A day out on a bike gives a whole new perspective to 30-A. There is something about the wind whistling by that brings out the kid in everyone. 30-A’s 18 miles of paved bike paths make exploring our beach communities a breeze. Be sure to consider your end destination is really the halfway point of a bike ride, and factor in the fitness and age of your fellow riders before heading out. Here are few ideas for a day spent balanced on two wheels.
Aim your sights for one of our unique communities. Map out your ride and head to Rosemary Beach, Grayton Beach, or Seaside for the day. Each town has its own character and charm. Shop for local art and jewelry, take photos of its stunning architecture, or sit in a shaded green space and people watch.
All that biking can make you hungry and thirsty. Luckily, no matter where you are, there are many stops perfect to wet your whistle or enjoying a lazy lunch.
Whew! Biking is hard work and now you’ve earned a treat. The stretch near Gulf Place has several ice cream shops to check out including Pecan Jack’s, Buddy’s, Sunrise, or the Sweet Stop. Or if your crew is on the eastern end of 30-A, pop into the Sugar Shak in Rosemary Beach and load up on classic candies. Talk about feeling like a kid again…remember how delicious Lemonheads, Cow Tales, Chick O’ Sticks, and Charleston Chews are?
Did you know our area fifteen coastal dune lakes? These are permanent water bodies found in dune ecosystems and no two are alike. Our dune lakes have outfalls and regularly break through and intermingle with the gulf. Witnessing nature in motion is absolutely breathtaking. Lakes are dotted all along 30-A and keep an eye out for glimpses of their resident wildlife too!
Whether you use your own bikes or rent them for the day or week, they can equal fun for the whole crew. Pro parent tip: accessories like trailers make it easy to bring the littlest ones along for the ride!