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    Heritage Park~

    by Yaqui Updated Apr 8, 2012

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    Called the Heritage Park now, you can get a map when you visit the Indian Temple Mound Musuem. It illustrates where each historical building are and when it they were built. Really cool I think. It doesn't cost anything to walk around yourself and to be able to get out into the fresh Ft Walton beach weather which was wonderful. It was cold then when I was visiting, but I enjoyed it anyways. So stop by there and get your self a map! Please see my off the beaten path tips for more info.

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    Indian Temple Mound Museum

    by Yaqui Updated Apr 8, 2012

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    I feel so lucky to come from such a rich heritage and I am very proud of where I come from. We all come from different tribe sort to speak of, but our descendants are the same. I missed visiting this place the last time I was in Ft. Walton. I was going to make a point to see it so I made sure I made extra time for my stay. It is filled with some wonderful artifacts and to actually stand on a mound where there was an actual ceremonial temple (800 AD to 1500 AD). I think you will enjoy it, but the folks that manage the museums are not very nice.

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    Dolphins at the Gulfarium

    by grandmaR Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    When it was announced, we went to see the Dolphin show (four bottlenosed dolphins including one two year old who was born at the Gulfarium).

    We weren't supposed to stand up during the show, so I went up to the top seat where no one would be behind me. There was quite a brisk wind blowing through at that point, and I was glad to have my winter coat with a hood. There was a roof over the bleachers, but they were not enclosed. Some of the kids (and their parents) were completely inadequately dressed for a December day outdoors in Fort Walton Beach. Bob was down farther in the stands where it was warmer.

    We both got some terrific pictures of the dolphins leaping as much as 25 feet out of the water. They jump through hoops (first photo), all four jumped at once (photo 3) and one of them took a fish from the trainer's mouth (photo 4). They train the dolphins to come out on a platform (photo 2) so they can have a physical exam. At the close of the show they all came up to the surface and chittered at us (photo 5).

    At this time admissions are 7 days a week from 9 to 4 and the park closes at 6. When we were there in December, they were closed Monday and Tuesday.

    General Admission Rates

    * Adults (ages 12-61): $17.50
    * Seniors (age 62 and over) $15.50
    * Children (ages 4-11) $10.50
    * Ages 3 and under are free when accompanied by a parent paying the regular rate.

    Six percent Florida state sales tax will be added to all admissions and fees. Rates are subject to change without notice. Visa and MasterCard accepted in admissions and gift shop. Snack bar accepts cash only.

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    Sea Lion Show at the Gulfarium

    by grandmaR Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    We walked past the sea lion performance area on the way to the Dune Lagoon where they were feeding the brown pelicans. The sea lions were sitting on some of the platforms kind of sleeping. (photo 2)

    After the dolphin show, we had the Sea Lion show. The girl trainer had one adult and a baby (named Libby - photo 5) up on their little stands, and there was a boy who had an adult on the other side. I thought their most spectacular trick was balancing a ball on the nose while standing on the front flippers with a tail in the air. They also did flips and spins and played basketball, and tossed around a Frisbee. They are funny when they clap and bark.

    They weren't doing the MSP (Multi-Species) Show when we were there. In this show Bottlenose Dolphins and a California Sea Lion perform together. We got $1.00 off the admission price because this show wasn't running.

    The rehabilitation pools were behind the bleachers for the Sea Lion show, and behind that was the Seal and Sea Lion Rookery, so after the Sea Lion show we went over there but I couldn't really tell which was which.

    In the summer the park is open 7 days a week Admissions: 9:00am until 4:00pm. Park closes at 6:00pm, but check with the website or phone number

    General Admission Rates

    * Adults (ages 12-61): $17.50
    * Seniors (age 62 and over) $15.50
    * Children (ages 4-11) $10.50
    * Ages 3 and under are free when accompanied by a parent paying the regular rate.

    Six percent Florida state sales tax will be added to all admissions and fees.

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    Indian Temple Mound Museum

    by grandmaR Updated Nov 22, 2009

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    On our last day, we went to the Indian Mound Museum, which is a Fort Walton Beach city museum ($2 each for old people - currently the price we would have had to pay was $4.50 each plus tax). In addition to the actual museum the Indian mound itself dating to 800 A.D. is a National Historic Landmark.

    The museum had lots of interactive exhibits for children, and I tried my hand at weaving with reeds. The interpretative exhibits depicted 12,000 years of Native American occupation during the four prehistoric cultural time periods - the Paleo, Archaic, Woodland and Mississippian. There is also a fine collection of Fort Walton Period ceramics. Exhibits also include artifacts from the European Explorers, local pirates, Civil War soldiers and early settlers.

    Monday - Saturday 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    Sunday Closed

    Admission for the Indian Temple Mound Museum is included in the general admission for the City of Fort Walton Beach Heritage Park & Cultural Center.

    Adults (18years +) $5.00 + Tax
    Seniors (55years +) $4.50 + Tax
    Military W/ID $4.50 + Tax
    Children (4-17years) $3.00 + Tax
    Children (3yrs. and under) Free

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  • Rent A Camping Cabin Beside The Gulf

    by TravisMcGee Written Oct 1, 2009

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    The beaches around Fort Walton Beach are among the most beautiful in the USA. This beauty reflects in pretty high prices for motel and hotel rooms on or near the beach. I've discovered that the camping cabins at Grayton Beach State Park are an economical alternative. They are very comfortable, within a walk to the beach, and near Seaside and many other pricey panhandle beachfront paradises.

