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5 Kid-Friendly Wildlife Encounters in Panama City Beach, FL
Aug 23 2015
There are few places that bring families closer to marine life than Panama City Beach, Florida! From the sea to the sky, there are plenty of exciting opportunities to interact with wildlife while vacationing in this popular beach town.
Get Creative at Downtown Pensacola's Gallery Night 2015!
Aug 20 2015
The art scene is alive and well in Pensacola, Florida! Between the University of West Florida, the Pensacola Museum of Art, and an art-centric Emerald Coast culture, Pensacola has built a name for itself as one of the top destinations to view stunning artwork from local artists.
3 of Destin's Hottest Watersport Tours in 2015
Aug 17 2015
Summer 2015 brought us searing hot temperatures nationwide, urging millions of Americans to head to Destin, Florida to cool off in the Gulf. Each year Destin tour companies take advantage of the newest innovations and trends to bring visitors the best in watersport activities. 2015 was no different, bringing new exciting activities, while continuing to offer old favorites.
Emerald Coast Quiz - "How Well Do You Know Miramar Beach, Florida"
Aug 15 2015
Known for beautiful beaches and world-class shopping, Miramar Beach, Florida is considered one of the top beach communities on the Gulf Coast. Some aspects of Miramar Beach history and culture are shrouded in mystery,
30A Live Music - Where To Go For Entertainment In South Walton!
Aug 13 2015
Scenic Highway 30A in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida is home to brilliant musical entertainment. Rockin' bands, dynamic duos, and soulful solo artists perform daily at dozens of beach side bars down 30A. Locals consider the community a haven for blossoming creative types, and support the original music scene via festivals, fairs, and musical events.
Gulf Shores Ranks Among Top American Places To See!
Aug 8 2015
Visitors flock to Gulf Shores, Alabama for the pristine waters, soft-sand beaches, and countless things to do! It's for these reasons and more the popular beach destination was named one of the "20 Places All Americans Should See Before They Die" by the prestigious "Country Living Magazine".
Why You Need to Visit the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk!
Aug 6 2015
Pensacola Beach, Florida may give off the feel of a small beach town, but there's one place to go for shopping, dining, nightlife, entertainment, and watersports all-in-one! The Pensacola Beach Boardwalk is located in the heart of Pensacola Beach, Florida,
Take the Family to a Pensacola, FL Pro Sport Event
Aug 5 2015
Pensacola, Florida is known as the "five flags city" in honor of a diverse history of ownership from numerous countries including Spain, France, and Great Britain. This name holds true not only in history, but culture. There are so many things to do while visiting Pensacola, Florida,
Guess Which Celebrities Vacation in Destin, Florida?
Aug 4 2015
The rich and famous love to spend time in Destin, Florida! Pro athletes, musicians, actors, politicians, and celebrity chefs account for just some of the influential people who choose Destin as their #1 getaway. Running into one of these famous folks adds an extra kick to anyone's day, and first hand accounts of celebrity run-ins range from
Best Places to Fish on Okaloosa Island
Aug 2 2015
Out of all the exciting things to do in Fort Walton Beach, fishing tops the list for many beach vacationers. Okaloosa Island in Fort Walton Beach, Florida provides a prime location for all different types of fishing.
Test Your Destin Knowledge - "How Well Do You Know Destin" Quiz
Jul 31 2015
Deep sea fishing, beaches, and world-class seafood dining are just some of the reasons Destin, Florida is considered one of the top resort destinations in the country. But what many don't know is that Destin was once a simple, small, fishing town before growing into the family vacation hot spot
Top Gumbo & Music at the 2015 Louisiana Gumbo Festival
Jul 30 2015
The 2015 Louisiana Gumbo Festival of Chackbay is returning to Louisiana this Friday October 9th - Sunday October 11th. This all ages festival features world-class entertainment, family fun games, and delicious Louisiana gumbo from the gumbo capitol of the state!
