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Jul
7
Tue
Free admission to Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
Jul 7 @ 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Beginning May 22, 2015 regular day-use admission fees will be waived for public entrance to Topsail Hill State Park through a reimbursement program administered by Visit South Walton (VSW). The program will be in effect May 22, 2015 until September 7, 2015 with VSW reimbursing the state park up to $25,000 for entrance fees during this time for visitors and residents.

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park’s tram service shall operate service each day 9:00 a.m. until sunset at least twice per hour to provide transportation to the Park’s beach access from the Park’s public parking lot. This program is to increase beach access parking availability along 30A, increase awareness of outdoor recreation opportunities, and increase visitation to the park.

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is located at 7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459. For more information, call (850) 267-8330. ::MAP::

Jul
8
Wed
Free admission to Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
Jul 8 @ 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Beginning May 22, 2015 regular day-use admission fees will be waived for public entrance to Topsail Hill State Park through a reimbursement program administered by Visit South Walton (VSW). The program will be in effect May 22, 2015 until September 7, 2015 with VSW reimbursing the state park up to $25,000 for entrance fees during this time for visitors and residents.

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park’s tram service shall operate service each day 9:00 a.m. until sunset at least twice per hour to provide transportation to the Park’s beach access from the Park’s public parking lot. This program is to increase beach access parking availability along 30A, increase awareness of outdoor recreation opportunities, and increase visitation to the park.

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is located at 7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459. For more information, call (850) 267-8330. ::MAP::

Explore Western Lake on a guided paddle tour
Jul 8 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA), in partnership with Northwest Florida State College, announces the summer season of its popular eco-tourism initiative, Eco Adventures of Walton County.

Explore a coastal dune lake of South Walton County! This kayak tour will take you around Western Lake; one of the larger lakes of the coastal dune lake systems. Experience the diversity of wildlife and habitats that define these unique lake systems. This tour is led by the local and avid eco-tour guide Dave Posey.

Moderate to high exertion level, depending on wind conditions. Participants are asked to bring plenty of water, forecast compatible clothing and personal comfort items (i.e. sunscreen, bug spray, etc.). Kayak rental included in the cost of the tour.

There is a Bring Your Own Boat option for this tour. See discounted rate under “Fee”

Space is limited to 8 participants. Minimum of 3.

Location: Meet at the South Walton campus of Northwest Florida State College 109 South Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459. Guide will lead a caravan to Grayton Beach State Park to launch boats.

Fee: $60 per person/$45 per person bring your own boat

Discover Roads Less Traveled offers visitors and local residents extraordinary opportunities to explore, discover, and learn about the pristine natural resources that make Walton County unique. Descriptions of the tours being offered are available online at www.basinalliance.org by clicking the Eco Tours information box. Registration is available by phone at 850-200-4160.

Guided sunset paddle on Western Lake
Jul 8 @ 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge has partnered with Sunny Days Sports to offer stand up paddleboard eco-tours on one of South Walton’s coastal dune lakes. Western Lake in South Walton is a stunning backdrop for an eco tour adventure led by master naturalist, Jeff Ragland.

The paddleboard eco-tours will be offered each Wednesday from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m., beginning June 24. Tours are intended for groups of 2-8 guests and cost $89 per person. Reservations are required and include board rental, paddles, a guided tour of Western Lake, and snacks. Contact the ECWR at 850-650-1880 for more information, or call Sunny Days Sports at 850-231-1974 to sign up.

 

Live music every Wednesday in Seaside
Jul 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Wednesdays at 7 p.m. in the Seaside Amphitheater
June 24 – John & Jacob

July 1 – The Shadowboxers
July 8 – Alanna Royale
July 15 – Great Peacock
July 22 – Humming House
July 29 – The Mulligan Brothers

August 5 – Dwayne Shivers
August 12 – Forrest Williams
August 19 – Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes
August 26 – MamaDear

Explore the sights and sounds of nature at night with Nonie’s Ark Animal Eventures
Jul 8 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA), in partnership with Northwest Florida State College, announces the summer season of its popular eco-tourism initiative, Eco Adventures of Walton County.