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    gulfarium

    by doug48 Written Apr 13, 2009

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    the gulfarium is fort walton beach's aquarium. this beachside aquarium has dolphin shows and a living sea tank. if you are expecting seaworld you will be disapointed but this a very nice place to take children when in the fort walton beach area.

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    deep sea fishing

    by doug48 Written Apr 13, 2009

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    fort walton and destin is known for it's excellent off shore fishing. this area is one of the best off shore fishing spots in north florida. fort walton beach and nearby destin has a number of marinas where you can charter off shore fishing trips.

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    okaloosa island pier

    by doug48 Written Apr 13, 2009

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    okaloosa island pier

    located in central fort walton beach is the okaloosa island fishing pier. a great place to fish or watch the sunset over the gulf of mexico. next to the pier is the fort walton beach boardwalk which has a nice collection of restaurants and bars.

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    the beach

    by doug48 Written Apr 13, 2009

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    fort walton beach is known for it's beautiful white sand gulf beach. in the city of fort walton beach there are several public beach accesses. the fort walton "emerald coast" is world famous for it's white sand beach and emerald green water.

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    Oklaoosa Island Boardwalk

    by Yaqui Updated Jun 23, 2008

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    This pier is a centerpiece of much of the entertainment that dominates this particular area. Three resturaunts are located right on it, shops, nightly entertainment, and the beach patrol. It is a great way to spend a lovley evening just walking along it and seeing the sunset or watching the surfers. so enjoy! Restrooms are available also.

    8am-dusk

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    visit the beach

    by davecallahan Written Jun 25, 2007

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    beach at beasley

    You are at one of Florida's prime beach areas so naturally you must visit the beach.

    There are four major beach fronts: Beasley Park, James Lee Park, Marler Memorial Park and Wayside Park; all along 24 miles of gleaming, powder-soft beaches.
    These all provide great venues for tourists and locals alike. Restrooms and snackbars (remember to stay hydrated in the hot Florida sun) are provided for your convenience (and the retailers' pocket books). We usually bring our own picnic basket of goodies and just plunk it down with us at the beach to eliminate the long hot walk to the boardwalks.
    The beaches are supervised with life guards and police patrols and there are fines for littering so be sure to put trash in the bins or take it out with you.

    At the main beaches there are colored flags to tell you of any beach dangers.
    Green is good; two reds is beach closed; yellow, orange, red are levels of danger; purple means fauna problem (sharks usually).

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    Navarre

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Jan 7, 2007

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    One visit to the Fort Walton Beach area, I stayed in Navarre at the Best Western. This is a pretty nice, newer hotel along the sound, and near some new shops, but there really isn't much around here to do. From Navarre to FWB is about a 20-30 minute drive, plus to get over to the nice beaches you have to cross an expensive toll bridge.

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    Visit Santa Rosa Island

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Nov 30, 2006

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    Santa Rosa Island in the distance

    Santa Rosa Island stretches some 40 miles along the Florida panhandle from Pensacola to Destin. It includes Fort Dickens State Park, Gulf Islands National Seashore, part of Eglin Air Force Base, as well as sections of the towns of Fort Walton Beach, Navarre, and Little Sabine Bay. Access tot he island is limited to just 3 bridges, one in each town. The Fort Walton Beach section is isolated from the rest of the island, but offers some of the more popular bars and restaurants including Fudpuckers and Anglers. There is also a gentlemen's club, a children's park, boats for rent and all kinds of other entertainment.

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    Emerald Coast Science Center

    by grandmaR Updated Aug 24, 2006

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    Although we often drove past here, there just didn't seem to be a convenient time to go. It is supposed to be full of hands on interactive exhibits which I always enjoy with what I suppose might charitably be called childlike enthusiasm.

    According to the website there are seven galleries which include:

    * Color and Light- discover the fascinating world of light and color with 18 illuminating exhibits. Try out our new LASER HARP!
    * Fly and Land a model airplane in our mini-air tunnel
    * Explore Energy with exhibits such as the Laser Spirograph, Jacob's Ladder and Van de Graff Generator
    * Explore Nature and meet creatures such as a tarantula and Giant Millipedes in our Nature Discovery Room
    * Discover the systems of the human body in the Hall of Life including the skeletal system, digestive system and the senses

    They have a variety of programs including Homeschool Days on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, where you and you family can explore the science center, participate in activities and workshops and watch a Bill Nye the Science Guy video (we have then ALL!). Each Homeschool parent receives a curriculum guide with vocabulary and additional activities to further you child's science education at home!

    There is also a store. Some of the items at the store are pictured.


    Hours:
    Weekdays 9am to 4pm
    Weekends 11am to 4pm

    The Emerald Coast Science Center is open year-round, but is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's, Fourth of July and Easter Day.

    Prices:

    Adults $5.00
    Children (4-17) $3.50
    Seniors (55 and older) $4.00
    Children 3 and under Free
    Admission fees and hours are subject to change.

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