Beyond the Beach: Explore More in South Walton
When on 30-A, you’re adjacent to some of the most widely-recognized pristine coastline worldwide. But it’s worth remembering: South Walton has a great deal to offer besides just a day spent with your toes in that powdery sand. Here are a few ideas for having fun beyond the beach.
Did you realize we have four forest trail systems consisting of more than 200 total miles? These beauties are mostly flat and sandy so you can easily wind your way through the trees, catch views of brilliant blue skies, and maybe even see some local wildlife.
The bike path (also known as Timpoochee Trail) runs along Scenic Highway 30-A and is paved; making it perfectly suited for exploring neighboring beach communities. Don’t worry if you didn’t bring your wheels – a number of local businesses provide bike rentals. Eden State Gardens is tucked away just north of Highway 98 in historic Point Washington. Their beautiful grounds and gardens are open daily. Stop by for a tour of the Wesley Mansion or pack a picnic to enjoy on the lush lawn.
Browse locally-owned and operated shops, art galleries, and boutiques for unique finds or visit weekly farmers’ markets in Seaside and Rosemary Beach for fresh, seasonal produce. Need some serious retail therapy? Check out the 30Avenue at Inlet Beach or Silver Sands outdoor outlet mall in Miramar. All along 30-A are a wide variety of fitness opportunities with drop-in classes or monthly passes. Whether you are looking for yoga, cross-fit, pilates, or HIIT, it is easy to find a facility for getting your heart pumping.
Even if you don’t spend your whole day at the beach, it is always nice to catch a sunset over the Gulf. Some prime spots to grab a cocktail and take in the colorful sky include: Pescado in Rosemary Beach, Bud & Alley’s in Seaside, FOOW in Watercolor, Shunk Gulley at Gulf Place, and The Vue on 30a in Dune Allen.