Fort Walton Beach

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Fort Walton Beach is a small city in Emerald Coast region of Florida, forty miles east of Pensacola.

Get In[edit]

By air[edit]

  • Northwest Florida Regional Airport (IATA: VPS) [1] serves Fort Walton Beach and nearby Valparaiso. American Eagle, Delta Airlines, Delta Connection, United Express serve the airport.

By car[edit]

US 98 connects Fort Walton Beach with Pensacola and Panama City. It also connects with nearby Destin. Florida 85 connects the area with I-10.

Get around[edit]

Fort Walton Beach has two main arterials. The Miracle Strip Parkway (US 98) travels along the seacoast and through Eglin Air Force Base, and the Eglin Parkway (Florida SR 85) links the city with Okaloosa Regional Airport.


  • The Gulfarium1010 Miracle Strip Parkway +1 850-243-9046, toll-free: +1-800-247-8575. Admissions are open from 9AM until 4PM. Park closes at 6PM.
  • Indian Temple Mound and Museum139 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE. Aug-May M-F 10AM-4:30PM; Jun-Jul M-Sa 10AM-4:30PM, Su noon-4:30PM.
  • Air Armament Museum100 Museum Drive +1 850 882-4062. Eglin Air Force Base. M-Sa 9:30AM-4:30PM.


  • Visit the beach.
  • Billy Bowlegs Festival, pirate themed street party early each June.


  • Antique stores and shops along Highway 98 / Miracle Strip Parkway across from the Indian Temple Mound.


Ft. Walton Beach has many restaurants, including:

  • Anglers by the base of the pier on Okaloosa Island
  • The Breakfast Club
  • Fish Lipz203 Brooks St (off Highway 98 by the bridge to Okaloosa Island),  +1 850 226-7123. Waterfront views, good food and drink. Often have small live bands in the evenings.
  • Fudpuckers
  • Manhattan Pizza
  • Taj Mahal217 Miracle Strip Parkway +1 850 243-1648. Southwest. Indian food. The tasty food and entertaining belly-dancer compensate for rather indifferent and amateurish wait staff.


  • Fish Lipz, listed at "Eat" above


Go next[edit]

  • Destin is just to the east on the other side of Okaloosa Island.
  • Pensacola is about half an hour to the west.
Routes through Fort Walton Beach
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