South Walton Activities: 4 Ways to Experience the Outdoors

South Walton County houses several beach communities located on scenic Highway 30A in Florida. These towns showcase everything Florida — from quirky buildings to serene outdoor escapes where visitors get up-close with native wildlife. In addition, the area’s varied ecosystems welcome everyone to go outside and enjoy fresh air. Sound good? Read about these four South Walton activities.

4 South Walton Activities for All Nature Lovers

Explore Local 30A Communities

History buffs have a great time exploring the architecture of the local 30A communities. These beach towns feature a diverse collection of architectural styles from the Caribbean to Cape Cod. One of the most popular areas for architecture, Alys Beach features homes and buildings in bright white and murals that represent the region’s heritage. Watersound features New England-inspired architecture that complement its natural surroundings.

Escape to Topsail Hill

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach features 3.2 miles of secluded beaches. Enjoy hiking, biking and walking through this natural attraction, which also houses three coastal dune lakes. Boats are prohibited, however visitors can fish from the shoreline and may catch bass and catfish. For added relaxation, bring a towel, umbrella and book.

Picnic at Deer Lake

Located in Santa Rosa, Deer Lake State Park provides great views of its dune ecosystem and Deer Lake, a rare coastal dune lake. Boardwalks across the dunes provide access to the beach for fishing, swimming and picnicking. While enjoying lunch with loved ones, look for blooming wildflowers and butterflies that call the park home.

Cast a Line

South Walton and 30A beaches provide opportunities for saltwater and freshwater fishing within the Gulf of Mexico, over 15 fresh and saltwater lakes, and the Choctawhatchee Bay. In fact, fishing ranks as a must-do for all ages and skill levels. Those fishing along the shore catch pompano, trout, red fish and bluefish. Learn more about fishing South Walton and plan on some big catches.

Want more adventure? Find the top South Walton bike trails.

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