Destin is a city located in Okaloosa County, Florida. It is a principal city of the Crestview–Fort Walton Beach–Destin, Florida, metropolitan area.
Located on Florida’s Emerald Coast, Destin is known for its white beaches and emerald green waters. Originating as a small fishing village, it is now a popular tourist destination. According to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, over 80 percent of the Emerald Coast’s 4.5 million visitors each year visit Destin. The city styles itself “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village”, and claims to have the largest fishing vessel fleet in the state of Florida.
Stunning white beaches, challenging golf and world-famous fishing define the Emerald Coast city of Destin.
Snuggled against the Gulf of Mexico in northwest Florida, Destin is rightfully famed for its sugar-white sands and emerald-hued waters.
These are the most spectacular things that you can do in Destin:
1. Henderson beach state park
Perhaps the biggest draw to Henderson Beach State Park – aside from its relaxed atmosphere – is the sugar-white sand beach, made up of pure Appalachian quartz. The sand not only remains cool in the summer sun, but it gives the pristine waters an emerald cast. Offering a welcome change of pace from the crowded and hotel-backed beaches closer to the resorts, this easily accessible, safe and clean oasis offers nature trails, spots for grilling, and picnicking and campsites. Recent visitors loved the area’s peaceful atmosphere and highly recommended travelers make a stop here.
2.Destin Harbor Boardwalk
Stretching nearly a quarter of a mile along the beautiful Destin Harbor, The City of Destin’s Harbor Boardwalk provides extensive access to the waterfront and helps preserve the harbor’s unique character. The boardwalk features beautiful landscaping, lighting, and seating, as well as a number of local restaurants and rental businesses.
Every October, the harbor becomes a bustling hub of activity when it hosts both the annual Destin Seafood Festival and the annual Destin Fishing Rodeo. Four public parking lots are situated within a 5-10 minute stroll of the boardwalk, and all are free of charge.
3.Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park
Delight in watching dolphins leap and sea lions play during our spectacular shows! Or participate and interact directly with these and other remarkable marine animals including stingrays, sharks, and otters in our new interactive programming. The gulfarium has been there since 1955. It has been delighting people of all ages and groups for many many years. Their new attractions are amazing. But my favorite part is always been the giant Aquarium. It’s a can’t miss for families that love dolphins and seals and turtles and sharks and stingrays. Well pretty much anything that comes from the Gulf they’ve got it. Enjoy
4.Dolphin Sunset Cruise
You see all the advertisements for the Dolphin Cruise and my first thought is always: how are they going to guarantee you see a dolphin? I don’t believe it. I was wrong. We saw so many dolphins! It was crazy! Enjoy a relaxing evening that has something for the whole family. The 2-hour tour will begin in the shelling area of the Choctawhatchee Bay. You will be in shallow water looking for sea shells and hermit crabs, and even do a little snorkeling if you like! After about an hour you are off to find the bottle-nosed dolphin that inhabits our beautiful waters around the Emerald Coast.
5.The Village of Baytowne Wharf, Destin, Florida
Discover this vibrant wharf-side Village and explore charming shops and boutiques, enjoy awarding winning restaurants and eateries and party into the wee hours of the morning at exciting nightclubs.
Located on the shores of Choctawhatchee Bay, the Village of Baytowne Wharf is the gathering place for everyone visiting, living, or working along the Emerald Coast. It’s always open to the public and is home to a wide range of boutiques, eateries, and nightlife.
6. Sail Away – Destin Florida Sailing
Sail Away caters to those who wish to have private party excursions by providing a thirty-foot long catamaran that can hold up to six people. Tours are completely personalized and can last between two and eight hours. Captain Bryan Klein is happy to take guests sailing as far as five miles out into the gulf.
Popular activities include dolphin watching, snorkeling, and light tackle trolling, but many people choose to do “free-sailing” and cover as much water as possible while exploring the beautiful surroundings. The boat is well equipped, featuring a stereo system, restroom facilities, and a freshwater shower.
Primrose Restaurant is a signature eatery at the elegant Destin’s Henderson Resort located just across the road from the sandy beaches of the Gulf of Mexico. The spacious, bright, and airy restaurant offers breathtaking views of the Emerald Coast and an inspired menu focused on the freshest seafood, high-quality steaks, and healthy, creative dishes. The menu changes with the season and the availability of fresh ingredients.
8.MAXIMUM MAGIC Theater Featuring Noah & Heather Wells
Don’t spend another night in your condo with nothing to do; Come out to Maximum Magic Theater for some family fun! Illusionist of the year Noah Wells presents Maximum Magic, Destin’s only magic show with mind-blowing illusions, hilarious comedy, special effects, unbelievable mentalism and more! This family friendly show is a fast-paced 75 minute show with audience participation for all ages.
9.Destin X Parasailing – Departing From Destin Harbor
Join the award winning staff for a parasailing adventure to remember. Parasailing is one of Destin’s top activities and offers family fun for all ages. Daily departures are available during the Spring and Summer weather permitting.Parasailing is a seasonal activity that is offered March through October. Daily departures are available from 9am-5pm during most of the season. It is recommended to book early to guarantee desired departure time as they do fill up quickly.
10.Destin Harbor & Crab Island Cycleboat Pub Tours
Enjoy the sights of the Destin Harbor from a different point of view. Passengers tour aboard a one-of-a-kind 32′ cycleboat. There are 10 cycle stations along the beautiful teak bar to propel the craft’s paddlewheel (also motor assisted as needed) and additional seating for 14-16 guests maximum. You will head out and peddle around Destin Harbor and Crab Island.