You will find Niceville scenically nestled along the shores of Choctawhatchee Bay on the Florida panhandle where it offers wonderful weather, a warm welcome and a wealth of activities to keep you busy for a weekend or a lifetime. Avid anglers can spend days on end exploring the excellent in-shore and off-shore fishing on offer – L4K Charters offer charter packages to suit all levels of proficiency. Golfers can tee up at the Rocky Bayou Country Club and hikers and bikers can explore the Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park and the Turkey Creek Nature Trail. To add some culture to the mix you can visit the Mattie Kelly Arts Center to attend a concert or performance and visit the two art galleries. Certain attractions may be temporarily closed or require advance reservations. Some restaurants are currently offering pickup only. Hours/availability may have changed.

1.Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park, Niceville, FL

Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park, Niceville, FL
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It is hard to believe that this beautiful stretch of Gulf Coast Shoreline was once used as a bombing range during WWII. Today the Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park is a popular outdoor recreation area which offers a wide variety of activities. To really get back to nature you can park your RV or pitch your tent at one of the 42 serviced camp sites in the campground, which is located close to 2 scenic nature trails. Besides hiking, visitors can enjoy biking, fishing, boating, paddling and wild-life viewing. There is an interpretive center, a picnic pavilion, children’s playground and good restrooms and showers.

Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park, 4281 FL-20, Niceville, FL 32578, Phone: 850-833-9144

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2.L4K Charters, Niceville, Florida

L4K Charters, Niceville, Florida
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No visit to the Gulf Coast would be complete without trying your hand at fishing these rich waters. L4K Charters are at your disposal to take care of all the details. Captain Rob is a retired US Marine who is passionate about introducing newbies to the joys of fishing. His comfortable boat the “At Ease” can accommodate five guests and has comfortable seats and toilet facilities. A charter with Captain Rob is ideal for families as well as for experienced anglers. Short 2-hour charters are perfect for families, but more experienced anglers can choose to stay out on the water for up to five hours, enjoying exciting in-shore and near-shore fishing experiences.

L4K Charters, Niceville, FL32578, Phone: 850-895-1224

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3.Rocky Bayou Country Club, Niceville, Florida

Rocky Bayou Country Club, Niceville, Florida
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The Rocky Bayou Country Club is a wonderful outdoor recreation facility for members and their guests. At the heart of the club you will find a beautifully maintained 18-hole golf course which has a reputation for providing an enjoyable but challenging round of golf for players of all abilities. In addition to the golf course the country club has a swimming pool and tennis courts. They also have a popular “19th Hole” called the Crooked Tree which is open to non-members. If you are planning to stay in the area for a few months to escape the northern winter you can purchase a Snowbird Pass which will allow you to enjoy member privileges.

Rocky Bayou Country Club, 600 Golf Course Drive, Niceville, FL 32578, Phone: 850-678-3270

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4.The Local’s Eatery, Niceville, Florida

The Local’s Eatery, Niceville, Florida
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Located at the Niceville Marina, directly overlooking the water, Local’s Eatery is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxed meal with friends and family. Heading up the kitchen is Chef Cory Hassett, who has been cooking great food in other Emerald Coast restaurants for years until the opportunity arose to open his own place. He is assisted in front of shop by his business partner Joey Luna, who ensures that the service is slick and polished. The menu contains a mix of popular favorites with a distinct Chef Cory twist. You can choose a succulent Bacon-wrapped Meatloaf with all the trimmings, sink your teeth into a perfect burger or select one of the Local’s tacos or signature sandwiches and entrees.

Local’s Eatery, 113 W. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, FL 32578, Phone: 850-279-4538

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5.Pepito’s Mexican Restaurant, Niceville, Florida

Pepito’s Mexican Restaurant, Niceville, Florida
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On a hot Florida evening, what could be more inviting than a delicious ice-cold Margarita and a plate of authentic flavorsome Mexican food? Luckily, residents and visitors to Niceville can find both of these, plus a selection of other delectable delights at Pepito’s Mexican Restaurant. This award-winning eatery has been consistently pleasing palates since opening 20 years ago. The food is unpretentious but utterly delicious, utilizing authentic Mexican spices and the freshest local produce to prepare the kind of cuisine that keeps customers returning time after time. Menu highlights include their legendary fajitas, chimichangas and enchiladas and the Big S. Burrito – once tasted, never forgotten.

Pepito’s Mexican Restaurant, 4585 FL-20, Niceville, FL 32578, Phone: 850-279-4949

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