The first settlers to the area date back to 12,000 B.C.! Between 1940 and 1970, the population of Fort Walton Beach grew by 700 percent, making the coastal beach town one of the fastest-growing cities in the country. Today, the "city on the move" boasts a bustling Main Street filled new businesses, shops and restaurants. Fort Walton Beach still celebrates the past, preserving its fascinating history — and leaving a legacy of a rich heritage for future generations.
Still famous as a beach vacation destination, Fort Walton offers plenty of activities for residents and visitors alike including shopping, entertainment, the arts, and recreation. Numerous waterways in addition to the Gulf of Mexico makes for enjoyable fishing, boating and natural beauty.
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