Whether you are an avid runner or a novice, there are many races along the Emerald Coast in which to participate. Our local areas races may be a 5K, 10K, half marathon, or marathon for you to choose depending on your fitness level. Your goal may be to break a previous personal best time or it may be simply to finish the race. Go for the gold in some or all of these upcoming runs. Nearly all of them are for charity, so you can feel proud that you are not only improving your health but also supporting a great cause! Check out these upcoming races in Fort Walton Beach and surrounding areas, including Destin, Crestview, Valparaiso, Miramar Beach, Navarre, and Niceville.
Upcoming 2017 Races
April 1, 2017 – Pryor 5K – Fort Walton Beach, FL
April 8, 2017 – Hunger Run 5K – Niceville, FL
April 15, 2017 – Run For Joy 5K – Niceville, FL
April 200, 2017 – Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers Mugbug 5k – Fort Walton Beach, FL
April 22, 2017 – Liza Jackson 5K – Fort Walton Beach, FL
April 23, 2017 – Trailblazer Trail Run (6.3 miles) – Fort Walton Beach, FL
April 29, 2017 – Heritage 5K – Valparaiso, FL
April 29, 2017 – Payne Chiropractic Life Center 5K – Destin, FL
May 6, 2017 – Sunset Stampede 5K – Navarre, FL
May 13, 2017 – Rice and Beans 5K
May 20, 2017 – Race 4 Hearts 5K
May 27, 2017 – Gate to Gate Memorial Run 4.4 Miles/10K – Eglin AFB, FL
June 3, 2017 – Billy Bowlegs 5K – Fort Walton Beach, FL
Set your goals high and choose several of these upcoming runs to help support our local charities and races! 5K and 10K runs are huge fundraisers for many local non-profit organization along the Emerald Coast. Your support by running in the race and sharing race information online is very appreciated and helpful to make these events successful. We look forward to seeing you at the upcoming races!
Are we missing a race? If so, please comment below and we’ll be glad to add it to the list above and the race calendar. Or, feel free to add it yourself for FREE!
December 11, 2016 | admin
A list of the 2017 haunted houses, haunted trails, haunted woods, haunted hay rides, and other fun Halloween activities around the Emerald Coast.
It’s that time of year again when people who like to be scared senseless can have their pick of scary adventures in our area. There are plenty of frightful venues in our area guaranteed to scare you as much (or as little) as you like. Most of them run between $7-$15 per person.
2017 Scary Halloween Activities
Dates & Times TBA
Hallows Hill Haunted Hay Ride 2017
Dates and Times:
October 7-8 7-10 pm
October 14-15 7-10 pm
October 21-22 7-10 pm
October 28-29 7-10 pm
October 31 7-10 pm
November 4-5 7-10 pm
Cost : $7
Nightmare on Old Spanish Trail
Dates and Times:
October 7-8 7-11 pm
October 14-15 7-11 pm
October 21-22 7-11 pm
October 28-29 7-11 pm
October 31 7-10 pm
November 4-5 7-11 pm
Cost : $15
The Dark – Haunted House
Dates and Times:
October 21-22 Time 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM
October 28-29 Time 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Place: Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge Zoological Park – Crestview
DeFuniak Springs Haunted Hospital
Dates and Times:
October 21-22 Time 7:00 PM – MIDNIGHT
October 28-29 Time 7:00 PM – MIDNIGHT
Place: 1290 Circle Drive, DeFuniak Springs, FL 32435
Fun Halloween Activities
Tricks & Treasures at The Boardwalk
Meet at The Boardwalk for an evening of trick or treating, treasure hunting, carnival games, live music and entertainment, hula hoop contest, and more!
Date & Time:
October 31 Time 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Place: The Boardwalk
Trick or Treat Street
Trick or treat through the Village streets of Baytown Wharf while listening to frighteningly good live music. Enjoy crafts, balloon animals, and stiltwalking. End the night with a spooktacular fireworks display over the lagoon.
Date & Time:
October 31 Time 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Place: Baytowne Wharf
Kids & Dog costume contest, trick or treating, face painting, and creepy Halloween crafts at Destin Commons.
Date & Time:
October 28 Time 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Place: Destin Commons
Uptown Station Halloween Celebration
Enjoy trick or treating at the Uptown Station shops, costume contests, and more at Uptown Station for this Halloween celebration.
Date & Time:
October 29 Time 6:00 PM
Place: Uptown Station
Pumpkinpalooza at HarborWalk Village
Family fun begins at 2pm with a kid’s and pet costume contest, arts, crafts, and, of course, trick or treating.
Date & Time:
October 30 Time 2:00 PM
Place: HarborWalk Village
Monster Mash Pub Crawl
Leave the kids and have some adult fun at HarborWalk Village with an adult costume contest and plenty of bar stops along the Destin Harbor.
