Located on the Gulf Coast, Fort Walton Beach is a small city in northwest Florida. This however, should not distract you from the many charms this coastal town has to offer. With white sand beaches and turquoise blue waters, you can explore the great outdoors at Fort Walton Beach throughout the whole year.
One of the best ways to navigate Fort Walton Beach is with a car rental. It’s easy and convenient to pick up your rental car at the Fort Walton Beach Airport. Under less than 20 miles you will be in the city center.
As soon as you’re in the city, head over to the Uptown Shopping District for shopping and restaurants, or the Downtown Arts & Entertainment District for antique shops and museums. Take a dip in John C. Beasley Park or spend the day cruising, snorkeling, surfing, or boat fishing. Avid golfers can also golf at two public golf courses or a championship course.
If you love animals, visit Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, the oldest marine park in Florida. At the Gulfarium, interact with dolphins, stingrays, turtles, lizards, snakes and penguins. To learn more about the history of Fort Walton Beach from the prehistoric times to the 1950s, visit the Heritage Park and Cultural Center. The cultural center has five museums including the Indian Temple Mound Museum, Camp Walton Schoolhouse Museum, Garnier Post Office Museum, Fort Walton Temple Mound, and the Civil War Exhibit.
The Indian Temple Mound Museum displays 12,000 years of Native American occupations, and it includes stone tools, bones, and clay artifacts. The Camp Walton Schoolhouse Museum covers the schooling system of the county from 1911 to the 1930s. Finally, the Civil War Exhibit shares the Pensacola’s strategic importance in the Civil War.
With a car rental, you can also visit nearby beach towns along the coast. Drive over to Grayton Beach State Park, which is ideal for exploring nature trails, fishing, and swimming. Alternatively, hit up Seaside, a small beach town with notable cottages, restaurants, shops, and bars.
Experience the best that the Emerald Coast has to offer with the flexibility of a rental car with us at Orbitz. See why Fort Walton Beach is the ultimate beach getaway. With our low rates and wide selection of car classes including compact cars and SUVs, you can make your stay as unique as you’d like. Enjoy the cool freeze on picturesque white sand beaches, make a splash in the pool, go hiking on natural trails, or enjoy a round of golf with one of the best views in the country.