Family Beach Vacation

Looking for a great place to take a family beach vacation? There’s something for travelers of all ages along Florida’s beautiful Emerald Coast in Destin.

Florida has many beautiful beaches, but you’ll find it hard to beat the fluffy white sand that frames the crystal-clear emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico in the heart of Florida’s panhandle.

There’s no better way to expend your kid’s energy than a day on the beach. You can see everything as you walk through the water, from small fish to sand dollars.  Destin is the perfect beach for beginners and will keep the older ones entertained as well. Whether you have toddlers who are trying to eat the sand or older kids who want to swim, boogie board or build sandcastles, you can’t go wrong with the beaches in Destin.

There are several Family-Friendly Attractions on and off the water for kids of all ages to enjoy.


Want to see what’s under the sea? There are several tours that offer a great way for you to explore the pristine waters surrounding Destin.
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Dolphin Cruise-Sea Blaster 

Climb aboard the Sea Blaster for a fun and exciting cruise. Explore the emerald green waters for the most playful dolphins and marine life. From water gun fights on the daytime cruises, to stunning sunsets in the evening, this trip has something for everyone.
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Ascend into the skies 400+ feet up to get a bird’s-eye view of the clear, green waters that give the Emerald Coast its name by taking to the skies on a parasail.
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Pirate Cruises

“Unlock the Treasure of Your Heart and Let Your Dreams Come True” aboard the “Buccaneer Pirate Cruise. The crew engages willing participants in pirate training, sword fighting, water gun battles, a treasure hunt, and authentic cannon fire. 
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Go Karts and Bumper Boats

Catch a ride on an amazing go cart track and go bumper boating right on Okaloosa Island with Wild Willy’s Adventure Zone!
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Big Kahuna Waterpark 

Over 40 different water play areas, tube rides, speed slides and pools! Enjoy the giant wave pool or relax in the easy-goin’ Lazy River. Scream down the 5-story Kowabunga Racer or scream along the Maui Pipeline. Fly the Skycoaster and play miniature golf.
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Fudpucker’s is one of the most iconic attractions in Destin. They were voted “Best Family-Friendly Restaurant” by locals in 2014. The restaurant features live alligators, family entertainment, and Teen Nights. They also have special kids’ menus with puzzles and games, and buildings that are just fun to explore. The atmosphere is extremely family-friendly with playgrounds, spots to graffiti the walls and special kids’ menus. You can also get a picture holding a gator or even feed the gators.
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Emerald Coast Science Museum 

Discover a world of hands-on learning at the Emerald Coast Science Center. There are over 45 exhibits, over 30 animals, and more! From robotics to chemistry, engineering to light, exhibits bring numerous scientific principles to life.
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Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park 

Looking for a fun, educational and entertaining day all in one?  Or perhaps you have an abundance of family and friends set to enjoy the day?  We have a selection of packages to accommodate your group.

We love inspiring our guests to respect and preserve wildlife by providing unique and memorable experiences for visitors of all ages to connect with marine life.
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HarborWalk Village

HarborWalk Village offers restaurants, activities and entertainment that will please each and every taste on your next Destin family vacation. Here you can find shopping, paddle board and kayak rentals, pontoon and jet ski rentals, parasailing, glass bottom boats, world class fishing, pirate ship excursions, dolphin cruises, concerts and live music, weekly fireworks, weekly Fat Tuesday parades, live entertainment, and an array of restaurants, including Jimmy Buffets Margaritaville and Harry Ts, to satisfy all tastes.
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Four-legged family members

Destin did not forget those special four-legged members of your family. The Nancy Weidenhamer Dog Park is approximately 3 acres and includes separate area for large dogs and small dogs.  Both areas have lush Bermuda grass open space and shaded areas with pines and oaks.  The facility has watering stations for dogs and their two-legged companions, benches and waste receptacles. 
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