Date & Time:
October 29 Time 6:00 PM
Place: HarborWalk Village
October 19, 2016 | Jennifer Black
Florida’s Emerald Coast is host to many fireworks displays and celebrations. Local and visitors alike love a great fireworks show and you have many choices throughout the year. Of course, you New Year’s Even, Memorial Day, and Independence Day are holidays known for great fireworks, there are many more opportunities that you don’t want to miss. There are plenty of show during the Summer in Destin and Fort Walton Beach.
Upcoming Fireworks Destin – Fort Walton Beach
May 28, 2017 – Memorial Day Weekend Celebration – Baytowne Wharf – Miramar Breach, FL
June 3, 2017 – Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival – Fort Walton Beach, FL
July 4, 2017 – Red, White, and Baytowne – Baytowne Wharf – Miramar Beach, FL
December 31, 2017 – New Year’s Eve at The Landing – Fort Walton Beach, FL
December 31, 2017 – New Year’s Eve Street Party – HarborWalk Village – Destin, FL
December 31, 2017 – Baytowne Countdown – Baytowne Wharf – Miramar Beach, FL
December 31, 2017 – New Year’s Eve Countdown – Seaside, FL
You can always check our fireworks calendar to see the latest listings of all fireworks displays along the Emerald Coast.
4th of July Fireworks 2017
Okaloosa Island Fireworks 2017
May 26, 2016 | admin
You don’t have to look far to find fun Destin Florida events or fun things to do around the Fort Walton Beach, FL area. There are always great festivals along the Emerald Coast to attend for family fun. Whether you are tourists or a local, our area festivals offer plenty of lively music, tasty food, unique entertainment, interesting culture, and plenty of people enjoying our beautiful area. Destin, Fort Walton Beach, and Niceville are home to quite a few notable festivals each year, including the Destin Seafood Festival, Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival, and the Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival.
Throughout the year, there are many unique and entertaining festivals around the Destin and Fort Walton Beach area. No matter what your interests, you’ll most likely find a festival to your liking. If for some reason you don’t find a festival that meets your taste, start your own!
April 21-23, 2017 – Musical Echoes Native American Flute Festival – Fort Walton Beach, FL
April 27-30, 2017 – South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival – Miramar Beach, FL
May 12-14, 2017 – ArtsQuest Fine Arts Festival – Miramar Beach, FL
May 27-29, 2017 – Memorial Day Weekend Celebration – Miramar Beach, FL
June 3-4, 2017 – Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival – Fort Walton Beach, FL
July 4, 2017 – Red, White, and Baytowne – Miramar Beach, FL
Nearly every weekend you find at least one festival to attend on the Emerald Coast. Most of our local area festivals offer a chance to learn more about a particular topic, such as history or culture, while at the same time offering loads of fun and entertainment. Bring the whole family and invite plenty of friends so our area festivals will be successful and continue to thrive year after year.
Are we missing a festival? If so, please comment below and we’ll be glad to add it to the list above and the festivals calendar. Alternatively, you can add it yourself for FREE.
March 30, 2016 | admin
As the weather begins to cool and we all venture outside more often, a list of local Fall events can help you plan your fun. Here are the not-so-scary and just plain fun events happening around the area. Most are kid friendly and offer a full day of activities! If you know of any other activities in our area please comment below and we will be glad to add them.
Sweet Seasons Farm Corn Maze 2015
Date & Time: Open October 2 through November 1, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday each week.
Friday – 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Saturday – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday – 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Where: Sweet Seasons Farm Milton, FL
Cost: $10 + tax
Baker Corn Maze 2015
Date & Time: Open October 3 through November 1, Saturday and Sunday each week
Saturday: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Where: Baker Corn Maze Baker, FL
Fort Walton Beach Zombie Walk
Date & Time: October 17,2015 starting at 4:00 pm
Where: Fort Walton Beach Landing
Cost: 4 can of food for Sharing and Caring, Fort Walton Beach
Halloween Party at Local Catch Bar & Grill
Date & Time: October 31, 2015 8:45 pm – till
Where: Local Catch Bar & Grill, Hwy 30A
Halloween on the BOOlevard of Fun
Date & Time: October 31,2015 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Where: Grand Park at Grand Boulevard at Miramar Beach
Harvest Market and Kids’ Halloween Bash
Date & Time: October 24, 2015 9:00 am- 5:00 pm
Where: Rosemary Beach, FL
Seaside Halloweener Derby Day
Date & Time: October 24,2015
Where: Seaside Amphitheater Seaside,FL
Howl-O-Ween Pet Parade & Pumpkin Drop 2015
Date & Time: October 23, 2015 4:00 pm -6:00 pm
Where: Alys Beach Amphitheater Alys Beach, FL
Date & Time: October 31, 2015 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Where: Harborwalk Village Destin, FL
Trick or Treat Street
Date & Time: October 31,2015 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: Baytowne Wharf Destin, FL
Halloween Haunt at Destin Commons
Date & Time: October 30, 2015
Where: Destin Commons Destin, FL
September 30, 2015 | Jennifer Black
What do you do when you are vacationing and a sudden medical emergency arises? For that matter, even if you are at home and someone becomes violently ill or is injured, your first thought may be to call 911 or go immediately to the closes hospital emergency room. If the illness or injury is truly life-threatening, you are on the right track.
