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Favorite Destin attractions and things to do include water sports, boating, sight seeing and dolphin cruises, deep sea fishing, pontoon boat rentals spas, golf and other adventures. Family activities include adventure parks, dolphin cruises and even a pirate ship. Here’s our currently recommended list.

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The Track Family Fun Park
1125 Highway 98 East
Destin, Florida 32541
Phone: 850.654.4668
Email: destin@funatthetrack.com

The Track Family Fun Park

The Track Family Fun Park in Destin features fun for the whole family, ranging from thrill rides like the Hurricane 360 and SkyFlyer, to family go-kart tracks, miniature golf, bumper boats, bumper cars, Kids Country rides, and more. The Track’s signature attraction is the elevated, multi-level Wild Woody go-kart track, where drivers race up three and a half stories and then circle back down with an exciting drop at the bottom. Enter coupon code GOKARTS11 to save $10 when you spend $50 or more at www.funatthetrack.com!


Blackwater Canoe Rental
6974 Deaton Bridge Road
Milton, FL  32583
850 623-0235 or 800 967-6789

Canoe, tube, or kayak down the only sand river in the nation!

Pure white sand bottom & sandbars, just like
the Destin Beaches, only it's clear, cool, fresh water.  Shallow, calm water... and the trip is all downstream.  From 1 hour to 4 day trips...

Blackwater Canoe Rental is open 7 days a week. 

Big Kahunas
1007 Hwy 98 E
Destin, FL 32541


The Emerald Coast's Largest Water Park. Hosting over 40 water attractions among tropical landscaping and cascading waterfalls. There are four children's areas, high speed body flumes and thunderous white water tube rides which empty into meandering lazy rivers. The adventure park has the largest regional tropical mini golf course and two adrenaline pumping thrill rides.

With numerous food offerings, there is something for every member of the family to have "More fun than a day at the beach."


Sea Blaster - Destin's Original
Harbor Walk Village
66 Harbor Blvd.
Destin, FL 32541
850.654.6888 Fax: 850.654.6882

The Funnest Dolphin - Sightseeing Cruise on the Beach. The Sea Blaster offers 3 types of exciting tours, a Snorkel / Dolphin Cruise, a Dolphin / Beach Cruise and a Sunset / Dolphin Cruise. Kids can Captain the Sea Blaster. Complimentary Beer, Wine, Sodas & Water are served on all cruises.
Mention DestinDirect.com and get a $2 discount on all adult tickets.


Ripley’s Panama City Beach
9907 Front Beach Road
Panama City Beach, FL 32407
Phone: 850.230.6113/Fax: 850.230.0131
Email: morales@ripleys.com

Ripley’s Panama City Beach

Explore the NEW fun and unbelievable world of Ripley’s with hundreds of new exhibits from all over the planet. Shoot Zombies and Pirates in the 7D Moving Theater. Wind your way through hundreds of mirrors in the Marvelous Mirror Maze; Put up the top score in the Impossible Laser Race. Buy online and save $2.00 off any adult or child admission ticket with coupon code : Destin


Sea Dragon Pirate Cruise
5325 North Lagoon Drive
Panama City Beach, FL 32408

Sea Dragon Pirate Cruise

Come join us March through October and enjoy a unique and fun filled 2-hour family adventure cruise on one of Florida’s premier vacation attractions. Bring the kids to search for treasure and much more while you sit back, listen to the music and enjoy the scenery with a cold drink or snack and help the captain search for dolphins.


Gulf Breeze Zoo
5701 Gulf Breeze Parkway
Gulf Breeze, FL 32563
Fax: 850.932.8575
web@gbzoo.com www.GBZoo.com

Gulf Breeze Zoo

Visit our 50 wild acres of exotic animals including our gorilla family, chimps, rhinos, hippos, tigers, bears, monkeys and reptiles. Hand feed the giraffes, enjoy a large petting area, and feed birds in the Budgie Adventure Aviary. Ride a train through free- roaming animals from around the world. Dine at the Giraffeteria restaurant, picnic under our pavilion, celebrate a birthday and visit our Gift Shop.


Lagoon Pontoons
5201 North Lagoon Drive
Panama City Beach, FL 32408
Phone: 850.249.3547
Email: Flipper_info@yahoo.com

Lagoon Pontoons

Pontoon Boat rentals, Swim with the Dolphins Jet Ski and Boat Tours!

Panama City Beach Pontoon Rental Company offering not just Boat Rentals but also Jet Ski Rentals, Dolphin Tours, Guided Jet ski Adventures and Private Boat Tours! Be your own captain or let us take you. Get on the water and explore beautiful Shell Island.


9910 front Beach Road
Panama City Beach, FL 32407
Phone: 850.249.7000/Fax: 850.249.4857


The WonderWorks attraction is an indoor amusement park combining education and entertainment in more than 100 “hands on” exhibits. Visitors can land the Space Shuttle, lie on a bed of nails, engage in the Blackhawk virtual Army experience, climb the indoor rope course, compete in laser tag and much more. It’s fun for all ages!


