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Art galleries and artist colonies are plentiful in the Beaches of South Walton area. Neighboring Destin and Panama City Beach also offers an vast array of family attractions, sightseeing cruises and more!

Family Attractions

Florida's Gulfarium Florida Gulfarium Fort Walton Beach FL

1010 Miracle Strip Parkway SE
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
(850) 243-9046 or 1-800-247-8575
www.gulfarium.com
Get inspired... and "go wild" at Florida's Gulfarium on the emerald beaches of Okaloosa Island. Come visit harbor seals, otters, penguins, sharks, alligators and bottlenose dolphins. Don't miss the Dolphin Art at their award-winning gift shop!

Gulf World Marine Park   Gulf World Marine Park Panama City Beach FL
15412 Front Beach Road
Panama City Beach, FL 32413
(850) 234-5271
www.gulfworldmarinepark.com
Swim with dolphins and see fascinating shows featuring sea lions, dolphins, tropical birds and reptiles. Explore exhibits showcasing sharks, penguins, alligators and other wildlife. Open daily at 9am, rain or shine.

Southern Raceway  
9359 Nichole Lake Road
Milton, FL 32583
(850) 623-2333
www.southernraceway.com
Heart-racing fun every Saturday night on the finest dirt track in the South! Classes include Crate Late Model, UMP-sanctioned Modified, Vintage, Hobby, Street Stock, Hogg and Stinger. Special events include USCS and ASCS Sprints. Gates open at 4pm.

White Sands Bowling Center  
653 Beal Parkway
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
(850) 863-2193
www.wsbcbowl.com
They'll bowl you over with the biggest and best bowling around. 32 synthetic lanes, automatic scoring, snackbar, lounge, game room and pro shop. Laser bowling on Friday and Saturday nights until 2am. Karaoke every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night.

Big Kahuna's Water and Adventure Park
1007 Highway 98 E
Destin, FL 32541
(850) 837-4061
www.bigkahunas.com
With more than 40 water attractions, Big Kahuna's Water Park adds a splashy, kid-friendly option away from the beach. Their sun decks offer the big kids a day in the sun without sand.

Emerald Coast Science Center
139 Brooks Street
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
www.ecscience.org/generalinfo.htm
The Emerald Coast Science Center is located in a beautiful waterfront park directly on the sound in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.  The Emerald Coast Science Center encourages everyone to experiment, touch, discover and explore.

Rave Motion Pictures Destin Common 14
4000 Legendary Drive
Destin, FL 32541
Movie Listing: 850-650-4579
www.ravemotionpictures.com
No cinephile can resist Destin Common's 14-screen movie theater. It offers true stadium seating, state-of-the-art sound, and a staggering 48 inches of leg room in every theater.

Sightseeing & Dinner Cruises

Capt. Anderson's Marina  Captain Anderson Marina Panama City Beach FL
5550 North Lagoon Drive
Panama City Beach, FL 32408
(Located on Grand Lagoon at Thomas Drive)
(850) 234-5940 or 1-800-360-0510
www.captandersonsmarina.com
Enjoy an evening dinner cruise on the elegant Lady Anderson dining yacht, trips to Shell Island, dolphin encounters, deep-sea and charter fishing boats, gift shop, Anderson Seafood Market or Mel's Dockside Restaurant.

Dolphin Cruises/Southern Star
Harbor Walk Marina
Highway 98 East (Harbor Blvd.)
Destin, FL 32541
(850) 837-7741 or (888) 424-7217
www.dolphin-sstar.com
CNN's "Earthwatch" and National Geographic Explorer loved the cruise, and so will you! C'mon aboard Destin's original 80-ft. glass-bottom boat, Southern Star, for a relaxing adventure. Dolphin experience and bird feeding with climate-controlled cabin, snack bar and restrooms.

Sail Away  
1020 Highway 98 E
Destin, FL 32541
(850) 376-4757
www.sailawaydestin.com
Discover the Emerald Coast on your own private boat, a 30-ft. custom catamaran! Sailing, snorkeling, fishing and sunset cruises or Crab Island parties from 2 to 8 hours. Up to 6 guests, all equipment included.

Sea Dragon Pirate Cruise  Sea Dragon Pirate Cruise Panama City Beach FL
5326 North Lagoon Drive
Panama City Beach, FL 32408
(850) 234-7400 or (866) 964-6461
www.piratecruise.net
AAARRH, matey! It's a pirate's cruise kids love! A thrilling and scenic 2-hour family adventure, including dolphin sightings, great music and non-stop pirate fun. Voted BEST sightseeing adventure on Panama City Beach.

SunQuest Cruises Solaris  SunQuest Cruises Dinner Cruise Destin FL
Baytowne Marina
9300 Emerald Coast Parkway West
Destin, FL 32550
(850) 650-2519
www.sunquestcruises.com
Dine, dance and enjoy the cruise aboard the area's premiere dining and entertainment yacht. The perfect choice for intimate gatherings, celebrations, weddings and corporate events. Live entertainment and breathtaking sunsets! Baytowne Marina, Sandestin Golf and Beach.

Arts & Entertainment

City of Fort Walton Beach Heritage Park & Cultural Center  
Featuring the Indian Temple Mound Museum
139 Miracle Strip Parkway SE
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
(850) 833-9595
www.fwb.org/content.php?page=54
Take your family on a vacation through time! Explore 14,000 years of Florida's past. The home of the famous Fort Walton Temple Mound and the finest collection of Native American pottery in the Southeast.

Air Force Armament Museum
100 Museum Drive
Eglin AFB, FL 32542
(850) 882-4062
www.eglin.af.mil/library/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=6339
The Air Force Armament Museum (AFAM) is the only museum in the world dedicated to the collection, preservation and exhibition of artifacts and memorabilia associated with Air Force Armament and its platforms of delivery.

Emerald Coast Community Children's Theatre
315 Holly Street
Destin, FL 32541
(850) 654-1282
www.oztheater.com
For fledgling thespians and theater buffs, this community-based company provides a year-round calendar of live musical productions and non-musical repertory productions. Don't let the "community" part fool you; this is a state of the art facility complete with stadium seating and a professional theatre light and sound system.

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