Fort Walton Beach Florida

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  • This nice beach city is located just between Panama City and Pensacola, found along the beautiful and popular Emerald Coast. Visitors to the city will be treated to white sand beaches, scenic blue-green waters, plenty of golf courses, an amazing culture and so much more. Fort Walton is considered one of the fun family-friendly tourist’s spots in North Florida.

    Fort Walton’s history is long and wide, with artifacts discovered believed to have dated back to 1100 AD. The first European colonizers settled in an area that is now present-day Okaloosa County and Fort Walton. Most of them traveled from nearby Panama City Beach Florida. During some time, it was believed that Pirates inhabited the area, but this was never proven to this day. In 1861, a Confederate army camp was set up in the place, it was called Camp Walton. The name stuck and to this day the city is called Fort Walton.

    The city offers everything for families or friends who are looking for an ultimate vacation.  There are plenty of things to enjoy from swimming to fishing and water sports. Fort Walton Beach is located at the northwestern end of the state making it close to Louisiana. Temperatures can vary from 88 F in the summer to 61 F during winters.

    Attractions and Activities in Fort Walton

    • Emerald Coast Science Center – The center’s goal is to help inspire lifelong interest in science and discovery. It is a great stop especially for families who are traveling with Children. There are several quality exhibits that will surely be a learning fun.
    • The Air Force Armament Museum –  This museum is dedicated to the various history of aircrafts, missiles, bombs, and rockets that the US Airforce used during several wars. Check out vintage items during WWII, Korean War, the Vietnam War, as well as, Gulf Wars. It is a great place for those interested in the history of US warfare.
    • Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park – This fun aquarium helps educate tourists on the importance of taking care of marine life through various fun encounters with wildlife. Get up close and personal with different animals from stingrays to turtles.
    • Indian Temple and Mound Museum – This museum features more than 12,000 years of history of Native American Indians who lived in the area before European colonizers moved in.
    • Wild Willy’s Adventure Zone – Is a great place for kids of all ages. There are numerous things to do here including exploring a 17,000 square feet of arcade area, 3D movie theatre, laser tag games, mini golf courses, rope climbing courses and a lot more!
    • John Beasly Park – If you want to enjoy the beach, head out to Okaloosa Island where you can get access to John Beasly Park. This is a beautiful beachfront park offering various amenities, great water, white sand, and so much more!

    Getting There

    The nearest airport is Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport which caters to dozens of domestic and international flights on a daily basis. The city also has mass transit, meaning it is convenient to go around if you do have your own car. If you are driving by car, several major highways connect the city to many other parts of Florida. US 98 connects the city to Pensacola. You may also access the city through Interstate 10 Exit 56 FL 85 towards Crestville. Turn right on FL 85 towards Fort Walton.

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