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Turquoise Gulf of Mexico waters and sand like powdered sugar are why the area is known as the Emerald Coast, but are only part of the reason you’ll love family friendly Destin.
Destin was named after fisherman Captain Leonard Destin who arrived from New London, Connecticut around 1845 and pioneered the fishing industry, which continues to be an important part of the local economy. The “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village” boasts the nation’s largest private fishing charter fleet. In the summer the weather can get up to the 90’s and in the winter the low 60’s.
Here are some family friendly Destin attractions:
The Beach – If this was all there was to do here, it would be enough!
Photos Provided By Emerald Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau
Beach Sand Sculptures – sign up for a sandcastle building class!
The Buccaneer Pirate Cruise – climb aboard the 100′ (U.S. Coast Guard approved) ship and be entertained with sword fights, water gun battles, storytelling, singing, dancing, and treasure hunts.
Southern Star Dolphin Cruises – experience up close viewing of dolphins, seabirds and a variety of other marine life on this 2-hour scenic cruise.
Destin Boat Rentals – Cruise out to Crab Island – an awesome underwater sandbar.
Pier Fishing at Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier – rent a pole and fish off the octagon at the end of this 1262′ pier, or just watch.
Parasailing – take a ride you’ll never forget, 400′ above the beach. They also run snorkeling tips and dolphin watching excursions.
Beach Helicopter Tour – For the best aerial views views of the coast, city, and marine life, book a ride with Beach Helicopters.
Big Kahuna’s Water & Adventure Park – The kids will love this water park, with over forty water attractions, several thrill ride attractions and a miniature golf course.
Hike/Walk in one of the local parks – Henderson Beach State Park, James Lee County State Park or John Beasley Beach Park
The Bart Rockett Magic Show at HarborWalk Village –
October Destin Fishing Rodeo