Top 10 Things to do while visiting 30A!

Boardwalk to beach

Scenic Highway 30-A is a 28.5 mile highway that hugs the Gulf of Mexico coastline in Northwest Florida’s Walton County. It connects 15 beach communities in South Walton. For the locals, it’s more than just a road – it’s a way of life. Scenic Highway 30-A is a tourist attraction of major proportions. It is an exciting and eclectic mix of hot Caribbean colors and soft pastels, with architecture to match each community’s charm, whether it be Old Florida’s traditional 2-3 story homes, or the cottages of Seaside with white picket fences and pedestrian pathways to New Urbanism, or its miles of greenway trails connecting state parks, preserves and residential areas.
There’s plenty to do, and so many great choices for food that you’ll find yourself wanting to vacation here again and again just to have the chance to experience it all. Whether your appetite calls for comforting southern foods, casual roadside stands, or an elegant setting to celebrate an occasion. 30A’ve got you covered!

30A provide a lot of opportunities for visitors to engage in the following activities while on vacation:

10. Bicycling: Visitors can explore the area or ride one of the many local trails by bike to water sports. Bicyclists are free to explore the area on more than 200 miles of trails. Keep in mind to get your Discounted rates for bike rentals and FREE delivery! My Vacation Haven has got you covered!

9. Canoeing & Kayaking: Visitors can rent a kayak, canoe, surfboard, catamaran, tube rental and much more. Keep in mind, to get 10% off for your kayak, paddle boards rentals. My Vacation Haven has got you covered!

8. Fishing: The pristine waters of the Choctawhatchee Bay host a large variety of inshore fishing opportunities. In contrast to the deep sea fishing the Gulf of Mexico offers, anglers have the ability to fish close to shore in shallow water. Keep in mind, to get 50% off your fishing trip. My Vacation Haven has got you covered!

7. Dining: There are more than 120 restaurants along Scenic 30-A. Six of them are in Florida Trend’s “Top 500 Restaurants.” Make sure to get a free dessert or free drink with one of our partners while on vacation. My Vacation Haven has got you covered!

6. Beaches (Must See!): The Beaches of South Walton feature Public beach access. It is available at Grayton Beach State Park, Topsail State Preserve, and Deer Lake State Park. Grayton Beach has been rated the “Best Beach in the U.S.” And yes, it is completely FREE!

5. Camping: Whether you’re own $1 million RV with flat-screen TV or a 2-person pup-tent with a gas lantern, you can truly find your camper’s paradise here. Topsail Hill Preserve State Park has gorgeous shaded lots, full hook-ups, cabins, exceptional amenities. The campground at Grayton Beach State Park features fewer amenities than Topsail, the waterfront sites on Western Lake are spectacular and the crashing waves of Grayton Beach are within easy earshot.

4. Nature Trails / Hiking: Hiking trails are available at Grayton Beach State Recreation Area, Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, Deer Lake State Park, Eden State Gardens, and Point Washington State Forest. Hikers are free to explore the area on more than 200 miles of trails.

3. Picnicking: Picnic areas. Pack up a picnic lunch and head over to one of these parks and spend the day. Nature trails along a creek, pavilions, picnic areas will make the perfect family getaway. Some picnic pavilions are covered and overlooking the Gulf or the lake.
Deer Lake State Park – Seagrove Beach, FL
Grayton Beach State Park – Grayon Beach, FL
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park- Santa Rosa Beach, FL

2.Outdoor Movies: Throughout the summer, you can enjoy family-friendly movie night in the Seaside amphitheater. Bring a lawn chair, bring a blanket, bring a book, or bring a picnic basket and some good vino. Surrounded by The Merchants of Seaside, this large grassy amphitheater is the hub of all Seaside activities, and is the perfect spot to kick back and relax and remember what life is really all about. Seaside Amphitheater is consistently voted as one of Hottest Spots for Outdoor Events and Concerts in South Walton.

…and the Number 1 thing is . . .
1. Two Coastal Dune Lakes (Must See!): Coastal Dune Lakes are a very rare natural phenomena that only occur in a handful of locations around the globe, including New Zealand, Australia, Madagascar and South Walton, Florida. But what makes these lakes truly unique is that their mostly fresh water content sits within just a few feet of the Gulf’s salt water, separated only by a natural berm of sand. Following a heavy rain or other inflow, the sand berms are suddenly breached, causing a flood of fresh water to pour openly into the Gulf. This event is known as an “outfall,” and it’s a time when salty seawater can also flood back into the dune lake, until the levels stabilize. The result is a rare brackish ecosystem that’s home to both fresh and salt water species.

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