If you don’t have a lot of time to spare, but still want to get away, take a weekend and relax. Whether it’s a long weekend or just the short two days of Saturday and Sunday, you’ll find plenty to do – besides relax around a vacation rental provided by 30A Beach Girls. From the beach and its many outdoor activities to indoor, air-conditioned fun, you won’t be lacking in ways to spend your short time on the Gulf Coast during a Florida weekend vacation in 30A!
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The beaches of 30A are a great place to spend a few hours – or an entire weekend. When you’re headed to Florida and the beautiful Gulf Coast, no matter how long you’re staying, you’ll want to make sure to pack all of your beach gear and clothes. Lounge in the sun, take a walk on the beach, or splash in the waves of the Gulf. Get your adrenaline pumping with parasailing or wakeboarding, or take lessons in paddleboarding, canoeing, or kayaking.
Snorkel and SCUBA Tours
Experience the water below the waves on a SCUBA or snorkeling tour on your weekend getaway. Get close to sea life like bottlenose dolphins, manatees, rays, sea turtles, a variety of fish species – even sharks can be seen. Ask about daytime or sunset tours, as well as gear rental if you’d rather spend some time under the water with just your loved ones.
Emerald Coast Science Center
Fun and educational for the whole family any time of year, touring the center can take a good part of a day or just a few hours. There are indoor and outdoor exhibits, like interactive robotic units, engineering, physics, electricity, color, light, sound, and more about the natural and scientific world. Learn about space, the Emerald Coast ecosystem, conduct an experiment in the lab or make a creation in the makerspace. Step outside to the marine exhibit – an exhibit created in a boat that shows you just what it takes to keep a vessel afloat, how radio communication at sea is possible, and the engineering behind boat building. Stay outside and stop by the Dino Dig Pit to discover something of “mammoth” proportions.
If you run into a gator on the beach where you’ve decided to sunbathe or swim, you’ll probably want to pack up walk briskly the other way. Gator Beach is located inside Fudpucker’s Beachside Bar & Grill in Destin and is open from 11 a.m. to just before closing (hours vary by season). A perk for your weekend in Florida budget: free admission. You can walk around, ask questions, and even attend an alligator show. Feed the gators, get your picture taken holding a live gator, or browse through the Crocodilia Discovery Zone – an area with exhibits and displays like a 3D underwater scene of an alligator habitat. Guests at least seven-years-old can also book a private, ‘behind the scenes’ experience with professional gator handler.
Another place where you can spend a few hours, or all day is the dune lakes. Florida is one of just two states in the U.S. and five total places around the world where coastal dunes are a natural geographic feature. The lakes are formed are typically shallow, irregularly shaped permanent bodies of water that are brackish and dark-colored due to the mix of saltwater and freshwater sources. Make one of the dune lakes of 30A a part of your last-minute plans, and rent a kayak, canoe, or paddleboard for some fun on the water, purchase a combo freshwater/saltwater fishing license, or just relax and enjoy the day away on the shoreline.
Make sure your hiking shoes made your Florida weekend vacation on 30A packing list. Hikers will love the scenery and environment there is to experience along the trails of 30A. The area around the historic route is dotted with state parks and other hiking trails offering hours of outdoor fun and exploration. Pack your sun gear, water, and trail snacks and head out to experience the natural beauty. While you’re out in the wild, keep a lookout for local wildlife, including black bear, coyotes, deer, and osprey, just to name a few.
Weekend Fun Along 30A
You came to Historic 30A along Florida’s Emerald Coast to experience Florida fun and adventure on a short weekend trip. While you’re planning everything to make your vacation the best it can be, make sure you book a stay in a vacation rental provided by 30A Beach Girls. We have units as small as one bedroom all the way up to eight bedrooms for a large group weekend adventure! You’ll have access to private outdoor spaces like a pool, balcony, deck, or other outdoor space, as well as any neighborhood amenities. Relax indoors in stylish bedrooms. Units have fully equipped kitchen, then relax in an open living area. For a luxury weekend retreat, choose a premium unit for upgrades like wood floors, flat screen TVs, and more to make your stay one you’ll never forget.
Contact us today to start planning a fun-filled weekend in Florida visit to Route 30A and the Emerald Coast!