side of Okaloosa Island this community park provides a swim area with a life guard station, boat ramp, public parking, restrooms and pavilions with grills.