But what if the minor emergency involves chills and fever, or a child falling off the backyard jungle gym appears to have a sprain, and you just want to make sure there are no broken bones involved? Try calling your local personal physician (if its during office hours), and you will likely be told that the earliest appointment available is next week, or even later. If you insist on being seen immediately, the receptionist will likely refer to you to option A above the hospital emergency room.
So you go to the emergency room, and submit to the system that is really equipped for full blow, ambulance-arriving emergencies, like youve seen on TV. You feel out of place, and a little embarrassed about tying up resources really designed for much more serious situations than yours. Have no worries! They will simply charge you or your insurance carrier the same as if you were arriving with a huge emergency, and never blink an eye. A typical emergency room visit will cost you (or your insurance company, or the taxpayers) a minimum of $3000 to $5000, no matter how simple the procedure.
What is the alternative? Take a look around, and you will probably come across the hottest trend in cutting edge care for just such eventualities as yours. Stand-alone immediate care walk-in facilities requiring no appointment seem to be cropping up everywhere. One such clinic is Gulf Coast Immediate Care, Inc., located at 345 Miracle Strip Parkway SW, in Fort Walton Beach. Founded by Dr. Robert Siegel over 25 years ago, it was among the first to recognize this developing trend in health care. Patients here are welcomed during the hours of 7:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday, and from 9:00 am to noon on Saturday for a variety of services, including minor emergencies. The facility accepts most medical insurance plans, including Medicare and Tricare, as well as uninsured patients on a first-come basis. Credit cards are accepted for payment, making the process of getting appropriate treatments convenient and easy. Because the staff at Gulf Coast Immediate care includes nurse practitioners to assist Dr. Siegel, and low overhead, the cost for treatment is usually a fraction of the equivalent services if provided by a typical hospital emergency room. A typical x-ray evaluation of a childs play injury to determine if bone breakage is involved, can run as little as $300 to $500.
Some patients choose to use this facility for their regular scheduled appointments, but most are coming in for immunizations, employment-required drug and alcohol screening, school sports physicals or minor emergencies. Other services include daycare physicals, DOT physicals, evaluation of workers comp injuries, and auto-accident injury evaluation and after care. The motto of Gulf Coast Immediate Care is See someone who can see you. The average wait time for routine care is 30 minutes or less. When then clinic is busy, and for non-emergency patients, the clinic offers discounts at the nearby Waffle House and IHop restaurants, so families can spend the wait time off-site when necessary.
Because Gulf Coast has on-site labs and x-ray facilities, evaluation and treatment take place in minimal time, which also increases convenience and decreases total cost of treatment. The Saturday hours allow people who absolutely cannot take time off from work to handle routine medical services.
With the current emphasis on reducing overall medical expenses, and the concern about lack of insurance for increasing numbers of people, there need to be alternatives to high-cost hospital emergency rooms for routine care or minor emergencies. Walk-in clinics such as Gulf Coast Immediate Care fill this need, and will likely become more prevalent, regardless of whether the Affordable Care Act remains in force or not after the upcoming elections.
It may be that medical services in the United States need to return to a system resembling more what existed prior to World War II. Most people then had no medical insurance, but went to their doctor on a pay-as-you go basis as required. Those who had insurance only carried it for major, catastrophic illnesses, massive trauma emergencies or long-term care.
Look into immediate care facilities in your area. They may be just what the doctor ordered.
July 20, 2012 | admin
Computers are getting much more complicated and sophisticated these days making it difficult for novice computer users to service their own computers. There are so many potential problems with computers such as viruses or spyware, hardware upgrades, software updates, registry problems, sluggish response times, and many other possible issues. So where do go for computer repair Fort Walton Beach?
Look no further than Professional Computer Training & Services (PCTS). Paul Montalvo, owner and operator of PCTS, offers computer repair at a fair and dependable price. He is very knowledgeable with virus and spyware removal, hardware and software upgrades, networking, and general computer performance improvements. PCTS has over 25 years of experience in servicing both laptops and desktops. They also offer one-on-one or group training sessions. On-site service is offered for your home or your business. Professional Computer Training & Services understands the importance of business systems and they prioritize their calls based on the severity of the computer downtime. If your computer is critical to your day to day operations for your business, they will bump your service call toward the front of the line. Fast, dependable service as well as fair pricing is their goal.
