Beach Activities

Beach Service – See the attendant down at the beach for extra chairs and umbrellas available March-October Most Vendors also offer paddle boards and Kayaks which is the perfect activity for a flat day. We have seen turtles, dolphins and manatees from our own kayak and it is one of our favorite activities!

Sandcastle Classes

Mobile SandCastle Lessons offered by the World’s Largest SandCastle Lesson Company. Create Memories in the Sand with a two-hour award-winning and sand-cerely unique activity. This quality time opportunity is a “WHOLE FAMILY EXPERIENCE”. We require at least 1 participating adult* per 5 children. And, sometimes the adults have more fun than the children! Learn to build an (approx.) 3 1/2-foot-tall sand tower! Gain “SandCastle Success” while you create a bit of “SandCastle Envy” on the beach. It’s not just a SandCastle Lesson – It will become a vacation memory to last a lifetime.

Beach Bonfire

Have you ever wanted to have a beach fire and roast s’mores on the beach? Call (850) 797-5358 or email to

All you need to do is show up! Watch the sunset, drink wine, roast marshmallows or just sit by the fire while enjoying the surrounding scenery around a relaxing beach fire.

Great for: Post-Wedding rehearsal gatherings; Corporate Team Building; Family Reunions; Couples, Engagements! or any other beach gathering.

Activities at the Destin Harbor

The City of Destin’s Harbor Boardwalk stretches nearly a quarter of a mile along beautiful Destin Harbor, providing increased access to the waterfront and preserving the harbor’s unique character. Parking is available at the Emerald Grande or in the designated visitor lots. This is a fantastic afternoon destination for shopping and restaurants with plenty of good eats and watersports galore this is a destination you wont want to miss.

Jet Ski and Boat Rentals

We highly recommend checking out Crab Island, and cruising the gulf in a pontoon boat or jet ski. There are many vendors in the Destin Harbor, but here are some of our favorites

Destin Water Fun

La Dolce Vita 

Zipline, Rock Climb and Freefall

Your one stop for an adrenaline Rush. Some vendors have seasonal hours.


We are the only company named “Destin Parasailing”. Destin Parasailing uses the latest in Parasailing Technology and our CWS boats exceed Coast Guard safety regulations. Our boats are a 12 passenger inspected vessels. Our equipment is always new and checked daily by our USCG Certified Captains to help ensure you enjoy and have an unforgettable experience.

Destin Snorkel – Open March through October

While enjoying your stay in Destin and on the Emerald Coast, join Destin Snorkel in one of our many tours: Two Stop Snorkeling, SNUBA®, Shelling/Dolphin, Dolphin/Sunset and Fireworks tours. No other company gives you the variety of tour choices and snorkeling flexibility than Destin Snorkel.

Destin Seablaster

Climb aboard Destin’s ORIGINAL Sea Blaster for a fun and exciting cruise with Capt. Larry who has been entertaining families in the Destin area since 1995. Join the fun and come search the Emerald Green waters of the Gulf of Mexico along the sugar white sand beaches of Destin, Florida, for the most playful dolphins.

Our 73 foot United States Coast Guard approved custom built boats are the Gulf’s largest speedboats and are approved to carry up to 132 passengers on one and up to 119 passengers on the other. We offer an array of fun for the entire family and feature different cruises for your enjoyment including snorkeling and dolphin cruise combination trips, afternoon beach dolphin cruises, and relaxing sunset dolphin cruises. 

Buckaneer Pirate Cruise

The Buccaneer Pirate Cruise is an interactive family cruise that takes our passengers on a pirate adventure in search of treasure. Cruises offer up to two hours of interactive family fun as children are entertained from beginning to end as our crew engages them in sword fighting, water gun battles, pirate stories, treasure hunts, and much more. The adults on board are free to unleash their inner pirate and join in the fun or simply kick back, relax, and watch the children have the time of their lives. Our priority is create an exciting, family-fun adventure that is like no other as we encourage our passengers to “Unlock the Treasures of Your Heart and Let Your Dreams Come True.”

Crab Island

If you’ve visited Destin, chances are you’ve heard some mention of a place called “Crab Island”. Indeed, Crab Island is one of our area’s top attractions and has been photographed and aired on shows such as Good Morning America, published in various magazines, and featured in publications across the globe. I would venture to say that Crab Island is the main reason Boating Magazine named Destin one of the top 10 places to live and boat in the United States. 

Boat Rentals

Here is a list of some of our favorite vendors for boat rentals to Crab Island


There are a wide variety of places to play gold. Seascape starts around $20 and Sandestin Raven and others $150+-Check out Golf Garden for 9 hole night golf and night time driving range.

