There are so many fun things to do in Destin, Florida. If you’re looking for things to do to stay entertained on your trip to Destin, this list will be the perfect start! Check out this list of the 30  coolest Destin activities that are sure to make your vacation memories last a lifetime.

Things to Do in Destin

      1. Rent a pontoon boatRenting a pontoon is a great activity to get out on the beautiful Destin waters with a group of friends and/or family. These boats allow you to bring around a dozen people with you, so they are ideal for large groups. They are safe, easy to drive, and comfortable and can get you out to areas you wouldn’t otherwise be able to access, like Crab Island (listed below). For an extra-special experience, try the double decker pontoons that come with your choice of one or two slides! This is sure to make your vacation the coolest ever! Click here to see different boats available to rent.   how to get to crab island in destin fl
      2. Visit Crab Island-A must-do in Destin, Crab Island is a unique experience as much as its own destination. Not really an island, Crab Island is an underwater sandbar and popular gathering place for boaters. You can take the Crab Island Shuttle Boat or make a splash with your own private boat (rented or personal) and enjoy relaxing in the most beautiful water you’ve ever seen.                                             Crab Island boat rentals
      3. Experience an Adventure Tour. The Crab Island Adventure Tour offers a little bit of everything under the sun, combining multiple activities into one fun-filled trip. This all-inclusive, captained boat tour offers 2 stops at local boating hot spots, including the Gulf Islands National Seashore and the famed Crab Island sandbar and includes kayaking, paddleboarding, snorkeling, shelling, an inflatable water park, and more! As a bonus, it’s a lot less expensive than doing these activities separately. So dive in and book your seats on the Crab Island Adventure Tour here.
      4. Fishing charter-Destin, known as The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village, boasts the largest charter fishing fleet in Florida and the closest deepwater access in the northern gulf. Hire a charter boat and let the experts get you out to their secret honey holes to reel in the BIG FISH!              amberjack
      5. Learn about alligators at Gator Beach-Conveniently, located right next door to Fat Daddy’s Arcade, Gator Beach is a local alligator attraction with over 100 baby alligators that you can watch or even feed (from a nice, safe distance). Of course, you can’t go home without getting your picture taken holding a live baby alligator! Nothing says “Florida” quite like alligators! destin things to do fun activities family
      6. Take a Sunset cruise-The sunsets in Destin are spectacular, and are best viewed from the water. A sunset cruise is just what the doctor ordered for that relaxed, getting-away-from-it-all vacation feeling. Bonus: Destin offers a free fireworks display over the Harbor every Thursday night from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Get out on the water for the best views on a fireworks cruise! You’ll want to plan ahead as seats fill up fast.
      7. Visit The Track-Gokarts, an arcade, bumper cars, and mini golf, just to name a few. It’s like a carnival, only it’s open year round. Kids LOVE this place! (Dads do too!) cool things to do in destin florida
      8. Go Parasailing -Fly high and get the birds eye view of the beautiful beaches of Destin. The adrenaline rush and amazing views are bucket-list-worthy!
      9. Enjoy a Jet ski rental-Satisfy your need for speed with a jet ski rental! Enjoy the thrill of the wind in your hair and the seaspray leaving a wake behind you as you skim across the top of the water at top speed.
      10. Go sailing-Kick back, relax, and let the wind fill your sails as you coast along the waterway. Experienced sailors can rent a Hobie cat or you can choose to charter a catamaran for a day sail. sailing charter sailboat rentals catamaran
      11. Visit the Gulfarium– See marine life up close at the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park. Regular admission gives you access to see all of the animal displays and scheduled shows, as well as spend some time at the “touch tank” (my 12 year old’s favorite) where you can play with sea plants and small marine creatures. For an extra fee you can have encounters with various marine life (ie feeding the penguins, having a dolphin encounter, “fishing” in a stocked tank, etc).
      12. Learn to Flyboard–  Flyboards are the latest trend in the world of water sports. You can say that Flyboarding is a two in one sport. You’re in the water, but you’re flying! Think Iron Man with a water-propelled jet pack. How cool is that!?
      13. Sightsee for Dolphins on a Boat Tour-We are all mesmerized by these amazing creatures. Take a dolphin tour on one of the the area’s many boat tours and watch these marine animals ride the wake of the boat. Truly a cool experience! dolphins destin florida jet ski waverunner tours
      14. Rent a fishing boatIf pontoons aren’t your thing, or you would rather not be limited to the bay area but would like to instead explore the Gulf, experienced boaters can rent a fishing boat for the day. These boats are smaller but much faster and are fully equipped with all the electronics you’ll need to go after the big one! destin fishing boat rentals center console