5 Best Places To Go For Live Music in Destin, FL
Jul 24 2015
Destin is known for white sand beaches, world-class seafood, and rockin' entertainment. Afternoon or night, it's easy to find great live music no matter where you are in the beach town. Rock, reggae, blues, and practically every genre of popular music can be found on any given day in Destin, so it's easy to enjoy the right entertainment during your beach vacation.
Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam 2015 Lineup & More!
Jul 20 2015
The Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam is now in its 3rd year, and 2015 brings more big stars and more rockin' country hits than ever before. September 4th - 6th hang out in Panama City Beach for one of the nation's largest country music festival.
Top 5 Famous Drinks to Order in New Orleans, LA
Jul 15 2015
New Orleans' Creole and Cajun recipes are recognized worldwide as some of the most innovative and delicious food creations. With so much tasty food, it's easy to forget the vibrant history of stunning New Orleans' drinks and cocktails.
Family Fun Panama City Beach Concerts Summer 2015
Jul 13 2015
Looking to add some family friendly live music to your vacation calendar? Then check out FREE concerts brought to you by the City of Panama City Beach Parks & Recreation and Carillon Beach Resort. Concerts are open to the public, and guests are encouraged to bring food, drink, blankets and chairs to this rockin event!
5 Fool-Proof Reasons to Visit Pensacola, FL
Jul 9 2015
With so many incredible beach destinations grouped together on Florida's Emerald Coast, it's hard to pick the right spot to spend your vacation. From Panama City Beach's world-class nightlife, to Destin's family friendly charm, it's not easy to choose which coastal town to visit. Pensacola, FL lies on the far west side of the Emerald Coast
2015 Summer Savings on 3 Gulf Shores Family Tours
Jul 7 2015
Looking to save on your Gulf Shores or Orange Beach, Alabama family vacation? Between lodging, dining, and travel costs, it's a no brainer to take advantage of activity deals and discounts, especially on family friendly tours. You can book plenty of fun things to do in Gulf Shores this summer, but tripshock.com is helping make vacation planning simple by offering summer savings on 3 of their top Gulf Shores tours when booking online.
8 of the BEST Destin, FL Photo Ops
Jun 28 2015
A trip to Destin, FL yields scenic Gulf views, and plenty of interesting buildings and designs providing a perfect backdrop to vacation photos. Whether you get family photos taken professionally by a hired beach photographer in Destin, or choose to wing it with a cell phone camera,
5 Reasons to Bring Your Dog on a 30A Vacation
Jun 26 2015
So You're headed to 30A, but not sure whether to take the family dog(s)? Well it's safe to say that 30A is a dog friendly paradise! With plenty of dog-friendly 30A things to do and places to go, this beach destination is prime real-estate for your pooch. Discover 5 reasons to bring your dog on a 30A vacation!
Romantic Summer Getaway Ideas at Sandestin Resort
Jun 23 2015
Summer romance is in the air, and what better place to soak it in than Sandestin Resort in Miramar Beach, FL! The Sandestin private resort community offers vacations to fit the needs of young lovers or seasoned twosomes.
Beach Safety in Pensacola Beach, FL
Jun 18 2015
There are plenty of exciting things to do at Pensacola Beach beaches. Surfing, swimming, and sand castle building are part of the reason we love the ocean, but sometimes it's easy to forget the rules! Pensacola Beach, Florida beaches can be a fun and safe place for everyone with a short crash course in beach safety.
Gulf Shores, AL Fourth of July, 2015 Festivities
Jun 11 2015
The Gulf Shores beach is the perfect place to spend fourth of July, 2015. Refreshing Gulf waters for swimming, pristine beaches for lounging, and plenty of fun things to do in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.
7 Awesome Kid Friendly Activities in Destin, Florida
Jun 8 2015
From Destin's white sand beaches, to buzzing Harbor, family fun is everywhere you turn! World-class seafood restaurants, eclectic shops and boutiques, family vacation resorts, and kid-friendly attractions are part of the reason Destin has been honored with the title of "family friendly beach destination"!
