Things to Do in Seaside

Things to Do in Seaside

  • Live Love 30A
  • 01/31/23
The breezy town of Seaside is one of the Emerald Coast’s hidden gems. This master-planned community is a prime example of New Urbanism at its finest. From its stunning coastline and top-notch dining spots to its unique Gulf-front estates, owning real estate in this locale is well worth it. Owners of Seaside homes cherish the ability to go barefoot and soak up the sun whenever their heart desires.

Planned in the 1980s, at the height of the New Urbanism movement, Seaside is the idyllic creation of Robert and Daryl Davis. They worked closely with architects Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk to design the beachside oasis and evoke a sense of community. The piéton lifestyle encourages residents to head to the beach, meet up in the town square, or daydream to the soundtrack of waves crashing and birds singing.

Seaside’s unique design sets the stage for an incredible array of activities. The small-town feel and quaint village atmosphere belie the town’s posh offerings and lavish amenities, making Seaside the perfect blend of upscale elegance and laid-back coastal charm. Follow this list of top things to do in Seaside, and you’ll be living your best life in no time.

Visit the beach

Any “best-of” list of activities in Seaside must begin with the beach. The Emerald Coast is known for silky beaches, brilliant jewel-toned water, and lemony sunshine. The surf here is gentle, making for a relaxing experience perfect for the whole family. Beach access is private, and only residents or guests who have purchased cabanas can enjoy the sugar-white shores, creating a luxe and exclusive atmosphere. This ordinance also means Seaside is tranquil and serene, which makes it ideal for lounging.
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Seaside is speckled with beach pavilions, the most famous of which is the Coleman Pavilion, designed by renowned architect David Coleman. The pavilion, also known as Coleman Tower, is a beacon in this gorgeous coastal town and serves as a popular photo op, with its towering form overlooking the Gulf of Mexico.

This picturesque beach town served as the backdrop for the film The Truman Show and today offers residents a life of ease and leisure. Pack a picnic or rent a cabana for a spa-inspired day at the beach or take a bike ride along the shore and soak up the stunning scenery. Go for a swim in the clear, warm Gulf water or simply stroll the shore, breathing in the fresh, salty air and feeling the sand between your toes.

Soak up the sunshine

Seaside’s warm, sunny days and town square design create the ideal background for spending time in the fresh sea air. Outdoor events take center stage here, from holiday celebrations to farmers' markets and food festivals.
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Spring on the Emerald Coast brings the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival, a dazzling affair celebrating the industry’s most acclaimed chefs, winemakers, distilleries, and brewmasters. Sip and savor all weekend long at this posh event. For a low-key family night, head to the Seaside Amphitheater for movies in the park. Bring blankets and a picnic and enjoy a movie under the stars. For a day of meditation and stillness, head to the Pavilion for outdoor yoga.

The balmy air and ocean breeze make Seaside the perfect spot for outdoor shopping and healthy living, and residents find both at the Seaside Farmers’ Market. Visit the market every Saturday for local honey, fresh fruits, organic produce, and artisan gifts.

Enjoy world-class dining

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The culinary scene in Seaside is unparalleled, with fresh seafood and Southern flavors topping the list of must-try cuisine. Indulge in Southern specialties at The Great Southern Café on Central Square Avenue, a farm-to-table bistro featuring a fusion of global tastes and traditional dishes from the South. The chef-driven menu showcases fruits de mer and classic Creole spices, providing a mouth-watering lineup of innovative recipes. The elevated offerings include cold water lobster tails, crab cakes with fried green tomatoes, and seafood gumbo. Indulge in the Great Southern Seafood Plateau and marvel at the bevy of fresh oysters, shrimp, lobster, and lump crab.

Bud and Alley's is the most famous and popular restaurant in all of Seaside, serving fantastic dishes since 1987. With an award-winning menu and a rooftop bar overlooking the waves, this is the perfect spot to enjoy a great meal and get a glimpse of a shimmering sunset.

For a decidedly casual experience, visit Seaside’s iconic Airstream Row. This bastion of bistros is housed entirely in converted Airstreams and offers every type of cuisine, from barbeque and burgers to French treats and classic confections. Try the sweet and savory creations from Crêpes du Soleil, gourmet grilled cheese from The Meltdown, pulled pork from Barefoot BBQ, or classic seashore snacks from Wild Bill's Beach Dogs.

Take time to relax

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Seaside takes its reputation for relaxation seriously and provides residents with top wellness amenities. The Spa in Seaside finds inspiration in the tranquil Gulf waters, infusing its services with seaweed, minerals, and clays for the ultimate detoxifying treatments. Enjoy a massage, facial, or signature fairy hair session. Get beach ready at the aptly named Beach Ready Spa, which offers massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, and deluxe body treatments. From reflexology to deep tissue work, 30A Pure Massage celebrates health, wellness, and relaxation.

Go see a show

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As the epicenter of Emerald Coast luxury, Seaside features a spectacular lineup of entertainment. The Sounds of Seaside event is perfect for those with an appreciation for music and features a full dance card of shows and performers. Fairy tales and comedy shows are brought to life at The Repertory Theatre. From children’s theater and musicals to nationally recognized talent, this beloved Seaside landmark is a first-rate performance venue attracting world-class performers and acclaimed shows.

Make Seaside your home

They say your external environment reflects your internal state. If that is true, then life in laid-back Seaside suggests residents enjoy a calm, peaceful life full of healthy living and rejuvenation. Wellness opportunities abound here, and the good life reigns supreme. The best way to enjoy Seaside’s beauty and lavish amenities is to move in and set down roots of your own. The architecture here is airy and light-filled, and properties range from modern beach cottages to luxe waterfront estates. Take a tour of Seaside homes for sale to find yourself a home in paradise.

If you’re interested in Seaside real estate,  contact Elizabeth Boswell at LiveLove 30A | Destin team, brokered by Premier Property Group, to find your coastal dream home today.
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