Things to do in Destin, FL

A popular destination for beach travel in the south, Destin, FL, is perfect for any occasion from family trips to romantic getaways. While deep sea fishing is one of the top things to do in Destin, Florida, other must-do watersport activities include parasailing, snorkeling, and dolphin sightseeing cruises. Off the water, hot spots like the Destin Harbor, Destin Commons, and Sandestin Outlets highlight the city's world-class seafood dining, shopping, and entertainment scene.
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Daytime Dolphin Watch & Sunset Cruises - Tour East Pass, Harbor, Crab Island

11,153 ratings
1.5 Hrs.
Set out to sea in search of dolphins aboard the Hannah Marie. Destin Dolphin Watch and Crab Island Sightseeing Cruise is complete with a spectacular glass-bottom, snack bar, and a climate-controlled cabin. This family-friendly trip is the perfect recipe for maritime bliss. Take in scenic views of the Destin, Florida Harbor and learn about the history as you enjoy the fresh ocean air. Both convenient and comfortable, these tours depart daily and provide plenty of seating for the whole crew. Book your experience today!
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Booked 52 times in last 48 hrs
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Destin Dolphin Cruise Aboard The Original Sea Blaster

3,508 ratings
1.5 - 2 Hrs.
Climb aboard a Destin classic on this fun and exciting dolphin cruise aboard the Original Sea Blaster. A family-friendly excursion perfect for any occasion, this is your chance to explore the emerald waters of Destin, FL in all of its glory in search of playful dolphins splashing and playing among the waves. From water gun fights on daytime cruises to some truly stunning sunsets in the evenings, this trip has something for everyone. Don't miss the boat... literally. Book now!
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Booked 29 times in last 48 hrs
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Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park Admission Tickets

1,639 ratings
Get ready for a day filled with education and entertainment at Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park. See trained animals, like dolphins and sea lions, perform shows by dancing and jumping for you throughout the day. Animal exhibits throughout the park will captivate your attention between shows. See penguins, sharks, sting rays, pelicans, dolphins, and sea lions. Located on the beach in Fort Walton and just a few minutes from the Destin Harbor, the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park is the place to spend a relaxing afternoon with marine animals. Get your ticket today!
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Booked 15 times in last 48 hrs
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Deep Sea Fishing Party Boat in Destin

2,735 ratings
6 - 10 Hrs.
Embark on an unforgettable offshore Deep Sea Fishing Party Boat in Destin Florida. Party boat fishing provides a unique opportunity to castaway and fish, chat with family and friends, and learn from fellow fishermen from all across the country. Your experienced captain and crew will help you every step of the way, including filleting your catch so you can bring home dinner! Reel in this fishing deal and book today!
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Booked 7 times in last 48 hrs
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Destin X Jet Ski/Waverunner Rentals - Departing From Destin Harbor

697 ratings
1 - 8 Hrs.
Take in the beautiful sights Crab Island or cruise the Choctawhacthee Bay with a stylish and high-speed jet ski. Destin X Jet Ski/Waverunner Rentals are versatile and sleek and allow for 2 passengers to ride along. Zip through the waves, look for dolphins, or coast to Crab Island for an action-packed day of waves, fun, friends and the sun. Take off from Destin Harbor and enjoy the local attractions. Book your ticket to adventure and fun in the sun today!
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Booked 3 times in last 48 hrs
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The MAXIMUM MAGIC Show Starring Noah & Heather Wells

573 ratings
90 Min.
Don't spend another night in your condo with nothing to do! Head to HarborWalk Theater for some family fun! "Entertainers of the Year" and "Illusionists of the Year,” Noah and Heather Wells present MAXIMUM MAGIC, Destin's only magic show with mind-blowing illusions, hilarious comedy, special effects, unbelievable mentalism, and more! This family friendly, fast-paced, 90-minute show with audience participation is perfect for all ages. Experience the magic today!
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Booked 2 times in last 48 hrs
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Destin Parasailing Adventure

2,222 ratings
90 Min.
There is nothing like the thrill of parasailing! It is a breathtaking way to see the spectrum of color and spectacular views over gorgeous Destin, Florida. Get a bird’s eye view of the beaches and jetties, the Gulf, sea turtles, dolphins, and more. With your professional captain and crew, you can expect breathtaking takeoffs and super smooth landings right from the boat deck. Create memories that will last a lifetime and book your parasailing trip today!
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Booked 26 times in last 48 hrs
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12 Person Pontoon Rental on the Destin Harbor

