Explore our Local Emerald Coast Parks
Whether you are a local or vacationing along 30A, the hot summer sun can leave you sweating, with visions of drinking an iced tea while falling backward into a pool of cold water. Luckily, there are options for the whole family for water, fishing and outdoor fun, whether you’re two or 72. Below are a few South Walton area parks my family enjoys, and the links to local and state park websites.
Pilcher Park is a new park located under the 331 bridge. There is a ramp off of 331 to get to the park. It is free to enter and fish in the Bay. I spent a couple hours there recently. It is a very peaceful park. It boasts fishing docks, boat ramps, ample parking and restroom facilities. In addition, there are two large covered areas with electrical outlets, which gives one the option to bring a lawn chair and “work” while looking out at the beautiful water. Or, a better option might be a picnic basket and blanket. Either way, it’s a peaceful place to be and a fun thing to do while on your 30A vacation. There is also a sidewalk that runs along the Bay, perfect for exercising while the breeze hits your face.
In an effort to help keep the bay shore looking beautiful, a local church group is sponsoring a cleanup. Good News United Methodist Church will be cleaning up the shore and grass areas at Pilcher Park on Tuesday, June 13th at 10:00 am. Says Anna Albrycht, a member of the church, “Cleaning up shared spaces is one way we can help our community and the world. Trash, left unchecked, can negatively impact our ecosystem, which is not only a source of food and water but is also integral to the success of our local economy.” Everyone is welcome to come and help clean up.
Enjoy relief from the hot summer sun at Padgett Park, located at located at 810 J D Miller Rd, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459. Entrance is free. The park offers restrooms, two covered picnic areas, a walking path, soccer field, swings, a play set and enclosed splash pad. There is a walking path from the parking lot to the park, which is nice if you have toddlers and want to let them play freely without worrying about moving cars.
Additionally, for rainy-day birthday parties or other special family events, Padgett Park offers the Padgett Park Community Center, a facility available for rental that houses a refrigerator/freezer, sink and space for display of food items. Renting this venue offers children and others the fun of the playground and an air-conditioned space to cool off and eat on hot days. The following link provides instructions on the facility rental: Padgett Park Rental Info
Helen McCall Park
Helen McCall Park is located at 325 Moll Drive, Santa Rosa Beach, 32459, with free entry. It offers both a toddler and kids’ playground, covered picnic areas and restroom facilities. Additionally, there is a fenced-in ball field. It is great for gathering park visitors for a fun game of kickball. If you are hot, cool off in the enclosed splash pad.
Frank Brown Park
Frank Brown Park is located at 16200 Panama City Beach Parkway. It offers many amenities, including soccer fields, an outdoor basketball court, large playground, a picnic pavilion available for rental, freshwater youth fishing pond and fenced area for dogs. Entrance to the park is free.
There is also a public water park that is fun for both kids of all ages and adults. You can check out their website for more details and pricing.
Listed below are helpful websites for the Panama City Beach, Santa Rosa Beach and Destin Parks:
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