Fun Free and Almost Free Inlet Beach Kid Friendly Activities
As a stay at home mom to two little boys, I try to get out of the house and do something fun with them at least once a day. When you live in a vacation area like South Walton, entertainment can get expensive which is why I am excited to share ideas on how to have fun in Inlet Beach without breaking the bank. Here are my favorite Inlet Beach kid-friendly activities that are FREE or very close to it…
Strolling Through Inlet Beach
We live in Inlet Beach and our all-time favorite free activity is walking down to the Gulf as often as possible. Our “BOB Double Jogger” stroller get’s more use than our minivan over the course of most months and that’s just fine by us. We load the stroller up with the boys, sand toys, cooler of adult beverages, fishing poles and head for the water. From our house, it’s about an 8-minute walk to the Orange Street Regional Beach Access point which you’ll find on our interactive 30A map.
Orange Street is our favorite public access because of the proximity to our house, the fact that there are bathrooms and the boardwalk to the beach is a ramp. Being able to push the stroller all the way to the sand is a really nice thing for parents with young kids.
We love strolling through Inlet Beach and discovering all the new things that seem to pop up each week as it’s one of the fastest growing communities in South Walton County. The “Inlet Beach curve” is a fun spot to walk past and presents an epic family photo opportunity!
Fishing Inlet Beach with Kids
Fishing in Inlet Beach is another activity the boys and I love to do. We purchased some kid-friendly fishing poles at Dick’s (located at Pier Park North) that are cheap and work well from the surf. Once you have rods, all you need is some bait, sand spike rod holders, and a few Pompano rigs which all the 30A bait shops have premade. Fishbites are my bait of choice because they stay on the hook, don’t make your hands stink and work really well off the beach.
The boys and I also love to walk to the Lake Powell Public Pier off of North Walton Lakeshore Drive in Inlet Beach. It offers great views and easy access to the largest coastal dune lake in the area. With kids, it’s often much easier fishing Lake Powell than the beach because you don’t typically have issues with wind and sand.
Fun Times at the 30Avenue Green
Another kid-friendly Inlet Beach activity is walking (in the BOB of course) to 30Avenue and hanging out at the green. There you will find free hula hoops, corn hole games and fun fountains throughout the complex! Of course, I do love to pop into the shops and see what’s new. A few of my favorite shops at 30Avenue are Outpost, Otium, and Mingle. Outpost has a coffee bar which is perfect when you need a little pick-me-up while watching your kids run around the green.
Summertime at the 30Avenue green is a lot of fun as it’s home to Free live music concerts. We love to pack a cooler and relax while the boys run themselves ragged! You could also grab dinner before the music starts at one of the great 30Avenue restaurants like Barbacoa Mexican Grill, Cuvee or Amici.
Family Fun at Camp Helen State Park
Camp Helen State Park is located on the far east end of Inlet Beach at the border of Walton and Bay Counties and is one of our favorite places to explore together as a family. Hiking trails run all throughout Camp Helen and most of them are paved making it really easy with a Stroller. The kids are likely to see all sorts of critters including but not limited to turtles, birds, snakes, squirrels and the occasional whitetail deer.
Camp Helen is located on the west shore of Lake Powell and they have an awesome kayak rental program right at the park. If you have older kids you’ll definitely want to take advantage of their kayaks and explore one of the largest coastal dune lakes in the world! You can rent kayaks for a half hour, hour or full day at Camp Helen State Park so make sure to give it a go next time you’re in Panama City Beach or on the east end of the 30A corridor.
I hope this helps parents out there find some “outside the box” fun things to do with your little ones on your next trip to Inlet Beach and the 30A area!