Little girl with pink inner tube walking on a sandy beach
Places to Park the Stroller and Play in South Walton

Family-friendly South Walton has endless things to eat, see, and do for your whole crew, but as all parents know, sometimes you just need to park the stroller and let the kids run off some energy. The beach might be the most obvious stop for letting kids be kids, but there’s no shortage of open spaces and interesting places when the little ones need a change of scenery.

Seascape

Seascape beach access point

Once you’re done playing tennis or golf, stroller-friendly activities abound in Seascape. This beach neighborhood is packed with swimming pools, but in between dips in the pool, there’s plenty to see on foot. Explore via the walking trail and stumble upon unique clothing, jewelry, flowers and gifts at the shops at Seascape Village. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, enjoy fresh seafood and live music at an easygoing restaurant.

Sandestin

Baytowne Carousel

There’s plenty for every member of the family here: shopping from records to beachwear, dining from nachos to steak and seafood, and nightlife when the kids go to bed. But when you just need a place to park your stroller and let the kids run wild, Baytowne Wharf is ideal: Baytowne Adventure Zone offers everything from tugboats to zip-lining, Blast Arcade & Laser Maze is hours of fun, and small kids will fall in love with the Baytowne Carousel.

Gulf Place

Artists at Gulf Place

Come for the Artists at Gulf Place, stay for the adjacent wide-open space for kids to run around while you peruse the art. With eight galleries squeezed in together, you can find gems from pottery to painted vintage windows, and you won’t have to worry about the kids saying, “we’re bored!”

Seaside

Blonde little boy with ice cream cone

Grab a cone at Heavenly Shortcakes & Ice Cream or Dawson’s Yogurt and Fudge Works and let the kids burn off the sugar at Central Square across the street. Once they’ve hit the wall, it’s time for Mom and Dad to stop by nearby Sundog Books, or the Anne Hunter, Cara Roy, or Red Bird Galleries.

So let the kids be kids, but don’t sacrifice adult time – you can have both in South Walton!

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