Shopping, Golfing and Top Attractions
Enjoy some of the best outdoor shopping on the Emerald Coast at Destin Commons and HarborWalk Village. Just east of Destin in Miramar Beach, shoppers will find deals on luxury brands at Silver Sands Premium Outlets and high-end shopping and dining at Grand Boulevard. Farther east, you’ll find 30 Avenue and Pier Park, Panama City’s premier shopping and entertainment destination. In addition to these large shopping centers, there are also a number of amazing, locally owned boutiques and art galleries dotted along 30A. Be sure to check out the shopping in Watercolor, Seaside and Rosemary Beach!
ThirtyAvenue.com | (850) 231-1127
Destincommons.com | 850.337.8700
grandboulevard.com | 850.837.3099
Harborwalkvillage.com | 800.676.0091
Simon.com/Mall/Pier-Park | 850-233-5070
Silver Sands Premium Outlets
silversandspremiumoutlets.com | 850.654.9771
Golf lover’s travel from far and wide to hit the green at one of the Emerald Coast’s championship courses, and our beautiful weather is perfect for year-round play. With local courses designed by golf legends such as Fred Couples and Robert Trent Jones Jr., and breathtaking views of the Gulf and bay, the area’s award-winning golf courses won’t disappoint.
EmeraldBayGolfClub.com | (888) 465-3229
The Links Golf Club at Sandestin
Sandestin.com/Golf | (850) 267-8144
Santa Rosa Golf & Beach Club
SantaRosaClub.com | (850) 267-2229
KellyPlantationGolf.com | (850) 650-7600
RegattaBay.com | (850) 337-8080
Seascape Golf Course
Seascape-Resort.com/Golf | 800-874-9106
Grayton Beach State Park
Grayton Beach consistently ranks among the most beautiful and pristine beaches in the United States. The beach provides an idyllic setting for swimming, sunbathing and surf fishing, and is the backdrop for golden sunrises and silver moonlit evenings. The nearly 2,000-acre park features a boat ramp that provides access to the lake’s brackish waters for both freshwater and saltwater fishing. Visitors can paddle a canoe, stand-up paddle board or kayak on scenic Western Lake to get a closer look at a salt marsh ecosystem. A nature trail winds through a coastal forest where scrub oaks and magnolias stand, bent and twisted by the salt winds. Hikers and bicyclists can enjoy more than four miles of trails throughout the pine flatwoods.
HarborWalk Village - Destin
HarborWalk Village is located in the heart of Destin. There’s truly something for everyone. Interested in enjoying the water? Paddleboard, kayak, pontoon, and jet-ski rentals are available, as well as parasailing, glass-bottom boat tours, world-class fishing, pirate-ship excursions, and dolphin cruises. Interested in entertainment? HarborWalk Village hosts live music, weekly fireworks shows, themed events and more. Kids will also love the Adventure Zone! Foodies will want to make their way here, as well — fantastic restaurants around every corner will see to it that you don’t leave hungry. No matter your interests, you and your whole family will discover an endless array of memorable experiences.
The Village of Baytowne Wharf – Miramar Beach
The Village of Baytowne Wharf features an array of boutiques, eateries, galleries and nightlife – not to mention a jam-packed schedule of outdoor festivals and special events for the entire family. This spectacular setting, all within the gates of Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, is a fantastic recreational area sure to please all ages.
The Island Pier – Okaloosa Island
The Island Pier, formerly known as the Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier, is located just steps away from the stunning sugar-white beaches and the vibrant green waters of the Emerald Coast. Stretching out more than 1,200 feet into the Gulf of Mexico, The Island Pier provides breathtaking views of magnificent sunrises and sunsets. Be sure to have your cameras ready to capture spectacular images of a variety of marine life, including dolphins, sea turtles, herons, and pelicans that inhabit the sea and sky around the Pier. Small fee required for the whole day.
Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park – Okaloosa Island
Delight in watching dolphins leap and sea lions play at the Gulfarium! Or participate and interact directly with these and other remarkable marine animals including stingrays, sharks and otters with interactive programing (additional fee applies). Enjoy educational exhibits, aquariums and more, along with beautiful ocean views at the Gulfarium.
Pier Park - Panama City Beach
Pier Park is Panama City Beach’s premier shopping and entertainment destination. Serving the Panama City Beach and 30A community, this outdoor complex boasts 124 stores, ranging from clothing for the whole family to home goods, shoes and jewelry. Pier Park also offers many exciting dining options. No matter what you’re in the mood for, Pier Park has the variety that puts the all in mall. Choose your adventures at a variety of entertainment venues from the Grand IMAX movie theater, to laser tag and live music, Pier Park is your destination for fun, food and fantastic shopping all near one of the country’s most beautiful beaches.
During the 1800s, Eden Gardens State Park was the home of lumber baron William Henry Wesley and his family. Tour the historic Wesley Mansion or just walk among the moss-draped, ancient live oak trees and extensive landscaped grounds that stretch to the Choctawhatchee Bay. The camellias and azaleas sprinkled throughout the park add color during the spring and summer. Pack a picnic to enjoy under the shade of a tree or inside one of many pavilions.
Point Washington State Forest
Point Washington State Forest boasts 15,000 acres and more than 27 miles of distinct trails that meander through coastal scrub, wet prairie, swamplands and longleaf pine flatwoods. Visitors can explore three trail systems which are located a half mile south of Hwy 98 on 395, as well as a horse trail north of Hwy 98 on Bay Drive.
Topsail HIll Preserve State Park
Three miles of white-sand beaches bordered by dunes over 25-feet tall. With rare coastal dune lakes, camping and picnic areas, this park is recognized as one of the nation’s outstanding parks.
A 200-acre gem on the Emerald Coast, Henderson Park is home to a winding nature trail that provides a rare view of the coastal dune ecosystem and abundant wildlife. Natural features of the park include sand pines, scrub oaks, and dune rosemary. Boardwalks provide access to the beach for swimming, sunbathing, and fishing. Four large and two small pavilions allow for picnicking and grilling. Enjoy a leisurely bike ride on the park’s mile-long paved road or try your luck fishing in the surf!
Underwater Museum of Art - Santa Rosa Beach
Located less than a mile from the sugar-white sand of Grayton Beach State Park lies North America’s first permanent underwater sculpture park, The Underwater Museum of Art. Annually, Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County and the South Walton Artificial Reef Association will select a variety of works – from both local, regional and national artists – for deployment as part of the Underwater Museum of Art. Those who explore the museum will find sculptures ranging from an 8-foot tall deer and a giant pineapple to a massive skull and an amorphous octopus. Divers who wish to visit the site can take a dive boat .7 miles off the coast of Grayton Beach State Park. The coordinates for the center sculpture (SWARA Skull) are Latitude N30 18 45.262 Longitude W086 09 33.722.