Emerald Coast Fun Facts

Feb. 23, 2024

How DeFuniak Became the "Best Small Town" in Florida

Known for its abundance of quaint historic homes, DeFuniak is a charming town with a rich history. The area was initially discovered by a survey team in 1881, whose purpose was to scout a route for the developing railway. The group realized that this haven near the almost perfectly round ...

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Jan. 5, 2024

The History of Niceville

Originally known by a much different name, Niceville is a small city located on Choctawhatchee Bay. Now most famous for its safe community and gorgeous beaches, this cozy settlement was originally home to only a handful of people and a single gristmill.

Founded as Boggy, Florida, in the 1840s, the ...

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Oct. 13, 2023

The Underwater Museum of Art: Diving in Northern Florida

Do you love art, scuba diving, and supporting our underwater ecosystems? If you said yes to one, two, or all, you absolutely must check out the Underwater Museum of Art.

The Underwater Museum of Art is the first permanent underwater sculpture garden in the USA. It is located off the ...

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Sept. 8, 2023

Destin-Fort Walton Beach's Artificial Reef Program

The shimmering waters of Destin-Fort Walton Beach, Florida, hold a secret beneath the waves - expansive artificial reefs. These captivating structures include manufactured reefs and coral nurseries, purpose-sunk boats, concrete structures, and even an underwater tank! A hidden world lies submerged in Destin on the Gulf, serving vital functions of the ...

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Aug. 15, 2023

The Best Kept Secret in Florida - The History of Navarre

the best kept secret of Florida - the history of Navarre

Often referred to as the “Best Kept Secret in Florida” by locals, Navarre is a quiet community with a long history. Although originally found in 1693 by Spanish explorers traveling from Mexico, it was nearly 200 years before this area was officially recognized as a village and given the name ...

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July 11, 2023

Discover the Rich History of Fort Walton Beach


Nestled in the enchanting landscape of northwestern Florida, Fort Walton Beach beckons visitors with its captivating past. Delve into a journey through time with me as we uncover the origins of my vibrant city.

Discover the History of Fort Walton Beach

The original inhabitants date all the way back to ...

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