If you are planning a trip to Destin, you are fortunate to get to experience the Mid-Way Bridge. Since 1993, this two-lane, 3.6-mile bridge has helped millions of people travel quickly to and from Destin attractions
. Spanning the Choctawhatchee Bay, it is the main transportation link between the cities of Destin and Niceville. As a toll road, it truly is one of the most important travel thoroughfares in the region, as it provides a more convenient way for people to reach Destin whether for daily commuting or tourist travel.
A Connected System
The Mid-Way Bridge is actually comprised of a “system” of transportation option. The bridge itself is the primary link. There are two additional throughways, Wuerffel Way and the Spence Parkway, which connect the main bridge to other routes. Mid-Bay Bridge
crosses Choctawhatchee Bay, acting as a connecting point for Niceville and Destin in southeast Okaloosa County. Danny Wuerffel Way connects the south end of the bridge to US 98 and SR 30 while the north end of the bridge connects to SR 85 via Spence Parkway. The Mid-Way Bridge is truly one of the most important parts of the north-south highway system in northwest Florida.
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Enjoying the View
From an aerial view, Mid-Way Bridge is a sight to behold. Since it was created as a means of crossing the Choctawhatchee Bay, you’ll get to enjoy a beautiful view of the turquoise green water as you head towards Destin for a little under four miles. If you aren’t in the driver’s seat, sit back, relax and enjoy being surrounded by the Bay as your head towards Destin.
Be Prepared for Destin Attractions
Since Mid-Way Bridge is the main thoroughfare connecting Destin to Niceville, it is important to account for delays when traveling. If you are traveling to Destin for a vacation, check the traffic report prior to leaving to ensure that you’ll have an easy, enjoyable drive to Destin attractions
. To ensure the safety of the bridge, scheduled maintenance is necessary. Scheduled bridge closings are announced on the Mid-Way Bridge website well in advance. Also, this is a toll road. There is a toll for both the Mid-Way Bridge as well as Spencer Parkway. If you are a frequent traveler to Destin, the SunPass is an economical way to pay fare tolls. If you are simply traveling to Destin for a vacation, cash or toll by plate options are best.
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Exciting Area Attractions to See and Discover
The Mid-Bay Bridge is a convenient and impressive feat of architecture that makes travel along the Emerald Coast and throughout the greater coastal area easier than ever for locals and visitors alike. Offering up scenic views and providing for a pleasant driving experience, Mid-Bay Bridge is a wonderful option when you’re looking to fill out your itinerary with plenty of stops and discoveries along the way. Whether your travels take you to Destin or Niceville, there’s also much to see and enjoy. The following are just a few of the many options for fun that await when a trip across the Mid-Bay Bridge finds its way onto your to-experience list the next time you’re in town.
If you’re starting out on the Destin side of an adventure, Lulu’s Destin is a wonderful culinary choice to fuel up for time in Niceville once you cross the bridge. Stop by Lulu’s Destin which is located at 4607 Legendary Marina Drive and enjoy time in this eclectic and certainly colorful eatery which serves up savory seafood dishes paired with one of a kind handcrafted cocktails upon request. Burgers also grace the menu in abundance when you’re looking for something robust while allergy-friendly options make it a great stop for visitors of all types of dietary restrictions. Lulu’s Destin is open from 11:00 am through 9:00 pm daily making it a convenient place to enjoy a meal whenever those cravings hit! Fried green tomatoes and cheesy chips and fries are delicious at Lulu’s Destin while it’s hard to go wrong with the shrimp dinner if you have a bit more time available. While Lulu’s is loved for the delicious dining experience it offers up, it’s just as popular amongst the dining crowd looking for an unsurpassed view.
Rocky Bayou State Park
Once travelers have fueled up for fun at Lulu’s Destin and made their way across the impressive expanse of the Mid-Bay Bridge, time spent at Rocky Bayou State Park is bound to please. This is an outdoor adventurer’s dream come true offering up nature trails, towering pines, and a scenic place to enjoy boating and fishing in equal measure. This sprawling protected area of land is accessible at 4281 FL-20 in Niceville and is open daily to the public between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm. Wildlife spotters and birders alike will find plenty of species waiting to be observed so don’t forget your binoculars or camera for a trip this direction. On-site kayak rentals are available for those looking to get out on the water and enjoy a scenic and tranquil day they won’t soon forget.
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