Labor Day Weekend in Fort Walton Beach

Aerial view of Fort Walton Beach, Florida

As summer draws to a close, there is no better way to bid farewell to the season than by spending Labor Day weekend in beautiful Fort Walton Beach on Okaloosa Island. Nestled along Florida’s pristine Emerald Coast, this charming coastal town is the perfect place to enjoy the white sand, turquoise waters and laid-back culture the area is known for. 

Since it is the last holiday of summer, Labor Day weekend tends to bring crowds to Fort Walton Beach, so visitors should expect increased traffic and longer lines at popular attractions. However, with plenty of coastline to explore and lots of activities, it’s not difficult to find a quiet spot.

Labor Day weekend in Fort Walton Beach is typically hot and humid, with temperatures ranging from 85 – 90°(F) during the day. Visitors should be prepared to stay hydrated and protect themselves from the sun. While there is always a chance of rain, September is typically one of the drier months in Fort Walton Beach, so visitors can expect plenty of sunshine over the Labor Day weekend. Throughout September, the summer heat begins to subside and crowds will thin out as well, making it an excellent reason to extend your vacation. 

Things to Do in Fort Walton Beach Over Labor Day


Visit the Okaloosa Boardwalk

This beachside collection of shops and restaurants is a lively place where you can find fresh local seafood and any beach gear you need. The Boardwalk also hosts weekly events including pirate shows, outdoor movies and live music. The nearby Okaloosa Pier is an excellent place to go fishing or spot local marine life. Over Labor Day weekend, there will be a fireworks show starting at 9pm on Sunday, with the best views from the beach in front of the Boardwalk.

Explore downtown Fort Walton Beach

Over Labor Day weekend, catch some free outdoor live music at Fort Walton Beach Landing on September 1 from 6-8pm. Enjoy an evening of strolling along downtown Fort Walton Beach with the Art Walk on September 2. This event features beautiful handmade crafts and art from local artisans, with specials offered by area restaurants and shops along the route. 

Beach Day

The stunning emerald waters and white sand of Fort Walton Beach is calling you! If you want to be in the heart of the action, the beach in front of the Boardwalk is lively and close to restaurants and shops. For a more serene atmosphere, head to John Beasley Park, a laid-back stretch of sand with pavilions, parking and restroom facilities. For a break from the crowds, drive to rustic Princess Beach, where the lack of amenities and long walk from the road tend to make it less popular, but still well worth a visit!

Enjoy Water Sports

The clear, warm Gulf is Mexico water is irresistible to fans of water sports. Fort Walton Beach is an ideal place for beginners to learn how to surf on consistent waves. To get a different perspective of the area, give parasailing a try. Visitors of all ages will enjoy parasailing for a thrilling experience with spectacular views, and adrenaline seekers will love zipping through the emerald waves on jet skis.

Boat, Paddle or Float

Rent a pontoon boat, kayak or paddleboard from Island Watersports to enjoy the water at a slower pace. Head over to Crab Island to join the floating party with hundreds of paddlers and boaters. This shallow sandbar is only accessible by water and is a popular summer hangout for locals and visitors alike.

Go Fishing

Fort Walton Beach is known for excellent fishing and there are no shortage of options to cast a line. The best pier fishing is found on Okaloosa Pier, where anglers can catch king mackerel and black fin tuna. Deep-sea and in-shore fishing is popular as well, with several expert charter companies offering trips to find red snapper, amberjack and more.

Encounter Wild Dolphins

Embark on a thrilling adventure to see dolphins in their natural habitat in Fort Walton Beach. From large glass-bottomed boats to up-close viewing from a catamaran, there are plenty of dolphin tour options to delight everyone in your group.

See Local Marine Life

Pay a visit to Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park to see marine animals from the Gulf of Mexico, including dolphins, sea turtles, stingrays and more. This family-friendly facility offers animal encounters through touch tanks and snorkeling, as well as entertaining dolphin shows.

Visiting Fort Walton Beach over Labor Day weekend promises an unforgettable experience. With gorgeous beaches, plenty of water fun, and a lively atmosphere, a trip to Fort Walton Beach is great way to close out the summer. Pack your bags, book your vacation rental and make the most of your Labor Day weekend in Fort Walton Beach!