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Florida’s year-round sun and warmth is what makes it the ideal place for a break no matter what time of year you’re looking to get away. You’ll enjoy time on the beach, whether it’s a leisurely stroll or you’re setting up for a day of basking in the sun, working on your tan, and swimming in the shimmering waters of the Gulf of Mexico or another fun-in-the-sun activity. Floridians know the best attractions and activities along 30A to enjoy a fun-filled break that includes activities for young and old, on water or for land lovers.

Pirate Cruise

Join Captain “Fearless” Phil and the rest of his crew aboard the Sea Dragon for a swashbuckling good time! You’ll experience the sea as the pirates did on a two-hour cruise full of fun for the whole family. Keep your eyes peeled for sightings of dolphins, manatees, sting rays, and more while you listen to music and enjoy all of the pirate fun. Pirate booty including cold drinks, snacks, t-shirts, and more will be available on board during the event. Watch the kids marvel at learning to sword fight or read a treasure map. They’ll also enjoy face painting, pirate tattoos, and firing the “Kid Cannon,” in addition to many other activities that take place throughout the ship.


This is one of the easiest and most fun activities for your whole group on a Florida getaway. Fishing is an activity that has no age or skill requirement to enjoy, and many fishing charter companies offer full-day or partial-day journeys. There are several experiences to choose from, including inshore, nearshore, and deep sea fishing. Some charter companies even take you to the flats, inlets, feeder creeks, bayous, and other hot spots for fly fishing. Young anglers are welcome, and many offer lessons for the first timers of the group. Cast a line in search of lunch or dinner in the form of redfish, tarpon, speckled trout, flounder, snapper, and more. Ask your chosen company about night fishing or add an extra thrill with shark fishing.

Snorkel and Scuba Tours

There are many companies along 30A that offer tours to extend your nature and wildlife viewing below the shimmering blue and green waters for the Gulf of Mexico. You’ll get close to bottlenose dolphins, sharks, manatees, rays, sea turtles and a variety of fish species as you explore the undersea world. Ask about daytime or sunset 30A tours, as well as gear rental for when you’ve built your confidence and want to strike out to the many great snorkel and scuba spots on your own.

Airboat Tour with 30A Airboat Adventures

Fly across the Florida waters on a one-of-a-kind airboat tour with 30A Airboat Adventures. Cut through the serene landscape and spot wildlife on the Choctawhatchee River, third-largest river in Florida, in terms of water volume discharged. Bring your camera, sun protection, and an extra layer or light jacket to combat the wind generated by the fan. The experience is family-friendly and there are no age limitations, but parents should consider the safety of their little ones before booking.

Coastal Biplane

The Coastal Biplane, better known as the Spirit of 30A, was built in 2010. Despite the modern build, it reflects the timeless look and feel of a classic 1930s biplane aircraft design. The Ferrari-red colored open cockpit of the Waco YMF-5 biplane seats the pilot and two side-by-side passengers – perfect for a romantic ride for you and your sweetest. See Fort Walton Beach and the surrounding area as the birds do. Opt for a short 20-minute cruise or choose one of their packages for more time in the sky. No matter which package you choose, you’re in for a thrill you’ll never forget.

Private Catamaran Cruise

There are plenty of ways to spend time in and on the water. For some private, romantic time on the water with your sweetheart, or a private cruise for you and your group without other riders, soak up the sun and enjoy of a private cruise. Embark on a daytime or sunset sail in a catamaran. You might even spot pelicans or other sea birds flying overhead, or bottlenose dolphins or manatees out for a swim. Ask about champagne or dining options aboard the vessel.

30A Tours and Experiences

Begin and end every day of your respite in a vacation rental by I Love 30A Vacations. You’ll enjoy the privacy of your own bedroom, private patios or balconies, and other indoor and outdoor spaces that offer privacy other accommodations can’t. There is plenty of space for everyone to enjoy time together or make their own fun for a vacation that’s unique to them. Choose from small condos for a small family or sweetheart getaway all the way up to five-bedroom single-family homes for a family reunion. Simplify your stay with fully equipped kitchens, beautiful and comfortable rooms, open living spaces, and more to bring the feeling of home away from. Choose a premium rental for upgrades like stainless steel appliances, sprawling master suites, flat screen TVs, private pool, and more.

Contact us today to start planning your fun-filled trip to 30A!