Things to do in Fort Walton Beach

Things to do in Fort Walton Beach

Fort Walton Beach is an underrated gem right next to its big sister, Destin, with an abundance of activities to do, places to see, and relaxing beaches to boot! With pristine beaches, various water sports options, great food, and abundant entertainment, there is definitely something for everyone. We might be a little biased, but Fort Walton Beach is truly the Florida Panhandle’s best hidden gem.


Fort Walton Beach is a hidden gem, so why not check it out from above? Parasailing in Fort Walton Beach is fun and gives you a whole different perspective on Fort Walton Beach. . This is something to try once and then to go try it again. When you are parasailing, it basically feels like you are flying in the air. You are able to see the area from way above than normal. You and your bestie can soar over Fort Walton Beach like you own the place with Xtreme H2O of Fort Walton Beach.. This activity is a great starter watersport, as it is a very calm ride. When you are in the air, you will just see how peaceful it is. It is also a fun way to be able to watch people. Parasailing lets you face fears as you ascend 400 feet in the air. Keep your eyes peeled while you’re up there, as you can spot Fort Walton Beach’s abundance of marine life from a bird’s eye view!


If you’re looking for an adrenaline-boosting activity, then a  Jet Ski rental in Fort Walton Beach is just the perfect activity for you. Renting jet skis in Fort Walton Beach is a lot easier than it looks, and it is affordable. Most of the time, each person rents their own, but you can have two people ride together. Sometimes, when on the jet ski, it is possible to see some marine life. This includes seeing dolphins swim by. Make sure to have your waterproof cameras (or a GoPro) ready to capture the moment. Now start up the jet ski and ride around the gorgeous, pristine, waters of Fort Walton Beach.

Pontoon Boat Rentals

Pontoon boats are great for relaxing on the water, and the best way to get to Crab Island, since you can’t just drive up or fly to Crab Island. Whether you want a chartered ride or to be your own captain of the sea, a pontoon boat rental can fit all of your versatile aquatic needs.  On the pontoon boat, you are also allowed to bring an ice chest, so make sure to pack food and drinks. If you decide to head out to Crab Island, make sure to bring some cash so you can try out some of the floating food vendors.

Play Golf

If you are not in the mood to be on the beach, then we got just the activity that you need: golfing! Fort Walton Beach has many golf courses to choose from and visiting a golf course is a great way to get outside and try something different, an activity enjoyable by those of all ages.. This is something you can do either alone or with a group of people. Golfing definitely is something that will take time to finish, so if you are just there for support, think about bringing a book or have something else to do, although we think that riding around in a golf cart will be entertaining enough.

Going to Local Restaurants

One of the best things to do in a new city is try out all the different restaurants. Even better is trying out local spots that all the locals and visitors are raving about. Going out and supporting the local community helps the city to continue to grow. Nowadays there are days where it is totally fine to eat from a chain restaurant, but something about going to a local restaurant in a place where you are visiting is a great way to learn about the area. These local restaurants can include food from very fresh seafood to your classic beachside grill. Some local restaurants to check out include The Shack, Crab Trap, GI Jade Tiki Bar & Bistro, and The Cowhead. Now these are just to name a few local places. Make sure while you are here in Fort Walton Beach to check out some of these local finds.

Exploring Things to Do in Fort Walton Beach

There are so many things to do in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. This city is truly underrated and has a lot to offer.. This includes trying out some cool watersports or going to a golf course and playing a few rounds of golf. The local restaurant scene is top notch, with an abundance of fresh, delicious, seafood.  Enjoy your trip to Fort Walton Beach!

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