Fort Walton Beach Journals

Florida Gulf Coast with Local Guides – Fort Walton

A travel journal to Fort Walton Beach by Kids-in-Tow

Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier Photo, Fort Walton Beach, Florida More Photos
Quote: This is a family-oriented area in the middle of it all. It offers many activities besides the beach. Accommodation is plentiful. For our family, there were too many distractions that our children were too young to participate in, but it would be ideal for late elementary on up.

Florida Gulf Coast with Local Guides – Fort Walton

Overview

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Gulfarium (if you haven’t seen Sea World)

Indian Temple Mound and Museum is downtown and away from the beach. Parking could be a problem here.

Just about anything normally connected with a beach town is available here.

Quick Tips:

I confess we have not stayed in Fort Walton on any of our trips yet. Best see other journals for accommodation advice.

Best Way To Get Around:

A car is a must.

Anglers Beachside Grill

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Restaurant

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Right next to the Gulfarium and on the Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier, this is a restaurant that combines with other great activities. We happened to hit it just right on a Monday Kid’s Night. The boys enjoyed the pirate making balloon animals and the clown doing face painting. This is definitely a kid-friendly place. The waitress made no complaint when the boys spilled their milk or popped their balloons. Requesting a new table because ours was too unbalanced was also not a problem. The wait-staff had no problem wearing funny balloon hats to amuse the kids. The food was also excellent. While some items on the menu were pricey, you got a lot of food for your money. The sandwiches...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 29, 2001

Anglers Beachside Grill
1030 Miracle Strip Parkway
Fort Walton Beach, Florida 32548
(850) 796-0260

Gulfarium Marine Park Adventure

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Attraction | "Gulfarium"

Gulfarium Marine Park Adventure Photo, Ft. Walton Beach, Florida
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This is a nice break from the beach if you haven’t been to Sea World. The Gulfarium is older than that "other" theme park chain, but it doesn’t have the beer bucks behind it. The dolphin and sea lion shows were nice, but not near as expansive or glitzy. The individual shows were shorter, which was an advantage for our young children. They were also able to get close to the animals. A highlight of the 5-year-olds day was getting his picture taken with a sea lion flipper in his lap. There are 4 shows of 20-25 minutes each, run back to back with the cycle repeating. You can cover all the exhibits, shows and gift shops in about 3 hours. The shows are a dolphin show, a sea lion s...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 29, 2001

Gulfarium Marine Park Adventure
1010 Miracle Strip Parkway SE
Ft. Walton Beach, Florida
(850) 244-5169

Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier Photo, Fort Walton Beach, Florida
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850-244-1023 To Fish: $6.50/adult, $5.50/senior, $3.50/child age 6-12 To Observe: $1 Kids under 6 are free Open 24 hours a day 7 days a week, they will rent or sell you anything you need. No fishing license is required. Our young family does not yet have the patience for fishing, but this pier was a great learning experience. The kids had just come from the Gulfarium and needed the run to the end of the pier where most of the fishing folks were. The day we were there they were catching, hard-tail, pinfish, king mackerel and the occasional remora. The fishers politely showed the boys their catches. They told us this was a particularly poor day, that usually th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 29, 2001

Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier
1030 Miracle STRP Pkwy Se
Fort Walton Beach, Florida 32548
(850) 244-1023

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