Quality Inn Bayside
322 Miracle Strip Parkway
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
Phone: (850) 275-0300
Fax: (850) 275-0315
Arts & Museums
Indian Temple Mound and Museum caters to the ancient mound that was discovered here and the various excavation findings. The mound structure at the site can be traced back to 1200 A.D and was inhibited by the native American Indian tribes. Many artifacts, remains and relics have been found here that belong to the village of Mississippians and the many tribes that lived in the area. The museum has a collection of these artifacts which is known to be the largest in the country. The collection depicts a lot about the contemporary culture and lifestyle of the people. Call ahead for more details.
Get to know how the military force in Florida works by touring the Air Force Armament Museum. On display are aircrafts, missiles and other fire equipment that have been used to fight successful military wars. To know more, check the website.
Fishing is a huge part of the history and culture of the coastal town of Destin, and curious visitors can learn all about it at the Destin History and Fishing Museum. The museum includes a huge display illustrating the fish species who inhabit the Gulf of Mexico, antique fishing equipment and the oldest seine fishing boat still in existence. There is also an old Post Office building that's worth exploring.
Operated by the Heritage Museum Association, Inc., the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida was established "to collect and preserve material culture pertaining to the region's history." Permanent exhibits include crosscut saws, turpentine collection cups, a porcelain pitcher, lumber mill tokens, flint spear points, depot artifacts, a black iron wash pot, old school desks, and a full wall mural, created by Cynthia Fisher and Kristen Rybka. Programs are offered and a research library is maintained.
Studio by the Sea is an open-air painting studio set up in a tent on Miramar Beach near Pompano Joe's Seafood House Restaurant. With a lot of participating venues' support, they also travel to towns and beaches along the coast. Whether you're a beginner or pro, the knowledgeable staff of Studio by the Sea guides you through the essentials and basics of acrylic painting. All supplies are included. It's also possible to book the studio for private parties at any given location.