Free Things to Do in Destin

Gator Beach at Fudpuckers

Gater Beach

Gator Beach is a one-of-a-kind alligator park located at Fudpuckers in the heart of Destin. This is one of the top-rated attractions in the area because they offer unique experiences that you won’t find anywhere else. If you’re looking for adventure while in Destin, Gator Beach Alligator Park is a must-see stop. Visit website

Snorkeling at O'Steen Beach


East Pass and Destin Jetties, at the Destin Bridge and U.S. 98, near HarborWalk Village, are popular for snorkeling as well as fishing and scuba diving. Learn more>


Beach Bonfire

Every Friday & Monday at Sunset there is a Free Bonfire at the Beach Bar for the Royal Palm Grille. No entrance fee. Free Resort Parking. Plenty of chairs are provided. Everyone is welcome!! S’mores and Drink Specials along with our full menu are available. Great place to bring the kids and watch the sunset! Website


Baytowne Wharf

The Village of Baytowne Wharf is the “heart and soul” of Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort and the gathering place for everyone visiting, living, or working along the Emerald Coast. Enjoy Free music, shows, and entertainment for all ages. Learn more>

Jolee Island

Jolee Island Nature Park

The Jolee Island Nature Park in Destin Florida is situated along Choctawhatchee Bay in Walton County and is accessed from the grounds of the Sandestin Resort. Jolee Island Nature Preserve within the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is a little reminder of days gone by as it has been left almost to its natural state and is open to the public for exploration and respite. Directions

James Lee Park

James Lee Park is near the beach on the Walton/Okaloosa County line. This park has 3 pavilions, 41 picnic tables, 9 dune walkovers, a playground, restrooms with changing rooms, and 166 parking spaces. It is owned and managed by Okaloosa County. Learn more>


Destin Commons

Destin Commons comes alive with popular annual Signature Events: Mardi Gras Masquerade, Smoke on the Coast BBQ & Fireworks Festival, Halloween Haunt, and Santa’s Arrival. There is a children’s playground in Center Plaza that boasts a state-of-the-art Luckey Climber structure, Pirate’s Cove soft play area, and a splash pad that promises hours of nonstop fun. Learn more>

Silver Sands Outlet Mall

Silver Sands Premium Outlets

Silver Sands Premium Outlets is home to 110 designer and name-brand outlet stores. The outlet mall is conveniently located off US Highway 98, one mile west of Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. This beautiful outdoor mall features lush landscaping, and a children’s play area. There are also a variety of dining options from sit-down venues to fast-casual and grab-and-go options. Learn more>

HarborWalk Village

HarborWalk Village is fun for all ages. Enjoy, specialty shops, free entertainment, free concerts, and fireworks shows, with plenty of food and snacks along the way. You will need to pay for parking unless you are close enough to walk to the area. Learn more>


Topsail Hill Preserve

Walton county is covering the admission to the park from Memorial Day through Labor Day this year. Enjoy hiking, biking, swimming, camping, tours, picnicking, and of course the amazing beach. Website

Fireworks Shows

There are several places in Destin that have regularly scheduled fireworks displays during the summer. Learn more>

Crab Island

As one of Destin’s top attractions, visitors enjoy playing in the water and soaking up the sun at Crab Island. Although Crab Island is free to the public and open year-round, you will need to rent some sort of watercraft to get there if you do not own your own. There are tour companies who will take you as well. Do not attempt to swim out to the sandbar. Learn more>


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