A popular vacation destination in Northwest Florida, the city of Destin beckons holiday seekers in search of a memorable beach vacation. Destin is situated in an area known as the “Emerald Coast,” owing to its dazzling green-hued waters and white sandy beaches. In fact, the area of Destin is so revered for its beauty that more than 4.5 million visitors head to its shores annually. You won’t be disappointed with all that Destin has to offer.

01Beaches

Beaches in Destin Florida

The beaches of Destin are famous for their beauty. Crystal Beach is easily one of the most popular thanks to its sugar-white sands, but other beaches of Destin like James Lee Park and Wayside Park are popular with beachgoers. When visiting the beaches of Destin, you might want to snorkel, scuba, take a parasailing excursion, swim, or simply catch some rays. Some of the beaches feature hiking trails that offer postcard-worthy views of the Gulf of Mexico and its tranquil coastline.

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02Henderson State Park

Henderson State Park Florida

With its more than 6,000 feet of shoreline, Henderson State Park is popular Destin attraction. Visit the park to witness a majestic sunset or to experience an exhilarating morning hike. While swimming, beachcombing, and even fishing are popular pastimes at Henderson State Park, there is also a playground and picnic area on the grounds.

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03Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park

Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park

The Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park is a thrilling venue that’s a big hit with families. Of course, kids aren’t the only ones excited to come face to face with marine creatures like turtles and dolphins. The park is also home to rays, alligators, sea lions, penguins, and more. The park famously features exciting animal encounters that all you to interact with its animal residents.

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04Destin Harbor Boardwalk

Destin Harbor Boardwalk

The Destin Harbor Boardwalk is a must-visit attraction. The boardwalk stretches for a quarter of a mile along the city’s lovely harbor. It’s lined with boutiques, restaurants, and popular local businesses. A vibrant part of town, the boardwalk is a fun place to explore while enjoying views of the water. If you’re in town during the annual Destin Seafood Festival, you’ll definitely want to make your way to the Boardwalk where it’s held.

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05Village of Baytowne Wharf

Village of Baytowne Wharf

The Village of Baytowne Wharf is located on Choctawhatchee Bay. A picturesque setting, the Village is home to popular restaurants, cafes, boutiques, and nightclubs. When visiting Destin, be sure to check out what’s happening in Baytowne as it’s the site of many year-round festivals and annual events. If you’re ready to take a break from the beach, this venue is a fun place to explore.

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06Jolee Island Nature Park

Jolee Island Nature Park

Featuring roughly five acres of land, the Jolee Island Nature Park is a popular tourist destination that’s known for its beautiful views of Choctawhatchee Bay and Horseshoe Bayou. The park features a kids’ playground and a nature trail that boasts a scenic atmosphere that celebrates the region’s flora and fauna. Located on the Emerald Coast Parkway West, the nature park is a great attraction to visit if you’re in search of a nature-inspired outdoor experience.

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07Sailing Excursions

Sailing in Destin Florida

When visiting Destin, the Gulf itself is a major attraction. To experience its beauty, get out on the water to take a sunset dinner cruise or a fun fishing excursion. You can charter a boat or take a boat tour of the coast. Sailing is a major regional pastime. Many of the tours can be customized to suit your interests.

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08Golf

Golfing in Destin Florida

With its dazzling weather and gorgeous sunlit landscapes, Destin is popular with golfers. The city features a wide array of golf courses for all skill levels. Some of the city’s best-known golf courses and clubs include the Regatta Bay Golf Club and Yacht Club, Indian Bayou Golf Club, Kelly Plantation, Rocky Bayou Country Club, and Emerald Bay Golf Club to name a few. Many of these venues feature on-site pro shops, dining facilities, and other amenities that golfers look for.

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09Destin Commons

Destin Commons

If you’re up for some shopping when you’re in town, head to Destin Commons. This outdoor shopping center features a myriad of popular stores, a bass pro shop, boutiques, and a theatre. Whether you’re shopping for high-end sunglasses or a new outfit for a night on the town, you’ll find many venues here that can supply you with your needs.

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10Big Kahuna’s Water and Adventure Park

Big Kahuna’s Water and Adventure Park Florida

If you’re ready to take a break from the beach, head to Big Kahuna’s Water and Adventure Park, another one of Destin’s most family-friendly attractions. The park features water rides, water slides, and a lazy river that’s popular with visitors of all ages. While you can bring along your own cooler with food, the park also features eateries and snack options.

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