1,025 ratings
4 - 8 Hrs.
Get out on the water with this 12 Person Pontoon Rental on the Destin Harbor. See the sights around Choctawhatchee Bay and Destin Harbor. Visit the popular Crab Island or even try your luck at some inshore fishing in one of the area's popular bayous. Whether you are looking for family-friendly adventure or to create memories with friends. Spend a carefree day on the water, have a few drinks, soak up the sun, and leave your worries behind. Don't miss the boat, book your pontoon rental today!
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Booked 7 times in last 48 hrs
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Sandestin (Destin) Fine Dining Dinner and Dancing Cruise

767 ratings
3 Hrs.
Get out on the water for dinner and enjoy the area's only fine dining entertainment yacht. This stately yacht features fresh Gulf seafood, prime beef and much more all prepared in a full service galley. Live entertainment and a full bar is available to enhance your experience. Book your spot on Sandestin's premier fine dining dinner and dancing cruise today!
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Booked 4 times in last 48 hrs
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Crab Island Jet Ski Dolphin Tour

269 ratings
1.5 Hrs.
Enjoy a unique Destin adventure on a Crab Island jet ski dolphin tour from the Destin Marina. With no idle time, an expert guide will lead you and your group out into the Choctawhatchee Bay to the best "dolphin hangout" spots in town. After exploring, your guide will set you free to crank it up and explore the shimmering water of Destin and Fort Walton Beach. Set the pace for your experience but make sure to bring a waterproof camera to snap some amazing shots of dolphins up close. Book your tickets today!
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Booked 2 times in last 48 hrs
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Big Kahuna's Water Park Admission Tickets

374 ratings
With more than 40 water attractions and an Adventure Park, Big Kahuna’s offers something for every member of the family. Take a break from the beach and enjoy a fun-filled day at the water park on slides like the Cowabunga Racer, Jumanji, and the Hammerhead. Book your tickets today for big fun at Big Kahuna's!
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Booked 15 times in last 48 hrs
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Private Gulf of Mexico Sunset Sail

30 ratings
2 Hrs.
Discover the relaxing beauty of an Emerald Coast sunset while sailing along on the gentle breeze. This Private Gulf of Mexico Sunset Sail offers guests a breathtakingly beautiful cruise around Destin and is the perfect way to spend your vacation. Cruise the waters of the Choctawhatchee Bay, Destin Harbor and Gulf and relax as you cast the what-ifs away. Witness dolphins jumping near and far and an unbeatable cotton candy sky as you enjoy this unique way to spend time with the love of your life or with your crew. A sunset sail on the waters off Destin is something you'll never forget. So, hop on the catamaran and sail off into the sunset today with this Private Gulf of Mexico Sunset Sail!!
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Destin Glass Bottom Boat Tour

141 ratings
2 Hrs.
Hop aboard a Glass Bottom Boat for this narrated Bay, Harbor, and Gulf tour! Admire the panhandle's natural beauty as you cruise the coastline. Enjoy underwater viewing, have crab trap discussions, and so much more! Be on the lookout for dolphins swimming beneath the water or having fun chasing the waves. Enjoy a day cruise when the sun is bright and shining or a sunset cruise when you can take in the pleasure of witnessing a beautiful Florida sunset. Don't miss the boat! Book your spot today!
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Booked 18 times in last 48 hrs
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Semi-Private Group Fishing Charter

662 ratings
4 - 12 Hrs.
This Semi-Private Group Fishing Charter with Olin Marler is an authentic deep-sea fishing experience. The Semi-Private Group Fishing Charter gives you all the perks but with fewer passengers. This fishing adventure offers more space, shorter waits for crew assistance, and better chances at hooking more fish. The crew will even fillet and bag any fish that the customer catches on the trip for tips. Spend your day in Destin reeling in the big one with this Semi-Private Group Fishing Charter. Reel in this fishing deal and book today!
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Booked 2 times in last 48 hrs
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Famous & Original Crab Island Tiki Boat

