Kids & Family

Experience Natural Florida at Eden Gardens State Park

Visiting Eden Gardens State Park is tuning out the rest of the world and tuning in the “Real Florida”.

Trade in your worries and turn on to the splendor of SoWal's great outdoors, with some Florida history to boot. Just a bit north of the beach, Eden Gardens State Park is nestled in the woods of Point Washington, along the shores of Tucker Bayou and the Choctawhatchee Bay. It's the ideal spot to relax and have family fun.

Celebrate in Seaside for 4th of July with Parade, Pops & Fireworks!

The 4th of July in Seaside, Florida is an all-American celebration of music, food, white beaches, flags, fireworks, and a parade through the middle of town. It just doesn't get any better. Join your friends for the annual 4th of July Parade at 8AM along Scenic Highway 30A, concluding in Seaside with even more fun!

The parade begins in Seagrove Beach and travels down 30A ending in Seaside! Then make sure to reserve your spot on the Seaside Amphitheater lawn for a festive, patriotic performance followed by the always popular fireworks finale—an annual 4th of July Seaside tradition!

Staying Safe at the Beach in South Walton

At SoWal.com, we are committed to helping locals and visitors stay safe while enjoying our beautiful beaches. The beach is such a wonderful place to relax. At the beach, life is beautiful and we slip into a state of mind where we feel comfortable, carefree, and secure. That's what a vacation is all about!

However, the gulf waters can be dangerous and it's important to always put safety first. For detailed information about Beach Safety go here >

State Parks & Forests in South Walton, Florida

The State Parks and State Forest Lands in South Walton are spectacular. Protected lands make up about 40% of the land south of the bay.

We are so blessed to have such treasure all around us. The lakes, bayous, creeks, forests, dunes and beaches in our parks make SoWal a very special place. Incredible landscapes with coastal dune lakes, lake outfalls kissing the Gulf, flowering dune magnolias, soaring pelicans, dancing dolphins, flower-covered dunes - the wonders of coastal nature are everywhere you turn.

Walton County Provides Free Admission to Two State Parks

From now until Labor Day everyone can enjoy free day-use admission to Grayton Beach State Park and Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. The Walton County Tourist Development Council has covered the cost of entry to increase available parking for beach-goers during the peak summer season, as well as raise awareness of the variety of eco-tourism activities in SoWal.

Easy On 30A Benefit Concert at WaterColor July 3

The 7th Annual Easy on 30A Benefit Concert will take place Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. at WaterColor's Marina Park, just off scenic highway 30A in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. The Event will include a music concert, silent auction, event raffles and craft market.  Admission to the event will be free and open to the public.

Inside the Studio with Justin Gaffrey Chapter Two

Justin Gaffrey is a sensitive, insightful, creative and successful SoWal artist. He also kills yellow flies with a blowtorch.

He burns them to crisps, their burnt bits blending with colorful layers of dried acrylics texturizing the floor. He sent one to oblivion right in front of me after the little bastard made the final mistake of biting me. Sweet revenge in the studio!

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