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Exploring the Hidden Gems of Freeport, Florida

Posted on by Laura Bernstein

Nestled within the scenic surroundings of Choctawhatchee Bay, the town of Freeport, Florida is a desirable place to call home. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, history buff, or simply seeking a peaceful getaway, Freeport has something to offer. Here are some of the highlights worth exploring:

1. E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center:

Situated on the vast conservation land of Nokuse Plantation, the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center is a testament to the passion and dedication of philanthropist M.C. Davis and the renowned biologist Dr. Edward O. Wilson. This center offers educational programs for students, teaching them about the importance of biodiversity, conservation, and ecosystem restoration. Visitors during the summer months can also enjoy observing a variety of wildlife, including bobcats, bald eagles, snakes, and birds of prey.

2. Grayton Beach State Park:

Just a short drive south of Freeport lies Grayton Beach State Park, a pristine natural haven that has remained largely untouched by development. With miles of unspoiled beaches, lush woodlands, and a picturesque dune lake, this park offers a tranquil escape for beachgoers, hikers, and nature lovers alike.

3. Eden Gardens State Park:

Crossing the bridge over Choctawhatchee Bay, visitors will find the enchanting Eden Gardens State Park. Known for its stunning gardens, including a butterfly garden and a lily-filled koi pond, this park is a paradise for plant enthusiasts. The park’s centerpiece is the Wesley Mansion, a beautiful antebellum home with a rich history.

4. Alaqua Animal Refuge:

For animal lovers, a visit to the Alaqua Animal Refuge is a must. This sanctuary provides a safe haven for animals that have been abandoned, abused, or neglected, offering them a second chance at life. With approximately 350 animals on its 10-acre farm, Alaqua is a testament to the power of compassion and kindness.

5. Freeport Heritage Center:

Delve into the town’s history at the Freeport Heritage Center, where exhibits, memorabilia, and archival images showcase the town’s past. From its early days as Genoa to its transformation into Four Mile Landing and eventually Freeport, this center provides insight into the town’s evolution over nearly two centuries.

6. Location Is Everything

Freeport’s central location is it’s best asset. It is located just north of Santa Rosa Beach, home of popular Scenic Highway 30a. Freeport residents are out of the day-to-day tourist traffic of 30a, but they are a short drive to South Walton Beaches: 

  1. Inlet Beach: The easternmost beach along Highway 30A, Inlet Beach offers two public access points after turning onto 30A from Rt. 98.
  2. Rosemary Beach: This mostly private beach has a small public access point near its eastern end.
  3. Seacrest Beach: Popular among locals and tourists, Seacrest Beach has multiple public access points.
  4. Deer Lake State Park: With a $3 fee per vehicle, Deer Lake State Park offers a pristine beach, expansive campground, and more.
  5. Grayton Beach State Park: This park boasts a large public beach, campground, cabins, and various recreational activities.
  6. Blue Mountain Beach: Named after its towering sand dunes, Blue Mountain Beach is relatively less crowded and has public access points on both ends.
  7. Dune Allen Beach: Another picturesque community along Highway 30A with beautiful homes and a sun-drenched beach.
  8. Topsail Hill Preserve Beach: This state park offers over 3 miles of white sand beaches, trails, and camping options.

Freeport is a growing town with a suburban feel, and it is brimming with natural beauty and opportunity. Most important for Freeport residents is location. South Freeport is where to live as you are right at South Walton, but not in South Walton tourist traffic. Bear Creek is located close to the 331 bridge to South Walton. Find out why Bear Creek is the hottest community in Freeport. Call Developer/Broker Thomas Williams at 850.258.8670.

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