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South Walton, FL Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 25
Total Sleeping Rooms 10,000
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 340
Committable Meeting Rooms* 4
Largest Ballroom 21,000 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $126
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $51
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $350
*Maximum for a single hotel

South Walton, FL Things to Do and Attractions

Fishing

Anglers of all levels can spend days fishing in South Walton with the Choctawhatchee River, Choctawhatchee Bay, the Gulf of Mexico and 14 fresh and saltwater lakes. Several local companies offer a range of fishing trips which often yield a colorful

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Biking

Cyclists can explore the 19-mile Timpoochee Trail, which connects through 11 beach neighborhoods including Seaside, WaterColor, Dune Allen Beach, Blue Mountain Beach and Grayton Beach. The Eastern Lake Bike Trail will also appeal to mountain biking

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Tennis

There are many opportunities to squeeze in some time on the tennis courts for those staying at the resorts and racquet clubs of South Walton. Places for play include the highly rated Tops'l Beach & Racquet Resort, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort,

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Yolo Boarding

Short for "You Only Live Once," YOLO boarding brings a new type of surfing to South Walton. The tamer version entails getting on a long board and paddling while standing up. The gentle waves of the Florida waters make this a fantastic way to fit in

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E.O. Wilson Piophilia Center

Set within the Nokuse Plantation in Freeport, the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center is dedicated to educating visitors on biodiversity and promotes conservation, preservation and restoration. The facility is located in one of the most bio-diverse areas of

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Fired Up

Painting pottery at the Fired Up! studio in Seaside offers families an affordable and enjoyable activity for all ages. Aspiring artists can select from more than 500 pieces, ranging from pet bowls to platters, and add their own creative touch with a

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Movie Nights

A splendid way to spend spring and summer in South Walton is by enjoying an evening of watching family films under the stars. In Rosemary Beach, the Moonlight and Movies series invites kids of all ages to bring a blanket and check out selections such

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Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Ranger Program

Interpretive programs led by state park rangers at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park offer fascinating insight into the flora and fauna of South Walton. Curious minds can choose from a variety of experiences like the Butterfly Walk, Native Medicinal

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The Red Bar

It is recommended to arrive early and stay late at The Red Bar, which local residents consider a must do when in South Walton. This friendly and festive establishment, housed in the old General Store in downtown Grayton Beach, makes it easy for

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Whale's Tail Beach Bar & Grill

A local favorite for more than 30 years, the Whale's Tail Beach Bar & Grill is located on the beach at the Seascape Golf, Beach & Tennis Resort. A favorite among locals and visitors because of its casual atmosphere and picturesque views, the

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Prime Steaks and Seafood

Attentive service and well-prepared cuisine is what draws people to Seagar's Prime Steaks and Food. Located on the lower level of the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, this elegant AAA Four-Diamond restaurant features a piano lounge, walk-in

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Cafe Thirty-A

With a "sophisticated island" ambiance, Cafe Thirty-A in Seagrove offers an inviting setting to enjoy creative cuisine such as the Spicy Bourbon Barbeque pork chop with sauteed broccolini and smashed Yukon gold potatoes and the decadent banana

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Bud & Alley's

Since 1996, Bud & Alley's has become the go-to spot in Seaside for delicious food, good company, incredible sunsets and views of the Gulf of Mexico. The waterfront restaurant and rooftop bar has garnered several accolades from Florida Trend Magazine,

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Arnett's Gulfside Trail Rides

Horseback riding through Point Washington State Forest offers an opportunity to view varied vegetation such as basin swamps, wet prairies and cypress swamps through the 10 natural communities of South Walton. Arnett's Gulfside Trail Rides is a ranch

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EcoTours

Nature lovers have 26 miles of shoreline and some 56,000 acres of land to explore on their own or on a guided tour in South Walton. EcoTours are available to explore Point Washington State Forest and the area's four state parks, including Topsail

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Wesley Mansion

History buffs can view one of the largest collections of Louis XVI furnishings when they take a tour of Wesley Mansion within Eden Gardens State Park. The grand two-story residence is the former home of a Florida timber family and is surrounded by

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Solaris

No visit to South Walton is complete without spending time on the water. SunQuest Cruises has the area's only dining and entertainment yacht — the SOLARIS. The vessel is a unique venue for cocktail receptions, product launches, award banquets,

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Concerts in the Park

Sweet sounds can be heard emanating from South Walton during one of the many outdoor concerts that happen here throughout the year. Notable events include the Alys Spring Concert in April, the Sandestin Music Festival at The Village of Baytowne Wharf

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The Village of Baytowne Wharf

Spread out over 28 acres, The Village of Baytowne Wharf at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is fun central with a variety of specialty stores, restaurants, bars and activities. By day, this is a destination for shopping with merchants like Aloha

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Studio B

Billed as a "playground for the imagination," Studio B is the brilliant idea of Colleen Duffley, a former photographer who wanted to have a place where established and emerging professionals in photography, art, design, literature, food and wine

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Culinary Classes

Food is a prominent fixture in this part of Florida. Cooking demonstrations and classes provide a tantalizing experience for travelers. The Culinary Gallery caters to all skill levels and experiences, with lessons ranging from Grilling and Gulf Coast

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Seaside Repertory Theatre

Known as the only professional theater group in Northwest Florida, the Seaside Repertory Theatre presents a variety of entertaining productions for kids and grown-ups alike. Recent additions on the playbill include Around the World in 80 Days and The

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Arhcitecture

Driving through the neighborhoods of South Walton offers a remarkable display of different architectural styles. Rosemary Beach features fine homes inspired by Dutch and West Indies designs of the Caribbean, while Cape Cod is accurately represented

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Eden Gardens State Park

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Located in Santa Rosa Beach, Eden Gardens State Park provides a tranquil escape with beautifully manicured grounds and ornamental gardens. At the center of the 161-acre park is the elegant two-story Wesley House, known for its impressive collection

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Art

The art scene is alive and well in the beach neighborhoods of South Walton. Creativity thrives in the independent galleries, artist studios and public places, such as the Coastal Branch Library and other government buildings. Annual festivals like

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Shopping

Great deals on designer brands are hard to pass up at the Silver Sands Factory Stores, the largest designer outlet center in the U.S. Along with Calvin Klein, Lacoste, DKNY, shoppers can stock up on items for the home at Crabtree & Evelyn, Le Creuset

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Golf

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When scheduling tee times golfers have many options for scenic surroundings in South Walton. Home to several award-winning championships courses with more than 200 challenging holes, the area is rife with possibilities for play. Situated within the

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