359 ratings
3 Hrs.
Climb on a floating tiki bar for a truly unique Crab Island sandbar adventure. Enjoy a seat at the bar as you journey the sparkling Gulf waters on your way to Crab Island. Enjoy swimming and fun activities in this on-the-water hotspot as you soak up the tropical sun. Don't miss the fun, book your Famous & Original Crab Island Tiki Boat today!
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Dolphin & Sunset Cruise Aboard the SunVenture

499 ratings
1 - 1.5 Hrs.
Hop aboard the SunVenture and cruise around Destin Harbor for a relaxing dolphin or sunset cruise. Search for wildlife, take in the beautiful scenery, and learn the history of Destin on this narrated tour. Don't forget to keep your eyes peeled for Flipper and friends!
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Booked 5 times in last 48 hrs
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All-Inclusive Captained Pontoon Charter (for up to 6 guests)

66 ratings
3 - 8 Hrs.
Relax in luxury aboard your All-Inclusive Captained Pontoon Charter for up to 6 guests max. Experience the sights and sounds of beautiful Destin Harbor as you enjoy ample and comfortable seating, expert navigation, and so much more! The sky's the limit with this all-inclusive charter unlike any other, but be sure to book early so you don't miss out!
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The Hydrojet - The World's Largest Jet Ski!

1,369 ratings
1 Hr.
If you are searching for some fun, then look no further than the Hydrojet dolphin cruise. Known as the world's largest jet ski, the Hydrojet jumps waves while cruising along the mesmerizing emerald coast in search of dolphins and native wildlife. So join in on the fun and catch a thrilling cruise today on Destin's one and only Hydrojet!
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Booked 7 times in last 48 hrs
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Crab Island Excursion & Swim Aboard The Crab Island Runner

241 ratings
3 - 3.5 Hrs.
Get out on the water in gorgeous Destin, Florida on The Crab Island Runner, a multi-passenger U.S. Coast Guard certified 27-passenger tour boat. Head out to locally treasured Crab Island, a stunning sandbar in the middle of the most beautiful emerald green and aqua blue water you have ever seen. Crab Island is one of the most sought after destinations in Northwest Florida, so see for yourself what the hype is all about, join your captain and crew aboard The Crab Island Runner for a chartered trip to the popular sandbar in Destin, Florida.
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Booked 24 times in last 48 hrs
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is traffic like?

Highway 98 is the only major road in and out of Destin and Fort Walton Beach. Destin isn’t considered a major metropolitan area so there are no byways, exit ramps, etc. The highway is continuously undergoing construction from Panama City Beach to Pensacola so visitors that have reservations for activities, tours or dinners should be prepared for a bit of a wait during peak times like lunch and dinner which can cause visitors to be late. It’s suggested to leave for your desired destination very early and confirm arrival times with your provider.

2. Is Crab Island open?

Crab Island is open year round because it’s a sand bar beneath the water. Many area visitors have heard of Crab Island and assume it’s a real island. It once was years ago, but now it’s just a fun shallow spot for boats to anchor and visitors to swim and wade. There are floating businesses out there throughout the Spring and Summer but they do not have set operating hours. You can visit Crab Island by boat rental, on an excursion, or even on a Destin dolphin cruise

3. How do we know if the beaches are open or closed?

It’s best to check the city’s website for information regarding the beaches because they will have up to date information about rip currents, beaches with lifeguards, beach flags, marine pests like jellyfish, etc.

4. Does Destin have any special events or festivals that we could coincide with our vacation?

The harbor area does sponsor different events throughout the year including the Destin Fishing Rodeo and the Destin Seafood Festival. There are also big celebrations during holiday weekends like Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day. These events usually include art and craft vendors, food vendors, booths with local businesses, walking parades, live music, and more! The harbor restaurants and bars all participate so you can expect drink and food specials as well! Since these events are all extremely popular you can expect there to be large crowds and people and traffic delays.

5. What is the best time to visit Destin?

Destin is open year round, however many activities or tours may only be open during peak season. Peak season is March through October. This is also when the weather is at its warmest as is the water so any water related activities will be best to experience during these times. During off peak season, the rates for lodging and activities are typically lower. However, the weather is typically rainer and windier which affects the availability of activities.

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