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Discover creatures great and small at Emerald Coast Zoo in Crestview

Off the beaten path just off of Highway 90 sits is a sweet little zoo with a variety of creatures great and small. Nestled along Deer Springs Drive in Crestview, Emerald Coast Zoo is a fun way to spend some family time learning about animals from across the world. New owners Sara and Rick de Ridder have been working hard revitalizing the five-acre zoo. Purchased in 2017, the couple and their three children have been busy remodeling and making numerous...

Movies and More at Camp Helen State Park July 25

The fifth annual Movies & More series at Camp Helen State Park offer a family fun series will on Wednesdays June and July. The evenings begin at 5:30 p.m. in the park’s Recreation Hall with a brief interpretive program led by a Camp Helen Park Ranger or other expert. The program will be followed by an old-fashioned campfire cookout of hot dogs and s’mores provided by the Friends of Camp Helen. Each evening will conclude with a family-oriented movie in...

Mosquito Dash 5K fun run at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park July 28

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and the South Walton Mosquito Control for Mosquito Dash, a 5K Fun Run/Walk on July 28, 2018 from 6:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.  While on a paved trail through the park race participants will enjoy a beautiful view meandering through stations about mosquitoes and other insects and bugs.  This is a true fun run with no times or bibs or chips or awards only costumes and...

Kids Catfish Tournament hosted by Nick’s Seafood Restaurant July 21

Nick’s Seafood Restaurant is hosting a Kids Catfish Tournament on July 21, 2018. The tournament will be benefiting: ‘Backpacks of Love’ & Choctawhatchee Basin Allliance Grasses in Classes. CATFISH – Rules, Regs & Entry Form Rules- Kids age of 12 years or under. Four (4) catfish limit saltwater species. Fishing in the Choctawhatchee Bay or estuaries thereof. Fish may be caught in a boat, on a dock, or from the shoreline. Adults may assist kids with handling fish but may...

Movies and More at Camp Helen State Park July 11

The fifth annual Movies & More series at Camp Helen State Park offer a family fun series will on Wednesdays June and July. The evenings begin at 5:30 p.m. in the park’s Recreation Hall with a brief interpretive program led by a Camp Helen Park Ranger or other expert. The program will be followed by an old-fashioned campfire cookout of hot dogs and s’mores provided by the Friends of Camp Helen. Each evening will conclude with a family-oriented movie in...

Independence Day celebrations in Walton County

July  3 Seaside – 7:30 p.m. Stars and Strips POPS Concert featuring the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra at the Seaside Amphitheater. Free July 4 Grayton Beach – 8:30 a.m. parade starts The South Walton Youth Football & Cheer host the Grayton Beach 4th of July Day parade. They will be passing out beads and American flags. Wear your red white and blue with your football jerseys or cheer uniforms. Anyone who wishes to participate in the parade meet at 7:50 a.m....

Stargazing at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park July 6

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and the Northwest Florida Astronomy Association for an evening of viewing the sun, moon and stars through telescopes on July 6, 2018 from 4:30 – 9:30 p.m. Solar telescopes will be out until the sun sets for you to safely view the sun.  Then the astronomy association will switch telescopes and assist you in viewing any constellations, planets and other celestial objects that are visible. The program is weather dependent, and a decision is...

Movies and More at Camp Helen State Park June 27

The fifth annual Movies & More series at Camp Helen State Park offer a family fun series will on Wednesdays June and July. The evening begin at 5:30 p.m. in the park’s Recreation Hall with a brief interpretive program led by a Camp Helen Park Ranger or other expert. The program will be followed by an old-fashioned campfire cookout of hot dogs and s’mores provided by the Friends of Camp Helen. Each evening will conclude with a family-oriented movie in...

Panhandle Watermelon Festival in Chipley June 22 – 23

A Northwest Florida tradition, the 62nd Annual Panhandle Watermelon Festival will feature live entertainment on Friday, June 22, 2018 by country recording artists Joe Nichols and Deana Carter. There will also be activities for the children and good eats supplied by the Chipley Fire Department. Gates open at 5 pm and the concert is free to all participants. The performances will be held at Pals Park, Chipley. Saturday kicks off the traditional festival with loads of arts and crafts vendors,...

Choctawhatchee Bay Jam at Nick’s June 24

Sunday, June 24, 2018 – 5 pm to 9 pm Come out to the shores of Choctawhatchee Bay and kick-off summer at Nick’s Seafood Restaurant in Freeport (Basin Bayou) for the very first Choctawhatchee Bay Jam. Enjoy live music from The Band U.S., food, drinks and watch the sunset from one of the best views on the Bay. The event is free. Nick’s Seafood Restaurant is located at 7585 Hwy. 20 West, Freeport. ::MAP::...