Destin Family Fun: Top Things to Do and Places to Go

One of the top vacation destinations in Florida, Destin offers fun for the whole family. From parasailing and fishing to welcoming restaurants, Destin keep families energized and entertained. Vacations should be fun after all! If heading to this Panhandle hot spot, check out our top picks for Destin family fun, and get ready to make some memories.

Destin Family Fun: Top Family-friendly Attractions and Activities

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Water Activities and Natural Attractions

Destin has some of the most noted beaches in the world. Its soft white sand and emerald-colored waters provide a place to explore above and below. Rent a boat or jet ski from Destin Vacation Boat Rentals, and spend an entire day on the water. The company has any boat, including fishing, pontoon and power boats, and customers can choose between daily or weekly rentals. They also host dolphin and seashell tours.

Fly up to 400 feet above the water with Just Chute Me! Parasail. Fly alone or with kids, and take in panoramic views of the Emerald Coast. U.S. Coast Guard captains guide the adventure, and boats seat 12 to 15 passengers.

Love sailing? Hop on a sailboat with Sail Away Destin, and take it easy on the waters. Private charters are available for groups up to six people, and kids love their snorkeling excursions (all equipment provided). They also offer light-tackle fishing, and there’s a good chance of a catch because Destin is “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village.”

Head to Henderson Beach State Park, a top spot for Destin family fun. Go camping, picnicking and swimming. A pet-friendly nature trail begins with a playground and features ample opportunities for wildlife watching. Additionally, the park offers 60 campsites in its secondary dune system and provides water and electric hook-ups, as well as indoor bathhouse facilities.

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Golfing and Go-Karting

For families who want to play a good game of golf, Destin is an excellent choice. Some fan favorites include Emerald Bay Golf Club (18 holes) , The Golf Garden of Destin (9 holes or 18 for mini golf) and Windswept Dunes in nearby Freeport (18 holes). Read the full list of the top Destin golf courses.

For racing action, don’t miss The Track Destin. This track/amusement area features go-kart racing, mini golf, bumper rides, and separate kids’ country and adventure attractions. Bungee jump or experience the feel of skydiving. Little ones will love the train ride. If it gets hot, spend some time in the on-site arcade.

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Family-friendly Destin Restaurants

The tradition of sitting around a table with family and digging into delicious food is one of the best ways to spend quality time together. Destin has lots of great restaurants to try, and these places rank among family favorites.

Known for live music and a funky atmosphere, take the family to Graffiti & The Funky Blues Shack, specializing in Italian favorites such as pizza, spaghetti and more. All artwork is for sale, so browse for that perfect souvenir.

LuLu’s Destin is also known for great live music, and kids love playing in the sand after a good meal. A large menu consists of baskets – seafood and chicken – cheeseburgers, salads, as well as specialty diet menus. Lulu’s doubles as a Destin family fun hot spot and local tradition.

Stop by 790 on the Gulf for amazing views and delicious seafood. Find traditional favorites and creative mixes, such as wahoo fish tacos, and daily specials depend on popularity. This restaurant also features a large wine list and provides a popular spot for weddings and receptions.

Bring the family to Destin! Browse affordable Destin vacation rentals. In addition, those who book direct receive access to the iTrip Vacations® Destin Free Fun Program. The program provides free admission to tours, golf and more.