Quality of Life
From historic neighborhoods and secluded rural living to a view of the beach and the golf course, Walton County has it all. Historic homes in small cities provide access to all necessities and a casual pace of life. Planned communities have proliferated, many with views of the Gulf or Chocktawhatchee Bay and often featuring elaborate recreational facilities, bike paths and nature trails. Large acreage lots in the County's rural areas are tailor made for residents with horses. The unique communities along beachside Scenic Highway 30-A are like none other and are often cited as milestones of architecture and conservation.
The sugary white sands and turquoise waters number Walton County's coastline among the world's most beautiful beaches. The Gulf, the Bay and numerous lakes and waterways provide opportunities for swimming, snorkeling, fishing, kayaking, canoeing and boating. The coastal dune lakes along Highway 30-A are matched only by similar water bodies in Australia, New Zealand, Africa and Oregon, making them a rare phenomenon, worthy of discovery and exploration.
Six state parks feature miles of forest trails, hiking and bike paths.
Tennis and golf are favorite pastimes in Walton County. Tennis players can enjoy clay or traditional hard surfaces for their matches, including two dedicated tennis resorts. Golf facilities cater to players of all skill levels, with some of the finest courses anywhere on the Gulf Coast. Youth athletic programs flourish in Walton County, with several outstanding facilities catering to both local and traveling teams. Their activities are supported by a wonderful mild climate that nurtures year-round outdoor play.
Lovers of the visual and performing arts have endless opportunities in Walton County. Annual special events celebrate painting, photography and sculpture. The Walton County Tourist Development Council works continuously with community groups to advance local arts programs. The County is also home to a wide range of performing arts such as theater and outdoor concerts.
With friendly, family-owned restaurants that are some of the most highly regarded in all of Florida, a great meal is never far away in Walton County. The area boasts an AAA Four Diamond winner, along with six establishments that were ranked by Florida Trand Magazine among the top 500 in the state.
Shoppers' tastes vary as much as diners' do, but that's no problem in Walton County. Designer fashions are found right around the corner from distinctive antiques, local art and home accessories. Shopping options range from historic downtowns to beachfront boutiques to newly developed town centers to the nation's largest designer outlet complex.