“Thanksgiving” and “at the beach” might be words you never thought you would use in a sentence. But we think it’s about time you do! Not sure if there is anything to do at the beach on Thanksgiving? Think again! We have a whole list of activities and dining options to give you one of the most memorable (and hopefully drama-free) Thanksgivings you and your family have ever had!
Start The Morning With A Run
Already feeling guilty about that extra piece of pie you know you’re going to eat later? Earn those extra calories by running in the 30A Thanksgiving Day 10K (or 5K…or 1 mile…if a 10K isn’t quite your thing)!
This race takes place every Thanksgiving, and has become a tradition for countless families that either call 30A home, or choose to spend Thanksgiving here every year. Whichever race you choose to run, you will start and finish in beautiful Rosemary Beach.
All proceeds from this event benefit a group of local charities. Register early! Last year, the race sold out.
When you think about Thanksgiving, you most likely think about food! But maybe you don’t get very excited about cooking that food. We completely understand! That’s why we’ve compiled a list of different restaurants and experiences along the Emerald Coast to make sure you get the Thanksgiving feast you want (and deserve!) while keeping you out of the kitchen.
The Pearl Thanksgiving Buffet
Located in the ballroom of The Pearl in Rosemary Beach, you can enjoy live music and a renowned Thanksgiving Buffet! This year, they are offering three seatings at 11 AM, 1 PM, and 3 PM. Reservations are required, so please call 850.588.2882. Prices are $79 per adult and $39 per child (13 and under).
The Pearl Thanksgiving Plated Dinner
The Pearl also offers a plated dinner from 11 AM – 7 PM at the Havana Beach Bar & Grill. Their regular menu will not be available, but you can still find their interpretation of Thanksgiving classics on the special 3-course Thanksgiving menu. Reservations are required, so please call 850.588.2882. Prices are $79 per adult and $39 per child (13 and under).
Stinky’s Fish Camp
If you’re looking for a fuss free holiday dinner, make reservations at Stinky’s! They will be serving your holiday favorites as well as selections from their regular menu. Call 850.267.3053 for reservations.
Old Florida Fish House
Old Florida Fish House will be serving up Thanksgiving on the Lake again this year. You can choose from the special buffet or from their sushi menu. Select regular menu items will also be available. Prices are $39 per adult and $15 per child. Make your reservations by calling 850.534.3045.
Vue on 30A
Vue on 30a will be serving up traditional holiday dishes with a coastal flair at their Annual Thanksgiving Brunch. Enjoy a delicious meal in a spectacular setting! Make your reservations today by calling 850.267.2305. Price per adult is $49.95, and price for kids (aged 6-12) is $15.95. Children 5 and under are complimentary.
Make your reservations for Cafe Thirty-A’s Thanksgiving feast early…it always sells out! Book now and enjoy a four-course Thanksgiving dinner with all the extras! Adults eat for $60 and children eat for $20. Make reservations online, or call 850.231.2166.
OR, get a take-out feast for 6. Order early! Pick-up will be Thanksgiving Day.
Set sail this Thanksgiving on the Solaris Yacht and enjoy a spectacular feast on the water. This year, enjoy either lunch or dinner during your two and a half hour cruise. This event sells out every year, so make your reservations as soon as possible! Prices for adults (11 & up) are $68, children (3-10) are $38, and infants (2 & under) are $23 (no meal served).
Tim Creehan’s Annual Thanksgiving Day Buffet happens every year exclusively at Cuvee 30A at 30Avenue. Early reservations are highly recommended, and can be made online. Buffet prices are $49 for adults, and $21 for children under 9.
OR, order a turkey to-go! Each year, they offer turkey-only options, full dinner options, or full-dinner with dessert.
Thanksgiving in Rosemary Beach with dinner at Restaurant Paradis! They will be serving a traditional turkey dinner, alongside their regular menu if you are looking for something different. To make your reservations, please call 850.534.0400.
The Bay Restaurant
Chef Jim Shirley always puts together an amazing Thanksgiving menu at The Bay. Enjoy the celebratory buffet while also enjoying spectacular views of Choctawhatchee Bay. make reservations by calling 850.622.2291.
Great Southern Cafè
Another restaurant by Chef Jim Shirley, Great Southern Cafè offers a Thanksgiving Day Lunch Buffet that always fills up fast! Reservations can be made by calling 850.231.7327 from November 1 at 8 a.m. and are on a first-call first-reserved basis. Be fast, because reservations typically fill up within hours!
Maybe getting dressed up and eating out isn’t your idea of a fun Thanksgiving?
Thankfully, Cafe Thirty-A, Cuvee 30A, Grayton Beer Brewpub, Roux 30A, Cowgirl Kitchen, The Perfect Pig, and The Hub 30A all offer delicious Thanksgiving Dinner to-go options that give you the ability to enjoy time with family at home while not having to cook…which we call a win-win! Or, go for a classic like Honey Baked Ham. They several different locations in the South Walton area to choose from!
But if you do like to cook, don’t fret about not being able to find the perfect turkey! For The Health Of It offers a limited supply of free range and organic turkeys each year. They have been sourcing their turkeys from Mary’s Farm in Pennsylvania for the past 24 years.
And for fresh, seasonal veggies, check out the different farmers’ markets along 30A the week before Thanksgiving! You’re sure to find some unique finds that will make your Thanksgiving spread even more special.
At Paradise Beach Rentals, we always want to give you the best beach vacation possible. That’s why we try to ensure that each of our rentals comes with everything you could possibly need. So, if you plan to spend the holiday in one of our beach rentals, you are sure to have everything you need to whip up an amazing Thanksgiving dinner!
Ready to spend Turkey Day by the coast? Book your beach rental today! We typically fill up during the holidays. Browse our available homes today and find the perfect place for you and your family. Need help booking? Call us today at 877.782.9302 (877.STAY.30A) and we will help you find the perfect rental for you and your family this Thanksgiving.