Must-See Magic Show in Panama City Beach
Jun 5 2015
Panama City Beach, Florida is home rich, family friendly attractions and activities. Most of the family friendly things to do in Panama City Beach are ocean-oriented including deep sea fishing, parasailing, and dolphin encounters, but there are tons of fun things to do on land as well! This summer, be sure to catch Maximum Magic presented by Noah Wells.
Experience the Arts in Fort Walton Beach, FL
May 31 2015
The Florida Emerald Coast is an art-centric community. Creative art pieces heavily influenced by beach culture, tourism, and a rich history are on display in the form of paintings, sculptures, dance, music, and much more.
These 10 Tourists Forgot How To Beach
May 29 2015
The beach is a place for people young and old to soak up rays, splash in the waves, and create lasting memories with close friends and family. The beach is also a breeding grounds for show offs, show-too-much offs, and people that I think simply forgot they're in a public place.
7 Answers To 30A Vacation Questions
May 23 2015
30A, to many, appears as nothing more than a state road in south Walton County. But those that have been there before know this country road offers a whole lot more than a quiet car ride. 30A is essentially the sum of its parts, which just so happen to be some of the newest and nicest beach communities Florida has to offer.
Destin to New Orleans Day Trip with Sunshine Shuttles
May 20 2015
The U.S. Gulf Coast stretches from Texas to Florida, and contains some of the worlds most exciting entertainment, beautiful beaches, and delicious dining. Only a short drive from Destin, Florida are some of the hottest destinations on the Gulf, and now there's a brand new shuttle service that's ready to take you there!
Watch the Blue Angels Fly in Pensacola, FL
May 19 2015
A strong military presence can be felt when exploring Pensacola, Florida. Air Force, Army, Navy, and Special Forces bases are spread throughout the Florida Panhandle, home to thousands of military men and women.
6 Friendly Marine Species of the Gulf Coast
May 14 2015
The Gulf Coast is full of friendly marine life! Up in the sky, or beneath the waves, a host of coastal critters is waiting to meet you! Each of the following animals are known to have a friendly nature, and are species typically confined to coastal regions. Read below for 6 of the Friendliest Marine Species found on the Gulf Coast.
Family Fun Memorial Day 2015 at The Village of Baytowne Wharf
May 10 2015
Thousands of beach lovers flock to Miramar Beach, FL for Memorial Day weekend. The weather is hot, and businesses throughout the Emerald Coast are officially open for business. Memorial Day marks the official start to the summer season in Miramar Beach, FL, and The Village of Baytowne Wharf in Sandestin Resort kicks the season off with a bang!
5 Celebrities Who Call New Orleans Home
May 8 2015
As news breaks of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie selling their famous French Quarter mansion, it makes one wonder what other influential celebs call New Orleans' home. With the nation's top-ranked dining, world-class nightlife, and plenty of fun New Orleans things to do for the whole family, it's easy to see why the rich and famous would reside in the Crescent City.
2015 Florida Red Snapper Season Guidelines
May 5 2015
Destin, FL offers some of the world's best saltwater fishing. Anglers with both novice and advance skill levels travel to the Emerald Coast hoping to snag a prized catch in the Gulf of Mexico. From sharks to sea bass, no fish is out of range while casting a rod and reel in Destin, FL.
5 of the Hottest Fort Walton Beach Nightclubs
May 4 2015
Fort Walton Beach, FL is known for stunning white sand beaches, delicious seafood, and historic sites dating back centuries. Mainland Fort Walton Beach, along with the famous "Okaloosa Island", offer some of the region's top entertainment.
Pensacola Beach "Bands on the Beach" Concert Series
Apr 29 2015
Looking for fun things to do in Pensacola Beach this summer? Then head to Pensacola Beach, Florida for one of the longest running concert series' on the Gulf Coast.
Planning a Pet Friendly Destin Vacation
Apr 24 2015
Planning a vacation to Destin, FL, but don't want to leave your trusty pooch behind? Well here is some great news, Destin is a pet friendly beach vacation destination! With the addition of new restaurants, malls, parks, and updated hotel policies, Destin has become a dream vacation spot for devoted pet owners worldwide.
