Along the northwestern corner of the Florida Panhandle is the Rosemary Beach community. This is a planned community with spacious condos along the beach, as well as family homes located just a few blocks away. At Rosemary Beach, you’ll pass the days on the coastline, at the community pool, or in the bustling downtown area. Book a stay at a Rosemary Beach vacation rental today. When you’re traveling to Rosemary Beach with your family for an extended weekend or week-long vacation, be sure to check out these top family-friendly activities.

1. A Day on the Beach

Pack your sunscreen, favorite book, cooler, and beach towels for a day on the beach. Whether your vacation rental is on the beach or a couple of blocks away, you’re never far away from the white sand. The Gulf of Mexico offers white sand beaches and calm water so that your kids can splash and play in the surf. When it’s time to stretch your legs, walk up the beach collecting seashells.

2. Walkin’ On Water Paddleboards

One of the hottest water sports is paddle boarding and Walkin’ On Water Paddleboards offers tours in the local area. This group provides your family with all the equipment you need and a quick lesson to get you up on your board and moving. Enjoy a packed lunch, and then paddle along the clear waters and learn more about the local area. You’ll get to see some cool out of the way waterways with lush greenery all around you.

3. SandCastle Lessons

Ever wanted to learn how to build a stunning sandcastle? There are several companies in the area that will come to the beach and teach your family how to expertly building a masterpiece. Most of them teach you how to build a castle that stands at least 3-feet tall and helps you work on your detailing. You can expect the lesson to last around two hours, so it’s a great way to pass an afternoon.

4. Town Center

Visit the main shopping area, Town Center, and take your kids to find some souvenirs. The shops that line this area offer an eclectic blend of souvenirs and items to give as gifts for your dog sitter back home. Stop in one of the locally owned restaurants for a family meal together. Afterward, take a walk along the boardwalk that connects this bustling area to the rest of the community.

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5. Grayton Beach State Park

Pack a picnic at your vacation rental and gather the family in the car for the short ride to the Grayton Beach State Park. You can spend a day on the park’s pristine beach or hop in a canoe for an afternoon along the lake in the park for a closer look at the marshland and its fragile and unique ecosystem. Take a hike along the nature trail for a look at the beautiful scrub oaks and magnolias stands.

6. Biking

Rent bikes or bring them from home to spend an afternoon biking around this lovely beachside community. You can ride through the downtown area or through the neighborhoods with homes that look like they came from the French Quarter in New Orleans. If your rent bikes, you can find one for two riders if you’re traveling with younger children.

7. Charlie’s Donut Truck

Get the family up before noon one day for a trip a few miles over to the next beach community, Alys Beach, and breakfast at Charlie’s Donut Truck. This food truck stations itself close to the Alys Beach Amphitheater each morning before the sun rises and stays until around lunchtime. You can enjoy some great flavors, including a red velvet cake doughnut or one with a sour cream pound cake recipe. Your kids will want to come back each day.

8. Caliza Pool

Also located in nearby Alys Beach, Caliza Pool is your chance to see how the rich live at this amazing 100-foot infinity pool filled with salt water. Reserve a cabana near the main pool so you and your family can enjoy some privacy. Along with the main pool, there are three smaller pools, including a 75-foot lap pool and a shallow pool for small children. When hunger strikes, eat at the restaurant on the rooftop.

9. Camp Helen State Park

A little east of Rosemary Beach sits the Camp Helen State Park. Here, you and your family can enjoy a day of hiking and check out the cool dune lake. The lake is large enough to enjoy some canoeing or kayaking. Sit along the banks and try to catch some fish for dinner, or catch a few rays on the beach inside the park while the kids cool off in the water.

10. Gulf World Marine Park

Ever wanted to get up close and personal with a dolphin or touch a stingray? If so, then hop in the car with the family for the short ride from your vacation rental to Gulf World Marine Park. You and your family can spend the day at this park, watching the dolphin and parrot shows. Your kids will jump for joy at the prospect of touching a dolphin and seeing a shark up close.

11. Man in the Sea Museum

On a rainy afternoon, take your kids to the Man in the Sea Museum before cabin fever hits at your vacation rental. Here, you and the kids will learn more about the history of diving and diving opportunities in the Gulf of Mexico. Your kids will love the chance to climb inside a submarine and see SeaLab1.

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