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30A Thanksgiving Fun

Florida’s year-round sun and warmth is what makes it the ideal getaway no matter what time of year you’re in need of a break. It also means virtually pristine weather and conditions for your fall and 30A Thanksgiving escape. You’ll enjoy time on the beach, whether it’s a leisurely stroll or you’re setting up for a day of basking in the sun and working and your tan or swimming in the cooler, shimmering waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

10K Turkey Trot

Lace up your running or walking shoes and head to Rosemary Beach. The annual 30A 10K Thanksgiving Day races are schedule for November 24,2022. The 10K, 5K, and 1-mile races is one of the top ten turkey trots in the U.S. The 10K starts at 7:30 a.m. and the 1-mile run starts at 7:35 a.m. The 5K starts at 9:30 a.m. Participants can choose to wear their best running gear, or dress in costume. Register in advance on 30a10k.com and pick up your packet 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. on the Wednesday before the race at The Big Chill at 7000 E County Hwy 30A in Watersound. No packet pickup or registration will be available on race day. The races start at 78 N. Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach.


No matter how long your trip for Thanksgiving on 30A is, spending time on the sand should be at the top of your list. Pack up the cooler and your beach gear and prepare for fun on land or sea. Sunbathe or take a walk or run on the beach for some exercise or take a dip in the cooling waters Gulf. Try something new with a lesson, or if you’re confident in your skills, rent some gear for activities like stand up paddleboarding, snorkeling, or kayaking. You can even take a ride on horseback down the beach.

Dune Lakes

Florida is one of just two states in the U.S. – and five total places around the world – where coastal dunes are a natural geographic feature. The resulting dune lakes are typically shallow, irregularly shaped permanent bodies of water that are brackish and dark-colored due the mix of salt and freshwater sources. Enjoy a different water experience this Thanksgiving on 30A when you rent a kayak, canoe, or paddleboard, or purchase a combo freshwater/saltwater fishing license. You can also choose to relax and enjoy the day on the shoreline.


Enjoy the activity that has no age or skill requirement and can be a full-day or partial day journey. There are several excursions to choose from during your Thanksgiving trip to 30A, including inshore, nearshore, and the adrenaline-pumping deep sea fishing adventures. Some charter companies even take you to the flats, inlets, feeder creeks, bayous, and other areas for fly fishing. They also welcome young anglers and some offer lessons, or you can rent gear for a solitary time. Cast a line in search of your next meal of redfish, tarpon, speckled trout, flounder, snapper, and more. Ask about other excursions like night fishing or add an extra thrill with shark fishing. Don’t forget to secure the proper Florida fishing license before heading out, especially if you plan to fish the dune lakes, which require a combo freshwater/saltwater license.


As temperatures start to cool, those who love the great outdoors will want to spend some time hiking the trails. Historic 30A is dotted with state parks and hiking trails offering hours of outdoor fun. Pack your sun gear, water, and trail snacks and head out to experience the land-based natural beauty found along 30A. While you’re exploring, keep a lookout for local wildlife, including black bear, coyotes, deer, and osprey, to name a few.

Escape Rooms

As one of the most popular indoor activities in the last several years, escape room facilities are popping up all over the country. Get out of the sun and into the air conditioning to test your logic skills. Rooms are rated by difficulty and even come with age and group-size suggestions, so you can choose the right adventure for your group. Choose from themes like death row break out, Navy SEALs, castle escape, and many others that give your brain a workout. Solve all the clues and break out in 60 minutes to win!

30A Thanksgiving Adventures

Begin and end every day of your fall respite in a vacation rental by 30A Beach Properties. You’ll enjoy the privacy of your own bedroom, private patios or balconies, and other indoor and outdoor spaces that offer privacy that other accommodations can’t. There is plenty of space for everyone to enjoy time together or make their own fun for a vacation that’s unique to them. Choose from a small condo all the way up to a six-bedroom single-family home! Simplify your stay with fully equipped kitchens, beautiful and comfortable rooms, open living spaces, and more to bring the feeling of home away from home. Choose a premium rental for upgrades like stainless steel appliances, sprawling master suites, flat-screen TVs, a private pool, and more.

Contact us today to start planning your fun-filled Thanksgiving trip to 30A!