Life is a beach in Seacrest, Florida. This beach community is located along County Road 30A in the Florida Panhandle. It is also part of many beach communities in the county of South Walton famed for its sugary fine and white sand beaches. Experience nature’s wonders and much more in this sunny and warm place with our eight best things to do in Seacrest.
1. When in Seacrest, ditch the car and rent a bike
It's a perfect day for a bike ride here in Seacrest, Florida!!Posted by Peddlers 30a on Tuesday, 8 July 2014
In Seacrest, the best way of getting around is on two wheels. Bike rentals abound in this beach community, with daily and weekly rates and different type of bikes to choose from. Having your own bike means you can set your own itinerary at your own pace. And with your bike, you can explore not just Seacrest but also the nearby beach communities such as Rosemary Beach and Alys Beach.
You can take a break whenever you want to, but the best way to do so would be to enjoy the fine white sand beach of Seacrest. Whatever it is you wish to do, a bike will certainly come in handy. Bike rental shops such as Peddlers 30A offer adult, kid and tandem bikes. You can add on trailers for adults or kids, which means your family can tag along with you. Weekly rentals are available for those who are staying longer than a day or two.
Now that you have a bike, why not explore some trails. Seacrest lies on the 18.6-mile Timpoochee Trail, a perfect family trail that takes you past state parks, lakes and beaches. This trail on the west side of Highway 30A and ends at Rosemary Beach. Seacrest lies at mile 16. If you don’t want to take the full trail, you can visit some popular tourist spots such as Deer Lake, Deer Lake State Park, Inlet Beach and more, which are just a few miles from Seacrest.
Peddlers 30A Bikes
Address: 10343 E. County Highway 30A, Suite 115, 32413 Seacrest Beach, FL
Contact Information: Ph +1 850 708 5528, Email [email protected]
Website: Peddlers 30A Bikes
2. Go paddle boating on Camp Creek Lake
South Walton County is endowed with one of nature’s rarest phenomena, coastal dune lakes. Aside from this part of Florida, coastal dune lakes can only be found in New Zealand, Australia and Madagascar. The county has 15 named dune lakes, one of which is Camp Creek Lake near Seacrest. These lakes are said to be more than 10,000 years old, with some of them as shallow as 1.5 meters (5 feet).
These lakes combined with Seacrest’s always perfect weather make for some great stand-up paddle boarding. If you find yourself in one of the lakes’ outflow, you will find yourself gliding through the water and out to the Gulf. The lake’s almost still waters also make paddling around a breeze. There are many local shops where you can book or rent a paddle board, or even get a lesson or two before you go out on your own.
Address: 4042 East Highway 30A, 32459 Santa Rosa Beach, FL
Contact Information: Ph +1 850 807 0597
Website: 30A Tours
3. Get your modern art fix at the Colorfield Gallery
Colorfield Gallery was established by artist Al Morris, who has a studio in nearby Panama City. It features his works of art which are mainly color field art. This form of painting became popular in the late 20th century and makes use of colors, color blending and shapes. Aside from his own paintings, he also has his collages, made of mixed media, on exhibit. Visitors are advised to call the gallery beforehand for more information about opening hours.
Al Morris has no formal art education but he has been painting since 1997. He has visited many Modern Art museums around the world including those in Chicago, London, Paris and more. Al Morris believes that Color Field Painting is a lost form of expression, which needs to be revived. The opening of the Colorfield Gallery at Seacrest is “a dream come true” for Al Morris. This gallery also exhibits Color Field Paintings by other artists such as Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland, Helen Frankenthaler, Mark Rothko and more.
Address: 9961 East County Hwy. 30A, Suite CS2, 32413 Seacrest Beach, FL
Contact Information: Ph +1 850 588 2325, Email [email protected]
Website: Colorfield Gallery
4. Tee off at Camp Creek Golf
In nearby Panama City, you can get some world-class golf action at Camp Creek Golf. This Tom Fazio designed course is only a 5-minute drive away, about 2.7 kilometers (1.7 miles) from Seacrest. It features 18 holes dotted with several marshes, making it one of the most beautiful courses in the area. There is a clubhouse where golfers can enjoy a meal, a snack or a drink. Only members can access the golf course, but staying in the nearby WaterColor Inn can give you access.
