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
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
2. Shoal River Bowling
What better way to spend your day than by going out for bowling with your family or group of friends. Shoal River Bowling offers not only bowling leagues but pool tables, dart boards, and other fun games to keep everyone involved. Delicious hand-tossed pizza is also served and a full bar offers Happy Hour specials throughout the day. The place can also be used to throw birthday parties and other fun events. Currently, they are offering numerous deals for customers like 2 USD games on Monday’s or 35 USD family night with fun for up to 4 people.
Shoal River Bowling
Address: 5204 S Ferdon Blvd, 32536 Crestview, FL
Website: Shoal River Bowling
3. Ride Hard NWFL
If you are in a mood to have a blast with your family, this full-family entertainment zone is your place to be. The bull ride becomes so much fun with these safe and sanitized mechanical bulls and bullpen with smaller variations for children to ride as well. You can let your little ones go rolling in the ball pit or hop around the bounce house too. Ride Hard ensures fun at every step and is definitely a must visit during a family vacation in Crestwood.
Ride Hard NWFL
Address: 763 N Ferdon Blvd, Crestview, FL 32536
Website: Ride Hard NWFL
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
5. Marquis Cinema 10
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
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
7. Fort Walton Beach Golf Club
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
8. Peaden Brothers Distillery
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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
9. Panhandle Opry
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.
Address: 657 Deshazo Rd, 32539 Crestview, FL
Website: Panhandle Opry
10. Yellow River Wine Bar
If you are visiting Crestview then the Yellow River Wine Bar is a place you definitely need to check out. Free wine tastings are offered so that the guests are fully satisfied before making a purchase. All the wines offered here are made from fruit and at 6 different levels ranging from dry to sweet. The staff is also very knowledgeable and explain in detail how their wines are made from start to finish.
Yellow River Wine Bar
Address: 212 Main St, 32536 Crestview, FL
Facebook: Yellow River Wine Bar
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
12. Fred Astaire Dance Studio
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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
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
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
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
Number of Reviews 14
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.
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