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Top Things to Do in Destin

1. Watersports

Destin adventurists can go to the shore to fulfill their need for adrenalin. With an array of choices from fast-paced, motor-driven watersports like waverunners to calm and relaxing, but just as thrilling, activities like parasailing, you could essentially do a different watersport every day of your vacation. First, select a recommended watersports rental agency from the list below and then choose your adventure. Some of the many watersports available in Destin are banana boat rides, canoeing, kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, glass bottom boat cruises, dolphin cruises, pirate ship cruise, surfing, knee boarding, sailing, jet skis, and more.

2. Fishing

Locals around Destin know that long before Destin was the go-to beach vacation destination of the southeast, it was a lucrative and busy fishing village. The main reason for this is the abundance of fish in and around the Gulf area. There are hundreds of fishing boat charters ready to take passengers out into the deep blue seas off the coast of Destin to not only make that big catch, but to make memories, as well. Deep sea fishing is a great bonding experience for families of all ages, and the captains of the boats listed on our Fishing Charters page are all family-friendly captains with first mates who are ready to teach and answer questions about all things fishing, so that you and your entire party have the time of your life.
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3. Bike Rentals

Why not get some exercise while on your vacation in Destin and rent bikes for the entire family. Bicycling in Destin is one of the most popular activities for families. Ride your bikes to the beach or through a state park like Henderson Beach State Park to take in the scenery of undisturbed Destin. Also, kids love bikes and will enjoy the freedom of riding around. There are a variety of bikes available for rent including bikes that can accommodate up to four people, bikes with baby carriers and baby seats, and even bikes with canopies to keep you shaded from the hot Destin sun. The best bike rental companies are recommended here. All of these Destin bike rental shops offer fairly cheap at the weekly rate and feature a wide variety of options.

4. Crab Island

If you are interested in renting a boat that you will take out on your own (as opposed to a fishing boat that is driven by the boat’s own captain), you need to take your rental boat out to Crab Island. This mid-ocean party is like nothing else you’ve ever seen. Hundreds of boats congregate here out in the middle of the sea and drop anchor to drift to the tide and enjoy a beer or six. There are actually floating restaurants and bars in the sandbar where you can get delicious food and beverages to keep you sustained while you hang. There are other water attractions set up as well, such as a giant on-water trampoline and giant blow up water slides that dump right out into the water. This is better reserved for adults, but kids are welcome too with adult supervision. If you like to party, don’t miss out on Crab Island. Click here for a more detailed review of Crab Island Destin.

5. Big Kahuna’s Waterpark

For kids of all ages, there’s Big Kahuna’s Waterpark that features waterslides and other water attractions that will keep you busy all day and are sure to wear your kids out. This waterpark is comparable with other big waterparks across the country, but is sure to thrill and amaze with unique features and rides that you won’t find anywhere else in the US.

Recommended Things to Do in Destin

We have compiled a list of things to do in Destin, and our list is always growing, so be sure to check back often. Planning out your vacation ahead of time eliminates disagreements on what to do and time wasted pondering what to do. Our reviews will save you time and avoid an impromptu visit to the brochure tier by the elevator. There’s actually more things to do in Destin, Florida than meets the eye. You might be surprised by what you will find in our list of things to do in Destin below.

Water Sports

Some vacationers prefer to spend some quality time in and on the water whether it be on a boat, snorkeling, on a jet ski, or parasailing. In Destin, there are numerous places where you can rent water vehicles such as pontoon boats and jet skis, and many of these places also offer Destin parasailing, snorkeling, and diving excursions. Jet skis are available to rent right from the beach! Below is our list for preferred water sports rentals and excursions.

AJ’s Water Adventures

Beach Sand Sculptures


Boogies Watersports

Black Water Canoe Rental

Crab Island

Destin Kayak Rentals

Destin Snorkel

Dockside Water Sports 

Emerald Coast Scuba 

Gilligan’s Watersports

Harbor Water Sports

Just Chute Me

Olin Marler Dolphin Cruises

Panhandle Helicopter

Pelican Adventures

Power Up Watersports

Ride on Surf School

Scuba Tech Northwest Florida

Sea Blaster

Southern Star Dolphin Cruises

Sun Dogs Parasailing

SunQuest Cruises

SunVenture I Cruises

Scooter & Bike Rentals

It’s no secret that this is one of the most popular things to do while vacationing in the panhandle. It’s common to see flocks of people cruising the strip on small motorized scooters. If you’ve never had the joy of this, we highly recommend it. Browse our list of scooter rental shops below. Another popular activity that is a must do while in Destin is bike riding. There are many trails and sidewalks perfect for crusing. There is no need to load down the car or buy an expensive bike rack. You can rent bicycles once you get to Destin. Below are some of the available options for bicycle rentals in Destin, FL.

30A Bike Rentals

Butterfly Bike & Kayak

Historical Sites and Museums

Destin and surrounding towns like Fort Walton offer a great deal of southern history and an opportunity to learn something while traveling in Florida. It’s not a typical tourist spot, but it could make for a memory more lasting than one more day at the beach. Plan a day on your next trip to tour the historical sites and museums that showcase Florida and southern history.

Air Force Armament Museum

Camp Walton Schoolhouse

Eden Gardens State Park

Emerald Coast Science Center

Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida

Robert Long Water Colors

Shaping Florida

Sinfonia Gulf Coast


Big Kahuna’s Waterpark

Buccaneer Pirate Cruise

Into The Wild Eco Diversions

Jolee Island Nature Park

The Track Family Recreation Center

Sand Sculpting

Helicopter and Airplane Rides

Must Do Activities

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Sea Blaster – One of the most popular things to do is to go for a ride on the Sea Blaster. They offer boat rides, dolphin tours, sunset cruises, and even fireworks cruises on the 4th of July.

Kayak Fishing – Want to catch big fish but don’t want to blow your budget? Check out this kayak fishing outfit. They offer reasonable rates and will supply you with all of the equipment as well as guide you to where the fish are biting!

Baytowne Wharf Village – If shopping is on your mind, the Village at Baytowne Wharf is a great option. In addition to the shops, it also has numerous restaurants and bars. It is located on the bay and provides a great atmosphere for fun.

Biking – Unplug and unwind with a family bike ride through he park or on the designated bike trails along 30A.

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