Eglin Air Force Base and Hurlburt Field are situated in great locations for families. Located along the beautiful Florida Panhandle coast, these bases offer fabulous restaurants, schools and activities for the whole family, and is an ideal location to be stationed.
Whether you are a current resident in the region or incoming, we have put together an overview of the areas surrounding Eglin and Hurlburt. We’ve even included top activity recommendations from the local Corvias Military Living team.
Relocation to Eglin or Hurlburt Field
These bases are located on the Emerald Coast of the Florida Panhandle, which means plenty of the gorgeous Florida sunshine. Temperatures here average the middle 50s in the winter months and can hit triple digits in the summer.
Nearby towns between the bases include Crestview, Fort Walton Beach, Mary Ester, Niceville, Navarre and Destin. Pensacola, Panama City and Mobile, Alabama, are just a short drive away.
The on-post housing options provided by Corvias Military Living at Eglin and Hurlburt include a full range of family-friendly amenities in a community that gives you everything you’re looking for in a home and neighborhood. The base housing areas at each base are being redeveloped to offer new homes and community centers that are a perfect atmosphere for your family.
There are dozens of schools in the area serving elementary, middle and high school students. Both public and private options are available, giving discerning parents plenty of options to suit their children’s educational needs.
Fun facts about the Emerald Coast area
- Eglin has more than 75 years of history and served six wars.
- Hurlburt Field is the headquarters of the Air Force Special Operations Command.
- Hurlburt was the setting for part of “Transformers 3.”
- Eglin is the largest Air Force base, covering 550,000 acres.
- Camp James E. Rudder, located on the Eglin reservation, is home to the 6th Ranger Training Battalion and is the third and final stage of U.S. Army Ranger School.
- Eglin is also home to the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) and the U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal School.
Looking for a great way to spend the day with your family? With so much to do at Harborwalk Village, it’s easy to have a fun-filled afternoon that can keep everyone entertained! Walk around a variety of stores to pick up items or simply window shop. Take the kids to see a show at the Bart Rockett Magic Theatre, or visit Amusements USA to jump on bungee trampolines or roll around inside a giant hamster ball. Snorkeling, fishing and pirate ship rides all await you and your loved ones to give you new and unique experiences at Harborwalk Village.
Another place to go where you can have dozens of fun and interesting activities to choose from is the Village of Baytowne Wharf. The Adventure Land Playground is perfect for younger kids who want to be active as they climb and swing along the equipment. Older kids may enjoy the challenge of the rock wall and ropes courses at Baytowne Adventure Zone. Sailing adventures and live shows also offer activities to keep the whole family engaged and sharing in the fun together.
“Families can also have a chance to see some of Florida’s natural wildlife.”
Shopping and sightseeing is perfect along 30-A, including Seaside, a community of nationally recognized restaurants, award-winning beaches and the primary set for the filming of “The Truman Show.” Have a romantic evening on a dinner and dancing cruise, go on a boat tour of the Choctawhatchee River Basin or go sightseeing for dolphins!
Animal lovers will find plenty of places to take in some of nature’s most exciting creatures. The Seacrest Wolf Preserve is both a fun and educational experience for the whole family. Visit with rare and beautiful wolves and learn all about their habits.
If aquatic animals are more your style, there’s the Gulfarium Marine Adventure, where you can watch dolphin shows, see penguins or get up close to the stingrays.
Families can also have a chance to see some of Florida’s wildlife at the the Blackwater River State Park. Here you can kayak, camp and sightsee for the state’s beautiful native plants and animals along the coast of this lovely river setting.
If the weather isn’t cooperating for any of your fun outdoor plans, you can always try some fascinating indoor locations, like the National Naval Aviation Museum. Watch a famous Blue Angels flight practice, hop into a flight simulator or observe some of the most comprehensive aircraft exhibits that the nation has to offer.
The beautiful Florida coast here is also part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore, cared for by the National Parks Service. Historic landmarks, pristine beaches and campsite line the panhandle to offer a variety activities to suit any outdoor interest.
“Foodies will love the upscale options.”
Must-eats on the Emerald Coast
This is a great location for some amazing dining experiences! Foodies will love the upscale and family-friendly options that dot the coast around these bases. Below are some of the Corvias team’s favorites.
Try some authentic Irish fare at McGuires Irish Pub, like steak and mushroom pie, corned beef and cabbage or fish and chips battered with their home-brewed beer. Dozens of fantastic and unique craft beers are on tap here as well, including an old-fashioned, non-alcoholic root beer.
Of course, an elegant meal is a good way to start a day as well as ending one. That’s why people rave about the brunch at The Red Bar. Available on Sundays, it features classic breakfast dishes like rich eggs Benedict and lunch items like decadent crab cakes. With live bands and legendary bloody marys, you’re sure to have a great time!
Pensacola, Florida, is about 1 hour away
Panama City, Florida, is about 2 hours away
Mobile, Alabama, is about 2 hours away
Tallahassee, Florida, is about 3 hours away
Biloxi, Mississippi, is about 3 hours away
New Orleans is about 4 hours away
Atlanta is about 5 hours away
Jacksonville, Florida, is about 5 hours away
With so many attractions and easy access to a number of exciting destinations, your family is sure to love living at Eglin Air Force Base of Hurlburt Field.