Niceville Florida is a hidden gem. Once known as Boggy, this city is just shy of 13,000 people. Niceville overlooks Choctawhatchee Bay and is a great place to visit if you are a nature lover, or if you’re interested in historical small town America. Read on to learn more about the best things to do around Nicevill!
1. Henderson Beach State Park
Are you looking for beautiful, crystal clear blue water with a white sand beach? Then head down to Henderson Beach State Park. This park features more than 6,000 feet (1,828 meters) of shoreline, which borders the Gulf of Mexico. There are a few boardwalks that provide access to the beach for swimming, sunbathing, and fishing. If you’re looking to picnic or BBQ, this state park is equipped with four large and two small pavilions.
There is also a nature trail for all of you nature lovers, with a large playground along the way for the kids to enjoy. The trail is pet-friendly and filled with Floridian wildlife. If you want to stay the night, you can enjoy camping at over 60 campsites that are located in the secondary dune system. Included at these sites are basic necessities like water and electric hookups, as well as access to air-conditioned and heated bathhouse facilities. The camp grounds also have a separate beach access boardwalk with outdoor showers.
Henderson Beach is A.D.A. accessible and there is wheelchair availability. Come down to Henderson Beach State Park and enjoy breathtaking, selfie worthy sunsets next to the warm, crystal clear Gulf of Mexico waters.
Henderson Beach State Park
Address: 17000 Emerald Coast Parkway Destin, FL 32541
Website: Henderson Beach State Park
2. James Lee Park
Further along the Gulf Coast, you can find James Lee Park. James Lee Park is famous for its beach, which is located on the Walton/Okaloosa County line. If you are looking for a space to BBQ or picnic, this park has 3 pavilions and 41 picnic tables. If you are a nature lover, there are 9 dune walkovers. A playground is also available for the children. And last but not least, if you’re here for the sea, then there are washrooms with changing rooms right along the beach.
James Lee Park
Address: 3510 Scenic Hwy 98, Destin
Website: James Lee Park
3. U.S. Air Force Armament Museum
Take a journey through the history of aviation warfare armament, from the early days of World War I to today’s high tech planes and bombs. Peruse the extensive collection of weaponry and cockpit simulators both new and old. There are even outdoor displays that feature vintage military aircraft, including the fastest plane ever built - the SR-71 Blackbird!
U.S. Air Force Armament Museum
Address: 100 Museum Drive, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida 32542
Website: U.S. Air Force Armament Museum
4. Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park
This beautiful state park was named after U.S. Air Force Colonel, Fred Gannon, whose valiant efforts contributed greatly to preserving the site. Many visitors enjoy the trailing arm of Choctawhatchee Bay, whether they are boating or fishing. For all of you boaters out there, this state park features a double-lane boat ramp, where saltwater fish are found.
Nature lovers who don’t necessarily want to spend the day in a boat can still easily enjoy hiking, biking or a nice relaxing picnic amongst the park’s breathtaking scenery and wildlife. If you are interested in staying overnight, there is a campground with full-facility camping.
Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park
Address: 4281 S.R.20 Niceville, FL, FL 32578
Website: Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park
5. Turkey Creek Nature Trail and Park
If you enjoy walking through the outdoors on a boardwalk, then Turkey Creek Nature Trail may be your ideal spot. Visitors to the trail are welcome to walk, hike or tube in the park. If the weather is too hot, try jumping into the water from some of the platforms that are set up especially for this purpose!
Turkey Creek Nature Trail and Park
Address: 340 W John Sims Pkwy, Niceville, FL 32578, USA
Website: Turkey Creek Nature Trail
6. Lions Park
If you’re looking for a great place to spend the day, then consider a visit to Lion’s Park. This park has a great view of the bay and is known for its luminous sunsets.
Address: 940-958 Bayshore Dr, Niceville, FL 32578, USA
Website: Lions Park
7. King's Castle Art Studio
Are you interested in local art? If you are, then you should take a trip down to King’s Castle Art Studio and see what Suzanne King has been up to. This local art studio has a showroom where you can view the different works and purchase some unique souvenirs.
King's Castle Art Studio
Address: 209 2nd Street Niceville, Florida
Facebook: King’s Castle Art Studio
8. Mattie Kelly Arts Center
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Mattie Kelly Arts Center is located on the campus of Northwest Florida State College and is home to the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra. This arts center has a main-stage theater, which accommodates touring Broadway shows. In addition to this, there is also a flexible Sprint Theater, two galleries, a music wing, a visual arts building and an amphitheater. If you’re planning a trip to Niceville, you must visit this arts center. Check out their website for further information about shows and schedules.
Mattie Kelly Arts Center
Address: 100 E College Blvd, Niceville, FL 32578, USA
Website: Mattie Kelly Arts Center
9. Niceville Skate Park
Niceville skatepark is amazing free little skatepark! Had the best skate session ever with my brother and Justin!Posted by Koki Stephenson on Saturday, 8 February 2014
Are your kids active? Do they like to skateboard, inline skate or ride BMX bicycles? If your answer is yes, then bring them down to Niceville Skate Park where they can spend the day rolling in the sunshine! This 5-acre (2-hectare) park features street obstacles, ramps, tables, a box, stairs, and Woodward skate equipment. Make skate dreams come true with a visit to Niceville Skate Park today!
Niceville Skate Park
Address: 200 Campbell Dr., Niceville FL
Website: Niceville Skate Park
10. Niceville Dog Park
Did you bring your fur-baby on vacation with you? Niceville has a 3-acre (1.2-hectare) dog park, with a specialty enclosure for small dogs that has its own private entrance. Aside from this, the park features a fenced unleashing area, lots of parking, picnic tables and water stations. There is plenty of shade in this park so no need to worry about overheating.
Niceville Dog Park
Address: 208 N Partin Dr, Niceville, FL 32578
Website: Niceville Dog Park
A lovely place to spend some quality time
If you’re looking for a quiet, relaxing destination that offers a beautiful outdoor setting, then a trip to Niceville, Florida is definitely in order.
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