6 Things to do in 30A, Florida.

May 22, 2024


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If you’re looking for the most beautiful beaches in the United States, look no further than Walton County, Florida! The area is often referred to as 30A, which is the name of the scenic highway that a lot of these charming beach towns are located along, in Northwest Florida. The water color is crystal clear with the most beautiful shades of blue and green. It is truly unlike anywhere else in the continental U.S., and the white sand beaches are so soft and perfect for playing and relaxing on. The beach towns are so charming and picturesque, and they create the ultimate, laid back beach vibe. There are, on average, about 300 days of sun per year in Florida’s Panhandle, so it is truly an ideal family beach destination. Here are 6 things to do in 30A, Florida:

6 things to do in 30a, florida

1. Rent E-Bikes with Pedego 30A:

We rented e-bikes from Pedago 30A, and they were so easy to use and so helpful making sure we knew how to use them and how to get around! E-bikes are such a great and easy way to explore all the different beach towns in South Walton County! This area is super bike friendly with lots of bike paths and bike racks all over the different towns. Pedego 30A also had a couple different options for kids seats and even a bike trailer/wagon so you can easily bring your kids along with you for the adventure too. We highly recommend renting e-bikes while you’re in town, even if it’s just for a day, because it’s so much easier than dealing with parking, and it’s such a fun way to see more of the area. It was was truly our favorite morning!

2. Explore the Beach Towns:

30A is made up of a bunch of different beach towns – Seaside, Watercolor, Rosemary, and Alys Beach to name a few. One of our favorites is Seaside, because it’s super family-friendly and there’s a lot of different shops and restaurants in town. Be sure to try Nigel’s Frozen Bananas and eat at the food trucks that line the Seaside Amphitheater. The whole town is so charming and picturesque! There are also a lot of cute shops in town, offering things like children’s toys, women’s apparel, and home goods, so you can take home the perfect souvenir for you. Be sure to grab brunch in Rosemary Beach one of the days you’re there. Main Street here looks like you’re in Europe with a lot of different restaurants that offer outdoor seating and it’s the perfect vibe.

3. Hang out at the Beach:

In our opinion, the whole reason to go to 30A is to see the incredible beaches, so be sure to plan as much time as you can to hang out and just relax in the sun on the beautiful beaches! Not all of the beaches in 30A are accessible to the public, so unless you’re staying at a property in one of the areas, it might be hard to actually get on the beach. We suggest planning ahead and spending some time shopping, eating, and wandering the cute beach towns and then making time to go to the public beaches in the area. Our favorite public beaches in 30A are Grayton Beach, Miramar Beach, and Inlet Beach. They were all so beautiful and we even lucked out and saw a huge pod of dolphins swimming right off the shore of Miramar Beach one morning! Be sure to go to the beach for sunset at least one of the days you’re there too, because there really is nothing like watching the sunset over the water.

4. Go on a Fishing Excursion:

We went on fishing excursion with South Walton Guide Services, and it was so fun. Captain Kyler was so kind and helpful and did his best to help us catch some fish. He offers two and four-hour excursions and depending on the season and weather, you can catch Redfish, Spanish Mackerel, Flounder, Jack Crevalle, Speckled Trout, and Sheepshead. The crew will help you learn all the best fishing techniques and they’ll even clean and filet what you catch so you can bring it home. And even if you don’t catch anything, what’s better than spending a few hours on the water? Just don’t forget to wear sunscreen!

5. The Big Chill:

The Big Chill is the perfect spot to go for a family-friendly meal, because there are five different restaurants, so everyone can pick what they actually want to eat and then still sit and enjoy their meals together. There are options for burgers, tacos, BBQ, ice cream, smoothies and more! It has an awesome outdoor courtyard area with lots of seating and space for kids to run around and play. They also host events, like live music, yoga, and movie nights, so be sure to check the calendar before your visit to see what’s happening while you’re there. It’s also pet-friendly if you like traveling with your pets. There are some shops there too, so you can do some shopping and pick up a cute outfit or some candy before or after your meal too.

6. North Beach Social:

North Beach Social is another great laid back, family-friendly dining option! It’s located right on the bay in South Walton County, and it’s the perfect spot to go enjoy dinner on the beach while watching the sunset. There is both indoor and outdoor seating, but we suggest the outdoor area, because there’s a large white sand beach area that’s perfect for kids to run around and play while the adults can actually enjoy their meal. The beach area also has large building blocks, corn hole, and other games and activities to keep everyone entertained. You can enjoy foods like fish tacos, poké bowls, and lobster mac n’ cheese. And there’s also a full bar area to enjoy drinks too.


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Hidden Dunes Cottages:

We stayed at Hidden Dunes Cottages during our time in 30A, and it is the perfect vacation rental spot! Especially if you’re traveling as a family or with extended family, the cottages are a great option for a place to stay. Our cottage had two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a loft area with two more beds, so it could sleep up to eight people. There was also a full kitchen, which is so nice while traveling as a family, so you can always have snacks on hand and you don’t have to eat out every meal if you don’t want to. Hidden Dunes holds the title of Destin’s first tennis and beach resort, with six different clay tennis courts on property and more private beach per unit than any other resort in the area. They can also arrange to have beach chairs and umbrellas set up for you during your stay. There are three different pools with hot tubs, a playground, walking trails, and a basketball court making it so there’s always something to do. We loved our stay and would definitely recommend it for a family vacation spot!

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*This post was sponsored by Visit Florida, but as always, all opinions and experiences are our own.

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