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Plan Your Trip to Destin: Best of Destin Tourism

Destin, Florida

Destin is located on Florida’s Emerald Coast, which gets its name from its beautiful, clear green water. Beaches here have extremely fine, soft sand, so if you’re a beach-walker or your kids enjoy building sand castles, this could be a great destination for you.

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Where to Go for Family Fun in Destin

Set along the Emerald Coast on Florida's Panhandle, Destin is a great beach destination for the entire brood. Make sure to leave enough time to check out these family-friendly spots.
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  • Fudpucker's Gator Beach
    Gator Beach is the largest alligator park on the Emerald Coast. You can get up close and personal to snap a pic, feed the reptiles and watch the gator shows.
  • Henderson Beach State Park
    Take the family to the white-sand beaches and clear, blue waters of Henderson Beach State Park. Just remember to check the colored flags for swimming conditions before diving in.
  • Big Kahuna's Water and Adventure Park
    With more than 40 different water slides and play areas including tube slides, lazy river and wave pool, this water park is a kids paradise. Kiddie rides are also available for the younger ones so nobody has to miss out.
  • Buccaneer Pirate Cruise
    If your kids have decided that it the pirate's life for them, then a ride on this pirate cruise is a must. Expect non-stop pirate-themed fun from sword fighting to treasure hunting while you’re on board.
  • Destin Laser Tag
    Everybody loves laser tag. This location also has a mini golf course and other arcade games. Your kids will never want to leave.
  • Crab Island Watersports
    Crab Island is a popular water-sports hub that has offers plenty to do for young and old. Take your pick from various activities including paddle boarding, snorkeling, kayaking, jet skiing and more.
  • Destin Harbor Boardwalk
    Bustling with restaurants, bars and specialty shops, the boardwalk is a good place to walk off dinner and take in the sunset.
  • Crab Trap Destin
    Rest assured that even picky eaters will love this waterfront seafood restaurant thanks to its expansive kids menu. The signature hot crab dip is a must-try.
  • Harry T's
    After you've had your fill of sandcastle-building and swimming, kick back at Harry T's with a frozen drink and some delicious seafood plates. Kid options are also available.
  • Ride On Surf School
    Learn to surf no matter your age or skill with surf at Ride On Surf School. Your kids will really enjoy an afternoon riding the waves.

Destin Is Great For

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Frequently Asked Questions about Destin

We recommend staying at one of the most popular hotels in Destin, which include:

If you're a more budget-conscious traveler, then you may want to consider traveling to Destin between December and February, when hotel prices are generally the lowest. Peak hotel prices generally start between June and August.