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National Park in Fort Walton Beach

Okaloosa Day Use Area

This sub-section of gorgeous Gulf Islands National Seashore includes parking, beach access and a picnic area.
Archaeological Site in Fort Walton Beach

Indian Temple Mound & Museum

One of the most sacred sites for local Native American culture to this day, the 17ft-tall, 223ft-wide ceremonial and political temple mound, built with 500,000 basket-loads of earth and representing what is probably…
Filipino in Fort Walton Beach

Lanie's Kitchen II

If you find an American base town, you usually don't have to look far to find an excellent Filipino restaurant, thanks to a traditionally large American military presence in the Philippines. Lanie's is the cream of …
French in Fort Walton Beach

Bay Café

Foie gras, pan-seared scallops and filet mignon all feature on the menu of this très-jolie French cafe on the waterfront beneath the shadow of the Brooks Bridge. Loved by locals for more than 30 years, the cafe has …
Brewery in Fort Walton Beach

Props Craft Brewery

A friendly, unassuming spot to down a cold, locally brewed craft beer, and check out some sport on the big screen or hang in the beer garden to mingle with locals.
Museum in Fort Walton Beach

US Air Force Armament Museum

One for military buffs. The exterior of this hangar-style museum, flanked by fighter planes, appears small, but inside are extensive weapons displays – including an F-105 Thunderchief missile and a Warthog simulator…
Pier in Fort Walton Beach

Okaloosa Island Pier & Boardwalk

Stretching out almost a quarter of a mile into the Atlantic, this popular recreational-fishing pier is open 24 hours in the summer and is illuminated for night fishing. Rental gear is available (from $7) and there a…
Seafood in Fort Walton Beach

Stewby's Seafood Shanty

Off the main drag, en route to Eglin base, this unpretentious, predominantly takeout restaurant is famed for its signature sandwiches, fried seafood platters and excellent value for money. Go for the soft-shell crab…