Destin is known for its great weather year round, crystal green waters and white sandy beaches. This popular location is also well-known for its incredible deep sea fishing and abundant amount of outdoor activities. We found the top 11 activities you will want to try on your next trip!

So when you start planning, be sure to add these to your list. You won’t be disappointed!

Top 11 Activities in Destin, FL

Destin History & Fishing Museum

This museum showcases the importance and history of fishing in the area. They have lots of interesting exhibits including photographs, artifacts, fishing equipment and much more. This is a great stop for some fun and education combined in one.

Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park

This fun place offers amazing dolphin and sea lion shows. You can spend the whole day here learning about ocean life in Florida. They also offer feeding penguins, snorkeling with stingrays and much more. Be sure to check their website for the schedule and additional information.

Big Kahuna’s Water Park

This popular activity is one of the largest water parks in the area. Get ready to have some fun! They have a lazy river and lots of water slides to choose from. There are also cabanas to rent if you are looking for a more laid back experience.

Buccaneer Pirate Cruise

Looking for some adventure? This pirate ship cruise offers imagination, adventure and just an all around fantastic time. Learn about pirates and also become one for a day! You will not regret stepping aboard for this unique experience!

Beach Sand Sculptures

Ever wanted to build the coolest sand sculpture on the beach? Or wonder how some people make the incredible creations you happen to walk by? Beach Sand Sculptures will actually teach you in depth how to create something incredible and impressive with sand like a 3 ½ ft. tall sandcastle! How cool is that?!

Gator Beach

Gator Beach is an alligator park with shows, a gator museum and chances to safely get up close with these incredible creatures and even feed them! It is educational and fun. This is a great family friendly activity. Also, if you are hungry the restaurant Fudpucker’s Beachside Bar & Grill is located on property and has some tasty eats.

Wild Willy’s Adventure Zone

Wild Willy’s is one of the most exciting attractions in Destin with go carts, bumper boats, ropes course, 4D movies and much, much more. Adventure awaits here whether it is rain or shine!

Golf Garden Of Destin

This executive course (9-holes) is great for all levels. There is also a driving range, putt putt and 18-hole putting course. This is a great spot for a family outing, to practice or just to have a more laid back, but rewarding round of golf.

Destin Helicopter Tours

Looking for a little thrill on your next trip? Check out Destin Helicopter Tours! The view is spectacular and it gives you the opportunity to see the area from another perspective.

Boogies Watersports

Boogies offers some cool thrills like parasailing and wave runners. They are a premier family entertainment destination. One of their most popular activities is the Glass Bottom Boat Dolphin Cruise. They also have pontoon boats for rent and so much more. This place is great for a full day of fun!

Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge

This special refuge is located on 2.3 acres in Navarre, Florida. They help conserve, rehabilitate and educate on the ecology of the Emerald Coast and the importance of coexistence with wildlife.


Hi, I'm Jen and I love to travel, go to the beach and write about all the places I have visited. I also have a bucket list of places I can't wait to try! I've visited Cape Cod every summer since I was a kid and now enjoy traveling to all great beach destinations, including Florida! I have worked in the travel industry for all of my career. I love sharing my experiences of different restaurants and places and helping travelers find the best fit for them!

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