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Baytowne Adventure Zone
9300 Baytowne Wharf Blvd, Miramar Beach, Florida 32550 Ph: 850-428-2736

The all new Baytowne Adventure Zone in The Village of Baytowne Wharf is one attraction in Destin, FL that will give you four more reasons to “hang” around Sandestin longer. Get an aerial view of the Village and its surroundings as you soar across the lagoon. Afterwards, head over to the Mini Ropes Course or the challenging Sky Trail Ropes Course for skill-testing fun. If you still haven’t had enough fun, the Tower Climb and Eurobungy are two other Destin attractions that are sure to give you plenty of fun things to do in Destin Florida.

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Big Kahuna’s
1007 U.S. 98, Destin, Florida 32541 Ph: 850-837-4061

Voted by The Travel Channel as one of the best water parks in America, The Big Kahuna’s Water Park area opens only on weekends for starters on May 2nd & 3rd, then going 7 days a week beginning MAY 16… just in time for the Memorial Day weekend blast & kick-off to Destin’s summer season! Thanks to Beach TV @BeachTVGulfCoast for the video.

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The Track
1125 US Highway 98 East, Destin, Florida 32541  Ph: 850-654-4668

The Track Family Fun Park in Destin Florida has elevated family fun three-story go-karts, miniature golf, arcades, thrill rides and more. This Family Fun Park in Destin features fun for the whole family, ranging from thrill rides like the Hurricane 360 and SkyFlyer, to family go-kart tracks, miniature golf, bumper boats, bumper cars, Kids Country rides, and more. The Track’s signature attraction is the elevated, multi-level Wild Woody go-karttrack. The Track is a must consider for fun things to do in Destin Florida.

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Uncle Bucks Bowling
4251 Legendary Dr, Destin, Florida 32541  Ph: 850-269-6100

Uncle Buck’s Fish Bowl and Grill features a truly unique atmosphere and design geared for family fun and dining. Casual family dining is available in the Grill where you … saltwater aquarium with scores of beautiful, tropical fish. It is elevated to provide views of the bowling action while serving up your favorite refreshment. 12 full lanes of bowling that offer a unique underwater ocean.

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Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park
1010 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach, Florida 32548  Ph: 850-243-9046

You can get wild at the zoo, splash around at a water park, or interact with a live dolphin at theGulfarium. Speaking of dolphins, dolphin watching cruises are very popular here, as are pirate cruises. Or you can discover the culture and rich history of the area at one of five museums.



Listed below are some vendors but you will most likely have to travel to the beach where they take off.  You can also just call the phone number on parasail for the vendor servicing the beach you are enjoying.  Now you’re venturing onto the extreme fun side of things to do in Destin Florida.

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Baytowne Carousel
9300 Baytowne Wharf Blvd, Miramar Beach, Florida 32550  Ph: 850-267-8000

Experience the ride that brightens every child’s smile. From racecars and dragons to zebras and reindeers, let your child’s adventurous side come alive with the festive lights and music at the Baytowne Carousel – located in the Village of Baytowne Wharf.

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Crab Island – Rent a Pontoon
Destin Vacation Boat Rentals 612 Harbor Blvd Destin, Florida 32541  Ph: 850-650-2628


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AMC Destin Commons 14
4000 Legendary Dr, Destin, Florida 32541  Ph: 850-337-8777

The area’s only digital theater offering a REAL D – The Premier Digital 3D Experience, true stadium seating in all 14 auditoriums, innovative digital sound systems and tons of leg room between each row! AMC delivers distinctive and affordable movie-going experiences throughout the United States.

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9300 Baytowne Wharf Blvd, Miramar Beach, Florida 32550  Ph: 850-267-8000

Using bungee cords and a trampoline, you can spin, flip and leap your way to fun at a favorite in family attractions in Destin, FL. Located in the Village of Baytowne Wharf.

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Beach Helicopters
34859 Emerald Coast Parkway, Destin Florida 32541 Ph: 850-269-7717

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Dolphin Cruise

There are quite a few worthy places to arrange this adventure.  I’ll list a few here.
Olin Marler Charter Fishing and Dolphin Cruises.  Ph. 850-654-7113
Destin Snorkel has Sunset Dolphic and Fireworks Cruises 850-269-2329
AJ’s Water Adventures 850-837-2222

Boogies Watersports 850-654-4497

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Fishing Charter

 Again there are a wide array of these companies, I’ll list a few.
Olin Marler Charter Fishing and Dolphin Cruises.  Ph. 850-654-7113
Tripadvisor’s Fishing Charters page
Tripshock Fising Charters page
Destin Area Fishing Guide

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Jolee Island Nature Park

Create your own nature escape on the rustic five-acre Jolee Island Nature Park, one of the premier Destin, Florida attractions.

Just a hop-skip-and-a-jump from the Baytowne Marina, enter by strolling along a wooden footbridge over a scenic salt marsh. A mile-long perimeter trail is dotted with weather-beaten, double-wide porch swings, where you can sit and watch the waters of Horseshoe Bayou lap up against the shore or catch an amazing sunset over Choctawhatchee Bay.

