Things to do in DeFuniak Springs FL and Walton County!

DeFuniak Springs is located in Walton County in the heart of Northwest Fl on the Florida Panhandle. It is approximately 45 miles northeast of Destin and 55 miles northwest of Panama City Beach. There’s so many things to do in DeFuniak Springs FL, as well as Walton County as a whole – you’ll have no shortage of activities. The town is best known for for Lake DeFuniak, one of only two spring-fed lakes in the world that are nearly perfectly round. A favorite activity is a stroll around the lake. In addition, this pretty little city has parks, lakes, historic buildings and so much more to explore. Below are a few favorites! The Sunbright Inn looks forward to welcoming you in person.

Things to do in DeFuniak Springs FL:

Main Street is committed to ensuring a vibrant downtown and keeps an updated calendar of events highlighting the vibrant downtown activities.  From Story Tellers and Farmers’ Markets to Food Truck Fridays and the famous Christmas lights, there is a myriad of activities in our charming northwest Florida community to appeal to everyone. Check out Main Street for events happening near us during your stay at Sunbright Inn.

Lake DeFuniak & Chipley Park

Chipley Park is a beautiful, 260-acre park that surrounds the perfectly round, 40-acre, naturally spring-fed Lake DeFuniak. This park and lake are the centerpiece of DeFuniak Springs’ historic district and are the locations of the City’s annual LakeFest festival and Christmas Reflections light show. Enjoy these beautiful grounds all year round for bird watching, boat rentals, fishing, pet walks, playground, shopping, dining, and swimming.

Walton-DeFuniak Library

The Walton-DeFuniak Library was established in 1886, making it the oldest purpose-built library in the state still in operation, with approximately 25,186 volumes in circulation. It’s a short walk from the inn, and a fantastic place to take in the history of the area.

Historic District Tour

The DeFuniak Springs Historic District contains 172 historic buildings, mostly comprised of the once-gated Florida Chautauqua Assembly. Today it’s a great way to see history come alive. Start at 1162 Circle Drive for an overview of the grounds and history.

Walton County Heritage Museum

Walton County Heritage Museum is located in a former train depot in DeFuniak Springs. Focused on preserving the history and heritage of Walton County, the museum has exhibits covering local businesses, agriculture, education, fashion, and more.

Kayaking Twin Lakes Camp Resort

Enjoy 550 acres of lakes from the dock or use their boat launch for a day on the water. There’s great fishing and when you reel in the “big one,” they have fish cleaning stations for your convenience. No motor boats please.

Beaches of South Walton

South Walton has more than 50 beach and bay access locations along its 26 miles of shoreline. Types of access vary, so be sure to check before you go. Lifeguards are on duty at several regional beaches between March and October.

Eagle Springs Golf Course

Eagle Springs Golf Course, a 190 acre site under 2 miles away from the Inn, offers an 18-hole golf course, public swimming pool and clubhouse and restaurant. It’s the perfect place for golfers to spend the day.

Christmas Lights – Christmas Reflections

It’s THE event of the year! Bring the entire family any night of the week or come and stay the weekend in beautiful, historic DeFuniak Springs, Florida! Come see more than 10 million lights reflect off a perfectly round spring-fed lake glowing in holiday splendor! Enjoy a holiday family tradition that is a delight to all ages as we light up Chipley Park with the annual Christmas Reflection displays. A variety of Victorian, animal, and toy soldier cutouts, Santa’s workshop, and the grandfather clock ticking away are among the thousands of decorations that adorn these historic grounds. This event is orchestrated and hosted by the City of DeFuniak Springs.

Morrison Springs

Morrison Springs is one of the most popular diving spots in northwest Florida and is well-known throughout the southeastern US. This 161-acre park was acquired by the state in 2004 and has been leased to the county to maintain and preserve. The highlight of the park is a 250-foot diameter spring pool that produces an estimated 48 million gallons of crystal clear water each day. Three cavities allow Morrison’s frigid waters to surface from the underground aquifer. The deepest of these cavities, at approximately 300 foot in depth, eventually terminates in an underground chamber of unknown dimensions. Also pictured in page top.


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Sunrise from Twin lakes

Christmas lights

Visit Walton County:

Walton County has so much more to see and do! Beaches, surf, turquoise waters, stunning sunrises and sunsets, local community fun, and beautiful wildlife welcome you to Walton County. Come discover all Walton County has to offer.

Credits: Pagetop Library Photo By Ebyabe – Own work, Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0