Located in the Florida panhandle along the famed emerald coast, Destin is a family-friendly destination with something to offer everyone. Whether you’re looking for an adventure, a day of relaxation, or a taste of the local culture, we’ve got a list of the 10 best things to do in Destin, FL.
10 Best Things to do in Destin, Fl
Timpoochee Bike Path
Timpoochee Trail is a 19-mile paved bike path that offers scenic views of the Gulf of Mexico, Highway 30A, and the coastal dune lakes. This flat path is perfect for the entire family, and there are several spots nearby to rent a bike. Bring a lunch and plan to take a dip at one of the beaches along the way to cool off and relax.
Big Kahuna’s Water & Adventure Park
Ready for a day away from the beach while still playing in the sun? Big Kahuna’s Water & Adventure Park features a wave pool, slides, water rides, and more. This waterpark features more than 40 different water play areas and a lazy river for when it’s time to relax.
Eden Gardens State Park
Eden Gardens State Park is a 163-acre state park that is known as the home to the 1897 historic Wesley House, nature trails, and more. Near Point Washington State Forest and the Choctawhatchee Bay, Eden Gardens State Park also features picnic areas, a canoe and kayak launch, fishing spots, and more.
If all else fails, go out on the water while in Destin. Water activities are virtually endless in Destin and along the Florida panhandle. You can rent a pontoon boat, fishing boat, or jet ski, or go on a parasailing adventure, dolphin tour, or go on a sunset cruise.
The Track Rec Center
Even adults can have a blast at The Track in Destin. Play mini golf and arcade games, or go on a thrilling go-kart adventure on one of the five tracks. The Track features two mini golf courses, bumper cars, blaster boats, kid’s rides, and more.
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park features more than 1,600 acres of land, three miles of beaches, and 25-foot sand dunes. About 10 miles east of Destin, Topsail is known for its abundant opportunities for aquatic sports like paddleboarding, canoeing, and kayaking. Topsail is located in Santa Rosa Beach.
Annual Concerts in the Village
The family-friendly Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation concert series is in its 24th year in 2019, and it runs from April 25 to June 27, and then again from September 12 - October 10. The concert series is a great opportunity to gather in the Cultural Arts Village with a picnic. Concerts take place on Thursday nights and doors open at 6 p.m.
Destin Seafood Festival
The Destin Seafood Festival has been running for more than 40 years and is one of the most beloved events in Destin. The Destin Seafood Festival takes place each fall during the first weekend of October. The annual event is free to attend but be sure to bring cash along to try seafood delicacies.
Looking to tee off while in Destin? The Regatta Bay Golf & Yacht Club is a local favorite golf course, which was named the “No. 1 Favorite Golf Course in Northwest Florida” by Florida Golf News magazine. This par-72 course has also been named one of the “Top Places to Play in North America” by Golf Digest.
Crab Island is one of the most iconic attractions in Destin and can be accessed via boat. Crab Island is just north of the Destin Bridge and is a natural sandbar along the inlet that connects the Choctawhatchee Bay to the Gulf of Mexico. This aquatic attraction can get busy, so go early and plan for a weekday if you can.
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