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Northwest Florida Water Management District reopens some day use recreation sites

The Northwest Florida Water Management District is re-opening most of its day-use recreation sites beginning Monday, May 4, 2020. The sites had been closed in accordance with Executive Order 20-91 issued by Gov. Ron DeSantis last month. Visitors to the day-use recreation sites must adhere to CDC guidelines on social distancing and group size. Recreation facilities at the Pitt/Sylvan and Williford spring recreation sites along Econfina Creek and Cypress Spring along Holmes Creek will remain closed. The Pipes and Fillingim...

Walton area recreation closures, opens

As of March 19, 2020 many area recreation sites have been temporarily closed due to the outbreak of COVID-19. It is difficult to keep up with all the changes, however here are a few closed areas: WALTON COUNTY BCC CLOSES BEACHES TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC; SHERIFF’S OFFICE CHARGED WITH ENFORCEMENT. Walton parks beyond the beach remain open March 19, 2020 WALTON COUNTY, Fla— A vote early Thursday morning has closed beaches to the general public in Walton County. At their...

Rock the Falls Music Festival at Falling Waters State Park April 4

CANCELLED – Join Falling Waters State Park for some wonderful regional bands under the majestic pines on Sat., April 4 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. A great day of music, arts and crafts, kid’s activities and food will be available. Music schedule: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon – The Krickets 12:00 – 2:00 PM – The Curry’s 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Christon Birge 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. – Luke Langford Band The event is free with park entry....

Campfire stories at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park March 27

CANCELLED – Enjoy stories around the campfire while you learn about park history and what is occurring seasonally. The campfire will be held on Fri., March 27, 2020 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the amphitheater. Campfires will be held on the fourth Friday of the month just after sunset, so make sure to enter the park before the gate closes. This activity is a part of the Topsail After Dark Series, which allows visitors to enjoy the park as...

Night at the park in Freeport March 21

CANCELLED The City of Freeport’s Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a night at the park at Freeport Regional Sports Complex. The event will be on March 21, 2020 from 6 – 8:30 p.m. and is free to the public. Enjoy a bonfire, live entertainment, hayrides, and bouncy houses. Hamburgers, hot dogs, smores, coffee and hot cocoa will be available. Bring your lawn chairs or blanket. Freeport Regional Sports Complex is located at 563 Hammock Trail East, Freeport, Florida 32439...

Tour the Niña and Pinta sailing ships in Fort Walton Beach March 13 – 22

The ‘Pinta’ and the ‘Niña,’ replicas of Columbus’ Ships, will be docked at Brooks Bridge Marina, 1198 Miracle Strip Parkway, South East, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548 from March 13 – 22, 2020. Tours will be available from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. The ‘Nina’ was built completely by hand and without the use of power tools. Archaeology magazine called the ship “the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built.” In 2005, the ‘Pinta’, also a caravel, was launched in...

Stargazing at Eden Gardens State Park March 20

CANCELLED – Join the park rangers for an after-hours park experience gazing at the heavens from the lawn at Eden Gardens State Park. The event will be held on Fri., March 20, 2020 from 7 – 10 p.m. In partnership with the Northwest Florida Astronomy Association, the park will offer the opportunity to gaze through the lens of several telescopes with local astronomers guiding your eye to the sky. Feel free to bring your own telescope, as Eden Gardens is one of the...

Marvel of Flight Fly In and Expo in DeFuniak Springs March 27, 28

CANCELLED – Marvel of Flight 2020 is a two-day event at the DeFuniak Springs Municipal Airport beginning on Friday, March 27, from 1 pm – 5 pm with aircraft rides (for a fee). Saturday’s portion of the event, is 9 am – 5 pm, includes an expo of numerous vintage era planes and a festival including model rocket and drone demonstrations, live country music, educational presentations, vendor and information booths, kids activities, flight and skydiving demonstrations, car show, seminars, and...

Guided plant stroll at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park March 16

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and Master Gardener Bill Kuenstler on the third Monday of the month for a guided plant stroll. The event will be held on Mon., March 16 from 9 – 11 a.m. Take a stroll through the park and the campground to explore the plants visible and to see what is in bloom. Please wear weather appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes as you’ll be walking on uneven terrain. This program is free with regular...