Walton County is located in Northwest Florida in the Panhandle bordering the Gulf of Mexico, Alabama and Okaloosa, Holmes, Washington and Bay Counties.
Walton County was established in 1824 from a portion of Escambia County and named for Col. George Walton, secretary of the Territory of West Florida from 1821-22 and Combined Territory of Florida from 1822-26.
Eden Garden State Park is one of the beautiful state parks Florida has to offer with a long fascinating history dating back to 1890. One of the interesting things about this park is the two-story house which guest can tour. This house, although renovated has been around since 1897; a must go to for history lovers or just for families looking for activities to do on a free afternoon!
Grayton Beach State Park is a 2200 acre park featuring beautiful natural beaches with rolling dunes covered in sea oats and snowy white sand along emerald waters. Located between Panama City Beach and Destin in the Northwest Region of Florida right next to the town of Seaside. Grayton Beach State Park is Florida at it's most natural state with nature trails, nature trails, boating, fishing (both saltwater and freshwater), and swimming.
Enjoy the beautiful beach line of the Gulf of Mexico when you visit the Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. This 1,640 acre park is teeming with wildlife, and is home to a variety of different habitats, perfect for wildlife viewing. From the beach to freshwater coastal dune lakes, longleaf pine forests to wetlands, Topsail has something for everyone. Enjoy 3.2 miles of white sand beach right on the Gulf of Mexico. Swim in the emerald green water, or try your hand at fishing. Saltwater fishing is a popular activity at Topsail. You could catch a pompano, or a king mackerel. Or head on over to the freshwater dune lakes and see if you can catch a bass or freshwater catfish. Fishing not your thing? Visitors are also able to kayak or paddleboard on the water.
Walton County School District is committed to academic excellence among its students and holds high expectations for all students and staff in order to meet this goal. As a result of these expectations, the district is among the top performing school districts in the state. This is evident by Walton County School District maintaining the State Board of Education’s Academically High Performing School District designation for seven consecutive years. The school district presides over 20 different schools ranging from pre-K to twelfth grade.
Chautauqua Vineyards takes a different approach to getting customers in. By inviting them and allowing them to see the process of how wine is made live, and creating a learning opportunity for all. They specialize in muscadine variety grapes and wine.
Five Star Properties prides themselves on their personalized approach, dedication to service and creating a unique and memorable experience for every guest they serve. Managing over 200 luxury rental properties in the Destin and 30A area, as well as Okaloosa Island condos, they have a variety of short and long term rentals. When renting with Five Star, you’ll receive a hands-on approach to management, constant communication, 24/7 maintenance, quality housekeepers and furnishings, as well as many other luxury accommodations. From beach front and beach view houses, to pet friendly condos, to party houses that sleep 20+ people, Five Star Properties has something for you!
Idyll Hounds Brewing is a company out of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida that believes in the poetic nature of brewing something with quality ingredients, inspiring good conversation in good people. They have adopted a community lifestyle and are churning out some of the finest beers in the panhandle. Although they are yet a young company, they have already graced their followers with styles ranging from stouts to sours and have continuously made due on their promises of quality.
For more than 30 years, this bookstore has been serving the panhandle with all kinds of local and non-local books. With a great atmosphere and a location near the shore, this is the best place to find your perfect beach read.
The Surf Hut in Destin is a restaurant serving fresh seafood, tropical drinks, and so much more right on the gulf shore. It first opened in 2014 to serve locals and visitors coastal-style, beachfront dining in a friendly and welcoming environment.
Vue on 30a is a restaurant located in the south of Walton county and it is considered to be one of the best waterfront dining experiences around Florida. The restaurant serves lunch, dinner, and happy hour throughout the week as well as brunch on Sundays. The venue is renowned for its stunning panoramic beach view, excellent service, and live music during happy hours. On the other hand, the venue welcomes private events and wedding reservations as the location is perfect for the experience of small cozy weddings or a happy retirement party.
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.