By Jill Martin

I’ve got a secret to share with you: It's Perdido Key. This is a relatively unknown Florida beach destination that’s right between Pensacola and Alabama. For families looking for what to do in Perdido Key, they will find plenty. Here are a few quick facts about Perdido Key to tempt you:
  • It’s really inexpensive (especially compared to other beach towns)
  • 61% of the island is protected park land
  • It’s an authentic, ‘Old Florida’ beach experience
  • Snow-white beaches
  • Crystal-blue waters
  • Perdido Key means ‘Lost Key’ in Spanish – and it really is!
  • Bridges link Perdido Key to Florida’s mainland so it's off the beaten path
  • Average annual temperature? A balmy 75Ë?
  • A whopping 343 days of sunshine each year

Sounds great, but what to do in Perdido Key?

  • Ride a Ferris Wheel
  • Search for sea shells and sand dollars
  • Do hands-on science with your kids at the Gulf Coast Emporium
  • Watch the dolphin show at the Ft. Walton Beach Gulfarium
  • Ride a lady bug at the state-of-the-art Perdido Kids Park
  • Go crabbing at Little Lagoon Pass
  • Float down the lazy river at Sam’s Fun City
  • Witness a sea turtle hatching
  • Visit Gulf Island National Seashore
  • Hike a nature trail