Area Attractions

Okaloosa County and Emerald Coast Beaches East

Holt, Baker, Crestview, Niceville, Fort Walton Beach, Destin

 

For complete listing of parks in Okaloosa County and Public Beach Access in Fort Walton Beach please visit the Okaloosa County Online Parks List

Holt and the surrounding towns and beaches are situated around the Eglin Air Force Base. Holt and Baker are the quiet small towns to the north of the base. The Yellow and Black Water Rivers offer lots of opportunity in this area for fishing, hiking, canoeing and kayaking, hunting, and taking auto and motorcycle rides along highway 90 and the surrounding countryside which features lovely ranches.

 

Attractions/Activities in Holt/Baker

The Florida National Scenic Trail

Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail

Jackson Red Ground Trail

Blackwater River State Park

Yellow River Marsh Preserve State Park

Jay’s Guns & Accessories III Shooting Range

Baker Block Museum

Acres of Strawberries (spring/summer)

Baker Corn Maze and Haunted Trail (fall)

The Cave Sports Bar & Night Club

 

Family Owned Restaurants

Gartz Pizza

The Gator Cafe

Taco Town

 

Northeast of Eglin Air Force Base is Crestview along I-10 and Highway 90. Crestview is the county seat of Okaloosa County and is the closest area for general shopping, supplies and chain restaurants. It has a vibrant downtown perfect for taking a walk and doing some window shopping.

The town of Crestview  has become a major supporter of full-time RVers seeking legal Florida residency. Passport America the original 50% discount camping club and MyRVmail.com mail forwarding are located in Crestview. Okaloosa County and MyRVMail have worked together to bring the benefits of legal Florida residency to full-time RVers by providing a street address which is honored by the County for the purposes of obtaining a valid driver’s license, vehicle registration, access to health care networks*, and membership in Eglin Federal Credit Union. Once full-time RVers get their registration established they can apply for state and federal voting privileges at the Okaloosa County Courthouse in downtown Crestview. River’s Edge is honored to support full-time RVers who travel to Okaloosa County for this purpose. We hope that we can provide a “home base” for returning legal residents who must attend to health care and other business locally from time to time.

*Please see RVer Health Insurance for plans domiciled in Okaloosa County which have been screened as acceptable for the needs of full-time RVers with nationwide networks.

 

Crestview activities and attractions:

Twin Hills and Spanish Trail Parks

Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge Zoological Park

Carver-Hill Museum

Foxwood Country Club

Shoal River Sporting Clays and Shooting Center

Crestview Community Theater

Fred Astaire Dance Studio

Peaden Brothers Distillery

Yellow River Winery & Wine Bar

Marquis Cinema 10

Shoal River Lanes

 

An interesting online history of Niceville and the surrounding area can be found at Boggy Florida History. Fort Walton Beach has a rich history dating back to the Native Americans to learn about at the Indian Temple Mound Museum but it named for its role as Camp Walton Confederate Military Fort. Even today Fort Walton Beach and Eglin Air Force Base have close ties and sometimes seem to merge into each other. It is important to remember that the highways to Destin are toll roads which require a Florida SunPass. These electronic passes can be purchased locally at places like grocery stores. No toll booths are available to service travelers not having a SunPass. To avoid tolls travel through Fort Walton Beach, then east on Highway 98 to Destin. Destin is a destination for beaches,  shopping, and all sorts of fishing, water recreation and boat rentals. It began as a simple little fishing village. The Destin History and Fishing Museum tells this story of the early Native Americans, Spanish explorers and Captain Destin. Many deep sea charter operations and party boat operators are located in Destin.

 

Niceville Attractions:

Turkey Creek Nature Trail

Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida

Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park

Children’s Park and Youth Center

Bluewater Bay Resort

 

Fort Walton Beach Attractions:

Air Force Armament Museum

The Boardwalk Okaloosa Island

The Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier

Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park

Emerald Coast Science Center

Goofy Golf

Timpoochee Trail

City Parks

Fort Walton Beach Golf Club

 

Destin Attractions:

Public Beach Access

HarborWalk Village and Marina

Crab Island

Pelican Adventures

Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation

Henderson Beach State Park

Gator Beach at Fudpuckers

Big Kahunas

Fat Daddy’s Arcade

Destin Laser Tag

The Track Family Recreation Center

 

Santa Rosa County and Emerald Coast Beaches West

Milton, Navarre, Gulf Breeze

 

Milton/Pace are to the Northwest of Eglin Air Force Base along I-10 and Highway 90. Milton is the Santa Rosa County seat and one of the oldest cities in Florida. According to its history it use to referred to as “Scratch Ankle” due to the irritating brambles and briars which grew along the Blackwater River, a major transportation artery for the industry which founded this city. The Santa Rosa Historical Society is the place to go to get information on its historical sites such as the Imogene Theatre, Historic Bagdad Mill Site and the Milton Ghost Walk.

 

Milton/Pace Major Attractions:

West Florida Railroad Museum

Southern Raceway

Naval Air Station Whiting Field

Dream Players Theatre

Milton City Parks & Facilities

Santa Rosa County Parks

Blackwater Heritage State Trail

Arcadia Mill Archaeological Site

Tanglewood Golf and Country Club

 

Navarre Beach to is the closest beach access to River’s Edge, located on the west side of Eglin Air Force Base. Navarre Beach is part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore. Beginning at Navarre Beach is a glorious drive along unspoiled and undeveloped Opal Beach (Santa Rosa Day Use Area) until arriving at Pensacola Beach. Navarre has excellent public beach access with facilities, picnic areas and a fishing pier. Many deep sea fishing charters and sailing tours are available throughout Navarre, Gulf Breeze and Pensacola.

 

Attractions in Navarre:

The Club at Hidden Creek

Navarre Beach Kayaks

Navarre Family Watersports

Fly The Boat

Gulf Coast Discovery Center

Navarre Beach Marine Science Station

Lux Solis Aveda Salon & Spa

 

Attractions in Gulf Breeze:

Gulf Breeze Zoo

The Bridge Bar

Tiger Point Golf Club

Naval Live Oaks

 

Pensacola Beach and City of Pensacola in Escambia County:

 

Pensacola is home to many of the historical sites, nature and beaches in the Florida District of the Gulf Island National Seashore including Fort Pickens, Fort Barrancas, Perdido Key, and Johnson Beach. The Blue Angels and The National Naval Aviation Museum are a must see in this area!

 

Additional Major Attractions in Pensacola:

Naval Air Station Pensacola

The Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum

Historic Pensacola Village

Quayside Art Gallery

Pensacola Museum of Art

Pensacola Wall South, Veterans Memorial Park

USS Oriskany

Bayview Dog Park and Beach

Pensacola Mess Hall

Saenger Theatre Pensacola

Pensacola Little Theatre

Pensacola Opera

Destination Archaeology Resource Center

Tarkiln Bayou Preserve and State Park

Uncle Sandy’s Macaw Bird Park

Pensacola Blue Wahoos