Plan your trip to Navarre Beach
Navarre Beach, Florida, is just a road trip away. The Navarre Beach area is family friendly with things to do for all ages no matter your level of adventure.
First on your list, of course, is to experience the awe (or ahhh) of the beach with its sugar-white quartz sand, emerald green waters and the longest fishing pier in the Gulf of Mexico. Your stress will immediately float away when you step foot in the water for the first time – or for the first in a long time. And if you drive further west on Gulf Boulevard you will enter the Gulf Islands National Seashore – miles and miles of unobstructed shoreline. There is nothing more relaxing than an uncrowded beach listening to the waves meet the shoreline. Stay and play for the day and enjoy lunch or dinner at Windjammer’s restaurant at the pier.
The Gulf Breeze Zoo is 50 acres of fun with more than 800 animals from all over the world. Feeding stations provide even more fun for the entire family. An open air train ride meanders through a wildlife preserve featuring rhinos, deer, antelope, hippos and even gorillas along the way. You may even spot some babies. Children can enjoy feeding the giraffes or the farm animals. There is always animal adventure at the Gulf Breeze Zoo. Located just a few miles west of Navarre at 5701 Gulf Breeze Parkway.
The Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center is a must see at Navarre Beach. Located within the Navarre Beach Marine Park, the center provides educational experiences for all ages. It is also home to a resident sea turtle ambassador “Sweet Pea.” Her home is a 15,000 gallon saltwater pool with a viewing area to take great photos. The center also features interactive exhibits, a jellyfish aquarium, sea horse exhibit, lionfish, tortoises and terrapins and the Seamore Gift Shop. Learn all about our nesting sea turtles, what to do if you encounter a nest and some initiatives created to rescue injured sea turtles. This is fun for the whole family. (photo courtesy of NBSTCC)
Navarre Beach’s snorkel reefs will introduce you to a variety reef residents. The reef is made of piling-mounted ecosystems from concrete disks covered in Florida limestone rock. Here you will find a variety of crabs, sea turtles, gobies, blennies, trigger fish, butterfly fish and other saltwater creatures…including a resident octopus. The reefs are located out front of the eastern most pavilion and walkover in the Navarre Beach Marine Park. (Photo taken by Tazz Felde for the Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary)
Ladies, want to do some boutique shopping? Navarre has many shops to choose from including Southern Specialty, located across from the Publix shopping center; Turtles Nest, at 8534 Navarre Parkway; Foxy Boutique at 1822 Alpine Drive; Flair Boutique and A Special Place gift shop on Highway 87 South in the Sand Dollar Plaza; and don’t miss Down Home Boutique at 1823 Alpine Drive. Pik-Itz Art and Antiques on Highway 87 South is a fun place to shop with new and renewed furniture and décor. If you are here during the weekend they host an outdoor market.
These are just a few of the many places to see and things to do for the whole family in the Navarre area. And Best Western Navarre Waterfront perfectly positions you to enjoy it all. At the end of the day, come back to Best Western and enjoy the beautiful sunset.