There are so many places and things to see and do when on vacation in our area. Here we made a list of 10 of our favorite things to see and do for both adults and children while enjoying your vacation.
The list is in no particular order.
1. Relax On The Beach
This should be a no-brainer, but too many people come to the beach and aren’t able to unwind. Don’t let crowded beaches and chaotic neighborhoods get you down. Our beach is uncrowded, beautiful and, best of all, highly conducive to relaxation! Vitamin Sea is the best cure for stress and we have the best dose available.
2. Biking Along 30A
The Timpoochee Trail along 30A is 18.6 miles of fun exploration. It stretches from Dune Allen to Inlet Beach and is a safe, wide and relatively flat trail perfect for riders of all ages. You’ll pass through all the quaint beach towns and several Dune Lakes along Scenic Highway 30A. Make it a day trip and take your time exploring the beauty of the area.
3. Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP)
Our world renown beaches and diverse waterways of Florida’s Gulf Coast are the perfect environments for the popular sport know as Stand Up Paddle Boarding(SUP). Rent one on your own or take lessons or even a tour with an expert. Great fun (and exercise!) for the entire family.
4. Check Out (And Create!) Local Art
The heart of 30A may be its gorgeous beaches, but its soul is the artist community which thrives in the area. You can explore artists’ shops, especially in Santa Rosa Beach, and even take some art classes (perfect for the young and old). Why not bring home a beach souvenir you actually made!
5. Listen to Some Great Live Music
There are many great venues to catch live music and entertainment along 30A. The Hub is one such spot, offering outdoor movies, good food, and sports broadcasts in addution to a wide variety of musical guests. And it’s kid friendly!
The food choices along 30A are as diverse as our visitors. Ride your bike to Blue Mountain Creamery, Great Southern Cafe, Craft Bar, Another Broken Egg to name just a few. Also nearby you will find many seafood and ethnic choices. Don’t forget to try some local wines and beer!
Your shopping choices are endless along the Emerald Coast. Looking for local items? Each of our beach communities has its own enclave of eclectic shops where you can find anything from handmade jewelry to unique souvenirs. Looking for name brand bargains? Silver Sands Outlet Mall is a short drive away. Of course, the well-known chains such a Tommy Bahama, Williams-Sonoma, Lush and many more are close by.
8. Discover Grayton Beach State Park
A true hidden gem along the Emerald Coast, Grayton Beach State Park is nearly 2000 acres of unspoiled nature. Visitors can fish, canoe, paddleboard, hike and bike throughout the park. Get an up close look at a salt marsh system or take the nature trail through a coastal forest.
9. Go Fish(ing)
Young and old alike love fishing! Along 30A, you will find a wide variety of fishing opportunities, including ocean charters, surf fishing, bay/lake (great for the younger ones) fishing and so much more. Get a guide or find the perfect spot on your own and enjoy your own “bay to table” meal.
The Emerald Coast and 30A are chock full of hidden treasures waiting to be explored. You could return every year and not have the same vacation twice. Many places, like Eden Gardens State Park and E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center, remain undiscovered even by locals. Your vacation can be filled with as many new discoveries as you are willing to find.