-- At the Gulfarium, one of the nation's oldest marine parks, you can have Delilah the dolphin slide out of the water for a photo op with you.





State Parks
Wacky Fun

-- Golf. If golf is your game, you can play it year round on the Emerald Coast's challenging courses. Regatta Bay Golf and Country Club is the area's only Audubon-registered course, while Shalimar Pointe and Kelly Plantation are situated on beautiful Choctawhatchee Bay.

Things to do (besides fishing)

-- The Nathaniel Bowditch, a 54-foot traditionally rigged steel schooner, offers spectacular views and close encounters of the dolphin kind. You could get married aboard ship as well, if you're so inclined - not because Capt. Rex is a captain but because he's a notary and allowed to perform marriages in Florida.

-- Air Force Armament Museum at nearby Eglin Air Force Base. The collection ofaircraft and memorabilia traces the history of the Air Commandos and Special Operations forces from World War II to the present. Admission is free.

-- Indian Temple Mound Museum. Just across the bridge in Fort Walton Beach, this site offers a look at a Native American temple mound and displays more than 4,000 artifacts, including one of the largest collections of pottery in the Southeast. It's also right across the street from the historic downtown shopping area. -- Shopping. The area has all the surf stores you could every want, plus Destin Commons, an open-air shopping and dining complex, and Silver Sands Factory Stores, one of the largest designer outlets in the nation.

-- Seaside. About half an hour away is Seaside, a cozy town of Victorian-style dwellings and small shops. Developed from the ground up to foster old-fashioned community values, it looks exactly like The Truman Show - which it should, since the 1998 movie was filmed here.
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