      15. Try PaddleboardingOne of the latest crazes is the standup paddleboard, or SUP. A cross between a surfboard and a kayak, these boards allow you to stand on the water and paddle, offering an amazing vantage point of the water and marine life. Plus, it’s great exercise and a lot of fun! FYI: Several of our boat rentals come with a free paddleboard rental, so you can check out Crab Island by boat and try paddleboarding at the same time! 
      16. Explore by Kayak– Kayaks are affordable, fun, and are great way to incorporate a little fitness into your vacation. Soak up the sun, paddle all along the coast, and enjoy the scenery as you spot multi million-dollar waterfront homes, vacationers sunning along the beaches, boats travelling by, and marine life so close you can just about touch it. Guided kayak tours are offered from a few local outfitters as well and offer an educational and fun way to explore the Gulf Coast. destin snorkel tours snorkeling kayaks inflatables
      17. Try a Waverunner dolphin tour– Destin is home to some of the largest populations of bottlenose dolphins in the world. It’s no surprise that waverunner dolphin tours are some of the most popular things to do in Destin, combing 2 popular activities-jet skiing and dolphin watching- into one. Watch these beautiful and playful creatures on a guided dolphin tour for an up-close experience with our area’s most beloved marine mammals.    waverunner dolphin tours destin fl
      18. Slide into fun at Big Kahuna’s– Water parks provide another option for a day of family fun in the sun, with lazy rivers, wave pools, and water slides galore-you won’t be disappointed at these water-filled theme parks. Big Kahuna’s Water Park features over 40 different water attractions and is fun for all ages! kids fun destin fl
      19. Be a pirate-Hop on a pirate-themed cruise ship out of the Destin Harbor or visit during us during Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival for pirate shenanigans to write home about!
      20. Play at Fat Daddy’s Arcade-Need a rainy day activity? Or just a break from the sun? Check out Fat Daddy’s Arcade! Fat Daddy’s is home to over 100 arcade games in a clean, cool environment. Games award tickets which can be redeemed for fun prizes!                                                              fun activities for kids in destin
      21. Go Snorkeling-The crystal clear waters of Destin beg to be explored. Rent a boat and snorkel the shoreline along the Gulf Islands National Seashore, or join a snorkel tour to experience marine life up close!                                                                                                                                                               destin boat tours
      22. Go Shopping-Destin has shopping galore! Boutiques, a giant outlet mall, and plenty of outdoor retail shopping centers to help you shop till you drop!
      23. Satisfy your need for speed with a Speed boat tourSightsee for dolphins and other marine life as you leisurely tour the Destin Harbor, then hold on to your hats for a thrilling boat ride along the Gulf coastline aboard a speedboat.
      24. Try to escape the Escape Room-Escape Zone has a couple of different locations in Destin and in Fort Walton Beach and offers a fun team-building experience that you will be talking about for months to come. Put together a team to be locked into a room. You must find and solve all the clues to escape AND you must do it before time runs out!
      25. Go to the Beach-This is a no-brainer, obviously! Who comes to visit the Emerald Coast and doesn’t visit the beach? Sugar white sand and emerald green waters will have you wishing you could make Destin your permanent home…                                                                                                                 Destin beach
      26. Enjoy a beach bonfire. Sitting around a fire on the beach is a unique and relaxing experience that the whole family can enjoy. Royal Palm Grille offers free beach bonfires every Friday night, or you can hire a company to set up a private beach bonfire for you. (Permits are required, don’t DIY.)
      27. Try axe throwing. Axe throwing is fun…and maybe a little scary! Try your hand at this experience in the safety of a professional facility in Miramar Beach at the Gulf Coast Axe House. You can even BYOB, if you like.
      28. Watch a WWII air show followed by fireworks. Enjoy watching an air show featuring WWII stunt airplanes over the scenic Destin Harbor every Thursday night from Memorial Day through Labor Day, followed by a fireworks display. You can watch from anywhere along the Destin Harbor Boardwalk or rent a boat for the best views!
      29. Hang on for a wild banana boat ride. Banana boat rides will get your blood pumping as you try to hang on to the long banana shaped inflatable. Lose your grip and you’ll go flying into the beautiful emerald green water. destin florida fun things to do coolest vacation activities
      30. Go dock hopping! Rent a boat and plan to visit Destin’s top boat accessible restaurants by water. Reminiscent of progressive dinners, where dinner partiers move from house to house for a different course of a meal, Destin offers the opportunity to add a little adventure, sunshine, and fun to the mix. “Hop” (meaning, drive your boat and anchor out in the water and wade in, or tie up to the dock of each establishment) from one restaurant dock to another, stopping to sample food along the way. Guaranteed to be a fun and unique experience, especially if you have foodies in your group!

With so many cool things to do in Destin, you can see why the city is known as one of America’s top family travel destinations. We hope this post has been helpful and we hope you enjoy your stay in Destin, Florida!