Kids enjoy the pirate ship-shaped playground and look-out tower overlooking the island’s pines and magnolias while parents stroll the perimeter and relax on an occasional porch swing.

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 Snorkeling At Destin Florida

Although there are no coral reefs in the northern gulf of Mexico, the exceptional water quality makes snorkeling a popular pastime with locals and visitors alike.

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••• SHOPPING •••

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The Village of Baytowne Wharf
9300 US Highway 98 W Sandestin, FL 32550  Ph: 850-267-8279

The Village of Baytowne Wharf is home to more than 30 world-class Destin, Florida shops and specialty boutiques offering colorful choices, local treasures and unique gifts. You’ll find everything from resort apparel and children’s clothing to art and accessories. Start your Destin shopping excursion by pursing the unique boutique finds at Island Clothiers and end the evening on a fun note with a stuffed sea animal from Toys & Treasures.

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Silver Sands Premium Outlets
10562 Emerald Coast Pkwy W Destin, Florida  Ph: 850-654-9771

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is a short drive from Destin shopping locales including the Silver Sands Premium Outlets, home to 110 designer and name brand outlet stores. Find impressive savings of 25% to 65% every day at Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein, Coach, Cole Haan, DKNY, Gap Outlet, J.Crew, Kenneth Cole, Lacoste, Michael Kors, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th and more. Whether you’re a local, a business traveler, or family vacationer, Florida shopping at Sandestin will “suit” your needs! Shopping is perfect for those rainy days where you still want to have plenty of things to do in Destin Florida.

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Grand Boulevard at Sandestin
215 Grand Boulevard Sandestin, Florida 32550 Ph: 850-654-5929

Grand Boulevard at Sandestin is the distinctive, new 52-acre “shop, work, play and stay” town center located at the entrance to Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. The town center includes two Marriott discount Destin hotels with over 300 combined rooms, Class A office space, Grand Park, Publix grocery store and a variety of retailers and restaurants making their debut into Northwest Florida.

destin florida house rentalsDestin Commons
4130 Legendary Dr Destin, Florida  Ph: 850-337-8700

Destin Commons, Destin’s favorite Mall and life style center. Award wining shopping and dining destination. Voted “Best Place to Shop” by readers of Emerald Coast Magazine. Voted “Best Shopping Center” by locals, this open-air lifestyle center feels like a small-town village with 95 specialty stores, restaurants and entertainment with something for everyone! Kids will love the mini train, interactive water fountain and Pirate’s Cove soft playground. Stores include Belk, Bass Pro Shops, AMC 14 Theaters, H&M, Uncle Buck’s Fish Bowl & Grill bowling alley and restaurant, Chipotle, Charming Charlie, Forever 21, Sephora, Williams-Sonoma and more.

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 Harborwalk Village
10 Harbor Blvd Destin, Florida  Ph: 850-424-0600

HarborWalk Village on the Destin Harbor is an inviting collection of sixty or so waterfront restaurants, nightclubs, water activities, quaint shops, exclusive boutiques and more than 20 boats from the Destin Charter Boat Fishing Fleet. This is where the Emerald Coast gathers for weekly fireworks, seasonal festivals and live entertainment.

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Paradise Key at Kelly Plantation
4427 Commons Dr, E Destin, Florida 32541  Ph: 850-650-5005

Home to Publix, Stein Mart, Old Navy, Pier One, Hibbett Sports, Ross Dress for Less, Sporty Lady, Bed Bath & Beyond, AT&T, TGIFridays, banks and other specialty stores.

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Plantation Plaza
4495 Commons Dr W, Destin, Florida 32541

You will find The Fresh Market, Marshall’s, HomeGoods, Destin Health & Fitness Center, Home Depot, and small specialty stores located here.

destin florida house rentalsThe Market Shoppes
9375 Hwy 98 W Sandestin, Florida 32550 Ph: 850-267-8092

This mall of upscale shops features a gazebo, a playground, and a courtyard with a fountain. The landscaping and ground are well kept and includes exotic plants and a small water feature. The shops at the Market Shops sell clothing, jewelry, gifts and artwork. After a fun day of shopping grab some food or coffee.

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4781 Clubhouse Drive, Destin Florida 32541



1 Country Club Drive East, Destin Florida 32541



307 Kelly Plantation Dr, Destin Florida 32541



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11 Clubhouse Drive, Freeport, Florida 32439

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 The Donut Hole

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Another Broken Egg Cafe

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The Pancakery

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Harbor Docks

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McGuire’s Sunday Brunch

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Cracker Barrel

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First Watch

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Asiago’s Skillet

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Mama Clemenza’s European Breakfast

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Panini Pete’s

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McGuire’s Irish Pub
33 US-98 Destin Florida 32541 Ph: 850-650-0000

Popular Irish bar with pub grub, ales brewed on-site & live music on the sunset deck most nights. Inside the pub you’ll find a turn-of-the-century, New York Irish Saloon themed 615-seat restaurant.  Above all, they are celebrated for our atmosphere boasting more than One Million signed dollar bills hanging from the ceilings and walls of the Pub.

