7 Delightful Destin Things To Do in Winter

January 29th 2024
Mike Fisher
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 provide parasailing, snorkeling tours, and banana boat rides close for the winter and fall.

But rest assured, there are plenty of things to do in Destin in cold weather! As we recently declared in our complete Destin, Florida Insider’s Guide, 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.

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Destin Harbor Boat Cruise


dolphin cruise in destin during winter
The Hannah Marie takes passengers on a search for dolphins in the Destin Harbor


Not all boat tours shut down for the season. Many Destin cruises continue to take passengers even in the fall and winter, offering discounts and rewards to attract more customers.

Expect the same quality and service you would in the peak season, but with half the crowds, much more peace and quiet, and of course, dolphins! 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.

{Read Reviews & Book a Destin Dolphin Cruise Online}


MAXIMUM Magic Theater feat. Noah and Heather Wells


destin magic show during the winter
Noah and Heather Wells perform incredible illusions and magic tricks at MAXIMUM Magic Theater


Let veteran entertainers Noah and Heather Wells perform a winter-wonderful, Destin magic show for you and your family! MAXIMUM Magic Theater is an acclaimed theater production. Witness mind-blowing illusions, mentalism, and special effects from Merlin Award winner Noah Wells and the talented Heather Wells.

{Read Reviews & Book Tickets to MAXIMUM MAGIC Theater Online}


Party Boat Fishing


party boat fishing in destin during the winter
Father and son enjoy an afternoon on Olin Marler’s Party Boat Fishing Trip


Destin’s world-class fishing industry used to be, “put on ice” when winter hit. Nowadays, you can catch a keeper year-round! Book a spot aboard a Destin Party Boat Fishing Trip for an inexpensive and exciting activity this winter! Party Boats make fishing easy by including the necessities:

  • Fishing license
  • Bait
  • Tackle
  • Instruction

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! Looking for a different type of fishing charter? That’s okay, too! Here are other popular fishing trips to help you reel in some winter fun:

{Read Reviews & Book Destin Fishing Trips Online}


Destin Beach Photography


destin beach photography during the winter
A family has their beach portraits made on the beautiful beaches of Destin


Destin is full of incredible photo-ops, but a trip to Destin in the winter is incomplete without beach photography! Grab the whole crew and head down to the beach for a private shoot. Dress in matching colors, or mix it up for a sunrise or sunset photo session. This is a great way to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, or family reunion!

{Read Reviews & Book Destin Beach Photography Online}


30A Beach Bonfire


destin beach bonfire during the winter
Friends enjoy making s’mores around a 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
  • Firewood pit
  • Permit
  • Campfire s’mores

{Read Reviews & Book Beach Bonfires Online}


Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park


destin gulfarium in winter
Dolphins jumping for joy at the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park


Looking to beat the cold weather in Destin this holiday season? Then head over the Destin bridge to Okaloosa Island’s Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park! 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!

{Read Reviews & Book Tickets to Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park Online}


Horseback Trail Rides


horseback trail rides in destin in winter
Horseback riding through the beautiful 30A backwoods


Beat the winter blues in Destin, Florida, and reconnect with nature on a horseback trail ride! This all-ages adventure is a once-in-a-lifetime journey through the backwood trails of 30A. The horses are well-trained and ready to ride be it spring, summer, fall, or winter.



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