When it comes to inspiring Emerald Coast stops, there’s something special about the city of Destin. Known for its stretches of sugar-white sands and inviting waves that beckon those with a sense of adventure to come explore, Destin has long been an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. While nature brings its best colors and captivating combinations in Destin, it’s also a city that promises to provide on the culinary and shopping front as well. When your travel plans bring you this direction and you’re searching for a place to spend an afternoon or evening that combines the best of shopping, dining, entertainment, and view, head over to the popular Destin Harbor Boardwalk for a taste of it all!
A Bustling Center of Florida-Inspired Fun
The Destin Harbor Boardwalk is a hot spot within the city of Destin and is located at 102 Harbor Boulevard. Open 24 hours a day, the Destin Harbor Boardwalk is the place to be when you can’t wait to explore and enjoy over a quarter-mile of boardwalk dedicated to fun, views, and entertainment. Winding along beautiful Destin Harbor, this boardwalk comes equipped with all the fan favorites you would expect from a place that caters to entertainment. Lined with palm trees, paved in sleek brick and complete with pristine pavilions, the Destin Boardwalk provides stylish access to the water while also offering up a number of restaurants, souvenir shops, bars and stores along the way! The idea for the boardwalk was born in 2003 and by 2012, visitors and locals were enjoying a community space that’s as vibrant as it is inviting. Today, stops continue to be added to this area, making it exciting and new with every visit.
What to Enjoy at the Destin Boardwalk
If you’re hoping to spend time on the water, the Destin Harbor Boardwalk is packed with stands renting kayaks for the day. Pontoon rentals are also easily accessible from this destination. For those looking for souvenirs or apparel, stores like Del Sol are tucked into the boardwalk’s landscape while the Aloha Surf company will keep you well dressed in your island best. Bring your appetite when you visit as well as this area is dotted with ice cream shops, restaurants, and bars ideal for sipping the afternoon away with a handcrafted cocktail.
If stunning views of the beach and water don’t inspire you to make the most of this outdoor shopping destination, it’s hard to imagine what might! The Destin Harbor Boardwalk is purposefully designed with fun and natural inspiration in mind at every turn. The vibrant atmosphere you find yourself immersed in encourages visitors to enjoy their surroundings and pop into the many shops and restaurants along the way. However, the inclusion of on-the-water tour access makes it just as simple to leave it all behind for open sea fun at a moment’s notice. Ultimately, the choice is yours as to how you spend your time here, which is exactly as it should be on a great getaway!
As your wandering along, be sure to keep your eyes open for iconic area highlights like Margaritaville, Harry T’s Lighthouse, and the Coyote Ugly Saloon—yes, the very same one the movie was modeled after! Those that are interested in some adrenaline-pumping fun may want to head over to the Harborwalk Adventures Zipline and ropes course where you can balance and thrill your way through an afternoon, all while enjoying a bird’s eye view on your scenic surroundings. If you find yourself in the area in the evening hours with little ones in tow, be sure to purchase a collection of glow-in-the-dark necklaces and bracelets available from local kiosks or take time to invest in a temporary tattoo featuring the design of your choosing!
The Destin Harbor Boardwalk is home to glass blowing studios and handmade soap stands as well as sand art stores, souvenir shops and boutique storefronts where you can pick up customized jewelry upon request. All in all, it’s a comprehensive place with a little bit of everything anyone could want, and more!
Make It a Sweet Excursion
If you’re visiting the Destin Harbor Boardwalk with a sweet tooth to satisfy, you’re definitely in luck. This area is home to a variety of specialty ice cream, frozen yogurt, cotton candy, Slurpee, and chocolate shops that are sure to please the palate. From nostalgic throwback candy stores to modern marvels that feature colorful and whimsical creations, it’s easy to find what you’re looking for and likely that you’ll want to return a time or two. In the event you’re more in the mood for a caffeine kick, there are places where both can be easily found. Head over to Sugarland Candy, Ice Cream, and Coffee at 47 Harbor Boulevard and indulge your senses at will.
Take Time to Unwind in Florida
Whether you’re here for the Destin Boardwalk or can’t wait to explore the best of it all, the team at The Breakers of Fort Walton Beach are happy to help you book the accommodations you require. Contact us today for details and to start planning.