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If you have the time to come by and say hello to Destin, this guide will help you make the best of your day and night. You'll have some of the tastiest meals and drinks, try lots of fun activities, see the beautiful, characteristic emerald colors of the sea, and simply enjoy what Destin has to offer locals and tourists alike.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

12 Places

4 City Tips

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12 Places

McGuire's Irish Pub

Restaurants

HarborWalk Marina

Marinas

Destin History & Fishing Museum

History Museums

Village of Baytowne Wharf

Piers & Boardwalks, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Avona's Massages

Spas

The Track

Game & Entertainment Centres, Mini Golf

SandCastle Lessons

Other Outdoor Activities, Lessons & Workshops

The Back Porch

Restaurants

Fat Daddy's Arcade

Game & Entertainment Centres

Henderson Beach State Park

Beaches, State Parks

Destin Commons

Shopping Malls

World of Beer Destin

Restaurants

Enrique A's City Tips

  • If you come to Destin in March or April, keep in mind that it's high season — prices are higher, and it tends to be noisier and more crowded.
  • You can get around by water taxi or regular taxi, as well as public transportation, though it is limited.
  • If you want to avoid peak season, October and November are quieter months. During low season, restaurants and attractions stay open and keep normal hours.
  • Remember to wear comfortable footwear and clothing, keep yourself hydrated throughout the day, and use sunscreen.
  • McGuire's Irish Pub
    Restaurants (American, Irish, Bar, Pub)
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    Enrique A Says:

    You can't go wrong starting your day with a meal at McGuire's. The service is excellent, and the menu has something for everybody — sandwiches, soups, steaks, burgers, and some healthy options as well. Don't forget to add in a mimosa or Irish coffee to top off a delicious morning experience.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Go for the brewery tour! Gary will happily answer all your questions about the brewing process.
    • Look on the website for daily promotions.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 303 restaurants in Destin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Destin Restaurant do not miss 17/10/2018
    • Fantastic 17/10/2018
    • McGuire's Irish Pub
    Address:
    33 Harbor Blvd
    Destin, FL 32541-2309
    Phone:
    +1 850-650-0000
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
    Other:
  • HarborWalk Marina
    Marinas
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    Enrique A Says:

    At the HarborWalk, you'll get to do some shopping, enjoy a couple of cool drinks, and stroll along the waterfront, admiring the gorgeous view of the sea. Take a boat ride to see Destin from the water, or even do some scuba or jet skiing. Lots of activities to choose from for all ages!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • There are food trucks and vendors on the marina.
    • There is a variety of shops, so I'm sure you'll find the souvenirs you're looking for, and then some!
    • The perfect follow-up to an amazing brunch.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 35 things to do in Destin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A neat place to go! 20/09/2018
    • Dolphin Cruise! 06/09/2018
    • HarborWalk Marina
    Address:
    66 Harbor Blvd
    Destin, FL 32541-2310
    Other:
  • Destin History & Fishing Museum
    History Museums
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    Enrique A Says:

    Come to this museum to learn more about what Destin used to be like back in the day, and why it is known for its fishing heritage. You'll find excellent examples of local marine life, old equipment, and even see the historic Primrose boat! The incredibly helpful staff are eager to answer all your questions and share their knowledge. A sweet little place.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The museum is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm.
    • Admission is cheap, and free for kids six years old and under.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 35 things to do in Destin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great litle Gem in Destin! 12/10/2018
    • Excellent place to take the family in Destin Florida 02/10/2018
    • Destin History & Fishing Museum
    Address:
    108 Stahlman Ave
    Destin, FL 32541-1533
    Phone:
    +1 850-837-6611
    Other:
  • Village of Baytowne Wharf
    Piers & Boardwalks, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Enrique A Says:

    Another great place to visit, where kids and adults can have fun with all of the various activities such as zip lining, hamster balls, and arcade games, as well as an opportunity to do some shopping and to take a little break with a snack or a drink.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • This is a good place to recover your energy after the water sports at the marina.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 35 things to do in Destin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • So disappointed 17/10/2018
    • Good for Tourists 07/10/2018
    • Village of Baytowne Wharf
    Address:
    9100 Baytowne Wharf Blvd
    Destin, FL 32550-1815
    Phone:
    +1 800-622-1038
    Other:
  • Avona's Massages
    Spas
    Enrique A Says:

    After all that walking and learning, enjoy some pampering and time to yourself at Avona's. The highly qualified therapists will give your skin and muscles the royal treatment with their skilled hands. If you are looking to really enjoy the best of the hidden treasures of Destin, you simply cannot miss this place.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • It is best to book your appointment in advance to ensure your place.
    • Different types of body treatments, facials, and massages are offered — it all depends on what you're looking for!
    • Prices are good for the quality.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 33 Spas & Wellness in Destin
    • Excellent Massage, Helpful Staff 14/08/2018
    • Unprofessional and did not respect requests 18/05/2018
    • Avona's Massages
    Address:
    737 Harbor Blvd Ste 2
    Destin, FL 32541-2538
    Phone:
    +1 850-420-5084
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Mon - Sat
    8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Other:
  • The Track
    Game & Entertainment Centres, Mini Golf
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    Enrique A Says:

