Sun, Sand, and Smiles: Things to Do in Destin, Florida on Vacation

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Destin-Fort Walton Beach is a fun-filled beach vacation destination in the Florida panhandle.

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In the heart of the Emerald Coast, the area’s beaches are known for their soft sugar-white sand and the sparkling emerald-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

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Enjoy a Destin-Fort Walton Beach, Florida, vacation. Along with its gorgeous beaches, it’s known for great fishing, water sports, fresh seafood, and family-friendly vacation options.

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HarbourWalk Village is a go-to spot on the Destin Harbor, consisting of a boardwalk, shopping, waterfront dining, water sports rentals, and live entertainment.

HarbourWalk Village / Destin Harbor Boardwalk


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You can go scuba diving, snorkeling, snuba diving, stand up paddleboarding, kayaking, jet-skiing, or parasailing.

Water-Related Fun at HarborWalk Village


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You can throw axes, go ziplining, play mini-golf, buy souvenirs, enjoy live entertainment, eat delicious seafood, or just grab a drink and relax.

Other Entertainment at HarborWalk Village


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You can find hundreds of boats out on Crab Island during the summertime, many with their passengers wading in the shallow waters next to them.

Crab Island Sandbar


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Head to the Air Force Armament Museum if you’d like to learn about military aircraft and armaments such as bombs, guns, and missiles.

Air Force Armament Museum


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