Kids riding bicycles in Alys Beach
Live Like a Local: 8 Family-Friendly Activities in South Walton, Florida

Locals love the beach, too, but what do they do when the kids get restless and need a change of scenery? Where do we start! South Walton is jam-packed with family friendly activities that’ll keep the whole gang occupied, no matter what they’re interested in.

A Family Standby, Upgraded:

Catch a movie at Carmike Boulevard 10 Cinema at Grand Boulevard! With 10 screens showing the latest hits, you’ll find something for everyone in the family. But if you want to really go all out, take in a film in the “Big D” theater, with a wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling screen and plush leather seats, or in the Ovation Club, an intimate viewing experience with made-to-order food and adult beverages.

Carmike Boulevard 10 Cinema at Grand Boulevard

Burn Off Some Energy:

Do you have a crew that requires a little more activity to keep them occupied? That’s a piece of cake in South Walton!

Rent bikes and roam wherever you please – 30A Bike Rentals in Seagrove will even deliver the bikes to you! Capture the beauty of our 16 beach neighborhoods with the wind in your hair.

Or head out into nature at Point Washington State Forest, where you can hike or ride your bike on 3.5, 5 or 10-mile trail loops. Have a blast exploring sandhills, basin swamps, titi drains, wet flatwoods, wet prairie and cypress swamps!

More into water activities? Learn to hang ten with family-friendly surf lessons at Ride On Surf School, where certified instructors will work with surfers of any skill level to get them saying “cowabunga” in no time. 

Rather have a paddle? Born in Santa Rosa Beach and headquartered in Miramar Beach, YOLO Board + Beach is bringing stand-up paddleboarding to the masses. They’ll provide lessons if you need them, and they’ll even deliver your board if you rent for 6 days or longer.

Action shot of father and sons stand-up paddleboarding in the Gulf

Explore the Sights:

There’s a ton to see and do with kids in tow, from quick stops for great food to beautiful state forests.

If you’re looking for a great spot for a kid-friendly meal, check out Airstream Row in Seaside. Parked right in front of the town square, you’ll find everything from grilled cheese to smoothies here.

Frost Bites ice cream stand at Airstream Row

Right next door to Airstream Row, you’ll find Seaside Amphitheater, a perfect spot to relax and take in a performance alfresco. The kids will love the regular Children’s Theater performances, and you’ll love that they can run around and have a blast.

We’re only skimming the surface, because South Walton is filled with activities to keep your whole family playing, eating, learning and having fun. What’s your favorite activity to keep the whole family smiling?