Fort Walton Beach is situated where the Santa Rosa Sound and Choctawhatchee Bay meet. The city was established in 1953, but originally started as an army camp in the Seminole Wars during the early 19th century. This metropolitan suburb has grown considerably over the last few decades and continues to expand as more people flock to the area to take advantage of the proximity to white sand beaches and local shops, restaurants, and many fun things to do.
Fort Walton covers about 8.5 square miles and boasts a population of roughly 22,000 people. It is located Southeast of Eglin Air Force Base which is the largest air base in the country covering over 640 square miles and is home to the 96th Test Wing.
Fort Walton Beach Attractions
Fort Walton has a rich history dating back hundreds of years that includes Native Americans, European explorers, and even pirates! To commemorate it’s rich history, Fort Walton has many attractions such as the Fort Walton Temple Mound and the Heritage Park and Cultural Center. To showcase it’s more recent history, locals and tourists alike can visit the Emerald Coast Science Center and the Air Force Armament Museum.
Due to it’s close proximity to the white sandy beaches of Okaloosa Island and Destin, Fort Walton is also a great place to stay if you want a more home town feel with a lot of history! The downtown area features great local restaurants and shopping as well as parks along the water for beautiful sunsets.
For a more comprehensive list of things to do while in Fort Walton, please visit: https://www.visitflorida.com/en-us/cities/fort-walton-beach.html
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