    If you are looking for a thrilling and fun experience, why not try the bungee or the skyflyer? Gather up all of your courage and take that leap into the unknown, scream and let the wind make a mess out of your hair! Or, you can check out the other activities, like go-karting, tubing, and mini golf.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • You can find single ride prices on the website, and be sure to also look at the passes, which give you some additional perks.
    • Lots of fun activities for kids and teens here.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 22 Fun & Games in Destin
    • It’s Ok to be different 17/10/2018
    • Way overpriced and understaffed 05/10/2018
    • The Track
    Address:
    1125 Highway 98 E
    Destin, FL 32541-3304
    Phone:
    +1 850-654-4668
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
  • SandCastle Lessons
    Other Outdoor Activities, Lessons & Workshops
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    Enrique A Says:

    Don't miss a chance to book a class with professional sand sculptors! They'll teach you tips and tricks, and you'll be impressed at what you can achieve when you let your creativity flow. Lots of laughter and a great time to be had by all!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • It is best to book your class 2-3 weeks in advance.
    • Class prices depend on the number of people in your party; look on the website for more information.
    • If you're ambitious about your sand castle building career, you can buy a starter kit when you book your class.
    • Beach Sand Sculptures offers Team Building for Corporate Outings.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 6 Classes & Workshops in Destin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Outstanding! 18/10/2018
    • A Unique, Fun Activity! 28/09/2018
    • SandCastle Lessons
    Phone:
    +1 303-681-2631
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
  • The Back Porch
    Restaurants (American, Bar, Seafood)
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    Enrique A Says:

    Coming to the Back Porch for lunch is...just such a good decision! The view is great, the staff are super friendly, the atmosphere is on point, and the food — especially the seafood — is beyond delicious. Order a bunch of things to share with your party, because you won't be able to get enough of this menu!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • I really recommend the calamari and half shell oysters as appetizers — the calamari is well cooked and the oysters are completely fresh.
    • The mahi mahi and gulf shrimp are excellent main dishes — my personal favorites!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #47 of 303 restaurants in Destin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Deserves a visit! 18/10/2018
    • A very nice Meal! 18/10/2018
    • The Back Porch
    Address:
    1740 Old Scenic Highway 98 East
    Destin, FL 32541
    Phone:
    +1 850-837-2022
    Price range:
    US$ 10 - US$ 30
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
  • Fat Daddy's Arcade
    Game & Entertainment Centres
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    Enrique A Says:

    Remember the old times at the arcade, when you gathered all the tickets you'd earned and had a chance to turn them into a nice prize? This is a throwback! But now you can also play with video game consoles like PS4s and WIIs. A great time whether you're on your own, with family, or with friends!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • All games require tokens, which you can purchase at the arcade.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 22 Fun & Games in Destin
    • Best Arcade EVER! 21/09/2018
    • Fun 09/08/2018
    • Fat Daddy's Arcade
    Address:
    20009 Emerald Coast Pkwy
    Destin, FL 32541-3410
    Phone:
    +1 850-424-6021
    Hours:
    Mon - Thu
    10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Fri - Sun
    10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Other:
  • Henderson Beach State Park
    Beaches, State Parks
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    Enrique A Says:

    Stepping into the calmness of the beach to appreciate the sunset and maybe a quick swim is quite nice, after everything you've done and everywhere you've gone throughout the day. Sit by the beach and relax to the sound of the waves.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There are no shops around, so bring some picnic provisions, plus something warm to put on — the breeze can be cool, and it can feel a bit cold by the water in the evening.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 35 things to do in Destin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful Campground and Beach 15/10/2018
    • Amazing 10/10/2018
    • Henderson Beach State Park
    Address:
    17000 Emerald Coast Pkwy
    Destin, FL 32541-3343
    Phone:
    +1 850-837-7550
    Other:
  • Destin Commons
    Shopping Malls
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    Enrique A Says:

    Our last shopping stop: Destin Commons. This place has all kinds of shops and brands, and you'll be pretty delighted with their collections and what they offer. Seriously, there's something available to all budgets, and with a really nice atmosphere.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • If you feel like watching a movie, don't miss the cinema. The staff and service are great, and there are good movies every week.
    • You can also take a break to grab a cup of coffee or pick up some sweet snacks from the luxurious Godiva.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 35 things to do in Destin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice Outdoor Mall 15/10/2018
    • Great way to spend the day 03/10/2018
    • Destin Commons
    Address:
    4100 Legendary Dr
    Destin, FL 32541-8601
    Phone:
    +1 850-337-8700
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Other:
  • World of Beer Destin
    Restaurants (American, Bar, Pub)
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    Enrique A Says:

    Visiting the World of Beer is a great place to enjoy and end the night. With a nice menu of crafted beers and tasty fare, you'll find this bar quite nice, and a must for every time you visit Destin. The place has a really friendly atmosphere, and though it tends to get crowded, it's only because everyone knows what great times are to be had here!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Mac 'n' cheese, German pretzels, onion rings, a good steak, and cold craft beer — the perfect combination for a hearty meal!
    • Prices are good for the fantastic quality.
    • The perfect place to wrap up your day!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #109 of 303 restaurants in Destin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • No Service at 8:20 pm??? 04/09/2018
    • Family vacation. 02/08/2018
    • World of Beer Destin
    Address:
    4285 Legendary Dr
    Suite J117
    Destin, FL 32541-5392
    Phone:
    +1 850-424-7939
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Fri - Sat
    11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
    Other:
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