25 Cool Things to Do on Your Destin Vacation

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 25  coolest Destin activities that will 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!  cool things to do in destin
  2. Rent a fishing boat-If 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!
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Sunset cruise-The sunsets in Destin are spectacular, and best viewed from the water. A sunset cruise is just what the doctor ordered for that relaxed, getting-away-from-it-all vacation feeling.
  6. 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!
  7. Parasail-Fly high and get the birds eye view of the beautiful beaches of Destin. The adrenaline rush and amazing views are bucket-list-worthy!
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. Speed boat tour-Sightsee for dolphins and other marine life as you tour the Destin Harbor, then take a thrilling boat ride along the Gulf coastline aboard a speedboat.
  11. 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!?
  12. Boat Tours for dolphin-We are all mesmerized by these amazing creatures. Take a dolphin tour and watch these marine animals ride the wake of the boat. Truly a cool experience!
  13. 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 drop anchor with your boat (rented or personal) and enjoy food and drinks from floating food vendors, bounce on an inflatable obstacle course, and even listen to bands playing on a floating stage.                                                                                                                                                 Crab Island boat rentals
  14. Paddleboard-One 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!
  15. 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 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.
  16. Waverunner dolphin tours– 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. 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
  17. 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! 
  18. 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!)
  19. 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
  20. Gator Beach-Conveniently, located right next door to at Daddy’s Arcade, Gator Beach is a local alligator atraction with over 100 baby alligaots that you can watch or even feed. 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
  21. Escape Zone 360-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!
  22. 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. 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).
  24. Take in a Dinner Show-We have a brand-new dinner theater in town at Fudpucker’s on Okaloosa Island. Enjoy a magical & memorable evening featuring Maximum Magic Illusionist Noah Wells, and his partner, Heather Wells. Known for their grand illusions and special effects, Maximum Magic unveils a captivating array of audience participation, mentalism, and comedy. Voted 2011 & 2012 Merlin Award for Illusionist of the Year by the International Magicians Society, Wells has joined the ranks of other grand illusionists, including Penn and Teller, Chris Angel, and David Copperfield, who also have received this coveted award which has been compared to receiving the Magic Industry’s Oscar or Emmy. Always working on creating never-seen-before illusions, this is an evening that is sure to dazzle and enchant you! Choose between two shows (5:45 & 8:45) Monday and Wednesday evenings.
  25. 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




  1. Subrat. Rampaul says:

    I will B. Visiting. Destin. From. 21st. — 29th. July. A. Party. Of. 4. What. Do U. Sugest 4. An Enjoyable Experience. Also. What. Boat. Do U. Sugest we. Rent.

    Thank. You. In Advance

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