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Endless Seasons of Fun

When you return to South Walton, it always feels like you’re right back where you left off.

This continuity is in large part based on how the days, weeks and months just sort of blend into one another here. While summer vacations do tend to get things going in full stride, the excitement doesn’t end after Labor Day. On and beyond the beach, there are so many reasons to return throughout the year – from festive events to undiscovered adventures.

30A Wine Festival at Alys Beach

If you’re feeling the call of the wild, Topsail Hill Preserve State Park offers untouched natural beauty that ranges from bald cypress swamps to gigantic sand dunes. Even if you aren’t an avid bird watcher, you’ll appreciate many of the species you spot while strolling along the Campbell Lake Nature Trail.

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Want to experience the thrill of bringing in a big fish? Book one of the many local charter boats for a day or two. Operating out of Grayton Beach, 30Angler Fishing Charters makes is easy to get to nearby reefs that are home to diverse marine life. No matter how many fish you catch, a day out on the turquoise Gulf water creates a memorable time for the whole family.

Sometimes the best way to vacation is to just act like a local. Peruse some of the area’s boutiques and specialty shops like Willow + Mercer, Ophelia and Gigi’s Fabulous Kids’ Fashions & Toys. At the quaint Modica Market, you can pick up a few items for an afternoon picnic or simply enjoy a bit of conversation with some friends and neighbors.

Modica Market

And don’t miss those simple-yet-spectacular details that can make a big difference in your experience. For example, did you know that sunsets here are actually even more spectacular in the fall? Catch the last rays of the day from a blanket on the beach. Or enjoy an outdoor drink on one of the area’s many rooftop decks like the famous one at Bud & Alley’s.

Sunset at Bud & Alley's in South Walton

South Walton is an easy drive from anywhere in the Southeast and is conveniently located between Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP) and Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS). With such direct access, there’s no reason to talk yourself out of a little exploration whenever you need it, even if it’s just a long weekend.

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