7 Ways to Spot an Emerald Coast Local
Apr 19 2015
Every year, millions of visitors enjoy the sand, sun, sea, and amazing things to do on the Emerald Coast. With so many vacation rentals, hotels, and beach side restaurants and shops, it's strange for some to imagine that people live here year-round!
Destin's Newest Kid Friendly Attraction, Barefoot Pirates' Boat Cruise!
Apr 11 2015
A new kind of kid friendly boat cruise has docked at the Destin Harbor this Spring! Barefoot Pirates' Treasure Quest is THE premier Pirate Cruise in the Destin Harbor, offering a a thrilling adventure for kids of all ages.
Sample the Best of Panama City Beach Dining at "Feast on the East"
Apr 8 2015
Panama City Beach, FL on the Emerald Coast is known for top notch seafood fare, but a group of locals are aiming to showcase the diverse and delicious meal options offered at some of the area's most distinctive restaurants. The first ever Feast on the East is a progressive dining experience tour in Panama City Beach, Florida hosted by PCB Food Tours.
8 Reasons to Hangout at Hangout Fest 2015
Mar 31 2015
Hangout Fest in Gulf Shores, Alabama is only in it's 6th year, but already the music festival is attracting over 40,000 devoted fans, and some of the most popular entertainers in the world. Hangout Fest 2015 is gearing up to be the best yet, with production giant Goldenvoice (Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival) signing on to work the event,
Try These Incredible Shell Island Activities on your Family Vacation
Mar 26 2015
Shell Island, off the coast of Panama City Beach, FL, is a favorite destination for adventure seekers and casual vacationers alike. This 7 mile long barrier island is home to exotic wildlife, clean emerald waters, and plenty of fun activities for the whole family.
5 Destin Restaurants To Feed Your Beach Vacation
Mar 23 2015
Searching for the best restaurants on the Emerald Coast? Destin, FL is known for a bustling fresh seafood market providing some of the finest dining in the world. Dozens of Destin restaurants offer a diverse menu, breath-taking views, and exciting entertainment, that brings travelers back year after year to the beachside community.
Beach Camping in Panama City Beach, FL
Mar 16 2015
The family beach Destination of Panama City Beach is packed with hotels, condos, and beach resorts fit to the every need of vacationers. But for the few that decide to rough it at a Campground or RV Park, the benefits are many. Camping near the beach in Panama City Beach, FL is an exciting way to experience the outdoors
Top 7 Kid Friendly Activities in Pensacola Beach, Florida
Mar 11 2015
Pensacola Beach, Florida has remained a popular family friendly vacation destination for decades. Surrounded by emerald Gulf Waters, visitors to Pensacola Beach are quickly swept away by the beach side culture. Beach activities, water sports, historical sites, and a strong military presence offers a
Food and Fun at the Zydeco & Crawfish Festival in Gulf Shores, AL
Mar 9 2015
The Zydeco & Crawfish Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama takes place April 18th, 2015 from 10am - 6pm. The family fun event is found at Waterway Village in Gulf Shores (under the intercoastal bridge). This location makes for a perfect water-side event in a brand new tourist destination!
Louisiana Swamp Stomp Festival Ranks Among Top 20 Southeast Events
Mar 6 2015
The Louisiana Swamp Stomp Fest highlights Louisiana culture in food, music, and games. Creole dining is offered from dozens of regional vendors, and is sure to satisfy any hungry festival-goers searching for a hearty and spicy meal.
Top 3 Destination Casinos in Biloxi
Mar 3 2015
Biloxi has grown from a quiet coastal town, into an entertainment mecca, with resort casinos lining the beachfront. Since the legalization of gambling in the 1990's, Biloxi has become a nationwide gambling destination, attracting world-class entertainers, and major casino and resort chains like Harrah's, MGM, and the Golden Nugget.
St. Patrick's Day 2015 on the Emerald Coast
Mar 2 2015
St. Patrick's Day is fast approaching, and the Emerald Coast is brimming with fun Irish-themed activities! Green Beer and Corned Beef aside, this cultural celebration on Tuesday, March 17th brings more than just fun drinks and traditional Irish cuisine.
