Already over winter? Destin Florida boasts beautiful winter weather and plenty of things to do. Swap snow for sand and enjoy temperatures in the mid-60s in Destin from December to January, and spend your days golfing, shopping, bike riding, and more. There are so many things to do in Destin in the Winter, you’ll wonder why you haven’t planned a winter getaway here before.
When you book a stay with Destin Getaways, you have access to our family fun packages, which include exclusive discounts and free activities for all ages. Our Destin vacation rentals are located throughout the area including Miramar Beach, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, South Walton, Crystal Beach, and more.
2021 Holiday Events in Destin
Baytowne on Ice
October 26 - January 31, 2020
Get in the holiday spirit at the ice rink at Baytowne Wharf Village. This festive tradition is a great way to feel like you're still enjoying the 'winter' without bundling up! Hours vary by day, so check the schedule to find the perfect time to visit. Pay $11 for a 90-minute skate and $3 for skate rentals.
Sparkling Wine and Holiday Lights
November 14, 2020
The Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort and Sandestin Wine Festival will host this annual event on November 14. Sparkling Wine and Holiday Lights will take place from 4-6 pm and include bites at local restaurants and more than 30 champagnes to sip on throughout the event. The night will end with a choreographed light show.
6 Best Things to do in Destin in the Winter
Golf enthusiasts love Destin for its year-round play and pristine courses. Destin Getaways guests can take advantage of one round of complimentary golf per-day at Regatta Bay Golf & Yacht Club, Santa Rosa Golf Club, and Emerald Bay Golf Club. These courses are highly ranked and offer world-class fairways for experts and beginners alike.
Looking for something to do with the kiddos? Mini golf is the perfect family-friendly attraction, and there are several in the area to try. Golf Garden has both an 18-hole mini putting course and a nine-hole, Par 29 Executive Course. There are even a driving range and practice greens here to perfect your game.
Fishing Charters & Cruises
Fishing doesn’t end in the winter in Destin. You can still catch a wide variety of fish along the Emerald Coast and especially in the Choctawhatchee Bay. You’ll enjoy fewer crowds on the water and even deals on local charters and fishing gear. Common winter catches include redfish, white Bonita, sheepshead, speckled trout, white snappers, and vermillion snappers.
Treat yourself to a relaxing and rejuvenating massage, facial treatment, and more at Avona’s Massages. Destin Getaways guests receive special discounts on services like a hot stone massage, couples massage, reflexology, sugar scrub body treatment, body wrap, and more. Avona’s offers services to walk-in’s but reservations are preferred to be sure a qualified therapist is available for exactly what you need.
Destin Florida is home to several outdoor shopping centers, including Destin Commons, the Okaloosa Island Boardwalk, and HarborWalk Village. You can find pretty much whatever you need at these shopping centers and you won’t have to worry about intense heat or large crowds like in the summer.
There is an average of seven rainy days in Destin during the winter months, and bowling is one of our favorite indoor pastimes. Visit Hurricane Lanes Bowling Center for bowling, arcade games, billiards, air hockey, and more. This spot has 26 bowling lanes, Rupert’s Sports Bar, and the adjacent Club LA concert venue.
Enjoy the Trails
The temperatures during the winter in Destin make it a perfect time to get active outdoors. You can go biking, walking, and running along the Timpoochee Trail Bike Path, a 19-mile paved path that offers views of the Gulf of Mexico through Santa Rosa Beach, Blue Mountain Beach, Grayton Beach, and Rosemary Beach. This is a point-to-point trail and you can explore any amount of it that you’d like.
Other nature preserves to visit include Henderson Beach State Park, Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, and Grayton Beach State Park.
Book Destin Vacation Rentals for Winter 2021
Find the perfect rental for your Destin vacation this winter. Browse all of our resorts to discover the ideal location, our snowbird rentals, or simply search through all of our Destin vacation rentals. Stay in a rental with a pool or be secluded in your own private Destin house rental. Contact us directly for more information about our program or join our newsletter to be the first to know about special offers and news.