Emerald Coast Science Center
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.
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.
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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People having fun of the...
People having fun of the beach. This is a resort area so the beaches during the summer are full of people. Of course with sugar sand beaches and crystal clear water, warm temperatures, why would you not enjoy it.
The prices for the accomodations, food and attractions are not cheap but when you live in paradise everyone wants to become a part of it, if only for a day, week or month. I am lucky that I live here.
- Diving and Snorkeling
Fishing. This is just the...
Fishing. This is just the catch from one boat which was out in the gulf for approximately 4 to 6 hours. The fishing is really great March through the end of October but you can fish all year round. The boats are not really expensive except depending on what you want to catch. You can fish from the beach, a license is required, you can fish from the pier, license are not required because it is in your fee. The fee for fishing on the pier for 24 hours is around 8 us dollars.
Great fun. You do not have to keep the fish but if you choose to keep the fish several restaurants will cook them for you and serve all side dishes for approximately 5 us dollars. This does not include drinks.
deep sea fishing
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.
- Sailing and Boating
Indian Temple Mound Museum
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
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
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.
- Family Travel
- National/State Park
visit the beach
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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Largest Prehistoric Earthwork
Opposite the museum itself is a prehistoric Temple Mound of the Mississippian Cultural Tradition. The mound is now a National Historic Landmark. This mound is the largest prehistoric earthwork on salt water. Its base is 223 ft long, 178 ft wide and is about 12 ft high. It is estimated to be made from 500,000 cubic ft of sand. dirt, cloy and shell which was brought here by the basketful by the Indians. A replica temple now stands atop the mound.
Houses were around 15ft long and 30ft wide. Walls were often plastered with a with a sand/mud combination. Clay mixed with Spanish moss was used for filling the gaps to keep the cold out and the heat in. Wall poles were sunk into a trench and shimmed into place. The wall trenches were then filled with shells, dirt and clay to make the walls stable. Bundles of grass overlapped and tied together for the roof which was surprisingly durable however it attracted insects and so the roof probably had to be replaced annually to get rid of the insects.
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.
THE BEACHES ARE BEAUTIFUL AND THATS ALOT COMING FROM A MOUNTAIN LOVER. THE SAND IS LIKE SNOW AND THE WATER IS SO BLUE AND EMERALD GREEN. YOU CAN SEE THE FISH SWIMMING AT THE BOTTOM OF THE WATER. I LIKED THE FACT THAT THE BEACHES NEVER SEEMED CROWDED. YOU CAN DRINK BEER ON THE BEACHES, JUST DON'T LITTER. THE BEACHES ARE VERY CLEAN, UNLIKE NEW JERSEY"S BEACHES.
- Family Travel
Here is beachdave waiting to...
Here is beachdave waiting to photograph the sunrise. I must admit that it was early in the morning and in my hands were 2 cups of coffee. One for me, one for Jeri who was taking the picture. It does not appear that way but 'O well'. This picture was actually taken on the beach on the Atlantic Ocean at Mrytle Beach, SC. I just wanted to include it here.
It was not free. We were camping and the time was the fourth of July which in the us is a very expensive time but we enjoyed it. That is what is most important that no matter what the cost you find that you receive something for your investment.
Feeding the seagulls. They...
Feeding the seagulls. They are always ready for a free meal. We feed them bread or crackers. They will hover beside you until you extend your hand for them to eat. They come in large groups and can be quite noisy.
It is free except for what you choose to feed them. They are all over the place.
Once again at the docks. You...
Once again at the docks. You can never tell what is going to be brought back from the fishing trips. Here is small shark that was caught on the trip.I once saw a large red snapper fish where the entire back had been bitten out by a shark.
It is free to watch the fish being hung on the rack and caught that day. You can even take pictures of you or someone else standing in front of the fish as if you had caught them. A little fib.
Sunsets and sunrises. We can...
Sunsets and sunrises. We can see both here either over the bay or the gulf of Mexico and they are very pretty. Here is a sunrise over the bay behind a beached sailboat.
It is free and occurs everyday except when it is cloudy. Trust me there are beautiful. You can book a cruise on sailboat and sail into the sunset. What do you think?
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