Emerald Coast

Nature Adventures

This page lists nature parks, botanical gardens, environmental centers, and other places where kids can study and enjoy nature in the Okaloosa County, Walton County and Bay County, Florida area.
Kids Okaloosa County, Walton County and Bay County: Nature Adventures - Fun 4 Emerald Coast Kids
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"Rocking" Groups in Walton, Bay, and Okaloosa Counties

"Rocking" is a simple concept of finding rocks, painting them, and hiding them around town like hidden treasure! Painters write the name of the "rocki ...

Area: North Okaloosa County, Fort Walton/Okaloosa Island, South Walton County (Miramar/Sandestin/Freeport/Point Washington/Santa Rosa Beach/30A), Panama City/Panama City Beach
Multiple Locations
Adams Park

Adams Park is a neighborhood park that overlooks St. Andrews Bay. Located in the 500 block of Bunkers Cove Road in the Cove area of the city this smal ...

Area: Panama City/Panama City Beach
Bunkers Cove Rd., Panama City, FL, 32401

Picnic area, boat ramp, restroom, swimming, and portable toilet. Great place to kayak! From Freeport: Head west on SR 20 for approximately 2 miles. P ...

Area: South Walton County (Miramar/Sandestin/Freeport/Point Washington/Santa Rosa Beach/30A)
State Highway 20, Freeport, FL
Alaqua Park

This park features: Boat / Canoe Access Grills Pavilions Picnic Tables Restrooms

Area: South Walton County (Miramar/Sandestin/Freeport/Point Washington/Santa Rosa Beach/30A)
16 Johns Lane, Freeport, FL, 32439
Asbell Park

Asbell Park is located on East Beach Drive at East Caroline Boulevard. The park is adjacent to Lake Caroline and also provides an outstanding view of ...

Area: Panama City/Panama City Beach
East Caroline Blvd., Panama City, Fl, 32401
Bay Memorial Walking Park

Bay Memorial Walking Park is a lighted nature park of over 13 acres. The park is located south of 11th Street on Garden Club Drive between Balboa Aven ...

Area: Panama City/Panama City Beach
Garden Club Dr., Panama City, FL, 32401
Bayfield Park

This park features: Boat / Canoe Access Pavilions Picnic Tables Restrooms

Area: South Walton County (Miramar/Sandestin/Freeport/Point Washington/Santa Rosa Beach/30A)
21144 U.S. Highway 331 South, Freeport, FL, 32439
Blackwater Hatchery

The Blackwater Hatchery provides visitors with an unparalleled opportunity to learn about the native fish species in Northwest Florida. The Center man ...

Area: North Okaloosa County
8384 Fish Hatchery Road, Holt, FL, 32564
Blackwater River State Park Geocaching

Florida State Parks is proud to announce the Operation Recreation GeoTour hosted by Geocaching.com. This GeoTour stretches from Pensacola to Key West ...

Area: North Okaloosa County
7720 Deaton Bridge Road, Holt, FL, 32564
Bob George Park

Bob George has water views, boat ramp, picnic areas, picnic table, and shelter. Located at Church Ave. and 1st Plaza.

Area: Panama City/Panama City Beach
Church Ave., Panama City, FL, 32401
Bruce Creek Park

This park has views of Bruce Creek and a grill.

Area: North Walton County
855 Camp House Landing Road, Ponce de Leon, FL, 32455
Camp Timpoochee

Programs at Camp Timpoochee 4-H camp bring science to life in this living laboratory, with the forest and bay providing classrooms for hands-on learni ...

Area: Destin/Niceville
4275 Timpoochee Lane, Niceville, FL, 32578
Cat Island Park

Cat Island Park has area for playing, grills, pavilions, picnic tables, and restrooms.

Area: North Walton County
1357 Cat Island Road, DeFuniak Springs, FL, 32433
Coffeen Nature Preserve

Over 200 acres with trails and military bunkers. The area has a rich military history (former WWII missile test launch facility) and is open to the pu ...

146 Coffeen Hill Rd, Santa Rosa Beach, FL, 32459
Conservation Park

A favorite destination for locals and tourists, the PCB Conservation Park offers opportunities for a variety of outdoor recreation. The City of Panam ...

Area: Panama City/Panama City Beach
Griffin Blvd, Panama City Beach, FL, 32413
Crestview Environmental Center

The park provides a learning environment like no other and was acquired from the Florida Division of Forestry. Over 100 trees are identified in the pa ...

