19 Fun Things You Must Do In Destin

19 Things To Do In Destin

No matter if it’s your first trip to Destin or 20th trip, here are 19 of the top fun things you must do in Destin.

Sunset Dolphin Cruise

Sunset Dolphin Cruises are truly magical. Boats usually leave the harbor around 6:30 PM. The cruise usually lasts about 90 minutes. Destin sunsets and dolphins, OH My!

Crab Island

Crab Island is a submerged sandbar in the Choctawhatchee Bay by the Destin Bridge on 98.  Crab Island is part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore. Thousands of people head to Crab Island every year. You can bring your own boat or rent one. Also, there is a Crab Island taxi available. Food is available out there as well as some bouncy water things. Definitely, a “biggie” on the must-do list for Destin.

Harbor Walk

HarborWalk Village is a fun place for the whole family. Shops, restaurants, zipline and so much more. There are events scheduled year-round from concerts, dance parties, and fireworks (to name a few). Also, don’t miss the most important part, the boats. There are hundreds of boats docked up and down the boardwalk. Sometimes you can even see their day’s catch! Always something happening here.

Private Fishing Charters

There are tons of charters to choose from, and everyone has their favorites. Charters range from 4 to 10 hours. They offer deep sea and shark fishing. Some even offer kid charters.  Prices and amenities may differ from company to company.


Frozen Custard. Rich and creamy custard. They offer sundaes, splits, shakes, and concretes. Best you’ll ever taste!

Private Dolphin Excursions

Private dolphin excursions are a bit pricey but it’ll only be you and the ones you love.  Different companies have different price points and options.

Wave Runners

Wave Runners are a ton of fun. Many companies to choose from. Make sure to look for coupons online as well. Rentals by the hour, 3 or 4 hours or full day. Usually 2 people per jet ski. Be sure to take lots of sunblock!


Not for the weak of heart. Boats will pull you up 400 feet in the air. You can look down into the clear, emerald Destin waters. Look for coupons online. Sometimes you can get a BOGO.

Family Beach Photos

No Destin trip is complete without family beach photos. Click here to see a list of 8 top Destin beach photographers. There is a company for almost every budget.

Seafood Dinner on the Beach

Destin is called the “Luckiest Fishing Village” for a reason. There is so much great seafood here. Most places on the beach don’t accept reservations, but don’t let that deter you. Even if you have an extended wait time. Fresh gulf shrimp, grouper, and oysters – it doesn’t get any better than Destin.

Snorkeling at the Jetties

Both kids and adults will love this one. Book a snorkeling tour.  The algae-covered rocks are the perfect spot for fish to feed. Don’t be surprised if you see a pufferfish or sheepshead!

Helicopter Rides

Want to see Destin from a different perspective? Check out one of Destin’s Helicopter tours. Whether you are looking for dolphins or sharks.. or if you just want to marvel at the beautiful Emerald Coast shoreline, this might be what you are looking for.

Rent Paddleboards and kayaks

These two are a lot of fun for the whole family as well. Rent one or two and take turns paddling out and navigating the gentle waves. Choose from several places to rent from. Most will offer free delivery and pick-up to your vacation rental.

Glass Bottom Boats

Glass Bottom Boat Tours take you out to the bay and the gulf. You will be able to see marine life and hopefully, get a glimpse of some beautiful dolphins. 

Jetsurf USA

One of the newest must-do items in Destin. Motorized surfboards that go up to 37mph! Enough said!

Big Kahuna’s

Ok, this one probably sounds weird. When you go to the beach on vacation, going to a water park is not on your radar. But, this water park seems to be one of the top attractions for tweens and teens when visiting Destin. Be a cool parent and check it out!

Rent a pontoon

Wanting your own boat to take to Crab Island? There are tons of options when it comes to renting pontoon boats. They can accommodate small to large groups. Some even come with slides. There are pet-friendly companies, as well. 

Fireworks cruise

Almost everyone loves fireworks. Imagine how beautiful they would be watching from the water with unobstructed views. Fireworks cruises take place every Thursday night (weather permitting) in the summertime.

Family Beach Time

And guess what? You really don’t have to do any of these. Why not enjoy spending time with your family on the beach you’ve already paid a fortune for? Dig those beach holes. Catch those ghost crabs. Jump waves in the beautiful, warm, emerald gulf. Just be together. After all, isn’t it what you came to Destin for?

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