Are you searching for a family friendly, unique experience this summer? Look no further than the Bay-Walton County Line. Camp Helen State Park is opening its gates every other Wednesday for a campfire cookout and movie.
"When we talk about come to Camp Helen, they go 'where is Camp Helen' so that's about one reason we're opening up the park and encouraging individuals and families to come," Lynn Cherry, a volunteer with Friends of Camp Helen State Park, said.
The park is a hidden gem known for its beaches and fishing. It's typically a daytime destination, but this summer, it's opening its gates at night for an event called Movies and More.
"We've got a bonfire going for you. If you love S'Mores and love cooking hot dogs than you ought to be here at Camp Helen State Park plus we've got a family friendly movie to enjoy as well," Cherry added.
The park and the volunteer organization are hosting six events throughout the summer. Each one includes a cookout, a different movie and environmental, interpretive program led by a park ranger.
"We're opening up the state park for free and saying families come, young and old," Cherry said.
Erica Masters and her grandson Ashton visited the park Wednesday night for the second of six events. Ashton is vacationing in Florida for the first time this summer. Masters said she wants to show him the state's unique history as well as keep him entertained.
"We're going to try and come to as many of them as we can and tell others because this is, it's great," Masters added. "It's such a learning activity, and it's outdoors, and it's beautiful."
"This is all about coming to our wonderful Camp Helen State Park and enjoying a little bit different twist on a beach," Cherry said.
The volunteers with Friends of Camp Helen State Park are accepting donations. All of the money will go back into the park.
For dates, times, and more information, visit the State Park's website.