Fort Walton Beach Travel Guide

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Fort Walton Beach Things to Do

  • Heritage Park~

    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...

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  • Indian Temple Mound Museum

    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...

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  • Dolphins at the Gulfarium

    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...

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Fort Walton Beach Restaurants

  • Good Italian Chain Restaurant

    $19 as of January 2014. Olive Garden is a chain of Italian Restaurants located throughout the United States. The food is not totally Italian in taste but it is still very tasty. Hours are 11 AM to 11 PM. Service was good. Tilapia with Shrimp in a white wine sauce. Tasty!

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  • steakhouse

    ruth's chris steakhouse is located about a mile east of fort walton beach in destin. this national chain is always consistant for good prime steaks, lobster, and local seafood. if you get tired of all the seafood restaurants on the emerald coast and crave a good steak this is the place. reservations recommended.

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  • Named for a Container Ship

    When we went to the condo meeting to tell us about the area, the lady that was doing the presentation recommended this restaurant as one that had early bird specials and was reasonable. The restaurant was named for the ship (probably one of the Sealand-Marek group) that picked up the proprietor when he was escaping from Viet Nam in a boat. Our...

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Fort Walton Beach Nightlife

  • Thailand or Texas

    This place offers food too; but mainly it is a bar. At first I thought I was in a certain part of Bangkok. Watered down drinks and Thai women in low-cut dresses with slits up the side sitting with the customers and hustling drinks. Fine if that is what you are looking for (I was not). Not sure if any of the women there also frequent the nearby...

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  • Howl at the Moon

    One of the most fun places in FWB, Howl at the Moon features dueling pianos with huge crowds, expensive drinks and a $10-per-person cover charge, but it really is worth it! They play a variety of music from funky 70s music like Kung Fu fighting and YMCA to popular modern music, all with as much interaction with the crowd as possible. If you don't...

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  • key west style

    the hog's breath saloon is a replica of the famous hog's breath in key west. this beach bar offers live entertainment and is a fun place to drink and listen to live music. see their web site for current acts. casual

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Fort Walton Beach Transportation

  • South of I-10

    Fort Walton Beach is on the coast about halfway between Panama City to the east and Pensacola. We took I-10 across the panhandle of Florida and got off on State Road 85 which is a north-south highway that runs from US 331 in Paxton, through I-10 in Crestview and past Eglin AFB and ends at US 98 in Downtown Fort Walton Beach. We took the State Route...

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  • Getting to the Area

    By Car : Both Interstate I-10 and US Hwy 90 run east and west across the area and will connect you to many state and country roads. By Air : Destin Airport is close by as well as Okaloosa Regional Airport which is about 8 miles north. Pensacola airport is not that far away and is served by eight major airlines.

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  • Multiple ways to get here

    There are a couple of ways to get to Ft. Walton Beach. The area is served by the local airport which shares its runway with Eglin Air Force Base. Approximately 45 miles to the west is Pensacola International Airport, which provides better service to the area (plus it's a nice ride along U.S. Hwy.98 to get to the Emerald Coast).

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Fort Walton Beach Shopping

  • Coca Cola & Nascar - what a combination!

    My goodness, this place caught my attention right away since I use to collect this stuff, but stopped since I have two growing boys to feed....lol! It has some of the most unique items you may be looking for if you are a collector. To me, the prices were very reasonalble. So check it out!

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  • Some Pretty Good Bargins

    Very nice, but somewhat upscale. You still can find some great bargins.Mar 1 - Dec 31Monday - Saturday Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Jan 1 - Feb 28Monday - Saturday Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Exceptions will be as follows: Easter Closed Thanksgiving Eve 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Thanksgiving Day Closed...

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Fort Walton Beach Local Customs

  • Walking Tour - Start

    We got a walking tour brochure from the Indian Temple Mound Museum. I think you can also get one at the Chamber of Commerce. The Walking Tour starts with the Indian Temple Mound and museum at 139 S. E. Miracle Strip Parkway. We did start there, but we didn't walk very much of the tour - I directed Bob to drive to most of the places in the car. We...

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  • Talk to the locals!

    I was reading this post about Staff's Restaurant and wanted to add something here. Staff's Restaurant is the OLDEST FAMILY OWNED RESTAURANT in the state of FLORIDA! There are still family members at this place every single day, and when you're there you should ask them about the place, the family, the town, the food etc. It's such an interesting...

