Ideal for anglers, sunbathers, and families on vacation, Fort Walton Beach is a popular beach resort community with a family-friendly atmosphere. The Fort Walton Beach experience comes complete with museums, parks, aquariums, and golf courses, in addition to sugary white sand and salty green surf. Escape the crowds at this low-key Florida destination while staying in a Fort Walton Beach condo rental.
Located along North Florida’s shimmering Gulf Coast (also called the Emerald Coast) between Pensacola and Panama City Beach, our Fort Walton Beach vacation rentals are on the main route to historic, kid-friendly Pensacola to the west and the beautiful fishing village of Destin to the east. Brooks Bridge takes you over the Santa Rosa Sound to Okaloosa Island.
During your stay at a Fort Walton Beach condo, you can get hands-on with robotics, wildlife, and more at the Emerald Coast Science Center, or discover the city's rich history at the Heritage Park & Cultural Center. The Air Force Armament Museum displays rockets, missiles, and aircraft, perfect for children and the child at heart. The Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park is home to seals, dolphins, sea lions, and penguins. Feed a penguin a fishy meal by hand, or get up close and personal with a dolphin! Uptown Station is home to Central Park, which offers splash pads and water features for the kiddos, a playground, train, and family movie nights in the park on a 30-foot screen.
Fort Walton Beach has two distinct districts offering an immense variety of shopping, dining, arts, and entertainment. The city's more eccentric boutiques are located in the Uptown Shopping District, which features more than 60 retailers and eateries. Artesano Boutique offers handcrafted art, jewelry, and apparel while De France Antiques & Flea Market offers quality antique furnishings and other items. Liquid Surf and Sail is Florida's premier water sports outfitter, and Liz Fashions offers upscale women’s swim and resort wear.
The Downtown Arts & Entertainment District boasts more boutiques, as well as waterfront parks, fine restaurants, arts, and entertainment. Treat yourself to a gourmet cupcake or a meal out at one of the diverse restaurants in this area. Paint your own souvenir at the pottery gallery, indulge in a spa day, or take in a movie. It's all possible in downtown Fort Walton Beach. And if you're in town anytime between March and September take in the Art Walk, which happens on the third Friday of every month and features local artists, food vendors, and live music.
Fort Walton Beach boasts two championship golf courses: tee off at The Pines, which features a challenging course through pine forests, or perfect your putt at The Oaks, which offers oak-lined fairways and difficult water hazards.
Take the outdoor adventure up a notch at Emerald Coast Dirt & Vert, ideal for extreme sports enthusiasts. The facility offers a skate park and street course, a BMX racing track, rails, dirt jumps, and more for bikes, roller blades, and skateboards. Joggers and bicyclists alike will enjoy the Timpooche Trail, which offers a gravel trail along the beautiful coastline. Okaloosa Island is the most popular destination to explore the beach by car, foot, or bike. Enjoy shrimp cocktails and margaritas at The Boardwalk after a long day of boogie boarding, or drop in your line for fishing off the pier.
When you treat yourself to a vacation on the vibrant, eclectic Florida panhandle, consider one of our Fort Walton Beach condo rentals. With its family-friendly attractions and thriving nightlife, as well as plentiful shopping and dining, you'll see why our Fort Walton Beach is considered one of Florida's treasures.
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