7 Delightful Destin Things To Do in Winter

We all know Destin as a spring break and summer getaway, but what is there to do in Destin in the winter time? The water is too cold for swimming, and many of the popular tour companies providing parasailing, snorkel tours, and banana boat rides close up for the winter and fall. But rest assured, there are plenty of things to do in Destin in cold weather! Destin, Florida is no longer a part-time destination, with new tours and seasonal attractions, "The World's Luckiest Fishing Village" is now a year-round vacation spot! Keep reading for 7 Delightful Destin Things to do in Winter!

Destin Harbor Boat Cruise


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Not all boat tours shut down for the season. Many Destin Harbor Dolphin Cruises and Sailing Excursions continue to take passengers even in the fall and winter, offering discounts and rewards to attracts more customers. Expect the same quality and service you would in the peak season, but with half the crowds, and much more peace and quiet. Many Emerald Coast locals, including myself, believe Dolphins and other wildlife are more active in the colder months, making boat cruises all the more entertaining and memorable. Choose from several Destin Harbor Boat Cruises online for the best tour providers, and discounted rates!

MAXIMUM Magic Dinner Theater


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Let veteran entertainers Noah and Heather Wells perform a winter-wonderful magic show for you and your family! MAXIMUM Magic is an acclaimed theater production taking place on Okaloosa Island at the Fudpucker's Theater. Witness mind-blowing illusions, mentalism, and special effects from Merlin Award winner Noah Wells and the talented Heather Wells. The best part? Guests can enjoy Fudpucker's famous food while watching the show! Tickets can be purchased for the show-only, or including food. Reserve your MAXIMUM Magic Show tickets in advance for several dates this winter!

Party Boat Fishing


destin party boat fishing

Destin's world-class fishing industry used to be "put on ice" when winter hit. Now a days, commercial party and private fishing trips continue year-round! Book a spot aboard a party boat fishing tour for an inexpensive and exciting activity this winter! Fishing licenses, gear, bait, and instruction are included in the price. Not much of a cook? Let the crew fillet your day's catch, then take it to a local seafood restaurant for a self-caught meal! Book a Destin Party Boat Fishing Trip today for an unforgettable time during your Destin getaway!


Hunting for Treasure on the Beach


treasure hunting in destin florida

Out of all the things to do in Destin in cold weather, none are quite as lucrative as metal detector treasure hunting on the beach! In the winter, beaches are mostly cleared off, leaving plenty of space to search for buried treasure. Vacationers have pulled gold rings, antique money, and plenty of loose change from the white sand beaches of Destin, Florida. Metal detectors are available at most local retailers and are available for rent from some of the local beach equipment rental shops.

30A Beach Bonfire


30A beach bonfire

Looking to warm up during Destin's winter months? Book a Beach Bonfire on 30A in Santa Rosa Beach for a cozy evening around the fire! Whether you have family in town, are celebrating a special event, or just want to spend the evening with someone special, a 30A Beach Bonfire is the activity for you. This is one of the most exciting things to do in Destin for the holidays, and packages include tables, chairs, and campfire S'more's.

Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park


gulfarium marine adventure park

Looking to beat the cold weather in Destin this holiday season? Wondering what is there to do in Destin in the winter time? Then maybe you should head over the Destin bridge to Okaloosa Island's Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park! The Gulfarium is open 7 days a week, rain or shine, closed only on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Live trainer shows, demonstrations, and a world-class aquarium featuring exotic animals from across the globe puts the Gulfarium at the top of the list for Destin things to do in winter! Purchase tickets online for a reduced rate at Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park Admission Tickets!

Destin Helicopter Tour


destin helicopter tour

Beat the winter blues in Destin, Florida on a thrilling Destin Helicopter Tour! Ride up to 40 miles down the Destin Gulf coastline, and see Destin from a birds-eye view! Tours include noise-reducing headphones and voice-activated microphones for extra comfort while you ride. Take up to 3 people per trip with discount and FREE rates for small children. Reserve your spot on a Destin Helicopter Tour today!

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For a full list of winter, holiday, and Christmas activities in Destin, Florida, check TripShock Destin things to do online!



Published Dec 9 2015
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