Area: North Okaloosa County
Butler Circle, Crestview, FL, 32536
Dead River Landing and Seven Runs Creek

Free camping! Located at the eastern end of Seven Runs Creek, Dead River opens to the Choctawhatchee River. The site has primitive RV/tent camping are ...

Area: South Walton County (Miramar/Sandestin/Freeport/Point Washington/Santa Rosa Beach/30A)
Dead River Road, Ponce De Leon, FL, 32455
Econfina Creek

Pitt Spring, Sylvan Springs, and multiple small springs contribute to the clear water of Econfina Creek. Econfina Creek and the neighboring sandhills ...

Area: North Walton County
Eden Gardens State Park

Eden Gardens State Park contains approximately 163 acres of land that was part of the historic Wesley homestead. The focal point of this park is the b ...

Area: South Walton County (Miramar/Sandestin/Freeport/Point Washington/Santa Rosa Beach/30A)
181 Eden Gardens Road, Santa Rosa Beach, FL, 32459
Eglin Air Force Base Wildlife Management Area

Eglin has many outstanding natural features and bountiful outdoor recreational opportunities. Eglin AFB is home to more than 106 rare or listed plant ...

Area: North Okaloosa County, Destin/Niceville
107 FL-85 North, Niceville, FL, 32578
Ferry Park Nature Adventures

The paved trail has a few bridges that are great for watching turtles, ducks, and fish! There are many trees and big open spaces for running and playi ...

Area: Fort Walton/Okaloosa Island
240 Hughes St NE, Fort Walton Beach, FL, 32548
Restrooms: Yes

Flowersview has picnic tables.

Area: North Walton County
1234 Flowersview Blvd., Laurel Hill, FL, 32567
Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park Geocaching

Florida State Parks is proud to announce the Operation Recreation GeoTour hosted by Geocaching.com. This GeoTour stretches from Pensacola to Key West ...

Area: Destin/Niceville
4281 State Road 20, Niceville, FL, 32578
Geocaching

Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locat ...

Multiple Locations
Glendale Memorial Nature Preserve and Sculptures

Nestled in a restored long leaf pine forest, the Preserve offers a tranquil setting on 350 acres. There are fields, creeks, ponds, 20+ scrap metal scu ...

Area: North Walton County
297 Railroad Avenue, DeFuniak Springs, FL, 32433
Grand Boulevard: Grand Park

Grand Park is the designated green space for the downtown area which is also called the town center. The park offers a lovely space for sitting, peopl ...

Area: South Walton County (Miramar/Sandestin/Freeport/Point Washington/Santa Rosa Beach/30A)
495 Grand Boulevard, Miramar Beach, FL, 32550
Henderson Beach State Park

A playground is the first stop on the nature trail and is sure to be a success with the kids. The nature trail provides visitors a rare glimpse of the ...

Area: Destin/Niceville
17000 Emerald Coast Parkway, Destin, FL, 32541
Restrooms: Yes

This park is located north of Chipley Park on Circle Dr. The Information Center is located within this park and is opened on Saturdays. This park in ...

Area: North Walton County
1162 Circle Drive, DeFuniak Springs, FL, 32435
Juniper Lake Park

Features: Boat / Canoe Access Grassy area for playing Grills Pavilions Picnic Tables Restrooms

Area: North Walton County
1615 Juniper Lake Road, DeFuniak Springs, FL, 32433
Lakewood Park: Florida's Highest Point

Highest natural point in the state of Florida. This park features a scenic view and a granite marker at the highest point. Other features: Pavil ...

Type of Trail: Walking
Area: North Walton County
2759 North County Highway 285, DeFuniak Springs, FL, 32433
Lannie Rowe Park

Lannie Rowe Park is located on the 1100 block of Cherry Street in the Cove area of Panama City. The park is lighted and has a raised boardwalk with be ...

Area: Panama City/Panama City Beach
1126 Cherry St., Panama City, FL, 32401
Lynn Haven Sports Complex: Nature Boardwalk

The 60 acre park has an 800' Wilderness Boardwalk in addition to a walking/biking trail and 20 acres of open space and a 4 acre pond. Other Features ...

Area: Panama City/Panama City Beach
2201 Recreation Dr., Panama City, FL, 32405
McKenzie Park

McKenzie Park is located downtown at the corner of Oak Avenue and Park Street. The main entrance to the park is on Harrison Avenue in downtown Panama ...

Area: Panama City/Panama City Beach
Oak Ave., Panama City, FL, 32401
Morrison Springs

Morrison Springs is one of the most popular diving spots in northwest Florida and well-known throughout the southeast. The highlight of the park is a ...