Montalvo says, “We also offer discounts to Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce members as well as discounts for our military.” Be sure you take advantage of those great discount opportunity if you quality. If you don’t qualify for the discounts, you will likely still find that their pricing is much lower than competitors.
Paul offers personalized service and he doesn’t stop until your problem has been resolved. If you are in Fort Walton Beach, Destin, Crestview, Niceville, or the surrounding areas, give Paul a call today at 850-965-2808 to get your computer service scheduled. If you want to drop off your computer for repair, Professional Computer Training & Services is conveniently located in Fort Walton Beach, FL in the same office as Perfect Imprints. Their office address is 183 Eglin Pkwy NE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548.
July 16, 2012 | admin
One of the main ways small businesses across the Emerald Coast promote themselves is by networking with other business owners and professionals. One of the best ways to get in front of business owners is to join your local chamber of commerce. In Okaloosa, Walton, and Santa County alone, there are eight different chamber of commerces. There are many businesses that just join their closest chamber of commerce, while other, more proactive businesses join multiple chambers. Below is a list of each of the Emerald Coast Chamber of Commerces.
Okaloosa County Chamber of Commerces
Destin Area Chamber of Commerce – The Destin Chamber is located in the very tourist heavy area of Destin, FL on Highway 98 and is great way to mingle with Destin business owners and employees.
4484 Legendary Dr, Suite A
Destin, FL 32541
Crestview Area Chamber – This Chamber is located in Crestview, FL, which is the largest city in Okaloosa County.
1447 Commerce Drive
Crestview, FL 32539
Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce – This Chamber of Commerce is one of the largest chambers in all of Northwest Florida. They have an abundance of committees to serve on and network your business.
34 Miracle Strip Parkway
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32549
Niceville Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce – Located in the heart of Okaloosa County along the Choctawhatchee Bay, the Niceville Valparaiso Chamber offers plenty of opportunities for area businesses to promote their business to other business owners and professionals.
1055 E. John Sims Parkway
Niceville, FL 32578
Santa Rosa County Chamber of Commerces
Gulf Breeze Area Chamber of Commerce – This chamber is located right next to Pensacola and Pensacola Beach and offers a great opportunity to meet business owners in the Gulf Breeze area as well as the Pensacola area.
409 Gulf Breeze Parkway
Gulf Breeze, FL 32561
Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce – This chamber is a dynamic chamber with nearly half of it’s members from outside the Navarre Beach area, which offers a great way to network with a wide variety of businesses.
8543 Navarre Parkway
Navarre, FL 32566
Santa Rosa County Chamber of Commerce – By joining this chamber, you will have access to meeting business owners from the north part of Santa Rosa County.
5247 Stewart Street
Milton, Florida 32570
Walton County Chamber of Commerces
Walton Area Chamber of Commerce – If you are doing business in Walton County, being a part of the Walton Area Chamber is a great decision to further promote your business.
63 South Centre Trail
Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459
One thing is for sure and that is if you just sit back and wait for new clients to come to you, you likely won’t be very successful with your business. On the other hand, if you actively promote your business through business networking events on a regular basis, you will see business growth. Joining your local chamber of commerces is a great way to network, so join your closest chamber or join all eight of the chambers along the Emerald Coast!
July 13, 2012 | admin
July 10, 2012 | admin
The Emerald Coast is a hot spot for family vacations. Here on the Emerald Coast, you’ll find sun, fun, great seafood, and lots of outdoor activities.Whether you want to find an extreme adventure such as kite boarding, or something a little tamer, such as paddle boarding, you can do it on the beautiful Emerald Coast of Florida.
The Emerald Coast includes the following coastal cities: Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Navarre Beach, Gulf Breeze, Santa Rosa Beach, and Seaside Beach, FL. Some of the Destin condos and hotels are among the nicest and most luxurious condos anywhere around. Staying in condos can save you a lot of money because they contain full kitchens so you can cook at the condo for your family. However, many people come on vacation to avoid cooking and trying new restaurants each night is much more appealing. You won’t be disappointed, because there are some amazing Destin restaurants to choose from. Whether you want seafood, Italian, Asian, American, or pizza, Destin has it.
For those of you visiting the Emerald Coast without kids, you can party the night away at some of the great Destin nightclubs. Enjoy yourself in a relaxed beach club environment and party the night away while dressed in your swimwear. No dress codes here.
If you are looking for attractions on the Emerald Coast, there is plenty to do. Check out the list of Destin attractions and make some memories with your family. So get ready, get excited, and start having fun on the Emerald Coast.
July 9, 2012 | admin