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From the pristine emerald waters of our Gulf of Mexico to rare coastal dune lakes to the beautiful Choctawhatchee Bay and river system, South Walton is one of the most eco-diverse places you'll ever find. A great way to explore and learn more about South Walton's rare coastal dune lakes is by joining Murray Balkcom of WalCo Eco Tours for a kayak...
Think you've explored everything that South Walton has to offer? Well, that's certainly not the case unless you've been to the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center. Just a few miles north of Choctawhatchee Bay is a truly remarkable educational and environmental facility designed to serve students, academics, scientists and those who are eager to learn more about the world in which...
Founded in 2001, South Walton's Seaside Repertory Theatre (often referred to as "The REP") isn't your typical small town community outfit. This is Northwest Florida's premier professional theatre company, with seasonal shows produced and performed by professional actors from around the U.S. who are eager to refine and share their craft. From special shows and readings especially for young children, to dramas, musicals...
The very first "Grayton Beach Fine Arts Festival" was held in 1989, and because of the event's ever-increasing popularity, the Cultural Arts Alliance was founded to help organize and promote this unique artistic celebration throughout South Walton. Today, nearly 25 years later, that event is known as ArtsQuest, and this non-profit organization of artists and art lovers not only organizes...
Captain Andy Coleman knows the Choctawhatchee River. He’s been cruising up and down its wild waters just a few miles north of Santa Rosa Beach since the mid-70s. He knows the river’s story, the people who live tucked in little communities most easily reached by boat and the history of their lives on the water and somewhat off the grid. He...
Kids of all ages love the beach. Hey, swimming, sandcastles, skim-boarding, wake boarding, snorkeling, surfing, fishing, shell collecting... what's not to love? But let's admit it, eventually sand fatigue sets in, and sun-weary kids and parents alike look for alternative family-friendly activities to enjoy. Fortunately, South Walton is home to numerous state parks, playgrounds, kids camps, shops and kid-friendly festivals and...
Tucked away in a quiet neighborhood in Santa Rosa Beach, the Pickos Ski and Wakeboard School is the world leader in water ski and wakeboard vacations and instruction. Training both novices and world-class athletes, the school has one of the finest and most complete ski facilities found anywhere in the world. The world-class facilities have been host to the Southern...
Tennis fanatics won't have any problem feeding their addiction here in South Walton. In fact, Rosemary Beach is well-known for facilities and annual tennis tournaments that lure players and pros alike from all over the U.S. WaterColor also has a beautiful tennis facility, and it's connected via a sandy path with Seaside's courts. Sandestin and Seascape also boast great  amenities, but...
A source of great local pride (and for great reason), Alaqua Animal Refuge and its founder Laurie Hood have won the hearts of everyone who learns of their saintly mission. The refuge was founded on a 10-acre farm in Freeport in 2007, after Laurie learned that countless animals were being euthanized every month due to the fact that a "no-kill" shelter...
Cruising every week from Sandestin’s Baytowne Marina, the Solaris is a truly unique venue for special occasions, including banquets, corporate retreats, V.I.P. functions, and of course, weddings and rehearsal dinners. The Solaris also happens to be one of the very best places to enjoy a South Walton sunset (in the summer months, the sun sets over Choctawhatchee Bay, not the...
The constant ebb and flow of the Gulf tides create a natural rhythm here, and that tempo certainly carries over into South Walton's passion for live music. Whether it's an outdoor concert featuring regional headliners, an impromptu Nashville celebrity jam session at the Red Bar, or just another laid-back night listening to our world-class local talent, South Walton's music scene...
Fresh right-out-of-the-Gulf seafood? Check. Locally grown farm-fresh ingredients? Check. Award-winning creative chefs? Check. South Walton has all of the necessary ingredients to whip up that perfect beach dining experience, and as such, it's home to some truly exceptional restaurants. Some settings feature stunning Gulf-front vistas, while others are tucked away from the tourist tracks and must be discovered to be...
Coastal Dune Lakes are a very rare natural phenomena that only occur in a handful of locations around the globe, including New Zealand, Australia, Madagascar and South Walton, Florida. In fact, South Walton has 15 named coastal dune lakes along its 26 miles of coastline. They are (moving from east to west): Fuller Lake, Morris Lake, Campbell Lake, Stallworth Lake,...
South Walton is known worldwide for its diverse architectural styles and its groundbreaking town planning methodologies. In fact, Seaside Town Founder Robert Davis changed the development world when he and his wife, Daryl, founded the New Urbanism movement (quite accidentally, at first). The resort towns of Rosemary Beach and Alys Beach were later designed and WaterColor was certainly influenced new New...
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