Okaloosa County is located in Northwest Florida bordering the Gulf of Mexico on the south, Alabama on the north, and Walton and Santa Rosa Counties.
Okaloosa County was established in 1915 from portions of Santa Rosa and Walton Counties. Okaloosa is possibly derived from Choctaw meaning "water" and Lusa meaning "black" referring to the Blackwater River in Okaloosa County.
Eglin AFB is a U.S. Air Force base located in the Florida panhandle in Oskaloosa County. A large base, it is home to many military tenant commands and hosted by the 96th Air Base Wing who test and evaluate Air Force weapons and other supporting systems.
Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park, formerly a WWII gunnery and bombing practice range, is now a stunning park full of longleaf pines. This park offers many different experiences including camping, beautiful fishing spots, geo-seeking, hiking, and biking paths. It's a perfect spot for a picnic underneath their picnic pavilion. This park is popular day spot with a playground, kayak and canoe launch, and it's pet friendly! It also offers RV camping with restroom facilities and a shower station. Come enjoy a relaxing day at the park and an out of this world Panhandle sunset.
Hurlburt Field is a part of the greater Eglin Air Force Base reservation. Located in the Florida Panhandle in Okaloosa County, it is the headquarters of the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), the 1st Special Operations Wing (1 SOW), and the Air Force Special Operations School (USAFSOS).
Beachside Inn is a charming hotel in the Crystal Beach community of Destin. It's a cozy inn in a cozy community away from the crowds, and it's right across the street from one of the region's most beautiful beaches. Beachside Inn is also home to Camille’s, which is actually two restaurants, a sidewalk cafe that serves coffee, smoothies, and quick meals, and an upscale restaurant with elevated seafood and more.
The Destin Commons is Northwest Florida's premier shopping center. This open air mall has all the shops, dining, and entertainment you could ask for. The commons showcases interactive art from local artists so you can enjoy cultural offerings while you shop. It is also home to an AMC movie theater.
Gator Beach Alligator Park is located at Fudpuckers in the heart of Destin. No admission fee to visit and the alligator show is free. Features hundreds of alligators, opportunities to feed and hold alligators and unique albino alligator along with experienced staff to educate and make your visit more fun.
Graffiti and The Funky Blues Shack is a locally owned business on the emerald coast of Destin, Florida for over 20 years. When arriving at this local hot spot, you will be immersed in the world of local and famous folk art that adorns every inch of this local establishment. Once entering the doors, you will be greeted with the classic tunes of your favorite jazz and blues musicians. They also have live music everyday of the week that encourages families and locals to let loose and get "jiggy" with it while enjoying local musicians. Graffiti's also offers and array of fresh gulf cuisine with generous portions. On the menu they offer pizza, pasta, and eccentric American fare such as Wild Buffalo Meatloaf with Jalapeño Gravy and Shrimp and Scallop Low Country. They are famous for their bread and garlic oil they want the guest to enjoy for free. Don't be scared to ask for more! If you are looking for an authentic eating experience in the Destin area this is the spot to try!
The Gulfarium is the top Fort Walton Beach attraction and venue for enjoying daily shows, animal chats, animal exhibits, and interactive animal encounters. Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park’s mission is to educate, entertain, and inspire their guests to respect and preserve wildlife by providing unique and memorable experiences for visitors of all ages to connect with marine life.
In Okaloosa County, activities like geocaching and youth sports are offered alongside locations like the Baker Recreation area to offer a huge number of possibilities for parks and recreation activities.
The Okaloosa County Public Library Cooperative is made up of 6 libraries in Crestview, Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Mary Esther, Niceville, and Valparaiso. There is also a library lending machine in Baker.
The Santa Rosa Mall is the perfect place to get your shopping done while you're in the panhandle. You'll also find a Regal Cinemas movie theater and tons of events and entertainment for the whole family.
We are a group of home educators that reside in Okaloosa county on Florida's beautiful Emerald Coast. We see childhood as a natural process and as such seek for the most appropriate and natural approaches to raising and teaching our children.
GCCHEA, a Christian homeschool group, is one of the largest homeschool groups in the area. A large close-knit community of homeschoolers in Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton Counties offers an extensive forum and activities planned by the members.