9 Necessary 30A Things To Do in Winter

The area affectionately known as "30A" has become a year-round destination in recent years. Once a laid-back community known for pristine white-sand beaches and a "no shoes, no shirt, no problem" mentality, 30A has grown into a world-wide hot spot featuring tours, attractions, and activities for all seasons. Think Santa Rosa Beach/30A is only a spring and summer vacation destination? Well we're here to prove this friendly beach community is more than meets the eye! From Dune Allen to Inlet Beach, and north across the Choctawhatchee Bay, Discover 9 Necessary 30A Things To Do in Winter!

Beach Party

30a things to do in winter

Trade the swimsuits for a sweater, and head to the beach for a sea-side shindig! 30A beaches are event-friendly, with large public areas to spread out for a picnic, reunion, or beach bonfire.


30a fishing charters

Right on the border of Destin, FL, the "World's Luckiest Fishing Village", the 30A community is known as one of the top spots for fishing in Northwest Florida. Whether surf fishing from the beach, or booking a 30A fishing charter with local pros, anglers are guaranteed to hook a lunker year-round.

Gulf World Marine Park

gulf world marine park

Just a short drive from 30A is Gulf World Marine Park. This family-friendly theme park features exotic and marine animals ranging from penguins to dolphins! Open year-round in rain or shine, Gulf World Marine Park is a perfect cold weather attraction that doesn't break the bank. Children under 5 enter FREE, and all visitors from 1 to 100 will find something they love about this park! For more info including park hours, rules, or to purchase discounted tickets, visit Gulf World Marine Park online.

Beach Photography

30a beach photography

Capture your vacation in stunning high-def with a professional photo shoot on the beaches of 30A! Several expert photographers offer beach and family photography shoots, and don't restrict their services to just one season. Choose from the area's top photographers for the perfect pictures at 30A Beach Photography.

Live Entertainment

30a concerts and events

The incredible talent 30A has to offer never goes into hibernation! This makes going to a live show one of the top 30A things to do in winter! Between 30A concerts and events at the Seaside REP Theater, and daily live music at venues and festivals throughout 30A, there is always entertainment to fit all ages and interests.

Need help finding the perfect 30A music venue? Check out Where to go for Live Music in South Walton!


30a dining

With world-renowned chefs like Emeril Lagasse giving 30A restaurants a stamp of approval, the dining is nothing less than superb. With a focus on fresh seafood, and a large number of out-of-state transplants, 30A has become a melting pot of cuisines including creole, cajun, fusion, and traditional American. Eclectic diners play off the beachfront theme for unmatched atmosphere. Dine inland, on the beach, or on the water aboard the Sandestin Fine Dining Cruise! Visitors wont need to go far for fantastic food in Santa Rosa Beach.

Horseback Rides

horseback trail rides 30a

30A things to do in winter don't have to be beach-related! Experience nature in a whole new way with horse rides in Santa Rosa Beach, FL. Take the whole family and ride the trails of scenic Dune Allen. This activity includes a free lesson, and experienced guides to help assure a "smooth ride". 30A horseback rides are meant for children 6 and up, but do not require previous riding experience! Find out more at Horseback Trail Rides 30A.

Spa Day

30a spa day

A massage feels the same in January or June! 30A visitors can pamper themselves at one of the area's many spas and massage parlors. Let the pros take over and show you what 30A is all about; comfort and relaxation. 

Let a massage therapist work that tissue from the comfort of a hotel or vacation rental. Book a mobile massage therapy session on 30A today!

Bike Rentals

30a bicycle rental

The many trails of Santa Rosa Beach offer a serene setting for bicycle rides! Spring, summer, fall, or winter, trails are open to the public. Add slow moving pedestrian-friendly beach roads and private neighborhoods, cyclists never run out of places to pedal! 30A Bicycle rentals are family friendly and many tour providers offer bicycles and safety equipment for all ages. Choose from multiple 30A Bicycle Rentals online!

Didn't find the activity you were looking for? Check out a full list of 30A things to do online including guided boat tours, paddleboard rentals, and golf cart rentals!

Published Nov 3 2016
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