Area: North Walton County
874 Morrison Springs Road, Ponce de Leon, FL, 32455
Oak Tree Nature Park

Oak Tree Nature Park is a 25-acre tract of undeveloped property showcasing the area's native plant communities and providing interpretive hiking trail ...

Type of Trail: Walking
Area: Fort Walton/Okaloosa Island
707 Hollywood Blvd., Mary Esther, FL, 32569
Oaks by the Bay Park

Oaks by the Bay Park, located at the south end of Beck Avenue in the St. Andrews area of Panama City, is the newest addition to the city's waterfront ...

Area: Panama City/Panama City Beach
Beck Ave., Panama City, FL, 32401
Okaloosa County Geocache Trail

Join us in geocaching in Okaloosa County Parks! • A geocache has been placed in several of the Counties public parks. • The County has been divide ...

Free: Yes
Area: North Okaloosa County, Fort Walton/Okaloosa Island, Destin/Niceville
Multiple Locations, FL
Parker Environmental Exploratorium Park

Parker Environmental Exploratorium Park is an ecology park nestled among hickory, magnolia and oak hammocks on the shores of Martin Lake. Visitors can ...

Area: Panama City/Panama City Beach
4700 Lake Dr., Parker, FL, 32404
Perrine Park

Located in historic district on Westview Avenue, this park is great for remembering days gone by. This park sits across the street from the Heritage M ...

Area: Fort Walton/Okaloosa Island
Westview Avenue, Valparaiso, FL, 32580
Pitt Springs

Pitt Spring is one of many springs along Econfina Creek and one of the most popular in the area for recreation. The water from this 11-foot-deep sprin ...

Area: Panama City/Panama City Beach
6315 FL-20, Youngstown, FL, 32466
Ponce de Leon Springs

This beautiful clear spring is named for Juan Ponce de León, who led the first Spanish expedition to Florida in 1513-as legend has it-in search of the ...

2860 State Park Road, Ponce de Leon, FL, 32455
Portland Park

Features: Boat / Canoe Access Grills Picnic Tables

Area: South Walton County (Miramar/Sandestin/Freeport/Point Washington/Santa Rosa Beach/30A)
3609 State Highway 20 West, Freeport, FL, 32439
Ross Marler Park

Walk along the Choctawhatchee Bay and check out the fish swimming off the dock, and the birds trying to catch them! Watch the boats go by! There are p ...

Area: Fort Walton/Okaloosa Island
1275 Santa Rosa Blvd., Fort Walton Beach, FL, 32548
Sharon J. Sheffield Park

Sharon Sheffield Park is a focal point in the community which hosts many of the City's Special Events. The park is located at 9th and Ohio across the ...

Area: Panama City/Panama City Beach
Ohio Ave, Lynn Haven, FL, 32444
Shoal Sanctuary Nature Preserve and Sculptures

The 50 acre private nature preserve and sculpture trails welcomes guests for retreat, civic-minded growth, and repose with nature. Guided Tours availa ...

Area: North Walton County
St. Andrews State Park

Well-known for its sugar white sands and emerald green waters, this former military reservation has over one-and-a-half miles of beaches on the Gulf o ...

Area: Panama City/Panama City Beach
4607 State Park Lane, Panama City Beach, FL, 32408
Restrooms: Yes
St. Andrews State Park Geocaching

Geocaching is an outdoor game using hand-held global positioning systems (GPS) devices. It's an inexpensive, interactive, high-tech treasure hunt that ...

Area: Panama City/Panama City Beach
4607 State Park Lane, Panama City Beach, FL, 32408
Sweetbay Wetlands Preserve

Sweetbay Wetlands is a lighted nature park. Nestled in a natural setting, it features a boardwalk and nature trail. Numerous native trees creates a sh ...

Area: Panama City/Panama City Beach
19th St. and Michigan Ave., Panama City, FL, 32405
Thomas Pilcher Park

Walton county's newest park/recreational area located under the 331 Choctawhatchee Bay bridge. The lighted area includes several fishing areas (with n ...

Area: South Walton County (Miramar/Sandestin/Freeport/Point Washington/Santa Rosa Beach/30A)
Hwy 331 (under bridge), Santa Rosa Beach, FL, 32459
Tilly Landing

Features: Boat / Canoe Access Grills Pavilions Picnic Tables Restrooms

Area: North Walton County
11267 State Highway 81, Ponce de Leon, FL, 32455