Things to Do
Visit historic DeFuniak Springs, Florida all-year long! Here's why:
Tour our historic District
"What IS this place?" The number one question we answer when visitors discover incredible, charming, Victorian-era cottages and unusual buildings enveloping a perfectly round spring-fed lake. Take a self=guided walking tour of our historic district listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Walk in the footsteps of presidents, first ladies, astronauts, song writers, governors, Hollywood stars, and other historic and notable people by exploring why they came here and what they did. (Hint: look up the word "Chautauqua.")
Enjoy Chipley Park
Birthplace of Arbor Day in Florida. You'll see why! An unbelievably beautiful park for birdwatching, butterfly watching, kayaking, canoeing, fishing. No park or parking fees! Complimented with beautiful sidewalks meandering through trees and to/around beautiful Lake DeFuniak. This is the centerpiece of the historic Florida Chautauqua resort/campus opened in 1885 for family learning and recreational activities. This park is on the Florida Birding Trail and the Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail. Bring binoculars to see how many birds you can identify.
Shop, Dine, Stay in Historic Downtown (Click here for historic district hotel, dining, shopping)
Designated as a Florida Main Street Community, our historic downtown business district offers fine dining, overnight stays in a beautifully restored historic hotel, jewelry shops, antiques, collectables, bakery, ice cream and more! Stroll through out historic district and Chipley Park, then explore downtown. All within walking distance.
Consider staying with us during major events:
- LakeFest (3rd Saturday in May). 3-day festival comprised of kayaking, cycling, walking activities, live entertainment, food and merchandise vendors, overnight camping for participants in select activities, parade, games, more.
- Marvel of Flight (usually in May/April). Exhibit of vintage and antique planes with festival. Held at our City's municipal airport.
- Christmas Reflections (day after Thanksgiving through New Year's Eve). A display of millions of Christmas Lights in Chipley Park. Nighttime display from 5:0 pm to 9pm and includes carriage ride opportunities, character "meet and greets," outdoor markets, Santa and Mrs. Claus, photo opps at various displays, live entertainment and more on select nights. Entry fee applies.