Things To Do In Destin Florida For Kids
Destin is home to many family attractions and entertainment complexes with mini golf, water parks, bungee jumping, bumper cars, go-kart tracks, laser tag and so much more. In addition to some of the obvious family activities in Destin FL, there are also a lot of other fun and unique ways to create some incredible family memories.
You’ll find an endless option of things to do in Destin Florida for kids. In fact, with so many choices, it will be hard to choose which one to do first. We guarantee that both you and your kids will have no trouble falling asleep at night after trying out our recommendations.
So, we’ve made it easy for parents. Here’s our Top 10 Things to Do in Destin Florida for Kids, in no particular order. We’ve included a variety of things to do with kids in Destin with option for all ages. These family activities in Destin FL will be treasured for years to come. Which one will be your favorite memory-maker?
Destin’s Stunning Beaches
With 24 miles of sugar-white sand beaches nestled against emerald green Gulf waters, the kids will have plenty to do on the many public beaches. Take some time to visit several of Destin’s most popular beaches including Crystal Sands Beach and Henderson Beach State Park, with many beaches offering picnic areas, nature trails, boardwalks and sugar-white beach, you’ll easily spend a day enjoying the area’s natural beauty.
Big Kahuna’s Water & Adventure Park
Known as the largest waterpark on the Emerald Coast, Big Kahuna’s is the perfect waterpark for the entire family. With over 40 water attractions and an adventure park that includes lazy rivers, a giant wave pool, Skycoaster, mini golf, the Maui Pipeline, and the five-story Jumanji, there’s plenty of thrills and chills for everyone. You’ll quickly realize that Big Kahuna’s is one of the best entertainment values in the area.
Crab Island Excursion
While Crab Island is only accessible by boat, at Destin Harbor, you’ll find companies with a full selection of fishing, pontoon, and power boats to rent, as well as tour and guide companies with licensed captains offering full-service and narrated Crab Island Tours. Hang out by the Crab Island Inflatable Waterpark and take part in a host of family-friendly activities including floating, swimming, snorkeling, fishing, paddle boating, games, slides, climbing walls, and many other fun-in-the-sun options! And, be sure and check-out Crab Island’s floating restaurant, WaterWorld, complete with great beach food and beverages.
Destin HarborWalk Village
For family fun in Destin FL, visit Destin HarborWalk Village. This is a great place for the entire family. Watch charter boat captains bring in their fresh catches of the day from the World’s Luckiest Fishing Village in Destin. Stroll along the boardwalk in HarborWalk Village, and you’ll easily find great seafood restaurants and a wide variety of fresh and locally sourced cuisine. Kick back and take advantage of access to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, snorkeling, fishing, kayaks, jet skis, pontoon, parasailing, pirate ship excursions, dolphin cruises, free events, live music, concerts, fireworks, shopping, and so much more. And, did we mention admission is free?
When you’re in the World’s Luckiest Fishing Village, fishing is a “must do” activity with kids. From beginners to advance, kids of all ages love fishing off the docks, from a kaya, on a boat, at the jetties, at the pier, or from the shore. The fishing adventures (and fishing stories) are endless as you’ll catch different species depending on the time of year, where you are fishing, and what bait you’re using. But, before your kids reel-in the big one, get the entire family hooked on fishing with a visit to the Destin History & Fishing Museum (nominal admission fee).
Located below The BIG Deck at Fudpucker’s, Gator Beach gives your family the chance to see over 100 live alligators, up close and personal. Children and adults alike will love visiting the world’s greatest alligator park where you’ll be able to feed alligators and take part in an interactive gator show. But, you’ll not only be able to see the gators, you’ll be able to feed them as well. It’s easy, safe, and great fun for the entire family. Those brave enough can even have a photo made holding one of the baby live gators. Your kids will talk about this experience for years to come! Free admission (fee applies for behind-the-scenes VIP experience).
Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park
Ready for the adventure of a lifetime? The Gulfarium offers an amazing array of experiences that will provide a full day of fun and excitement for your entire family. Regular admission will give you access to see all of the animal displays (otters, sharks, turtles, albino alligator, and penguins), scheduled shows (live bottle-nose dolphins, sea lions, and mixed species), and the touch tank. For an even greater immersive experience (additional fee applies), your children can feed the penguins, have a dolphin encounter, snorkel with stingrays, and more. Gulfarium will quickly become your family’s “must visit” place each year!
For a real hands-on and unique way of creating family memories in the sand, take a sandcastle lesson from Beach Sand Sculptures. This family-owned company will send sandcastle “coaches” to meet you on the beach for your fun-filled family lesson. Your kids will show-off their newly learned skills and will want to come back again and again to learn new techniques. Children four and under are free.
The Track – Destin
The Track is the premier go-karting and family hot spot for fun in Destin. The Track features something for all ages including go-karts, mini-golf, bumper rides, Kids Country rides, Fat Daddy’s Arcade, and plenty of big thrills. Go-karting with altitude as you reach new levels on the Wild Woody, The Track’s elevated three and one half elevated story go-kart track. Even the youngest racers can put the pedal to the metal on a small circular track that provides a safe environment for the little ones. Your kids will love this place – in fact, you may have a hard time getting them to leave!
Kids (and parents) love Destin for its endless variety of water activities for all ages. Zip across the Gulf on a banana boat, rent wave-runners, or observe dolphins in their natural habitat. Experience amazing diving, kiteboarding, surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, canoeing, boating, and even parasailing, where you’ll get a bird’s-eye view you’ll never forget. There are plenty of watersports companies from which to choose throughout Destin. Grab a few extra towels for the kids and plan on spending most of your time here all wet!
When you’re looking for things to do in Destin Florida for kids and wanting to stay near family-friendly attractions and entertainment, be sure and take a look at Sterling Shores and the Majestic Sun which will provide you with the perfect location for the kids, great convenience with nearby dining, shopping, golfing, high-end amenities, and so much more.