About Niceville Florida
Breathtaking views of sparkling water, a charming, small town atmosphere, and top-rated schools are just three reasons Niceville is one of Florida’s nicest communities in which to live and work. Located next to Eglin Air Force Base, with roots in the lumber and fishing industry, Niceville is home to a great number of military families, retirees, and area natives who love living here.
Centrally located in Okaloosa County, Niceville, population 12,000, is bordered by the beautiful Choctawhatchee Bay, which separates it from the popular tourist destination in Destin. So it’s a small town, but close enough to the sweeping Gulf of Mexico to enjoy the amenities of a major tourist attraction while maintaining privacy, and quality of life. Moreover, at the heart of the city, and much of Niceville’s history, lies the magnificent Boggy Bayou on the west; Rocky Bayou surrounds the east. Hundreds of miles of wooded reservation, owned by Eglin Air Force Base, borders the city. Pine-studded bayous, streams and nearby rivers mean Niceville residents enjoy stunning bodies of water year-round.
Mild winters, friendly people, gorgeous surroundings, and well-kept roads combine to make Niceville a highly desirable place to live. Interstate 10 is only minutes away, and links travelers to destinations such as Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Pensacola and New Orleans; cross the Mid-Bay Bridge near Bluewater Bay, and it’s just minutes to shopping, fine restaurants, and Destin’s stunning white beaches. The East Pass is a deep-sea fisherman’s dream, providing access to the fertile Gulf of Mexico’s emerald blue waters. The thirty-mile-long Choctawhatchee Bay is perfect for anglers, or recreational boaters. Speckled trout, anyone?
Golf, garden, boat, shop, and fish – the outdoor and indoor recreation is plentiful. Scuba dive, water ski, or head to any of the many shopping venues. Families will appreciate the city’s ball fields and skateboarding at Niceville Youth Center. A Children’s Park, conveniently located next to the city’s beautifully landscaped, modern library, brings fun to young families. Picnic at Lion’s Park and watch the boats come and go at the marina, or stroll Turkey Creek’s Nature Trail and seek out the lounging turtles.
Nature lends a generous hand to this city, for there is literally life everywhere one looks. In the evening, snowy egrets roost in the waters bordering the city’s main thoroughfare, John Sims Parkway. Tiny jeweled-colored hummingbirds, brilliant cardinals, deer, red-bellied flickers, frogs’ summertime chorus, and all manner of fish are just a few of the area’s abundant bounties.
Golf courses seem to be everywhere. Eglin Air Force’s 36-hole course is open to the public. Rocky Bayou Country Club (18-holes) and Bluewater Bay (36-holes) are two other lush courses.
After the sun sets on the bayou, take in a concert at the Mattie Kelly Fine and Performing Arts Center, or a Broadway Show. The Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College seats 1850 people, and consistently lures national talent to the area, meaning residents enjoy music, theater and art at all times of the year. And on fall Friday nights, get into the community spirit; head to the football games at Niceville High School, where the town rallies around its team, and showcases the superb Niceville High School Eagle Pride Marching Band, known throughout the South for its thrilling performances.
With its neighborly residents, environmentally-conscious city leaders, family-oriented events and activities, and trustworthy hometown merchants, Niceville truly lives up to its name.
Welcome to Niceville. Welcome home.