The Indian Temple Mound Museum is a peaceful haven in the heart of downtown Fort Walton Beach. While the city is bustling just outside the museum once inside I was transformed to a time long ago when Native Americans lived here. The artifacts tell the story of the mound Indians that lived here. It's fascinating to see the pottery and photos and to read/hear the story of how they built the mound carrying the dirt by hand. Then when you climb the stairs to the mound to begin to understand just how much dirt they carried and how much time it took. On top of the mound you realize how they must have looked out over the bay and surveyed the land around them. The staff at the museum are knowledgeable and more than answered all of my questions. The best part for me was the gift shop! The jewelry is beautiful. Browsing thru the books, little drums, dream catchers, CDs etc. was delightful. The Indian Temple Mound Museum is the best place to visit in Fort Walton Beach.