The pristine shore is not the only attraction at the Beaches of South Walton. Here are a few suggestions of things to do while staying at Rosemary Beach. Familiarize yourself with the area by taking a slow drive along Scenic Highway 30-A. You’ll see everything from charming art galleries to outdoor antique stores as you explore the 18.6-mile stretch between Topsail State Park, and Inlet Beach, where the highway rejoins the Emerald Coast Parkway (U.S. 98). Explore the ecosystem of the Choctawhatchee River and its estuaries. You’ll see egrets, bald eagles, tupelo trees, mullets, alligators and turtles.
Rent a bicycle – arguably the best way to see the area. The paved Timpoochee Trail runs alongside much of 30-A. The terrain is flat and the few “hills” won’t take too much heavy pedaling. A wide variety of bikes can be rented for all members of the family at Rosemary Beach’s Bamboo Bicycle Company.
Rent a canoe, kayak or paddle board one of the area’s coastal dune lakes. Expansive dune systems ranging from 10 to 30 feet separate these lakes from the gulf. Because these biologically diverse lakes can cut winding passages to the gulf, salt and fresh water mingle and exchange, creating distinctive ecosystems.
Picnic at Eden Gardens State Park in Point Washington, a 163-acre state park on Tucker Bayou. Located off County Road 395 and U.S. 98 the park was once the home of lumber baron William Henry Wesley and his family. Take a tour of the 1895 mansion, stroll through the garden trail, or wander through the grassy lawns that stretch from the mansion to the bay.