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  • #12 a, d Gulfview Hotel District...

    12a - Gulfview Hotel - 1906 - Miracle Strip ParkwayThe hotel is actually end on to the Miracle Strip a bit behind the Staff Restaurant. This was one of the first hotels in Camp Walton and is of the architectural style of the turn of the century. It was purchased by the Gerlach/Staff families in 1913 and served as a social center for guests who...

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Fort Walton Beach Warnings and Dangers

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    St. Mary's Catholic Church 1941

    by Yaqui Written Apr 16, 2006

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    Fortunately the Catholic Churches still give direct handouts to those who are in need of food and clothes. Unfortunately they are usually in the historical areas that are of lower income. So, homeless individuals do tend to hang around because they know it is a source for food and clothes. When I was doing that historical walking tour and came upon the newer and older Catholic Churches, so that gave me an immediate signal so I knew what would be in the area. I am Catholic and understand. So, I notice a group of men hanging around by some brush across the street in an empty lot. I kept my distance, but on the walk back to the downtown area a few were headed my way. I crossed the street in hoping to avoid them until one who was obviously been drinking said very loudly, ?Hey honey, I like that jacket. Can I climb in there with you?? He proceeded to follow me, but I said nothing other than a smile and walked faster and well knew I could out run him. He eventually stopped, but I did notice two gentleman who had gotten in there car from the church were keeping an eye on him. So use some caution in these areas please!

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Fort Walton Beach Tourist Traps

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    Look, some guy even stopped!

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Nov 30, 2006

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    There are a lot of tourist ripoffs along the highway. My favorite was 20 rib eyes for $25. No thanks, mister.

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Fort Walton Beach What to Pack

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    by spartan Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: For the most part, one large piece of luggage will do the trick.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: In the summertime, shorts, t-shirts, swim suits and some casual outfits will be just fine. In the fall and winter time, light jackets and slacks will fit the bill.

    Photo Equipment: Regular camera and film will do.

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Fort Walton Beach Off The Beaten Path

  • Little Chapel in Vandegriff Park

    On the historical walking tour, you can get a map from the Indian Temple Mound Museum.The plaque above the door reads:Served as an Office of First Methodist Church Circa 1940. Restoration sponsored by Histortic Preservation Society of Greater Fort Walton 1993.

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  • Camp Walton Schoolhouse Museum 1912

    This on the historical walking tour, you can get a map from the Indian Temple Mound Museum.This one room schoolhouse was built in 1912 as Camp Walton Schoolhouse. It housed eight grades and later they added an addition to the back to house the high school grades. It was restored by the Junior Service League and Okaloosa County School Board....

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  • Garnier Post Office Museum1918

    This on the historical walking tour, you can get a map from the Indian Temple Mound Museum.It served as the local post office for the Northwest area of Florida and was built with cypress wood. They have since added a ramp to have easy access for people with disabilities and houses Civil War artifacts too.Located at the Heritage Park & Cultural...

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Fort Walton Beach Sports & Outdoors

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    by grandmaR Written Nov 22, 2009

    We saw that in the winter around Christmas, there was ice skating in the park. We didn't try it ourselves but thought the idea of outdoor ice skating in Florida was interesting. The ice skating rink, can accommodate about 100 skaters at a time, is a local holiday favorite. The season rans from mid November to just after New Years.

    Equipment: I think you can rent skates as I wouldn't expect Floridians to own them.

    But last reference I can find to this on the internet is 2006. I'm not sure if it will run this winter.

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Fort Walton Beach Favorites

  • The Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of...

    Places like these are a wealth of information. Stop by and you will usually find plenty of information of things to see and do here. An excellent places to find places to lodge and dine at too.Located at 34 Miracle Strip Pkwy Fort Walton Beach, FL 32549850-244-8191

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  • Just a Quick Visit

    We chose to stay in Destin - right next door to Fort Walton Beach. Time was limited so we tried to have a quick look at the whole area. Other than a drive over the bridge the previous night after dinner, we mainly viewed Fort Walton either on the way to Destin or a couple of days later, leaving Destin. The Indian Temple Mound was one place I made a...

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