Fort Walton Beach Attractions

Okaloosa Island along Florida’s Emerald Coast is full of great family friendly activities. Below are a few suggestions to get you started, but feel free to ask our friendly front desk staff at the Best Western Fort Walton Beachfront Hotel about other recreational or cultural things to do and see during your stay!

Be A Beach Bum!

Okaloosa Island is dotted with gorgeous sugar white sand beaches, with direct access to one pristine beach right from our hotel, and we even offer complimentary beach chairs and umbrellas during peak season. Just remember: beach combing is a fantastic way to explore the coastal area and observe the native wildlife, but it’s always best to be kind and leave those living creatures right where you found them.

Big Kahuna’s Water Park

With more than 40 different water play areas, rides, slides and pools, we highly recommend packing up the sunscreen and some snacks and heading to this aquatic paradise for the day! Make your way down the Lazy River, scream through the Maui Pipeline or plunge down the five-storey Jumanji - you get the picture. There’s something for every age and comfort level at the Big Kahuna’s Water Park, less than 15 minutes by car from our Okaloosa Island hotel.

Florida’s Gulfarium

Experience unforgettable up-close and personal encounters with some of Florida’s most beloved coastline marine creatures (dolphins, rays, and more!) and watch what’s going on under the water in real time with the Living Sea Live Cam at Gulfarium. The Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park is about a five minute drive from the Best Western Fort Walton Beachfront Hotel.

Wild Willy's Adventure Zone

Wild Willy’s Adventure Zone, located on Okaloosa Island features a state-of-the-art redemption arcade, a 4D Movie Theater, a Laser Maze, Salvati’s Pizza Factory, and YogoMogo’s Creamy Cool Creations. Wild Willy’s provides fun and entertainment rain or shine. But the fun doesn’t stop there. Step outside and challenge yourself on two Dinosaur themed Mini Golf Courses, a 60 foot Ropes Course, a Spinning Roller Coaster, a Reverse Bungee Trampoline, and remote control Battle Boats!

Emerald Coast Science Center

Less than 10 minutes from our hotel, the Emerald Coast Science Center inspires and educates with interactive science-based displays and exhibits. Stare up at the stars on Planetarium Nights or take part in Thinker Thursdays and Funday Sundays to have a blast with science!

Local Events

Be sure to check out our hotel blog to see what’s happening in Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island during your stay at Best Western Fort Walton Beachfront Hotel. Feel free to ask our friendly front desk staff for more local information anytime!