Located just a short 20-minute drive from Fort Walton Beach along Highway 98, the city of Destin is a beautiful place known for its pristine beaches and its serene setting for fishing, golfing, and more. A great day activity would be a Destin trip during your time in Fort Walton Beach. Read on below to learn why!
What to Know About Planning a Destin Trip for a Day
Destin is nicknamed the World’s Luckiest Fishing Village for a reason; visitors flock here for the incredible fishing and deep sea fishing conditions that the city offers, with all kinds of deep sea fishing tours, sightseeing cruises, and more available for you and your guests to experience. During your Destin vacation, catch yourselves a once in a lifetime, record breaking fish with one of the many local fishing guides that are based out of the area.
Beyond fishing, many visitors also come to Destin to play the immaculate, expertly designed golf courses that call Destin home. Play a round of golf at Emerald Bay Golf Club, Kelly Plantation Golf Club, or Indian Bayou Golf & Country Club for leisurely yet challenging recreation against the gorgeous backdrop of Destin.
Henderson Beach State Park is renowned for its spectacular beaches and nature trails. Spanning upwards of 6,000 feet of natural shoreline, picturesque nature trails, and warm, turquoise waters, Henderson Beach State Park is an ideal place to visit for visitors of all ages who are interested in enjoying the beach and casual strolls through a natural Gulf setting.
HarborWalk Marina is an ideal spot for perusing the local food truck offerings and vendors’ stands, browsing through souvenir shops, or enjoying water sports by launching from the marina.
Another popular place to check out that you won’t want to miss during your Destin trip is the Village of Baytowne Wharf. Here, you and your guests can stroll along the pier and enjoy a variety of family friendly, all ages activities. Shops and restaurants line the pier, alongside cool spots like arcades, a zip line course, and giant bubbles and hamster ball-style contraptions for you to ride in, among other attractions.
10 Stops to Add to Your Destin Itinerary
With so many options for fun waiting to greet visitors to Destin, it can be hard to narrow down the options. When you’re looking for at least 10 stops that are sure to make your Destin trip unforgettable, the following are sure to inspire travelers of all interests!
Destin History and Fishing Museum
For visitors with a heart for history, a stop at the Destin History and Fishing Museum is sure to please. Come and browse a collection of displays and exhibits that speak to the maritime influence and impact Destin has experienced through the decades.
Crab Island Cruises
While renting a pontoon and heading to Crab Island is always fun, sitting back and letting your experienced captain get you there in style is what Crab Island cruises is all about. Enjoy a day that’s convenient, scenic and of course savory when you book a trip with this Destin-based company.
Big Kahunas Water and Adventure Park
Traveling with the kids or simply a kid at heart? A stop at Big Kahunas Water and Adventure Park combines the best of adrenaline-pumping fun in the pool with time spent soaking up the sun from the sidelines.
Get under the waves and into a world of adventure when you book a tour with Destin Snorkel. From beginners to more advanced guests, this snorkeling excursion brings the underwater world alive before your eyes.
James Lee Beach
When you’re one for taking time to soak up the rays or spend time swimming, an afternoon nat James Lee Beach is everything. Be sure to arrive early in the morning to avoid the crowds as this popular stop is well-loved amongst locals and visitors alike.
When go-karts, mini-golf, and amusement rides are what it takes to elevate your experience to the next level of fun, time spent at The Track should be your first stop in Destin!
Half the fun of any day trip is time spent hunting for those perfect souvenirs. Banana Bart is a one-stop-shop for all gifts creative and memorable when you’re in Destin for the day.
Emerald Coast Wine Cellars
Take the edge off and savor the flavors of the region when you book a wine tasting experience at Emerald Coast Wine Cellars.
For an upscale dining experience in Destin, Bijoux is a fantastic stop where American and French dishes find their infusion point. Reservations are required and the flavors are always impressive.
Boshamps Seafood and Oyster House
For a more laid-back vibe and some of the best seafood around, a meal at Boshamps Seafood and Oyster House is sure to inspire. While cajun and creole specialties delight the taste buds, the friendly service and colorful ambiance make this a place you’ll want to return time and again.
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