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15 Fun Places To Visit When Staying At Crestview, Florida - Updated 2019

Nabeel
Updated Aug 08, 2019

Crestview is the largest city in Okaloosa County which is situated in Florida. Previously known as the “Icebox of Florida” for having the coldest temperatures in the state, it is now known as “Hub City” of Northwest Flordia. It was named after its location which is at the peak of the woodland range between Yellow and Shoal rivers. Despite being a small city, Crestview has a lot to offer for people who plan to visit it. Here we have put together a list of things you should definitely do and places you should visit if you are planning to stop in beautiful Crestview, Florida.

1. Emerald Coast Wildlife Park

Posted by Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Compared to other parks in Florida, the Emerald Coast Wildlife Park was established only in 2013. It is situated on 4 hectares (10 acres) of land making it one of the biggest wildlife parks in Crestview. The environment is ideal for children as they will get to see around 100 animals of 35 different species, including exotic animals like lions, tigers, and spider monkeys.

One of the most interesting facts about the Emerald Coast Wildlife Park is that it is a rescue zoo and is currently being run by a non-profit organization. The park staff is very professional and helpful with answering tourist questions. A small gift shop with very reasonable prices is also there if you plan on taking a souvenir home.

Emerald Coast Wildlife Park

Address: 5262 Deer Springs Rd, 32539 Crestview, FL

Website: Emerald Coast Wildlife Park

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2. Nosh on fresh Japanese delights at Bamboo Sushi Bar & Hibachi

Have weekend plans? Now you do.

Posted by Bamboo Sushi and Hibachi on Friday, 2 August 2019

This sushi bar is a favourite with Crestview locals, with its friendly chefs and vibrant ambience. The Bamboo Sushi Bar & Hibachi menu boasts both hot and cold dishes - sushi lovers can select from their extensive sushi and sashimi menu, while heated shrimp and fried chicken platters are available from their hibachi menu. The perfect place for a taste of Japan in the heart of Florida!

Bamboo Sushi Bar & Hibachi

Address: 2505 S Ferdon Blvd, Crestview, FL, USA

Website: Bamboo Sushi Bar & Hibachi

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3. Ride Hard NWFL

Posted by Jeff D Gainey on Friday, 14 December 2018

If you are in a mood to have a blast with your family, this full-family entertainment zone is your place to be. Ride Hard NFWL features nearly 50 virtual reality games, along with floor projection games and mechanical bull rides - a play paradise for your little ones! Young children can play safely on smaller bulldog rides, or enjoy bouncing about the bounce house and ball pit. A must-visit during a family vacation in Crestwood.

Ride Hard NWFL

Address: 763 N Ferdon Blvd, Crestview, FL 32536

Website: Ride Hard NWFL

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4. Twin Hills Park


Home to the Crestview football, soccer and basketball leagues, this 24-acre park is located on Highway 90 East at North Hathaway Street. Outdoor facilities of the park include a stadium, playgrounds, courts for basketball and tennis, picnic tables and a beautiful lake. It also houses a recreation building featuring an indoor gymnasium for those interested. One of the recent additions made to the park is a Children’s Park featuring state-of-the-art play equipment and facilities.

Twin Hills Park

Address: 100 Hathaway St S, 32539 Crestview, FL

Website: Twin Hills Park

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5. Marquis Cinema 10

Posted by The Marquis Cinema 10 on Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Fancy watching a movie during your stay? Marquis Cinema 10 has got you covered. With a friendly staff and affordable prices, this theater offers good entertainment while keeping the movie selection current with what’s new. Certain movies are also offered in 3D for those who prefer the extra visual effects. The cinema also features an arcade and concessions stand with great tasting food and popcorn.

Marquis Cinema 10

Address: 2828 Richbourg Ln, 32536 Crestview, FL

Website: Marquis Cinema 10

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6. Airforce Armament Museum

Founded in 1975, the Airforce Armament Museum is the only facility inside the U.S that is dedicated to the display of Air Force armament. A wide variety of Air Force planes ranging from the WWII B-17 bomber to the modern F-4 Phantom jet can be viewed. Also on display are numerous missiles and rockets including the GBU-43 MOAB which is the world’s largest conventional explosive weapon. Those interested in antique weapons will not be disappointed since the museum features the Sikes Antique Pistol collections containing well over 180 historic handguns. Entry is free and the museum also contains a gift shop with affordably priced items.

Airforce Armament Museum

Address: 100 Museum Dr, 32542 Eglin AFB, FL

Website: Airforce Armament Museum

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7. Fort Walton Beach Golf Club

Posted by Fort Walton Beach Golf Club on Monday, 14 May 2012

Featuring two distinct 18-hole courses, the Fort Walton Beach Golf Club offers a variety of tournaments throughout the year. The Pines course is a challenging layout of over 6,800 yards, taking the players through an upland pine forest. The Oaks course features over 5,850 meters (6,400 yards) of narrow fairways and challenging water hazards. A junior golf program is also promoted every summer, providing excellent golfing services for players of all ages and levels.

