Your ideal beach vacation may entail nothing more than moving between the beach and pool and getting some really fresh seafood.  But if you’re more adventurous, need more to occupy your kids, or get stuck with a rainy day here are some suggested activities.


Mirimar-Miramar is the beach out front of Maravilla. Not properly in Destin this stretch of beach in Okaloosa County is a little quiter than downtown Destin and features public access with great parking next to Pompano Joe’s.

Grayton-A favorite spot for bird-watching, camping, canoeing and get this–driving on the beach. East down Old 98 from Destin, Grayton Beach is a great beach, home of dune lakes (one of only 3 locations in the world), and a cute little community of shops and restaurants.

Henderson Beach State Park-If you prefer a few more amenities in a beach than simply falling outside your door you can find the public beach right in Destin proper.

Water Sports

SUP-Stand up paddle boarding is a

Surf-Yes, on the gulf coast. You may think that Florida isn’t a place to surf, but honestly it’s not a bad place to learn. Check beachfront rental places for hourly or daily rentals.

Canoe/Kayak-Open water kayaking and canoeing in a dune lake are fun ways to enjoy the water. There are plenty of places to rent boats and safety equipment if you don’t want to bring your own.


Deep Sea-There are plenty of outfitters in both Destin Harbor and Panama City. And many of the restaurants have kill and eat meals where they clean and prepare your catch for dinner.

Lake-Bring your own gear for early morning nibbles from the fish at any of the public lakes or just down the road from Maravilla at SeaScape.

Ocean Front-This is easy. If you fish, what could be easier than walking out the door carrying your gear down to the water and casting?


Gulfarium-The Gulfarium is part petting zoo, part aquarium, and part show. Over the bridge from Destin in Fort Walton Beach, it’s easy to get to from just about anywhere. Be sure to check the schedule to be sure to see the show you want.

Big Kahuna’s Water Park-A huge water park just across 98 form the beach. Big Kahuna’s has everything you could imagine at a water park–slides, fountains, a lazy river. Fun for the whole family.

The Track Family Recreation-This recreation center has something for everyone–bumper cars, go carts, mini-golf, and even bungee rides for the more adventurous.