1130 Motel Drive
Chipley, FL 32428
Phone: (850) 638-3996
Fax: (850) 638-4569
Arts & Museums
Walton County Heritage Museum is nestled in the downtown area of DeFuniak Springs. Housed in the restored rail depot, it is included in the DeFuniak Springs Historic District. This museum pertains to the history and cultural heritage of the county and is open to all visitors.
Five galleries feature changing exhibitions of visual and decorative arts in the historic building. Also features ARTventures, a hands-on exhibit for children and a gift gallery for shopping.
Go back to a simpler time at the Panhandle Pioneer Settlement. This living history museum has dedicated itself to preserving the traditions and lifestyle of the region's pioneers to educate future generations. In addition to their museum exhibits, the settlement offers a wide variety of activities, such as arts and crafts workshops and programs for boy and girl scouts. There are rental spaces available for weddings, celebrations, and dinners, and the settlement is happy to cater any event with a traditional pioneer feast. Stop at the Pioneer Settlement's shop where you'll find everything from Tupelo honey, maple syrup produced on site, as well as hand-crafted artisan goods from the Panhandle region. Check out the website for upcoming events such as the Annual Peanut Boil or Pioneer Day!
From dinos to trains, what kid wouldn't love to spend the day at this interactive museum? Created by the Junior Women's Club and the Women's Club of Panama City in 1967, the Junior Museum of Bay County opened in 1969 and moved to its current location in 1981. It sits on 12 acres full of fun for the whole family, from its 1500 foot boardwalk and nature trail, to its very own pioneer settlement. Learn about your body at the Body Works exhibit, then take a trip through time and explore real pioneer buildings from the 1800s. The museum offers programs for kids of all ages, including summer camps, classes for younger children, birthday parties, and its great for field trips. General Admission is USD3 for non-members, while members get in free.
United States Army Aviation Museum offers a fascinating insight into the evolution of aviation technology used in the country's armed forces over the years. The expansive facility boasts of an extensive collection of army air-crafts; a delight for aviation enthusiasts. Other intriguing exhibits at the museum include the Army Aviation Hall of Fame as well as replicas of such prominent air-crafts as the Wright Brothers' Model B. Guided tours are available, and the museum educational programs for kids and school groups. Check website for more.
Visit an actual Nuclear Generating Facility. The Visitors Center offers displays, programs and tours. Fun and educational for the entire family. A showcase of energy and fun. Special programs are available for groups, like scouts, senior citizens and others.
For hundreds of years humans have been fascinated by the sea, and this multi-media museum explores that attraction. The museum displays artifacts from the history of scuba diving and underwater treasures from sunken ships and the sea floor dating back to the 16th Century. Interactive, hands-on exhibits show kids and adults how diving equipment works, and a climb through a real submarine will leave you feeling like a SCUBA expert, yourself.
Visual Arts Center of Northwest Florida promotes local and international art using a range of mediums. The center promotes a sense of community by offering a variety of workshops like pottery, photography, and others for kids and adults. The center is located in a 1920s Spanish style building offering a sense of history to its art guests.
Get ready for a mind warp at Ripley's Believe It or Not! museum and 4D theatre. Ripley's ship wrecked vessel contains a wealth of suprising exhibits the whole family can enjoy. Have a hair raising experience in the 4D moving theatre, then head to the giftshop for some pirate treasures. Adult admission is USD14.99; kids get in for USD11.99. It is open daily from 10 am onwards.
Housing one of the largest helicopter collections in the world, the Army Aviation Museum focuses on the role of fixed and rotor wing flight in the US Army. The exhibits depict over 50 years of history of Army Aviation, and include a number of life size dioramas, films, and interpretive material.
Born and raised in the area, Andy Saczynski finally realized his dream of displaying his art in his very own gallery on Highway 30A in 2012. Don't expect his works to be traditional oil or watercolor paintings. However, if you're looking for a statement piece this is the right place. His pieces usually include materials like reclaimed wood, recycled instruments, and metal sheets. Ever since winning the 2013 South Walton Artist of the Year Award, Saczynski's popularity has grown immensely.
Every nook of the Zoo Gallery is crammed with unique art pieces from artists around the world. It's the culmination of the owners Chris and Roxie Wilson's vision - all the pieces as shown in the store were hand selected. It is their goal to share and sell works of skillful artists with both visitors and locals. Walk in this shop and find an array of eclectic and weird stuff, from frames to furniture and from pottery to jewelry. Also make sure to check out the online shop for original tees and accessories.