Regatta Bay –

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Emerald Bay –

Seascape –

Santa Rosa –

Rainy Day Activities

Don’t let the weather ruin your vacation! Here is a list of activities that are sure to make the most of a rainy day!

National Naval Aviation Museum– Free! – If you have an airplane lover in the family, this is a must! They have Over 40 full size Air Force airframes and many munitions from the early years of flight to modern day. Our kids thought this was one of the coolest places they have seen. There is an amazing indoor playground and about 50 planes kids can sit it. The museum is about an hour away, but if rain spoils your beach day, we HIGHLY recommend this museum. We have been to the Smithsonian and travel a lot and this is one of the BEST museums I’ve been to.

Fat Daddy’s – Fat Daddy’s Arcade is one of Destin’s top attractions for things to do with kids. Our arcade offers family fun in a state-of-the-art indoor facility with more than 120 arcade games, a large redemption counter, and convenient food & drink options.

Laser Tag       

Destin Laser Tag – Laser Tag is played in our huge, 4000 square feet maze. A maximum of 40 people can play at one time. Our basic setup is free-for-all, every person for themselves! As you step into the maze, unknown challenges lurk around every corner. Sector mines hunting you, and guards the strategic points.

Thrills Laser Tag – Miramar Beach

Thrills has pulled out all the stops when it comes to upending your expectations of typical laser tag, crafting a premiere competitive action playground. Want to see for yourself? Strap in, step into our “Temple of Doom,” and prepare to be stunned by structures and glyphs that will WOW tomb raiders of all types. With points to score and game formats galore, the “Temple of Doom” is a monument to thrilling good times.

*NOTE: Must be 6 years old to play Laser Tag

Movie Theaters

Destin Commons

Grand Boulevard

For the Kids

The Gulfarium on Okaloosa Island – Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park is dedicated to educating, entertaining, and inspiring our guests to respect and preserve wildlife by providing unique and memorable experiences for visitors of all ages to connect with marine life.

Big Kahunas – This is our children’s favorite summer destination (keep in mind they get A LOT of beach time) Over 40 different water play areas, rides, slides, and pools!

Enjoy the giant wave pool or relax in the easy-goin’ Lazy River. Scream down the 5-story Jumanji, or scream along the Maui Pipeline. Fly the Skycoaster and play miniature golf.

The Track ­- For our kids second favorite, the track is a really fun place to get a break from the sand. The Track Family Fun Park is THE place for Destin family fun things to do featuring The Track’s signature Wild Woody elevated go-kart ride along with a vibrant lineup of family attractions ranging from family go-kart tracks, Fat Daddy’s Arcade, and thrill rides to miniature golf, Kids Country rides, bumper boats and more.


Destin Commons­ – Since it’s opening in 2003 this 500,000 square foot shopping center has set the standard as the premier open-air lifestyle center offering the best in shopping, dining and entertainment on the Emerald Coast. With favorites like Bass Pro Shops, Belk, H&M, Charming Charlie, Express, AMC Theaters, Uncle Buck’s FishBowl & Grill, Chipotle and World of Beer, Destin Commons currently offers 90+ stores and restaurants with something for everyone.

Grand Boulevard – Nestled amid Florida’s renowned stretch of pristine sugar-white beaches and gulf coast communities where the affluent both vacation and reside, Grand Boulevard is the premiere destination where people of discerning tastes shop, play, work and stay. With exclusive boutiques, renowned retailers and specialty shops, exquisite casual and fine dining options, and a thriving professional community, this $250 million lifestyle Town Center retail development generates a sense of excitement and demand from locals and visitors alike.

Silver Sands – As a part of the Premium Outlets Group, this is our favorite place to shop because the deals are SO GOOD. We frequent Carters, Kate Spade, J Crew, Gap, Nine West and of course we have small children so we go to the Disney store more than we like to admit. But this is the perfect place to do shopping if you are a bargain hunter.

Baytowne Wharf – Baytowne is a group of Restaurants, shopping, and activities. They offer Wednesday Night Concert Series in season that are free as well as weekly fireworks.

Seaside Town Center – We recommend you explore 30a by bike. Rentals run about $15/ bike for a day. There are many boutique shops and restaurants, multiple towns to explore and enjoy.

Fishing Excursions

Bay fishing– Sea Trout, Redfish, Flounder, Sheepshead, etc. $400+ for 4 hours for 4, on up Check out these local guides: or

Offshore Deep Sea Fishing – Snapper, Grouper, Mahi Mahi, King Mackeral, and much more. Check out (This is a smaller 24ft boat for 4 people but extremely flexible fishing $750 for 6 hour trips OR This is a Large Boats 50+ people $69/ person for 6 hour trips.