Captain Leonard Destin Park
101 Calhoun Ave., Destin Also on the east side of the Destin Bridge, go north onto Calhoun Ave. On your left is the brand-new park. Complete with splash pad, bathrooms, playground, paved paths, manicured landscape,
wheelchair access to small beach and pier. CityofDestin.com
Clement E. Taylor Park
On the east side of the Destin Bridge, go north onto Calhoun Ave. On your left is Clement E. Taylor Park. This park with oaks and magnolias boasts a beautiful view of Choctawhatchee Bay. Along with a paved path to a small pier, the park has a pavilion, gazebo, playground, picnic tables, bathrooms and park benches.
On the north-east end of Santa Rosa Boulevard., on Okaloosa Island, is a bay-front park on Choctawhatchee Bay. Shaded by pine trees, the park has picnic pavilions, boat ramps, central bathrooms, a pond, and plenty of places to play and walk.
Eden Gardens State Park
181 Eden Gardens Rd., Santa Rosa Beach
Located at 181 Eden Gardens Rd., Santa Rosa Beach. 850-267-8320.10.5 acre grounds, gardens and picnic area open daily 8am to sunset. Mansion open for hourly guided tours Thursday through Monday 9am-4pm. Fee for park entrance and guided tours. Amenities include picnic tables, grills and restrooms. Civil War re-enactments held several times a year. FloridaStateParks.org
Located on the bay, behind Ace Hardware, at the end of Geronimo St. in Miramar Beach. Playground, bathrooms, and the best part — bench swings under trees and right on the water.
Ft. Walton Beach Landing Park
Located just south of Hwy. 98 on Brooks St. is the Fort Walton Beach Landing. The park has a playground, gazebo, picnic tables, benches with a sound view and plenty of oak trees.
Liza Jackson Park
Upon first entering Fort Walton Beach from the west, a drive through some of the most beautiful Live Oaks in the area will lead you to Liza Jackson park, directly on Santa Rosa Sound. The park has tall pines, picnic areas, a boat ramp, playground and bathrooms.
Grayton Beach State Park
357 Main Park Rd., Santa Rosa Beach
This nearly 2,200 acre park features a boat ramp that provides access to the lake for both saltwater and freshwater fishing. Modern cabins and a full-faclity campground. FloridaStateParks.org
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
7525 W. Hwy. 30-A, Santa Rosa Beach Topsail Hill is a 1,640-Acre park that offers secluded beaches with majestic dunes. Coastal dune lakes provide excellent freshwater fishing, hiking and bird watching. The park also features campsites, cabins and bungalows FloridaStateParks.org
Blackwater River State Park
7720 Deaton Bridge Rd. Holt, FL
A favorite among canoers and kayakers, this park offers one of the nations purest, sand-bottom rivers perfect for swimming and fishing, Enjoy trals through the park’s more than 600 acres of undisturbed, natural communities.
8513 Navarre Pkwy., Navarre
Between Navarre and Pensacola Beach on Hwy. 399. Many miles of beaches, both gulf side and sound side, have sand dunes, grass beds, birds and sea life.