Things to Do on a Rainy Day Near Fort Walton Beach, Florida

Things to Do on a Rainy Day Near Fort Walton Beach, Florida
Rain occasionally interrupts the natural flow of a vacation that embraces the outdoors. In a town like Fort Walton Beach, where the average amount of rainfall each month is five inches and twice the average in July, spending a day indoors may just occur. If the weather gods frown, Fort Walton Beach possesses interesting attractions and activities to make the day seem almost as grand as a day spent snorkeling, diving or seashell hunting.

Heritage Park and Cultural Center

The Heritage Park and Cultural Center is a fancy name for the triangle of museums dedicated to preserving the history of Fort Walton Beach. According to the city-maintained website of Fort Walton Beach, the Indian Temple Mound Museum's "mission is to preserve, interpret and present the prehistory and history of the Fort Walton Beach community and Northwest Florida from 12,000 B.C. through the 1950's." Educational exhibits focuses heavily on the American Indians of the regions with more than 6,000 artifacts of stone, bone, clay and shell. Associated with the museum, the Temple Burial Mound was created by humans between 800 and 1400 A.D. In all likelihood, the temple located on the 17-foot high mound housed the village leader. The mound is the largest structure of its type found near saltwater.

Also part of the center is Camp Walton Schoolhouse Museum. Rather simple in design, the museum is the 1912-built schoolhouse restored to its original glory.

The final museum, called the Garnier Post Office Museum, preserves the history of the Post Office in Fort Walton Beach. The small building served the local community from 1918 to the introduction of rural carriers. The restored building directs attention to post office artifacts from 1900 to 1950.

Indian Temple Mound Museum
139 Miracle Strip Parkway SE
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
(850) 833-9595

Camp Walton Schoolhouse Museum
Garnier Post Office Museum
127 Miracle Parkway SE
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
(850) 833-9596

Gulfarium

The Gulfarium mixes a traditional aquarium with sea lion, dolphin and multi-species shows. The uniqueness of Gulfarium is its ability to pair animals that wouldn't necessarily meet in the wild such as the three species of seal and sea lions, which live together in the Seal and Sea Lion Rookery. Another example is the MSP, which features both a sea lion and several dolphins. The sea lion actually feeds the dolphins. Visitors watch penguins and otter feedings. The touch tank allows guests to touch hermit crabs, horseshoe crabs, sand dollars and starfish. The stingray tank houses three varieties along with algae-eating feeder fish. Visitors see sharks, fish-filled aquariums, birds and loggerhead turtles. A large alligator makes his home amid the gator heaven habitat of the Fort Gator exhibit. The Gulfarium harbors an exhibit called "The Living Sea," which uses seawater from the Gulf to mimic the its environment complete with native sea life.

Florida's Gulfarium
1010 Miracle Strip Parkway, SE
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
(850) 243-9046
gulfarium.com/

Spa

A day at the spa should be must for any vacation. Both men and women enjoy the quiet and the pampering. It is also the perfect backup plan for a rainy day. For the most part, stepping into a spa seems like stepping into a different world. Fort Walton Beach's spas offer a large variety of treatments from facials to pedicures and everything in between. Botanical Salon & Day Spa serves the Fort Walton Beach community from its location in the heart of Fort Walton Beach. Another intriguing spa in Fort Walton Beach is Brava Hair Studio & Day Spa, which offers Sea Salt Butter body scrubs and Chocolate Spa Pedicure.

Brava Hair Studio & Day Spa
306 Perry Avenue
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
(850) 833-3003
bravahairstudio.com/

Botanical Salon & Day Spa
201 A S.E. Miracle Strip Parkway
Fort Walton Beach, Fl 32548
(850) 243-6119

Article Written By Amy L. Gouger

Amy L. Gouger holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from East Stroudsburg University. Previously a technical agent, she now serves as a ghostwriter and contributor to various online publications.

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