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I was hosted during my stay in Navarre Beach but all opinions and experiences are my own.
6 Family Friendly Things To Do in Navarre FL
Traveling to Navarre FL and looking for things to do? We’re got a list to help you plan your activities during your visit to this beautiful beach!
We’ve visited the Pensacola area many times together as a family. It’s been a yearly vacation destination for us. However, we had never traveled to Navarre beach so when we were invited to come visit for our anniversary I was excited to explore “Florida’s most relaxing place”.
While I love spending the day on the beach with soft sand and amazing views, we had the chance to experience a variety of wonderful activities in Navarre and the surrounding area that the entire family will enjoy. We hope this list will inspire you to check out this beautiful destination Florida!
Navarre Beach Attractions
This list includes things to do in Navarre FL and the surrounding area.
The Gulf Breeze Zoo is a fun place for the entire family. I must say Navarre’s “most relaxing place” theme applies even to the local zoo. The layout of this zoo is more like an African safari complete with a Safari Express Train that takes you through 30 acres of free-roaming preserves.
My favorite experience at the zoo was the giraffe feeding area. My husband and I laughed and laughed while watching the giraffes long tongues reach for our lettuce leaf. You can plan to spend the entire afternoon here and enjoy lunch at the cafe. The zoo is open 363 days each year so you make time for it at any point in your vacation.
Don’t forget to check out our post on Best Places to Eat in Navarre.
Exploring a destination is my favorite part of traveling. That’s why when you visit Navarre I highly recommend renting a scooter from Sage to enjoy a cruise through the Gulf Islands National Seashore with its white sand dunes and emerald blue water! Taking this ride was easily one of the highlights of our trip to Navarre. There is something special about stunning views and the wind blowing through your hair.
Sage Paddleboard Company also rents paddleboards, kayaks, and bikes. They offer free delivery and pick up. This, however, is just a part of their story. When you visit Navarre, stop by and chat with Sage about how this business started. I had the pleasure of speaking with Sage’s parents and I learned so much about this ambitious girl who started a company when she was only 11-years-old. Sometimes the smallest companies have the biggest hearts and it’s worth supporting their contribution to the community.
3. Adventures Unlimited – Zip Line Tour
This activity will require leaving the Navarre area and driving up to Milton, FL. Don’t worry, its only about a 40-45 minute drive and it’s absolutely worth it! If you’ve zip lined many times or never at all, this is a great chance to fly through the Florida forest. As a first-timer, I was a little nervous about what to expect when trying out this new activity. I must say it was a lot of fun and I loved working my way from one zip line to another.
We did the “taste of the tours” zip adventures. This is an activity that requires some climbing and hiking. Be prepared for that! Although there is not an age requirement you must 4’6″ and between 70-250 lbs. There are a total of (7) zip lines ending with a 900′ zip line over beautiful Coldwater Creek (the grand finale). The cost is $89.00 per person plus taxes and fees.
If you’re not looking for that much adventure then I would highly recommend floating the Coldwater Creek river. You can rent kayaks or tubes and spend a relaxing day floating through the beautiful area. We’re talking about doing this on our next trip to Florida, we can take a break from the beach and still enjoy the water.
Tip: Don’t forget to bring bug spray!
The Panhandle Butterfly House is an educational and interactive exhibit. It’s open seasonally May-August. Take some time to explore their indoor and outdoor gardens. All stages of the butterfly life cycle can be observed. Our kids have always loved visiting places like this when we travel to a new destination.
If you love fishing or just enjoy long walks on the pier at sunset then you’ll definitely want to check out the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. It’s a great place to meet the locals. I believe the best way to find the hidden gems at any destination is to find the locals!
Who doesn’t love sea turtle?! We love seeing the local community doing what they can to help preserve the sea turtles in that area. You can read more about the conservation center on their Facebook Page. Admissions are $5.
Looking for a place to stay in Navarre?
We had the pleasure of staying at ResortQuest in the Navarre Towers right off the beach. We found these accommodations to be ideal for families or friends traveling together. The condo had PLENTY of space and the view was amazing! Waking up to the sounds of the waves crashing along the shore and to sip coffee on our balcony watching the sunrise was a special treat for me. When I take a beach vacation, I want my accommodations to be as close to the water as possible.
We had our own private walkway to the beach which was wonderful. Each day chairs and an umbrellas were provided for us to spend an afternoon soaking up the sun. We noticed several families who were relaxing together and we also met longtime residents of the towers who loved Navarre and spoke passionately of it being one of the best-kept secrets in Florida.