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Fort Walton Beach, Florida USA
Fort Walton Beach Florida is located on the Northwest Gulf Coast of Florida commonly called the Emerald Coast. The area was originally called Camp Walton and was named after the 56th signer of the Declaration of Independence. The nearby location of the Indian Temple Mound makes it a point of archaeological as well as historical interest.
As a beach resort, Fort Walton Beach is unsurpassed. The local economy is driven first by tourism and secondly by the presence of two military bases and the supporting service industries which are required. Many of the activities in the area are water related, such as cruises to view the dancing dolphins. You can charter a wave runner, a glass bottom boat tour, a pontoon boat, or a parasail in order to get close to these amazing creatures. Snorkeling and scuba diving are favorite pastimes. Of course, deep sea fishing is fun for everyone except the fish. Hourly charters as well as overnight trips can be arranged. Many of the activities in the area are water related, such as cruises to view the dancing dolphins. You can charter a wave runner, a glass bottom boat tour, a pontoon boat, or a parasail in order to get close to these amazing creatures. Snorkeling and scuba diving are favorite pastimes. Of course, deep sea fishing is fun for everyone except the fish. Hourly charters as well as overnight trips can be arranged.
Several unique attractions at Fort Walton Beach are interesting for the entire family. The Air Force Armament Museum is dedicated to the collection, display and preservation of Air Force memorabilia and armaments. The Indian Temple Mound is a National Historic Landmark. The nearby museum contains exhibits of Native American artifact, European settlers, Civil War era displays and current information.Fort Walton Beach Resources
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You could easily spend an entire day at the Florida Gulfarium. Visitors are allowed into the water to learn about and play with two Spotted Dolphins after a 45 minute orientation session. Imagine the thrill of a Spotted Dolphin sitting in your lap.
Big Kahuna’s Water Park will probably be the favorite location of the younger set in your party. This 25 acre water and adventure park has something of interest for anyone who doesn’t mind getting wet. The park features the largest man-made waterfall with over 30,000 gallons per minute pouring over a 250 foot drop. Adventures at Big Kahuna’s Water Park include miniature golf, the Grand Prix Raceway and the Sky Coaster.
Lodging at Fort Walton Beach includes beach front condominiums, historical cottages, and luxurious beach resorts. You have a choice of the level of amenities which you want to arrange on your own. You can, of course also just enjoy the package tours provided by many of the resorts. In order to get the flavor of the town, you can even just wander around. If you want to use shopping as an excuse, there are many wonderful little specialty shops and boutiques to explore. Everything from A-Z can be found here.
If you prefer to spend your days on the golf course, several courses in the area will challenge your skill. Fort Walton Beach Golf Course – Pines is just one example of a 18-hole course with par 72. Several golf vacation packages are available in the area at distances up to 15 miles from Fort Walton Beach