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Your Family Guide to Spring Vacation in South Walton

With beautiful scenery, welcoming weather and plenty of family-friendly activities, South Walton is a favorite spring vacation spot for families. Whether you’re visiting our beach neighborhoods for the first time or are a regular South Walton guest, we’ve got plenty in store for you and your family to experience this spring. Taste, see and explore South Walton with our 2017 spring vacation guide!


Fill up on all of your childhood favorites in South Walton. Stop by any beach neighborhood to find all-American favorites like pizza, grilled cheese, donuts and ice cream. With school out and summer on the horizon, you deserve a treat!

Family favorites: The Donut HoleBud & Alley’s Pizza BarStinky’s Fish CampBlue Mountain Beach Creamery

New to South Walton: The Hub 30AThe Perfect Pig Gulf Place

Blonde boy eating an ice cream cone

Escape for a parents’ date night at one of South Walton’s intimate eateries. Many boast beautiful beach views, live music and first-class service. Award-winning wine lists and fresh Gulf seafood are abundant.

Family favorites: CalizaVin’tijLa Crema

New to South Walton: Cuvee 30ANEAT Bottle Shop & Tasting RoomSurfing DeerTrebeache

Lobster dish at Trebeache

Enjoy a fresh, quick lunch or pack a picnic for the beach. Stock up on sandwiches, salads and other essentials at one of many locally owned cafés and markets.

Family favorites: Chanticleer EateryCowgirl KitchenModica Market

New to South Walton: DIG (Dig in Gulf)Seagrove Village MarketCafé (remodeled and reopened)

Colorful shelves at Modica Market


South Walton’s sugar-white sand stretches for 26 miles. Soak up beautiful sunrises and sunsets on the beach with your family and spend the day basking under an umbrella or splashing in the waves.

Kid jumping off of float into the Gulf

Our thriving art scene includes whimsical, colorful paintings perfect for kids’ rooms as well as fine art for collectors and connoisseurs. Spend a day exploring South Walton’s galleries and end the evening with live music or a theater performance.

Family favorites: The REP TheatreArtists of Gulf PlaceGrayton Artist Collective

New to South Walton: Emerald Coast Theatre Company venue, The Foster Gallery

Colorful gallery shops in Gulf Place


Spring is the perfect time to get out and explore South Walton. Make a goal to visit all four of our state parks and our state forest while you’re here, and experience the diversity that makes up the South Walton landscape. From the rugged trails of Point Washington State Forest to the sweeping dunes of Grayton Beach State Park, South Walton’s natural escapes offer a variety of environments for you to enjoy.

Twisting branch against beautiful sky at Grayton Beach State Park

When you take a break from the Gulf waves, enjoy the smooth, calming waters of our rare coastal dune lakes. Fit for kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddleboarding and fishing, these lakes are the perfect platform for spending quality time together as a family.

Kayaking on Western Lake

South Walton is also full of family-friendly events, camps and activities in the spring. Sign your little ones up for a few days or a full week at Camp WaterColor or the Seaside Camp. Take the whole crew out on an airboat adventure together or reach new heights zip lining and rock climbing at The Village of Baytowne Wharf.

Ziplining at sunset in The Village of Baytowne Wharf

Want to get your spring vacation off to the best start? Check out our mom’sdad’s and teen’s guides to South Walton for more family-friendly travel tips.

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