Top Things To Do in Grayton Beach
Grayton Beach, Florida is an idyllic beach town right off 30A nestled in the midst of coastal lakes and inlets that flow into the Gulf. This town is an outdoor lover’s paradise! The multiple state parks surrounding Grayton Beach offer beautiful protected beaches, as well as camping, hiking, kayaking, and fishing perfect for explorers of all kinds. If you’re thinking of visiting or maybe finding a new permanent or seasonal home, there is so much to do here!
Here are the top things to do in Grayton Beach:
Stay All Day at Grayton Beach State Park
Grayton Beach State Park is one of the most amazing, pristine beaches in the U.S. The white sands of the Gulf Coast stretch on for a mile into acres of protected wilderness. For sunbathers and swimmers, Grayton Beach is remarkably uncrowded, even during the busiest times of the year.
The park also offers over 4 miles of trails for hikers, as well as over 100 acres of peaceful backwater coastline to kayak and explore. You can rent a kayak from the ranger station or bring your own. Fishing is popular in the park’s coastal lake as well as surf fishing off Grayton Beach. Visitors can also stay overnight at Grayton Beach State Park in cabins or in campsites with a tent or RV.
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Join a Fishing Boat Charter For a Day of Angling
Because of its abundance of wildlife, Grayton Beach is a hotspot for sport fishermen, amateur and professional alike. You can head to the coastal dune lakes like Western Lake for peaceful freshwater, or explore the Gulf for saltwater fishing. Multiple charter companies based in Grayton Beach will take you out for a day at sea, featuring any kind of fishing you like. No experience is necessary, and it is a great activity for the whole family!
Charter companies provide everything, including bait, tackle, rods and reels. You can expect to catch red snapper, grouper, or triggerfish, and when trolling you can look for king mackerel. This is a great all-day activity for visitors, and hobbyists will love the experience of deep-sea fishing in the gulf. The friendly locals who run the charters will make you feel at ease whatever your experience level!
Hiking in Point Washington State Forest
Nearby Point Washington State Forest surrounds much of the South Walton beach area and features unique natural communities like sandhill, basin swamps, titi drains, wet flatwoods, wet prairie and cypress swamps. These ecosystems are precious and fragile, and some features are rarely found elsewhere in the U.S. The wetlands protect threatened and endangered species like the American kestrel, flatwoods salamander, and the world's largest population of Curtiss Sandgrass.
The forest offers miles of trails for hiking, biking, and off-roading. If you’re hiking or biking, try the Eastern Lake Trail System featuring 3.5, 5, or 10-mile loops traversing beautiful cypress forests and passing by the idyllic coastal lake.
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Explore the Dunes at Nearby Deer Lake State Park
Outdoor adventurers will love the unique ecosystems and natural scenery at Deer Lake State Park. The sister park to Grayton Beach State Park, Deer Lake also offers a beautiful white sandy beach with clear emerald water. But the real draw to Deer Lake is the unique community of protected dunes surrounding the lake, resulting in an ecosystem called a “dune lake.”
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Dune Lakes are a rare natural phenomenon that occurs when freshwater lakes are intermittently connected with bodies of saltwater. They are only found in very few places in the world and are unique to this area on the Gulf Coast.
Take the boardwalk through the park to access the beach and on the way, you will see the spectacular view of dunes rolling for miles towards the coast. Southern magnolias, golden asters, woody goldenrod, and scrub oaks line the boardwalk, making it a picturesque experience perfect for a leisurely stroll and a nice beach picnic.
Relax with Local Cuisine
After long days of exploring outdoors, relax at one of the cozy, inviting local restaurants in Grayton Beach. Try local favorite Chiringo for the freshest seafood straight from the Gulf of Mexico. They serve “elevated beach food,” with extensive cocktail offerings perfect for keeping the party going after a day on the sand.
For a cozy neighborhood feel, head to Grayton Seafood Co to relax with great service and even better food. Their specialty is fresh-caught Gulf shrimp, fried up or served in gumbo and paired with a cold beer on tap. Make sure to note that there will almost always be live, local music at his popular venue!
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