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Florida Beaches Guide - Fort Walton Beach

Okaloosa County, Florida

If you're a history junkie, this beach is for you. Fort Walton is located in the heart of what can only be described as a history phenomenon. Here you can tour and learn about the five distinct Indian periods dated between 600-1650 A.D. Discover the journeys and adventures of the beaches most infamous pirate, Billy Bowlegs. Finally, tour the Civil War encampments, including a cannon discovered in 1932, currently located on Santa Rosa Sound.

Fort Walton Beach - FloridaFort Walton Beach - FloridaIf history's not your thing, pull out your towel, grab your girlfriends and flee to Fort Walton for a memorable spring break experience. Whether you want to sit and watch the dolphins, go shopping or enjoy the beauty that is Fort Walton, there's always something fun on the go.

Accommodations: Pamper yourself in one of Fort Walton's many hotels, resorts condominiums and more. With over 18,000 rooms available, the choices are endless. If you're on a budget try visiting between September and October when rates drop by more than 30%. If that's still too expensive, visit between October and February when rates plummet even further. For more ideas, rates and information, visit the Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce.

Fort Walton Beach Local Activities: Fort Walton offers a variety of activities including, water and adventure parks, dolphin sightseeing and more than golf than anyone can sanely expect to enjoy. Other local activities include hiking, fishing, sailing, snorkeling, and other aquatic sports. Also, rated as one of the top five shelling destinations in the world, Fort Walton is a must-see for seafood lovers!

Major Fort Walton Beach Attractions: Gulfarium, located on Okaloosa Island features an exotic array of marine and wildlife; Emerald Coast Science Centre detailing health, the impact of hurricanes and robotics; Okaloosa Island Boardwalk; and Eden State Gardens.

Major Fort Walton Beach Major Area Events:

  • Billy Bowlegs Festival (early June )
  • Christmas Boat Parade (December)

Fort Walton Beach Nightlife: Fort Walton has a variety of restaurant and bars showcasing live, local music and entertainment. Whether you're looking for a great restaurant such as Oceans Club, a place to dance or somewhere to party such as Howl at the Moon, the nightlife in Fort Walton is up for grabs. If you're bringing children, relax and enjoy your night at Island Golf Centre or the batting cages.

Fort Walton Beach Weather: With an average of 343 days of sun annually, highs in the summer and spring seasons reach between 77-89F, and lows between 60-74F. Winter and fall seasons reach between highs of 61 - 80F and lows of 42 - 60F.

Beach Fees: Some daily user fees.

Fort Walton Beach Facilities: Fort Walton Beach includes public showers and bathrooms, on duty lifeguards and is ADA accessible.

For more information or help planning your next Florida getaway, visit Fort Walton Beach.

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Look, I grew up in FWB and love the area. Billy Bowlegs is not real. There are some old pottery shards in a downtown museum but Florida is filled with stuff like that. FWB is a fine place, and the beaches are wonderful. But you'll find some redneck or beach bars open late, that's it. Fun places, but c'mon. FWB is cool with me, but it's a small northwest Florida redneck town with awesome beaches. That's it.

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