Top 5 Museums on 30A

Not only is 30A home to a bevy of beautiful natural sights, iconic sightseeing spots, delicious restaurants, fun bars and nightlife, and—of course—miles and miles of pristine beaches, but the area also houses some of the best museums in the region, keeping your mind and curiosity stimulated during your 30A vacation. Learn more about the best 30A museums below!

Museum of Man in the Sea

Located in nearby Panama City Beach on the edge of 30A, this small 30A museum explores the intriguing relationship and attraction to the sea that we humans have experienced since the early days of history. See early scuba diving technology, treasure from sunken ships that were lost centuries ago, see the inside of a real submarine, and engage with hands-on interactive exhibits to foster your understanding of marine technology.

Eden Gardens at Eden Gardens State Park

Once a historic homestead, the sprawling mansion and immaculate grounds of Eden Gardens now serve as a museum where visitors can learn about what life was like in Old Florida as they see the treasures within the mansion, built during the late 1800s. The grounds are also brimming with extensive flower gardens, which make for a wonderful sight.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not

The famous chain of museums dedicated to the odd and fascinating has a location in Panama City Beach, just a short drive away from the South Walton area. Here, you can see enormous ships carved from ivory, play in hands-on exhibits like the Hall of Mirrors, see puzzling sights like shrunken heads, and watch a movie in 7D! Admission prices can be high, so budget accordingly.

E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center

About a half-hour drive from Rosemary Beach lies the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center, where visitors of all ages can learn more about the wonderful and unique environment of 30A and the Emerald Coast, as well as the science behind nature’s beauty and how to preserve it. Visit this amazing 30A museum for a fun and educational experience.

Destin History and Fishing Museum

On the far western end of 30A, you’ll find Destin History and Fishing Museum, a small free museum that elaborates on the local history of Destin and 30A and the importance of the fishing industry in the development of the area. This is a unique 30A museum that is definitely worth checking out!

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