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By Susan Vallee Think you’ve got this whole 30A beach thing down? Well, let’s see … you’ve cheered the sunset ringing of the bell at Bud & Alley’s, you’ve sipped mimosas while grooving to Dread Clampitt at The Red Bar and you’ve YOLO’d your way across Western Lake… but have you experienced the magic of a bonfire on the beach? When you combine the fun of a campfire (s’mores, cuddling and shared laughter)...

Eco Tours

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...

Boating

Whether you're into fishing (gulf, bay, river or lake), skiing or wakeboarding, sailing, sunset dinner cruises, or just skimming over to The Village of Baytowne Wharf, Crab Island, Shell Island or Destin Harbor for a full day of fun in the sun, there's just nothing like being out on a boat. South Walton truly offers something for every boater, from eco tours of the untouched...

Camping

Whether you're in a $1 million RV with flat-screen TVs and granite kitchen counter tops, or a 2-person pup-tent with a gas lantern and mosquito net, South Walton is truly a camper's paradise. Routinely voted one of the best campgrounds in America, the Gregory E. Moore RV Resort at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park has gorgeous shaded lots, full hook-ups,...

Dining

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...

Music

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...
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...

Tennis

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...

Surfing

Although South Walton's Gulf waters are often as smooth as glass, on many days of the year, the waves are ideal for surfing (particularly when there's a tropical storm brewing somewhere down in the tropics). Professionals and amateur surfers alike patiently bide their time, waiting for red flag beach conditions or a tropical surge that might create the perfect moment. When...
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...
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...

Alaqua Animal Refuge

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...
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...
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