SANTA ROSA COUNTY, Fla. (February 22, 2019) – Spring break is quickly approaching and it’s time to escape and enjoy all that Florida has to offer, from relaxation under the sun to exotic experiences in nature. Navarre Beach, also known as “Florida’s Most Relaxing Place,” offers restorative activities and excursions for everyone, especially those who are seeking a serene vacation that won’t over stimulate the children. Here are a few of our favorite relaxing (or not!) activities for the entire family to enjoy on their spring break trip:
Adults and kids alike will find the Gulf Breeze Zoo a wonderful place to spend a day. Here they can enjoy a variety of attractions that take the traditional zoo experience to the next level. Some of the highlights include hand-feeding the giraffes or hopping on the Safari Express Train Ride for a closer look at the exotic animals, such as the gorillas and Nile hippos who call this 500-acre reserve home. 5701 Gulf Breeze Pkwy, Gulf Breeze, FL 32563
Snorkeling is another popular Navarre Beach activity. The sparkling blue-green waters are teeming with marine life, including sea turtles, and snorkeling or swimming around Navarre’s near-shore reefs is a wonderful pastime. If you would prefer to stay dry and soak in the sun, then take a stroll along the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier, one of the longest piers in Florida. Spend some time fishing or simply indulge in unparalleled views of the Gulf.
Families looking to add variety to their beach vacation can head north of Navarre Beach to the sprawling Blackwater State Park where they can immerse themselves in 600 acres of undisturbed woodlands and take a trip down a natural lazy river. Kayak, tube, or canoe along the clear, freshwater Blackwater River – named for the tannins that give it its signature tea-like color – many enjoy bringing along lunch and stopping to eat and relax on one of 30 soft sand beaches that dot the shoreline of the river. The park also offers a variety of camping options that can accommodate the entire family. 7720 Deaton Bridge Rd Milton FL 32564
For those who’d like to sprinkle some high-flying action into their tranquil time in Navarre, Adventures Unlimited provides all the thrills they’ll need. Soar through the canopy on one of their zip lines, with four possible courses that provide bird’s eye views of Coldwater Creek and the expansive longleaf pine forest. If heights and harnesses aren’t for everyone, simply sunbathe on the white sand beaches found along the banks of Coldwater Creek. 8974 Tomahawk Landing Rd, Milton, FL 3257
Navarre Beach’s dining scene is also super family friendly, with local favorites like Windjammers on the Pier serving up beautiful beachfront views and locally caught seafood (as well as craft beers and cocktails for anyone who’s old enough to indulge). Scoops Ice Cream in historic downtown Milton is another family favorite, and trying some of their sundaes and scoops is a great way to beat the heat after a day of swimming, sunbathing and spring breaking.
Immediate and extended families who’d like to spread out and relax in their own private space without breaking the bank can book a Gulf-front condo, private home or resort right along Navarre Beach with ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals or VRBO:
3-bdr/3 bath penthouse condo at Beach Colony West right along the beach at Navarre, averages $308/night in March and April and sleeps 9 for a nightly rate of only $34.22 per person.
3-bdr / 3 bath waterfront home on the “sound side” of Navarre Beach, averages $463.50 nightly in March and April and sleeps 8 for a nightly rate of approximately $57.94 per person. Features mooring for jet ski or boat. Fishing kayaks, poles, paddle board, bikes, beach toys provided.
Other budget-friendly accommodations include the SpringHill Suites by Marriott Navarre Beach, glamping tents and eco-friendly cottages inColdwater Gardens, cozy cabins and camping spots at Adventures Unlimited and much more.
Located between Pensacola and Destin/Fort Walton Beach, Florida’s Most Relaxing Place – whose communities include Navarre Beach, Gulf Breeze, historic Milton – is an easy drive from most anywhere in the Southeast. It features Florida’s most relaxing beaches, spectacular sunsets and inland waterway adventures to savor at an unrushed pace in an uncrowded atmosphere. Pensacola International Airport is just 30 miles away with air service provided by American, Delta, United, US Airways and Southwest; while Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport is 25 miles away and is serviced by Allegiant Airlines, American and Delta. Accolades: MSN calls Navarre Beach a “Spring Break Destination to Escape the Crowds” 2018; USA Today cites it among “The Best Uncrowded Snorkeling Beaches in Florida” 2018; Navarre Beach rated #6 out of 365 worldwide beaches by Travel+Leisure magazine 2017, and listed as one of “The South’s Best Tiny Towns” by Southern Living Magazine 2017. For more information, please visitwww.GetRelaxing.com