Camp Creek Golf Club
Address: 684 Fazio Dr, 32461-7369 Panama City Beach, Florida
Contact Information: Ph +1 850 231 7600
Website: Camp Creek Golf Club
5. Go ecosploring in nearby Deer Lake State Park
Ecosploring is another word for ecotours, which let visitors explore the many natural wonders of Seacrest and nearby beach communities. While you can book for ecotours with several local operators, you can also go exploring the many reserves and parks in the area. In Santa Rosa which is only 2.9 kilometers (1.8 miles) away, you will find one of Florida’s state parks, Deer Lake State Park.
The park lies close to a coastal dune where some serious paddle boarding can be had. It also features a beach and other areas for swimming, as well as a boardwalk that will let you walk around the dunes. There are also several hiking trails and is also great for birdwatching.
Deer Lake State Park
Address: 6350 E County Road 30-A, 32459 Santa Rosa Beach, FL
Contact Information: Ph +1 850 267 8300
Opening Hours: 8 a.m. to sundown, daily
Admission Fees: 2 USD for pedestrians and cyclists, 3 USD per vehicle up to 8 people
Website: Deer Lake State Park
6. Go ecosploring at Point Washington State Forest
After coming from the beach, you can opt to go for a different eco-adventure, this time in the Point Washington State Park. Located in Santa Rosa Beach, it is only a 20-minute drive away, or about 23.6 kilometers (14.7 miles) from Seacrest. According to the state park’s description, the park has 10 natural communities composed of sandhills, swamps and wet flatwoods, and is habitat to various protected, threatened and endangered plant and animal species.
There are hiking trails that can double as bike trails, but off-road biking is also popular. Picnic and bathroom facilities are also available. The park is also a part of the Great Florida Birding Trail.
Point Washington State Forest
Address: Florida Forest Service Point Washington State Forest 5865 E. U.S. Hwy. 98, 32459-6046 Santa Rosa Beach, FL
Contact Information: Ph +1 850 267 8325
Website: Point Washington State Forest
7. Eat and shop like a local at the Peddler's Pavilion
Who's excited to see our completed dining areas? Come summer time, they'll provide much needed shade and solace from the...Posted by Peddlers Pavilion 30A on Wednesday, 10 May 2017
Peddler’s Pavilion is a collection of quirky local shops and food outlets so you can truly eat and shop like the locals do. The food shops are operated by locals as well, while the novelty shops offer up locally made and crafted products. Around this area, you can also rent bicycles and water sports gear. Their dining area is also a venue for live music, especially during the weekends.
Address: 10343 E. County Highway 30A, 32413 Seacrest Beach, FL
Facebook Page: Peddler’s Pavilion
8. Tuck into fresh seafood at Crabby Steve's
Who would like a Drink?Posted by Crabby Steve's Bar & Gulfside Restaurant on Saturday, 26 March 2016
Located between Seacrest Beach and Rosemary, this seafood place serves up sandwiches and salad with the freshest seafood. One of their bestsellers is the Grouper Cheek Wrap, which is mentioned in several rave reviews. The bar also offers different kinds of cocktails, including their very own Crabby Colada, which you can enjoy while watching the sunset on the Gulf. It can be accessed through High Pointe Condominiums or through the beach. You can visit here for lunch, dinner or for drinks. Crabby Steve’s is also suitable for children.
Crabby Steve's Bar and Gulfside Restaurant
Address: 10254 E County Highway 30A, Seacrest, Florida
Contact Information: Ph +1 850 231 0999
Facebook Page: Crabby Steve’s Bar and Gulfside Restaurant
This is life on the beach at Seacrest
With so many things to offer, from beach trips to nature trips to outdoor activities to local culinary and shopping adventures, what more can you ask for?
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