Fudpucker's Gator Beach
20001 Emerald Coast Parkway
Destin, FL 32541
850.654.4200 Fax: 850.837.8226

Fudpuckers Gator Beach

Gator Beach is home to "Pearl" a very rare albino alligator and offers interactive shows every day featuring over 100 LIVE Alligators. It's fun for the entire family and the only place where you can feed the gators and even have your picture taken holding one.


Captain Jambo's Destin Harbor
109 Calhoun Ave
Destin, FL 32541

Captain Jambo's Destin Harbor

Captain Jambo's offers parasailing and catamaran sailboat tours. We specialize in high-quality tours of 6 people, the only offering of this type in Destin! Snorkeling and Dolphin Cruises, as well as private charters are available including Fireworks and Sunset Cruises. Enjoy the beauty Destin has to offer at our beautiful, park-like harbor on the bay with private parking, just a minute drive from the Destin Bridge. Join us for a quality tour, tailored to you!


Pelican Adventures
600 Harbor Blvd.
Destin, FL 32541

Pelican Adventures

Pelican Adventures is a family owned business on the harbor in the heart of Destin offering a variety of fun activities for all ages.

Whether you're a first time angler on a budget or a deep sea fishing enthusiast, we've got you covered with private charters & party boats.

For the thrill seekers, soar to new heights in our smiley face chute and parasail along the Destin shore.

There's nothing more exciting than experiencing local marine life up close! Our knowledgeable snorkel instructor will provide sanitized snorkel gear and have the fish eating right out of your hands.

Explore Destin Area Parks and Beaches

Deciding on "Things to do in Destin Florida". Some important considerations are ages, interests, costs and weather. Too much sun can also be a factor because it's easy to burn when you're having fun! There are so many things to choose from it's a good idea to plan activities out before you leave home. The Attractions section of DestinDirect.com is a great place to do that. One thing you'll discover is there are things to do on day trips. In about an hour or less you can visit a zoo, take a canoe trip down a clear water wilderness stream or enjoy some world class attractions in Panama City Beach. Speaking of things to do, did you know there's a restaurant in Panama City Beach that's ranked by Open Table as one of the 100 most romantic restaurants in the United States? Whatever you age, tastes or interests you'll find plenty of fun things to in Destin for everyone in your party. Parasailing, scuba, snorkeling, paddle boarding, jet skis, rental pontoon boats, bay or offshore fishing, golf, world class shopping, go karts, marine parks, water parks, adventure parks and much more. There's also plenty of things to do on a rainy day.

The main attraction in the Destin area is not water parks, marine parks, go karts, shopping & mini golf. It's the beach! Crystal clear gulf water fading from emerald green near shore to a deep blue further out. The water increases in depth gradually with no sudden drop offs which makes it an ideal beach attraction for both children and adults. Sailboat, jet ski and paddle board rentals are readily available. Beachside city & state parks offer shaded pavilions, parking & restrooms. How is this beach attraction different from other beaches? Destin is located far away from silt bearing rivers which is largely responsible for the clarity of the water. The soft, pure white sand is actually quartz washed down rivers from the Appalachian mountains millions of years ago as compared to other beaches that are made up of sharp coral or shell fragments. Put all this together and Destin offers one of the worlds top beach attractions.

Things to consider when deciding on an activity or attraction. Check the cost to be sure it's acceptable. You may save money by booking directly through the attraction or charter boat rather than a booking agency. All contacts on DestinDirect.com are direct. Consider how long the attraction will take, especially with children or seniors. Some attractions have height or other limits, be sure it's suitable for all members of your party. Many Destin area attractions have prolonged exposure to the sun, be sure to have and use sun protection and bring hats, caps or coverups as needed. You may want to bring water or other beverages and some snacks. Most charter boats don't provide food or beverages, you'll need to bring that. You can click into the attractions website from DestinDirect.com to get complete information about the attraction or charter boat you're considering.

Things to do in the Destin, Florida area on rainy / bad weather days. A science Center, great shopping, art galleries, Ripley's, a zoo, indoor amusement park ( Wonder Works ) and a float spa just to name a few.

By far, Destin's most popular attraction is the beach so here are a few things you should know. Our water is normally crystal clear and our beaches are made up of soft, pure white sand. There's several public beach access points with parking, restrooms & showers. Some have lifeguards but not all. Although there's extensive parking at some it can reach capacity as early as 10AM or so. Plan to secure your spot no later than that, arriving a little early is a lot better than getting there late with no parking spaces available. Destin also has a large state park ( Henderson Beach State Park ) right on the beach with extensive parking, large covered pavilions with grills, tables, seating and clean restrooms. Of course if you're staying in a house or condo right on the beach parking is not an issue, just walk onto the beach whenever you're ready. One last thing, don't get burned, use sun protection!
“We love this list of local attractions in Destin. It makes our trip planning a fun family activity” - Tom, Birmingham
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