Things to do on a Day Trip to Destin, FL

Destin, Florida is a beautiful city located on Florida’s Panhandle bordering the Gulf of Mexico. The beaches in Destin have beautiful white sand and emerald colored waters. This is what gives the area the name “The Emerald Coast”. There are many options for spending a day in this beautiful area.

Gulf Island National Seashore is part of the National Park Service. They have bicycling, boating, camping, hiking, diving and swimming on some of the most beautiful beaches in the United States. Located along the National Seashore is the Fort Pickens Area. This historical site has volunteers who will give you a tour of the military fort that protected Pensacola Bay during the Civil War.

Henderson Beach State Park has sugar sand beaches that are great for spending the day with the family. There are beaches for swimming, a picnic pavilion, a playground and many outdoor activities.

Big Kahuna’s is mostly a waterpark, but it also includes some thrill rides such as the Sky Coaster and the Cyclone. The waterpark is fun for all ages with water rides, giant water slides, wave pools, rivers and more. The park is open Spring to the Fall so be sure to check their calendar online to see if they’re open during your trip.

Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park is a place where you can get up close to dolphins, stingrays, turtles, penguins and more. There are many different discovery tours you can take where you can learn hands-on about the animals.

Destin Commons is an open-air shopping center with over 60 stores where you can spend the afternoon shopping. They also have several restaurants and a movie theater for those rainy days.

Destin is a great place for fishing too. It is nick-named the luckiest fishing village. People visit from all over the world to fish in this town. There are many beaches, fishing charters, tours, and boat rentals to help you land your biggest catch ever.

Destin History and Fishing Museum is a fun experience for people of all ages. Learn about the history of the fishing community from the time of the Native Americans to the development of the village. Over 75 fish that can be caught in the area are mounted and displayed.

This is just a small list of all there is to do in this beautiful area of Florida. Experience even more of the Emerald Coast when you book a stay at a nearby Royal Destinations vacation rental.