11 Jan 2021
In addition to gorgeous Gulf Coast beaches, 30A also offers a variety of activities that the whole family will enjoy. With everything from water sports and hiking to world-class restaurants and an exciting 2021 events schedule, there will never be a dull moment during your next vacation. Here are some of our favorite things to do on 30A:
1. Visit the Beautiful Beaches
When it comes to 30A, the star of the show is obviously the beach! With white sand and crystal clear water, you’ll want to spend a large portion of your vacation relaxing in the Florida sunshine. Grayton Beach State Park was recently named the best beach in America by Dr. Stephen Leatherman (aka Dr. Beach) and we can see why!
2. Stroll Through the Charming Beach Towns
Along 30A you’ll find a variety of beach towns, each with their own unique characteristics. Check out the shops in elegant Rosemary Beach, get a snack from the Airstream trailers in Seaside or visit the funky, eclectic spots in Grayton Beach.
3. Watch the Sunset
The best way to end your beach day is by watching the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico. Enjoy the stunning scenery from your 30A vacation rental, the beach, or a waterfront restaurant.
4. Take Sand Castle Lessons
Looking for things to do on 30A that the whole family will love? Sign up for a sand castle lesson! You’ll learn professional sand sculpting tips and techniques as you create a unique masterpiece standing over three feet tall. It’s a fun way to spend some time in the sand and makes a great photo op!
5. Stay Fit with an Exercise Class
No need to take a vacation from your workout routine while visiting 30A (unless you want to!). There are several fitness studios and classes that allow you to stay active. Enjoy an outdoor workout with RUN/SUP, take a yoga class at Studio Thirty-A or keep it simple and go for a walk along the beach. Here are additional tips to keep fit on your trip.
6. Check Out the Rare Coastal Dune Lakes
South Walton is home to 15 coastal dune lakes. The fresh water lakes sit just a few feet from the Gulf’s salt water, separated only by a natural berm of sand. If the water levels in the lake get too high, it will pour into the Gulf of Mexico creating an “outfall.” Saltwater will also travel into the lake and mix to form a brackish ecosystem. This rare natural phenomenon only occurs in a handful of locations throughout the world and 30A is one of them.
7. Go for a Bike Ride
Biking is the best way to get around town. The Timpoochee Trail is an 18-mile paved pathway that parallels Scenic Highway 30A and connects the various beach communities. Check out our outdoor rental guide to learn more about getting your own set of wheels to use during your vacation.
8. Shop at the Local Farmers Markets
Whether you’re looking for fresh produce or just want to take a scenic stroll through the bustling beach communities, check out the weekly farmers markets in Seaside and Rosemary Beach. You’ll find fresh fruits and vegetables, homemade salsas, artisan bread, treats for your pets, cold pressed juices and more.
9. Try a New Restaurant
From local seafood and prime steaks to sweet treats and Southern fare, there are numerous dining options along 30A. If you’re traveling with your pup, here are some pet-friendly restaurants on 30A.
10. Stand Up Paddle Boarding
If you’re looking to get out on the water, stand up paddle boarding is a great option. Take advantage of calm Gulf waters or stay inland and explore one of the coastal dune lakes.
11. Hike at Point Washington State Forest
Point Washington State Forest is home to a variety of trails, including a 3.5-, 5- and 10-mile loop. Hikers have the opportunity to explore the unique ecosystems and keep an eye out for rare species of plants and animals.
12. Beach Bonfire
The beachy fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down! Watch the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico and make s’mores while you mingle around the fire. Here is everything you need to know about having a beach bonfire on 30A.
13. Take Professional Family Photos
Family photos are the ultimate souvenir from your beach trip! A sunset session on the beach is a great way to make your memories last a lifetime. We have partnered with several professional photographers to offer My Vacation Haven guests exclusive discounts. Click here to learn more!
14. Attend One of the Annual Festivals
Throughout the year there are numerous wine, food, art and music festivals. Although the 2021 events schedule might look a little different, these are a few annual happenings that are always popular for locals and visitors:
Sandestin Wine Festival (April 17, 2021)
South Walton Beaches Food & Wine Festival (April 22 – 25, 2021)
Digital Graffiti Festival at Alys Beach (May 14 –15, 2021)
15. Shop at Local Boutiques
Whether you’re looking for home décor or a stylish swimsuit, there are a variety of locally owned stores along 30A. We encourage you to shop small on your next visit!
16. Participate in One of the Annual Races
Calling all runners! It’s time to lace up your sneakers and participate in one of the annual races. Some 2021 events, like the Seaside School Half Marathon + 5K will be virtual, but there are numerous opportunities to get outside and get some exercise! The 30A 10K on Thanksgiving is another popular race.
17. Sip on Local Beers
Craft beer fans have several nearby breweries to choose from including Idyll Hounds and Grayton Beer Company. If you want to stay right on 30A, Beach & Brew on 30A in Seacrest Beach and Growler Garage in Blue Mountain Beach both offer a wide selection of beers to suit your style.
18. Go Fishing
Professional and amateur anglers alike come to the Gulf Coast for some of the world’s best fishing. Cast a line on your own or book a tour with 30A Guide Service (My Vacation Haven guests will receive $50 off any fishing trip).
19. Get Creative at The Shard Shop
If you’re looking for indoor things to do on 30A, try an art class at The Shard Shop where they specialize in a unique glass on canvas art called ShardWorx. Supplies will be provided and trained teachers will help you create your masterpiece! As one of our Added Fun Partners, My Vacation Haven guests will save 20%.
20. Listen to Live Music
21. Enjoy Seasonal Events & Décor
With 4th of July parades, fall décor and Christmas festivities, it’s always fun to celebrate holidays by the beach!
As you can see, there are numerous things to do on 30A that the whole family will enjoy! If you’re ready to book your Gulf Coast getaway, My Vacation Haven boasts numerous 30A vacation rentals ranging from beachfront homes to snowbird-friendly condos. Let us help you have an unforgettable 2021 vacation!