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Adventure lies around every corner in South Walton. While you could easily spend the entire day soaking up the Florida sunshine, shopping, dining or relaxing along our 26 miles of sugar-white sand and turquoise water, and we wouldn’t blame you, why not get out and explore?

There are endless ways to quench your thirst for adventure in South Walton. With access to the Gulf of Mexico and the Choctawhatchee Bay, dropping a line and reeling in the big one is a true Florida adventure. With four state parks and Point Washington State Forest, hit the trails and traverse your way through the scrub oaks and pines all while catching a glimpse of the local birds and wildlife.

If a truly unique South Walton experience is what you’re looking for, be sure to check out the rare coastal dune lakes that dot the coast. These incredibly diverse bodies of water are a combination of freshwater and saltwater, and are home to their own special ecosystems. With 15 dune lakes to explore, you’d have to travel to New Zealand, Australia, Madagascar or the Pacific Northwest to find them outside of South Walton.

Everything about South Walton inspires you to be outdoors. The sights, sounds and smells challenge you to take full advantage of your senses.

Yolo Board Adventures Sandestin

YOLO Board Adventures at Baytowne Marina offers guests the opportunity to experience what many consider the world's fastest growing watersport, stand up paddleboarding. Stand up paddleboarding is an easy-to-learn, adaptable activity perfect for families and perfect for exploring Choctawhatchee Bay and nearby Jolee Island Nature Park. The low impact activity... Read More

Backwater Tours

See Walton County's natural side beyond the beach. Enjoy a one-of-a-kind eco tour or stand-up paddle adventure while exploring the historic Choctawhatchee Bay and River Basin.... Read More

Yolo Board + Bike

Head to YOLO Board + Bike in Gulf Place to discover the true meaning behind “you only live once.” This local shop is staffed by passionate ecosplorers who are eager to share tips for exploring South Walton by foot, bike or water. At YOLO Board + Bike, you’ll find water... Read More

Babies-n-Town

Babies-n-Town offers a wide variety of rentals including bicycles, wagons, strollers, beach gear, cribs and more delivered right to your rental property.... Read More

Yolo Board + Beach

This Perfect in South Walton award-winning sports and outdoors shop has everything you need to start stand-up paddleboarding or kayaking on South Walton’s waters — including equipment as well as lessons. YOLO Board + Beach also offers beach gear and accessories, specialty YOLO-brand coffee and cruiser bikes. Stop by this... Read More

Nokuse Plantation Trail - Florida Trail

As a section of the statewide Florida Trail, the Nokuse Plantation Trail is challenging for those seeking an entry point. The GPS coordinates of 30.561841, -86.106505 indicate the crossing point on US Hwy 331 but no official parking is available. Trail Distance: 19 Miles Moderate/Difficult - Hard Ground with Some... Read More

Beach Tram Path at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Identified as the most pristine piece of coastal property in Florida, Topsail Hill Preserve State Park features 1,600 acres of stunning bald cypress swamps, nature trails over mountainous sand dunes and two freshwater coastal dune lakes. Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is known for its 25-foot-high sand dunes and 14... Read More

Rent Gear Here

RentGearHere.com was created to help your family have the best vacation ever, before you even leave home! Forget packing the car to the roof and squeezing the kids in. Forget limited visibility out of your rear view mirror or hoping the items strapped to the roof don’t fly off. Forget... Read More

Eden Gardens State Park

Local history and nature beautifully intertwine at Eden Gardens State Park, which features the historic Wesley house and ancient oak trees. Stop by for a guided tour of the home or walk through the gardens to learn about South Walton plant and wildlife species. Pack a picnic to enjoy under... Read More