Okaloosa Island / Fort Walton Beach

Although it is the sugary white beaches that attract more people to Fort Walton Beach, it has an impressive history and has reminders and dedications to its history with Civil War encampments, eighteenth-century pirates, and Native American inhabitants. Fort Walton Beach encompasses an area also known as Okaloosa Island. Golfers can enjoy Fort Walton Beach Golf Club and Shalimar Pointe Golf and Country Club while beachgoers won’t be disappointed in the miles of beaches that the Fort Walton Beach area has to offer. Some of the area’s unique offerings are Indian Temple Mound and Museum, Emerald Coast Science Center, Gulfarium, Heritage Museum of NW FL, City of Fort Walton Beach Heritage Park and Cultural Center, Air Force Armament Museum, and Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier. Fort Walton Beach is known for having frequent community events in its historic downtown area and parks and popular events include Native American Flute Festival, Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival, Downtown FWB Art Walk, and Dog Daze. Many events pay tribute to the Native Americans that originally inhabited the area. Fort Walton Beach has several antique shops and three main shopping hubs which is Santa Rosa Mall, Uptown Station, and the historic downtown area. For the outdoorsy people, head over to Gulf Island National Seashore, Fort Walton Beach Landing,