Last Updated on January 29, 2023 by Maria Kennedy
Do you want to take your family to Destin Florida this summer? Would you like to know exciting and fun things that you and your family can do while in Destin Florida? Destin is a great city for a summer vacation if your love the water and love water activities. In this article, we share some of the exciting things to do in Destin and and places to visit that you and your family will enjoy.
1. Big Kahuna’s Water & Adventure Park
If your kids love playing in the water and getting splashed, you can give them a treat to remember by taking them to the Big Kahuna Water and Adventure Park. This is the largest water park on the emerald coast. There are more than 40 different water play areas, rides and slides, kiddie rides, and wave pools.
The Big Kahuna water and adventure park have something for everyone. If you play golf, you can even leave your kids having fun and go for a round of mini-golf. The lifeguards are always on guard and attentive to what the kids are doing.
2. Destin Helicopter Tours
Enjoying the water parks, beaches, boardwalks, and other attractions is all good. But getting a view of Destin from the sky is just phenomenal. It is a sight to behold if your stomach can take the heights. You will appreciate the beauty of this coastal city when you are up in the sky and realize how spectacular this city is.
3. Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park
If your kids love aquatic animals, and which kids don’t like animals, especially dolphins, then they will have a blast at the Gulfarium marine adventure park. It has dolphins, stingrays, turtles, and alligators. With exciting activities to learn about different aquatic animals, your kids, and maybe even you, will enjoy these wonderful aquatic animals while your learn things about them you never knew.
4. Crab Island
I don’t make a trip to Destin without spending some relaxation time at Crab Island. Many people go to Crab Island to relax in their boats or just relax in the shallow water which is safe for your kids to play in. One of the best things about Crab Island is that it is completely free. Additionally, you can take your family on a Crab Island Adventure Tour with inflatable waterslides and other water toys.
5. Shores at Crystal Beach Park
There are many stunning shorelines in Destin to visit and enjoy. This beach is very clean and after a hectic and fun day, you and the family can wind down at the shores at Crystal Beach Park. Moreover, it also has vacation rentals and cottages that are more reasonable than the hotels. The ivory sands and crystal-clear waters are sights to behold.
6. Destin Fishing
If you and your family love fishing, Destin is a dream destination for fishing enthusiasts. Destin is referred to as the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village”. It is home to many different species of fish like pompano, channel bass, bluefish, king mackerel, flounder, and many others. You can fish from jetties, beaches, seven piers, Destin bridge or sign up for one of the fishing charters.
There is the Destin Fishing Rodeo that takes place in October; therefore, if you are an avid angler and want to put your skills to the test, you can plan a trip in October. Additionally, there is the annual Destin Seafood Festival which also occurs in October.
If you want to improve your fishing skills and learn how to catch more fish before your Destin trip, then visit The Hunting Terrain for tips on how to catch many of the fish species found in Destin.
7. The Track Destin
If you want to have more fun with your kids that doesn’t have to be water-related, you can take them to The Track Destin. It features five go-carts, two mini-golf courses, arcades, and more kid-friendly activities. There are bumper cars and bumper boats that seems to be a hit for visitors all the time.
8. Gator Beach
It is referred to as “The World’s Greatest Alligator Park”. It is one of the most fun places to take your family. You can observe the alligators and also feed them. Additionally, there are entertaining shows in which you can learn more about alligators as well as a Gator Museum.
9. Destin History & Fishing Museum
You can also plan time to visit the Destin history and fishing museum to learn about the beginnings of this city. You also get to learn about its native inhabitants, its roots in the fishing industry, and how it became an official city in 1984. There are artifacts, film, photographs, and other media to share the rich history and culture of this awesome coastal city.
10. Destin Boat Tours
There are many different boat tours that you can choose for you and your family. There are pirate-themes cruises, a romantic sunset sail, or a dolphin-spotting excursion. There is a boat tour for you and your family.
Destin is such a fun and exciting city to take your family to in the summer. There are so many attractions and activities to do that time and space will not permit me to list them all. I never get tired of trips to Destin and always have a blast. The funny thing is after each trip, I plan to go back every other year.
Henderson beach state park, parasailing trips, dolphin sunset cruises, the Destin harbor boardwalk, the Maximummagic show, the Indian temple mound museum and the Gulf Breeze zoo are just some of the other attractions that can quickly fill up your vacation calendar and give your family a trip to remember.
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