Covering 208 acres of woodlands and coast, this state-owned park was first opened to visitors in the early 1980s. Bought from a private owner, the land was undeveloped and remains so today. Swimming and lounging are welcomed along the 6000 feet...  Read More

James W. Lee County Park

This beachfront park is located right off of Old Highway 98 and is convenient for travelers driving up or down the coast. It has a large bathhouse with changing rooms, restrooms and outdoor showers. Access to the beach is easy via dune...  Read More

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Okaloosa Island Boardwalk
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The Boardwalk itself is an entertainment complex with clubs and restaurants, but its beaches are expansive. Lots of people, including military guys and college kids, come to bask in the sun, swim and play volleyball at the numerous local courts....  Read More

Grayton Beach State Recreation Area

Home to some of the best beaches in the area, this state park covers 1133 acres and first opened to the public in 1968. Located near the community of Grayton Beach, it attracts visitors with its unspoiled beauty and abundant wildlife. Swimming...  Read More

John Beasley Wayside Park

A few yards from the Okaloosa Boardwalk, this public park grants convenient access to the beach and offers free parking as well. A large weathered-wood building with hipped metal roof houses changing areas and restrooms for men and women, along...  Read More