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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Activity Guide (Destin) Florida


Destin is located on Florida's Emerald Coast between Pensacola and Panama City. It is known for it's emerald green water and white sand beaches. But there is so much more to this beautiful area besides it's beaches! We didn't even get a chance to do everything we wanted to, so I guess we will have to get back there soon!

We have been through Destin many times without ever spending much time there. The last week of February, we decided to have a mini vacation and see what it had to offer. Let me tell you, we were very surprised at all the things to see and do!

You can pretty much find anything you could possible be interested in, on land and in the water! We found fantastic places to shop, unique little villages to explore, amazing restaurants, and so much more.



Destin Harbor Boardwalk












The Harbor Boardwalk is a walk along the water's edge with access to charter boats, local restaurants, shops, and a multitude of water activities. It was early morning and cool the day we were there. We walked along the boardwalk for an hour with only seeing about five other people, all workers at one of the local shops or boat owners. I am told that Spring break is the start of the busy season and with all of the things to do, I'm sure it is packed in the summer.

Address: Address: 102 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL 32541



The Beaches



A trip to Destin would not be complete without spending time on the beautiful beaches. 
There are several public beach parks. 

Web page with information about beaches: 


Destin Commons




Destin Commons has over 90 stores and dining options in it's shopping village. Two of our favorites were the Southern Living store and Paula Deen restaurant.


We loved the cheerful murals located throughout the village!

Address: 4100 Legendary Dr, Destin, FL 32541



Silver Sands Premium Outlets


Silver Sands Premium Outlets has over 110 designer and name brand outlet shops.

10562 Emerald Coast Pkwy W, Miramar Beach, FL 32550

Hours: 10am - 9pm daily



Grand Boulevard at Sandestin


Grand Boulevard at Sandestin is an upscale shopping center with fine dining and a movie theater. Our favorites were the Vineyard Vines and Lilly Pulitzer stores.

Address: 495 Grand Blvd, Miramar Beach, FL 32550



Destination Donuts




I have to admit, a photo on the internet put this place on our must do list. I thought about donuts all night! The next morning I was up and ready for some donuts only to find out they didn't open until 10am. We decided we could wait to eat, so at 10 am we pulled up to the shop and  they were closed! There was a note on the door saying they were open inside Cups and Cones in the Destin Commons Village.





We finally found them and they were worth the trouble!

Address:  4279 Legendary Drive Suite J113 Destin Commons, inside Cups and Cones 

Hours:

Tuesday - Sunday 8AM–7PM

Monday 10AM–7PM



Uncle Buck's Fish Bowl








Uncle Buck's Fish Bowl  is a restaurant with underwater themed bowling lanes.  We thought it was pretty unique and had a good time. I have heard that it gets crowded and the wait for the lanes can be up to two hours. Being there during off season, we didn't have to wait.

Address: 4251 Legendary Dr, Destin, FL 32541

Hours: 11am - 9pm daily



Pompano Joe's









Pompano Joe's is Caribbean influenced seafood restaurant located directly on the beach. After a delicious meal, take a relaxing walk on the beach. Great place!

Address: 2237 Scenic Gulf Dr, Destin, FL 32550

Hours: 11am - 9pm daily



Bad Ass Coffee



Bass Ass Coffee is a coffeehouse serving Hawaiian roasts coffees. The coffee is good, but the name is what made us check the place out. Ha Ha!

Address: 1708 Scenic Gulf Dr, Destin, FL 32550

Hours: 7am - 5pm daily



LuLu's








LuLu's is a colorful restaurant all about family fun and relaxation. Waterfront Dining, a sand beach, colorful seating , and shopping are all included in the experience.  The menu includes a wide variety of foods for the whole family. They even have allergy menus.

Address: 4607 Legendary Marina Dr, Destin, FL 32541

Hours: 11am - 9pm daily



Village of Baytowne Wharf









The Village of Baytowne Wharf is an attraction located on the Choctawhatchee Bay in the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. We were there during the off season, but you can tell this is a busy place during warmer weather. The village offers an all- inclusive experience for the whole family. Clothing boutiques, restaurants, an ice cream shop, zip lining, obstacle courses, a playground, live music and seasonal activities are a few of the things that will keep you entertained. Web site http://www.baytownewharf.com/

The village is located in a gated community, so you will need to stop and get a pass. The pass is free. Parking can be difficult so use the parking garage.

Address:  9100 Baytowne Blvd, Miramar Beach, Florida 32550



Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park






Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park is a small marine park located in Fort Walton Beach.  We visited it a while back, but did not have time to visit it again on this trip. My daughter and her friend loved the dolphin encounter and penguin feed. The staff made it a very memorable experience. Encounters range from $18 for a reptile Safri to $169 for the dolphin encounter.

It is only about a 7 minute drive from the Harbor Boardwalk.

Address: 1010 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548

Hours: 9am - 4:30 daily

Admission:

Adult (ages 13-61) $23.95

Senior (ages 62 and up) $22.95

Child (ages 3-12) $15.95





Gilligan's Watersports

I you are looking to get out on the water, Gilligan's rents boats, waverunners, offers dolphin tours by waverunner, and parasailing. Check prices and availability here.  https://www.gilligansofdestin.com/




Happy Travels! 





























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