6 Things To Do in Navarre Florida
For our 11th Anniversary, my husband and I went back to one of our favorite areas of Florida (the panhandle). We’ve visited the Pensacola area many times as a couple but we had no idea that we were missing out by not traveling further east on FL-399! We were invited to come to check out Navarre, Florida, which is known as “Floridas most relaxing place”.
Of course, spending the day on the beach with soft sand and amazing views is wonderful but don’t miss out on the other fun activities that can be found in Navarre.
Navarre Beach Attractions
This list includes attractions that can be found in Navarre, Florida and one activity that is worth a drive to check out! All the details below..
1. The Gulf Breeze Zoo
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 area of the zoo was where you could feed the giraffes. My husband and I laughed and laughed while watching the giraffes long tongues reach for the lettuce. 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 have plenty of time to plan your visit!
2. Sage Paddleboard Company
Sometimes you need to see a destination by traveling through it a little differently. 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 got started. I had the pleasure of speaking with Sage’s parents and I learned so much about this 16-year-old who started this 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. Don’t forget to bring bug spray!
If you travel to Milton, FL to go zip lining you MUST stop in and enjoy a meal at the Blackwater Bistro! The food was unbelievably good! We enjoyed Sunday brunch and before we knew it the whole front porch was full of people who regularly visit the Bistro. Just take a look at our delicious meal!
Milton also has the most amazing ice cream shop. You’ll arrive and feel nostalgic as you remember when ice cream shops used to be a highlight in towns across the U.S. Scoops will take you back in time and delight you with their incredible ice cream selections. You must try their famous donut ice cream sandwich!
4. Panhandle Butterfly House
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.
5. Navarre Beach Fishing Pier
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!
6. Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center
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 umbrella was provided for us to spend an afternoon soaking in the sun and the view. 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.
My Favorite Part of Our Stay at ResortQuest?
The full kitchen! I always search our a place that has a full kitchen, especially when traveling with my 3 kids. I love waking up and making breakfast or packing sandwiches for a day at the beach. Having a full kitchen with a coffee pot and dishwasher may sound simple but it can be a huge cost savings for large families.
The condo also had a full washer and dryer and although laundry and vacation don’t seem to mix, I always end up taking advantage of having these amenities. Whether we’re drying swimsuits or washing clothes before packing them away in our suitcase we’ve found having a washer and dryer is almost necessary.
Want to see more? Check out this video from our stay.