FORT WALTON BEACH

Coastal living along the Gulf of Mexico, Choctawhatchee Bay, and Santa Rosa Sound.

Welcome to Fort Walton Beach

Lively, bustling cultural center with historic charm
 
With beautiful white sand beaches, serene landscapes, and crystal clear waters, Fort Walton Beach offers historic charm and cultural appeal. This small town offers a suburban feel, with room to spread out and enjoy life on the beach. Locals flock to the area's excellent restaurants and legendary events, creating a close-knit community with laid-back vibes. Small-town charm abounds in Fort Walton Beach, but locals also have access to modern conveniences as well as pristine local beaches. 

What to Love

  • Historic charm and peaceful scenery
  • Cultural center with exciting museums and attractions
  • Close-knit community with a suburban feel

Local Lifestyle

Residents love living in Fort Walton Beach, where a suburban feel and laid-back beach vibes create a wonderful place to call home. Quiet, peaceful scenery and a close-knit community make residents feel right at home, while plentiful restaurants and bars ensure there's always something fun to do. There's plenty of small-town charm, making getting to know your neighbors easy.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Fort Walton Beach offers an incredible selection of restaurants highlighting fresh, local seafood along with great shopping and entertainment. Restaurants and local businesses make the most of their premier locations on the water, so you'll always have access to stunning seaside views. 
Head to The Gulf for fresh seafood, live music, and a restaurant design that seamlessly blends with the beautiful sand and surf. The restaurant’s casual elegance and seasonal menus ensure you always get lovely food and a relaxed vibe perfect for socializing with friends and family. For an authentic Floridian take on just-caught seafood, the Old Bay Steamer offers classic steamed seafood dishes as well as locally famous smoked ribs. The restaurant features local art and easy-going vibes in a great location. Angler's offers a great brunch spread, and their bottomless mimosas are a favorite among locals, who come to enjoy a great meal on the water and fishing off the restaurant's dock. 
For a fun time at the beach, The Boardwalk offers beachfront shopping, great restaurants, and fun entertainment on the waters of the Emerald Coast. Pull up a lounge chair on the beach and watch the fireworks on summer evenings, or enjoy outdoor movie nights throughout the year. Local shops add to the fun at this great location for shopping, dining, and enjoying life on the water.

Things to Do

This area offers a variety of cultural institutions, exciting events, and fun things to do throughout the year. The Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival is always a popular event, beginning with a downtown pub crawl and outdoor concert followed by an invasion of well-meaning pirates who distribute prizes, beads, and coins during a full weekend of entertainment and activities for all ages. The festival culminates in a block party and torchlight parade, creating a fun atmosphere that draws in locals and visitors alike. 

For year-round entertainment, visit the Gulfarium, where conservation efforts allow locals to experience real encounters with amazing sea creatures while learning about ways to preserve the delicate Emerald Coast ecosystem. This exciting adventure is great for all ages and interests. Take a step back in time when you visit the Indian Temple Mound Museum, which depicts 12,000 years of local history on this incredible archaeological site. Over 1,000 artifacts are on display, and interpretive exhibits help locals understand the unique and fascinating history of the Emerald Coast. Fort Walton Beach also offers a truly unique experience at the Air Force Armament Museum. Inside, you'll find four aircraft and interactive exhibits that explore the history and progress of Air Force Armaments.
 
 
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Demographics and Employment Data for FORT WALTON BEACH, FL

FORT WALTON BEACH has 8,775 households, with an average household size of 2.33. Data provided by Statistics Canada. Here’s what the people living in FORT WALTON BEACH do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by Statistics Canada. 20,805 people call FORT WALTON BEACH home. The population density is 2,722.27 and the largest age group is Data provided by Statistics Canada.

20,805

Total Population

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Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

39.5

Median Age

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8,775

Total Households

2.33

Average Household Size

$32,350

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Around FORT WALTON BEACH, FL

There's plenty to do around FORT WALTON BEACH, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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39
Somewhat Bikeable
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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including El Torreonense, LesGo Personal Chef Servies, and Kevin Mathis Martial Arts.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 1.13 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $$$ 1.97 miles 14 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.49 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.4 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.69 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.62 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars

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