Warm rays of the sun cast themselves upon you, creating a calming effect that sets you up for a fun-filled vacation you will never forget. With so many Destin attractions for kids available, you will need to come back again (and again). There are many things to do in Destin, and you're sure to find something for everyone, whether you like sailing, same-day cruises, water skiing, bike riding, trails or long walks on the boardwalk. Grab a suit, shorts and a comfortable pair of walking shoes and get ready to have some fun on your Destin family vacation.
The Destin Harbor Boardwalk is home to many kid-friendly attractions, including the Buccaneer Pirate Cruise, on which children and parents set sail for a two-hour cruise. The captain and crew members are dressed in full pirate attire, and the children get to engage in sword fights, squirt water guns and feel like real pirates. A Destin family attraction, the boardwalk also has many places to shop and eat along the way. Other activities include go-kart racing, snorkeling and a museum.
Gator Beach is a Destin tourist attraction that gives children a chance to pet a variety of reptiles, including gators and snakes. Here they gain a better understanding of the role these creatures play in the ecosystem. If you're brave enough, you can feed the alligator, and when hunger sets in, you'll find plenty to feed yourself as well.
If you love thrills and water, combine the two with a visit to a popular Destin attraction for kids, Big Kahuna's Water Adventure Park. Climb the stairs to the top of one of several huge water slides and enjoy the fast ride down for a big splash at the bottom. A special section of the park is set aside just for little ones, while the big kids enjoy thrill rides that get the blood pumping. A food court at this Destin family attraction has an assortment of beverages, treats and meals. Once you've had your fill of water, head over to dry land activities, including go-karts, mini golf and amusement park rides.
If you want a peek into history with some educational things to do in Destin, the Destin History and Fishing Museum is just the place to go. You'll find historical and educational exhibits that give you a view into the events that have shaped the city into what it is today. This Destin attraction is complete with artifacts dating from the 1800s to a present-day overview, including an exhibit of the first post office ever used to deliver mail to the early settlers.
Planning a family picnic? Take a walk over to the Jolee Island Nature Park, a Destin attraction for kids set right in the heart of nature. Lush greenery provides the setting for hiking trails, a wooden footbridge and picnic in the shade. Children will enjoy the pirate ship playground, the perfect way for little ones to release energy while adults enjoy some downtime.
From the moment you step outside your kid-friendly hotel in Destin, your vacation awaits you. Sunshine, warm water, endless Destin activities, great food and good company are all part of the package. Check out the Embassy Suites Miramar Beach and Hidden Dunes Condominiums while you're here.