Fort Walton Beach Golf Club

Address: 1955 Lewis Turner Blvd, 32547 Fort Walton Beach, FL

Website: Fort Walton Beach Golf Club

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8. Peaden Brothers Distillery

NUFF SAID!!!! BUY A TRUE AMERICAN MADE HANDCRAFTED SPIRIT!!!! PEADEN BROTHERS, GET YOU SOME!!!!!

Posted by Peaden Brothers Distillery-http://www.peadenbrothersdistillery.com on Monday, 12 September 2016

If you are a whiskey or moonshine connoisseur, then the Peaden Brothers Distillery will make you feel right at home. Located in the old Fox Theater, this small brewery offers something for every taste bud, from straight moonshine and flavored whiskeys to small batch bourbon. It is a family run business and they make visitor satisfaction their top priority. Tours of the distilling room and a variety of souvenirs are also available for guests.

Peaden Brothers Distillery

Address: 382 Main St, 32562 Crestview, FL

Website: Peaden Brothers Distillery

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9. Panhandle Opry

Posted by Panhandle Opry on Thursday, 17 September 2015

The Panhandle Opry offers alcohol-free and clean family entertainment with nothing but some good old fashioned music. It is also very affordable with entry prices of 7 USD for seniors and 8 USD for non-seniors. A huge auction is also held there once a month where you can search for old treasures and other antique items.

Panhandle Opry

Address: 657 Deshazo Rd, 32539 Crestview, FL

Website: Panhandle Opry

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10. Pamper yourself at Adiva's Ageless Aesthetics Spa


What’s a holiday without a spot of full-body pampering? To give your body the diva treatment it needs, head over to Adiva’s Ageless Aesthetics Spa. For a unique spa experience, couples may want to opt for the Red Lotus Love ritual, a romantic couple’s massage. And apart from the usual manicures and massages, the spa also offers a wide range of hydra-facials which focus on hydrating and moisturizing your skin.

Adiva's Ageless Aesthetics Spa

Address: 424 W Hwy 90 Crestview, Florida 32536

Website: Adiva’s Ageless Aesthetics Spa

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11. Foxwood Country Club


The Foxwood Country Club is one of the most affordably priced gold clubs in Crestview. It should not be considered a very high-end golf destination but for the price, it delivers. The staff is extremely helpful and attentive while food and other services are also quite nice. The Fort Walton Beach Golf Club should be checked out for a more premium golf experience in the city.

Foxwood Country Club

Address: 4927 Antioch Rd, 32536 Crestview, FL

Website: Foxwood Country Club

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12. Fred Astaire Dance Studio

Panhandle Dance Challenge. Go Crestview!!!!

Posted by Fred Astaire Crestview, Fl on Saturday, 13 May 2017

Fred Astaire focuses on teaching dancing with plenty of expertise and encouragement, making it a fun activity for everyone involved. It is a great place to socialize when visiting Crestview and you should definitely consider a date night here. Both of the instructors, David and Hannah are experienced and create a comfortable and fun learning environment for their guests. Weekly group classes and these parties are also offered at Fred Astaire, making it one of the best places to visit in the city.

Fred Astaire Dance Studio

Address: 544 Main St, 32536 Crestview, FL

Website: Fred Astaire Dance Studio

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13. Turkey Creek Nature Trail


The Turkey Creek Nature Trail is a peaceful place to walk and relax with the family. The walkways are clean, safe and very well kept while a beautiful picnic area with tables is also set up. Several entry points into the creek are also present for kayaks, canoes or swimming. The temperature of the water tends to be fairly cool especially during the warmer days.

Turkey Creek Nature Trail

Address: 340 John Sims Parkway, 32578 Niceville, FL

Website: Turkey Creek Nature Trail

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14. Dine on delicious seafood at the Emerald Isle Seafood Restaurant & Market


Great seafood is a family favorite when on vacation, and the menu at the Emerald Isle Seafood Restaurant has variety. Try the fried gulf shrimp, or the scallops, oysters, black-eyed peas, and rice. Crayfish, crab cakes, and the grilled grouper are popular dishes. The small restaurant serves ice cold beer and generous glasses of wine to go with your meal.

People who eat there often rave about the smoked tuna dip and the hand-cut French fries. There’s a seafood market there as well, where you can buy some fresh fish after lunch and take it home with you.

Emerald Isle Seafood Restaurant & Market

Address: 1260 S Ferdon Blvd, Crestview, FL 32536-4924

Website: Emerald Isle Seafood

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15. Take a drive to the seashore (from USD 26)

Crestview is just half-an-hour to an hour away from the seashore. Why not take a day trip to the coast at Ft. Walton or Destin beaches? A recommended route is via Route 85 south from I-10 in Crestview to the Toll Bridge on Route 293. The Destin Gulf of Mexico Dolphin Cruise offers an excursion where you can watch the dolphins frolic and play in the waters of the Emerald Coast. The tour is complete with live narration, so you won’t miss anything. People who went on the tour love that the crew certainly know where to find the dolphins.

Gulf of Mexico Dolphin Cruise

Duration 90 minutes

Rating 4.5/5

Number of Reviews 14

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Enjoy Crestview to the fullest!

With museums, golf clubs, distilleries and so much more, Crestview is definitely a city where you will not be bored. We assure you that visiting the places included in this list will have you coming back to Crestview again in the future.

This article was originally published on Jun 27, 2017

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