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Pompano Joe’s
2237 Scenic Gulf Dr Destin, Florida 32550  Ph: 850-837-2227

No doubt that any dinner with this view adds to the experience. One of the best viewing points on the beach is the gulf-front restaurant Pompano Joe’s Seafood House in Destin.  Known for its fresh affordable Gulf seafood prepared with a Caribbean flavor, Pompano Joe’s is not your typical seafood restaurant. We’re a neighborhood beach place where you can “savor the flavor” of the Islands!

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Dewey Destin’s
9 Calhoun Ave or 202 Harbor Blvd Ph: 850-837-7525
There are 2.  One is commercial fancy, the other is a dive like in the picture.  This is where the locals go and our favorite!

 things to do in destin floridaThe Back Porch
1740 Scenic Hwy 98 Destin Florida 32541  Ph: 850-837-2022

A Gulf Coast Tradition for over 40 Years. A favorite with the locals since 1974, The Back Porch Seafood & Oyster House in Destin got started in a small A-frame building on the beach. We instantly made a name for ourselves by serving delicious Gulf seafood with the best Gulf views.

 things to do in destin floridaAJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar
116 Harbor Blvd, Destin Florida 32541  Ph: 850-837-1913

The World Famous AJ’s Seafood & Oyster Bar in beautiful DestinFlorida! Perched upon the bluffs of Destin’s historic inner harbor with spectacular views of the Gulf of Mexico, you are about to discover why AJ’s has been the premiere spot for fun and family entertainment for over three decades!

 things to do in destin floridaBoshamps
414 Harbor Blvd, Destin Florida 32541  Ph: 850-424-8406

Boshamps Seafood & Oyster House on Destin’s Harbor stands out. Opening in the spring of 2013, Boshamps Seafood and Oyster House, has drawn attention for its sustainable fresh seafood dishes, Apalachicola oysters and modern seaside-inspired cuisine prepared by Executive Chef Andi Bell and team.

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 things to do in destin floridaCaptain Dave’s on the Gulf
3796 Scenic Hwy 98, Destin Florida 32541  Ph: 850-837-2627
Airy restaurant with water views offering classic fried, grilled & broiled seafood since 1968.
 things to do in destin floridaHarbor Docks
538 Harbor Blvd, Destin Florida 32541  Ph: 850-837-2506
Hopping waterfront hangout with deck seating featuring fried fish & seafood specialties plus sushi.
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The Crab Trap
3500 Scenic Hwy 98, Destin Florida 32541  Ph: 850-654-2722

Walking distance from Doctor’s Orders Beach House! Therefore, be sure to check out The Crab Trap Destin and their live Beach Cam!  Certainly, this restaurant is a staple in the lives of both tourist and locals. Most noteworthy are the unparalleled views of the snowy white beaches of the Emerald Coast.  Finally, you will have a wide variety of menu options including Fresh Seafood, signature Hot Crab Dip

 things to do in destin floridaBoathouse Oyster Bar
288 Harbor Blvd, Destin Florida 32541  Ph: 850-837-3645

The Boathouse Oyster Bar and Grill is one of Destin’s best kept secrets. Located on the Destin Harbor, the Boathouse offers anything from seafood, to burgers and salads. Come visit us to see why we have been a Destin favorite and Voted Best Oysters and Gumbo for the past 30 years.

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20001 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin Florida 32541  Ph: 850-654-4200
Yup, they have live gators there! Food isn’t everything.


4607 Legendary Marina Dr, Destin Florida 32541  Ph: 850-710-5858

Lulu’s has so many different elements that go into the experience. Offering fabulous food, great service, family friendly environment, fun shopping,a beach for the kids, live music nightly and waterfront ambiance. Therefore, this facility is designed to give a taste of the authentic Destin LuLu’s Lifestyle. Our job is to make it look really easy

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Louisiana Lagniappe
775 Gulf Shore Dr, Destin Florida 32541  Ph: 850-837-0881

Creole seafood & steaks in an interior with white tablecloths or on a patio overlooking the harbor

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Floyd’s Shrimp House
1450 Miracle Strip Pkwy, Fort Walton Beach Fl 32548  Ph: 850-243-2232

Seafood eatery offering an extensive menu including raw & baked oysters, coconut shrimp & more.

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Jackacuda’s Seafood and Sushi

56 Harbor Blvd, Destin Florida 32541  Ph: 850-424-3507

Local Captains continue to bring their charters to this spot to catch the infamous ‘Jackacudas.’ As with the famed fishing honey hole, Jackacudas Seafood + Sushi was created to bring excitement through food combined with a relaxing atmosphere bringing together locals, friends, family and tourists.

We hope you choose Doctor’s Orders Beach House for your next vacation and enjoy many of these Fun Things to do in Destin Florida!