Budget Sightseeing on a New Orleans Double Decker Bus Tour
Feb 28 2015
The multiple districts of New Orleans, Louisiana can complicate travel to the "Crescent City". Visiting Jackson Square, the French Quarter, Garden District, and more essential hot spots require knowledge of New Orleans known only by the residents themselves. As a sightseeing traveler,
Premier Shopping, Dining, and Nightlife at the Village of Baytowne Wharf
Feb 23 2015
Visiting the Emerald Coast and looking for a fun, family-friendly destination with a rockin after hours scene? The Village of Baytowne Wharf has a little bit of everything for even the most skeptical of travelers. This massive beach community located within Sandestin Resort in Miramar Beach, Florida, offers activities for all ages;
7 Must-Meet Guests of Pensacola Pensacon 2015
Feb 18 2015
The 2015 Pensacola Comic Con, known widely as "Pensacon", is right around the corner. From February 27th - March 1, thousands upon thousands of guests will stream into Pensacola for what could be the largest event of it's kind in the region.
Planning a Day at the Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island
Feb 16 2015
Okaloosa Island, a dividing plot of land between Fort Walton Beach and Destin, Florida, is home to fun family activities including the popular Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island. The Boardwalk offers eclectic shopping, fresh seafood dining, exciting entertainment, stunning ocean pier views, and public beach access and amenities.
4 Most Popular New Orleans' Plantations Featured in Film
Feb 12 2015
New Orleans, Louisiana is home to some of the most spectacular displays of art, architecture, and design, the modern world has to offer. Paired with a stunning countryside, one part rolling hills and one part swampland, the scenic beauty of the "Crescent City" is unmistakable.
7 Rainy Day Activities for your 30A Vacation
Feb 11 2015
30A is the perfect location for a sunny beach-side vacation, but what happens when the weather doesn't cooperate? Over the years, businesses in 30A and surrounding areas have developed plenty of fun rainy-day escapes for the whole family!
4 Best Parties of Panama City Beach College Spring Break 2015
Feb 9 2015
Want to get crazy at the biggest and best parties of Panama City Beach Spring Break 2015!? Save your braincells (you're going to need them for finals) and let Tripshock.com, the top source in the Gulf Coast for activity, event, and hotel booking, tell you the best 4 Spring Break Bashes for 2015!
Mardi Gras 2015 Do's and Don'ts for a Successful Trip
Feb 8 2015
Mardi Gras 2015 is right around the corner, and for many novice parade-goers, the famous New Orleans event can appear overwhelming. Where to go? What to do? Preparing for this widely loved event can prove difficult without the proper knowledge.
Family-Fun at Family Gras 2015!
Feb 6 2015
Find all the fun of Mardi Gras in a family-friendly atmosphere at New Orleans "Family Gras". Family Gras takes place in Metairie, just a short distance from downtown New Orleans hotels, restaurants, and shopping. This event offers food, games, parades, and entertainment for the whole family!
What's in the Destin Harbor?
Feb 4 2015
The Destin Harbor overlooks the Gulf of Mexico on the west end of Destin, Florida. Built to accommodate a bustling fishing industry, the Harbor is home to the finest dining, most exciting activities, and rockin' nightlife on the Emerald Coast! See what fun there is to experience in the Destin Harbor!
Destin Offers a Perfect Valentine's Day Getaway
Feb 3 2015
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and there is no better place to spend a romantic evening with your smoochie-poo than Destin, Florida! Stunning sunsets, moonlit walks on the beach, world-class dining and nightlife, Destin’s Emerald Coast is made for love, be it budding betrothal, or long-time love.
How I Plan On Spending My Spring Break in Destin, FL
Jan 29 2015
It’s a new year and only a few short months to the Spring Break season. Thousands of visitors will ascend on the Gulf Coast for a much needed break from work and school. One of our travelers recently booked her Spring Break vacation and out of curiosity, we asked her how she will spend her vacation. Does this sound like a vacation itinerary you would entertain?