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There’s no shortage of activities to keep travelers busy along 30A, like shopping at trendy boutiques, casting a line, and enjoying the beach. However, Eden Gardens State Park is the perfect place for an escape for travelers looking for a little peace and serenity. Eden Gardens State Park offers fun activities such as fishing and hiking, though many visit to enjoy the gorgeous landscapes. There’s so much to explore at Eden Gardens State Park; it’s worth a visit when you stay along 30A

Everything You Need to Know About Eden Gardens State Park

Located in Santa Rosa Beach, Eden Gardens State Park is near many of the vibrant communities along 30A. Admission is just $4, making Eden Gardens State Park one of the more affordable activities near 30A. Open from 8 a.m. to sunset, 365 days a year, there’s never a bad time to explore what the park has to offer. 

The Wesley House

The focal point of the Eden Gardens State Park is the Historic Wesley House, a renovated two-story beauty built back in 1897 featuring elegant columns. Surrounded by oak trees and ornamental gardens, the Wesley House looks straight out of a fairytale. Guided tours of the Wesley House occur hourly and cost $4 for adults and $2 for children. However, the Wesley House is only open to the public on Monday, Thursday, and Friday, so if you’re interested in exploring the history of the house, be sure to visit on one of those days. 

Other Activities to Explore at Eden Gardens State Park

Outside of the Wesley House, Eden Gardens State Park visitors enjoy numerous outdoor activities. Saltwater fishing is permitted on the dock or off the seawall. There are also hiking trails; the Living Shoreline Trail will take visitors through the ornamental gardens, while other trails provide access to the scenic areas west of the gardens. Paddling in canoes and kayaks is another popular option.

The Perfect Place for a Picnic

There are few spots more idyllic for a picnic than Eden Gardens State Park. Enjoy your food and drink under the shade of the live Virginia oaks that call the park home. There are picnic tables and picnic pavilions throughout the park as well. 

Beautiful Vacation Rentals Along 30A

After your fun trip to scenic Eden Gardens State Park, come back and relax at one of Paradise Properties’ well-appointed vacation rentals. We have rentals in Santa Rosa Beach, just minutes away from the park, as well as other amazing locations like Rosemary Beach, Laguna Beach, and more. You’ll have access to amenities and comforts of home, including cozy living areas and fully stocked kitchens. Check availability online or connect with a reservationist at 850-588-7136.

30A may be home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, but it is also home to endless family fun! From paddleboarding on the many dune lakes to learning about sea creatures at Gulf World Marine Park, there is something for the whole family. The team at Paradise Properties has cultivated a list of kid-friendly things to do on 30A to make your trip go as smoothly as possible. 

1. Spend a Day at the Beach

Kids and adults alike love to spend a day at the beach soaking up some rays. The kids can make sandcastles, swim, and more while the adults can lounge in the sun with a book or dip in the water as well! Some of the best beaches in 30A include Santa Rosa, Blue Mountain, and Crystal Beach. 

2. Hike or Bike the 30A Trail

Explore the area by hiking or biking along the Timpoochee Trail. This 18.6-mile paved pathway winds past the dune lakes, state parks, and beach neighborhoods along 30A. Getting exercise while also enjoying stunning views? Sounds perfect to us! And don’t forget to keep an eye out for wildlife while on your hike or ride. 

3. Go Paddleboarding on Coastal Dune Lake

Another fun-filled outdoor activity available in 30A is paddleboarding. This activity is perfect for daring older kids and teens. The Rental Shop or La Dolce Vita are great places to rent gear and also get some great paddleboarding tips!

4. See Creatures of the Sea at Gulf World

You’ll want to make time for Gulf World in Panama City Beach, especially when you’re traveling with kids. Gulf World is an aquarium, but it also features indoor and outdoor tropical gardens as well as several exhibits showcasing penguins, flamingos, sharks, sea turtles, and more. 

5. Visit a 30A Farmers Market

During your family trip to 30A, be sure to stop by the Seaside Farmers Market. You can get a taste of local delicacies, while also discovering unique gifts. After a morning of sampling and shopping, you and the fam can lay a blanket down on the grass and listen to live music.

Bring the Family to One of Our 30A Vacation Home Rentals

After a full day of exploring, shopping, and sunbathing in one of 30A’s finest seaside communities, return to your luxurious vacation rental to relax and rejuvenate. Enjoy every moment of your 30A getaway by letting the team at Paradise Properties help you get settled in your ideal home away from home. 

Check availability online or connect with a reservationist at 850-588-7136 and get ready to turn travel plans into a reality.