For many years, travelers on Florida vacations have been coming to the city for incredible shopping. The vast majority comes all-the-year-round, from the Gulf Coast and beyond, to enjoy shopping at the Silver Sands Factory Stores, boasting more than 120 designer shops, specialty shops, home furnishing stores, and luxury boutiques.
With miles of alluring beaches and stunning sunset views, great shopping, and plentiful water activities, Destin is an ideal destination for a romantic rendezvous and family vacations.
Because in the city it is all about water, you'll find here any water sport you are interested in, whether it is scuba diving, sailing, snorkeling or wind surfing. In addition to great beach adventures, families are welcome to Big Kahuna's Water and Adventure Park, offering thrilling water rides and a miniature golf course.
Some of the favorite pastimes on the Emerald Coast are a cruise to spot dancing dolphins and a deep-sea fishing excursion.
Associated with water sports and beach adventures, Destin is also home to a variety of attractions, which are a must-see and a great alternative to a noisy day on a beach during your stay in the city. One of the most visited, the Track Family Recreational Center is an action-packed facility featuring everything from go-cart tracks to little tykes at Kids Country. You'll be offered to test your courage at the bungee jumping tower or challenge members of your family to miniature golf.
With over 250 interactive exhibits, providing insight in the basic scientific principles and natural phenomena, Emerald Coast Science Center is an outstanding museum for families with children.
Recognized as one of the most friendly and unique zoos in America, the Zoo Gulf Breeze offers a memorable wildlife experience with more than 700 animals, surrounded by botanical gardens. You'll be able to get a close look at tigers, bears, zebras, and rhinos, as well as a variety of colorful birds. If animal life is something you are interested in, consider Florida's Gulfarium, featuring a great number of animals, like California sea lions, Bottlenose dolphins, American alligators, tropical penguins, sea turtles, and moray eels. A 60,000-gallon Living Sea Aquarium provides a living area to a variety of marine species native to the Florida waters.
Pristine sand beaches, the most valuable assets of Florida, and over 6,000 feet of beautiful shoreline bordering the waters of the Gulf of Mexico can be found in Henderson Beach State Park, one of Florida's most renowned beach parks.
Some of the top accommodation options in Destin include Best Western Summer Place Inn, Henderson Park Inn, Hilton Sandestin Beach and Golf Resort, Josephine's French Country Inn at Seaside, Marina Motel, and more.