Introduction to Niceville, Florida
Niceville, Florida is 44 miles E of Pensacola, Florida (center to center) and 218 miles E of New Orleans, Louisiana. It is in Okaloosa County. The city is part of the Fort Walton Beach metro area. The population of Niceville is 11,684.
The history of Niceville traces back up to 10,000 years ago when the Native Americans inhabited this region. It was a small fishing village called Boggy located along the shores of the Boggy Bayou bay. This village was the starting point of the city of Niceville. In 1842 cattleman Jessie Rogers from Louisiana settled in this area. However, permanent settlement began only after the Civil War. Though the city got its name Niceville on November 5, 1910, it was renamed as Valparaiso on May 24, 1919. However, the name was once again changed back to Niceville on November 1, 1925, as another community called New Valparaiso was developing near the town.
Niceville and nearby Attractions
- James Lee Park
- Bayou Church of Christ
- Mid-Bay Bridge
- Air Force Armament Museum
- Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park
- Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida
Things To Do In Niceville
Niceville offers a number of outdoor activities and family fun. These recreational facilities include a softball complex, twin oaks baseball field, Lions Park, volleyball courts, water sports, a soccer field and several other children’s parks. During the third weekend of October, the city of Niceville also organizes the Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival.
The city is served by the Okaloosa Regional Airport and Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport.
Niceville Higher Education
Adult education can be obtained from Pensacola Junior College.