Discover the sights and sounds of nature at night. Nonie’s Ark Animal Encounters will guide evening Eco-Adventure’s for the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance this summer on Wednesdays. A minimum of five Eventurer’s are needed and a maximum of 25. We will meet at some of Walton County’s exceptional biodiverse habitats and explore for elusive creatures such as fox, owls, frogs and especially bats. All are invited but focus is on ages 4-10.  Bring a flashlight or headlamp to light your way and come properly dressed for heat and ready to repel bugs.

The tours will lead out of various locations throughout Walton County; tours will meet at sites listed on flyers.

Space is limited to 25. Minimum of 5 required.

Fee: $15

Location:

June 10, 2015 tour will be held at Coffeen Nature Preserve:

146 Coffeen Hill Rd., Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

June 24, 2015 tour will be held at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park:

7525 W County Highway 30a, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Other date locations check with website.

Discover Roads Less Traveled offers visitors and local residents extraordinary opportunities to explore, discover, and learn about the pristine natural resources that make Walton County unique. Descriptions of the tours being offered are available online at www.basinalliance.org by clicking the Eco Tours information box. Registration is available by phone at 850-200-4160. Click here to download reference # info: Summer 2015 ECOTOUR DESCRIPTIONS

Jul
9
Thu
Free admission to Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
Jul 9 @ 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Beginning May 22, 2015 regular day-use admission fees will be waived for public entrance to Topsail Hill State Park through a reimbursement program administered by Visit South Walton (VSW). The program will be in effect May 22, 2015 until September 7, 2015 with VSW reimbursing the state park up to $25,000 for entrance fees during this time for visitors and residents.

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park’s tram service shall operate service each day 9:00 a.m. until sunset at least twice per hour to provide transportation to the Park’s beach access from the Park’s public parking lot. This program is to increase beach access parking availability along 30A, increase awareness of outdoor recreation opportunities, and increase visitation to the park.

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is located at 7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459. For more information, call (850) 267-8330. ::MAP::

Americana Under the Stars at Topsail
Jul 9 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is hosting a musical event on Thursdays. Americana Under the Stars, a new weekly concert series will showcase singer/songwriters from across the country.

Admission to the park is free and there is a suggested $5 donation to the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. Enter through the main park entrance off of 30-A and park in the day use parking area, from there it is a short hike down to the amphitheater. Bring a chair, your favorite beverage and enjoy some music in the park. This is family/ pet friendly and fun for all ages.

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is located at 7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459. For more information, call (850) 267-8330 ::MAP::

 

Guided nature walk at Grayton Beach State Park
Jul 9 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Park Ranger Charlie will be leading a guided nature walk along the parks dune nature trail. Come learn about coastal dune lakes, the flora and fauna that call the dunes home, and see the most photographed spot on 30-A. Participants will meet at the lakeside pavilion on the east end of the beach parking area. Appropriate clothing, closed toe shoes, drinking water is required. Insect repellant, sun screen, and hat is suggested. This program will take approximately 1 hour.

Directions: Grayton Beach State Park is located South of U.S. 98 approximately halfway between Panama City Beach and Destin. Take County Road 283 south of U.S. 98, turn left at the stop sign on 30A. Approximately a 1/4 mile east of the intersection of County Road 30A and County Road 283 the entrance is on the right.

Contact: (850) 267-8300 for more information. All programs are subject to change. Outside programs will be cancelled during severe weather/rain.

Jul
10
Fri
Free admission to Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
Jul 10 @ 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Beginning May 22, 2015 regular day-use admission fees will be waived for public entrance to Topsail Hill State Park through a reimbursement program administered by Visit South Walton (VSW). The program will be in effect May 22, 2015 until September 7, 2015 with VSW reimbursing the state park up to $25,000 for entrance fees during this time for visitors and residents.

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park’s tram service shall operate service each day 9:00 a.m. until sunset at least twice per hour to provide transportation to the Park’s beach access from the Park’s public parking lot. This program is to increase beach access parking availability along 30A, increase awareness of outdoor recreation opportunities, and increase visitation to the park.

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is located at 7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459. For more information, call (850) 267-8330. ::MAP::

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