Is it possible to book your dream vacation at a destination that includes something for everyone, including the little ones? In Destin, Florida, it is! Before you hit the road, create your itinerary using our expertly crafted guide that includes everything you need to know before starting your trip. By requesting access to our complimentary Vacation Guide, you’ll have access to Destin’s best restaurants, events, and points of interest! Your adventure on the Gulf awaits!
Kid-Friendly Activities in Destin, Florida
It can be hard to keep the kids occupied without putting them in front of a screen to play video games, but we want to take a load off of your hands by giving you the top five kid-friendly activities to do in Destin, Florida.
1. Adventure Parks on the Emerald Coast
What’s more freeing for a child than running wild at a water park? Big Kahuna Water & Adventure Park will make you feel like you’re in Hawaii. Drift away in the lazy river while the kids splash around in the wave pool!
For those seeking an adrenaline rush, The Track Destin, an amusement park with several different go-kart tracks, kiddie rides, arcade games, thrill rides, and a mini-golf course. The park has tracks for everyone, whether you’re looking for altitude, slipperiness, or a classic track. The little ones won’t feel left out because they even have a kiddie track for kids with a need for speed, as long as they are at least 3 feet 6 inches tall.
For the wildlife-lover in your family, the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park lets you get up close and personal with sea life. You’ll have the chance to meet some dolphins, turtles, seals, stingrays, and even some Florida gators! Exciting exhibits and numerous animal encounters will make you a marine animal expert in no time!
2. Kid-Friendly Cruises in the Destin Harbor and the Gulf of Mexico
The young and the young at heart are invited aboard the Buccaneer Pirate Cruise. The boat tour anchors in HarborWalk Village and embarks on a two-hour journey along the Emerald Coast. This unique experience is full of fun activities, singing, dancing, and of course, the hunt for undiscovered treasure. If your kids would rather search for dolphins than treasure, hop aboard Southern Star Dolphin Cruises for a two-hour narrated eco-tour. This glass-bottom boat cruises around the Destin Harbor and into the Gulf of Mexico in search of the Atlantic Coastal Bottlenose Dolphin.
3. Sand Sculpture Lessons in Destin
Create memories in the sand by learning how to build the perfect sandcastle. Take your sand castle building skills to the next level with a two-hour lesson with Beach Sand Sculptures that results in a 3 ½-foot-tall masterpiece! It’s a unique way for the whole family to work together and bond.
4. Fishing in the Destin Harbor and the Gulf of Mexico
Fishing is a must in Destin, also known as the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village.” Little anglers can learn to catch dinner while surf, inshore, or deep sea fishing. Keep in mind that anyone over the age of 16 needs a fishing license, which is available at a local tax collectors office or at many retailers. Be on the lookout for Blue Marlin, Blacktip Sharks, and Red Snappers, just to name a few! Before you get started, check out our ultimate guide to fishing in the Destin Harbor and the Gulf of Mexico that will have you and your kids casting a line in no time!
5. Water Sports off the Emerald Coast
There are tons of watersports to choose from in Destin and Miramar. Banana boats and parasailing are a hit with the younger kids, while older kids and teens (and parents, of course!) can opt to ride on jet skis or blast off on a hydroflight. Who knows, you may even encounter some dolphins or sea turtles!
Pamper Yourself at Mama’s Happy in Destin
Destin, FL! This upscale property is located just a short walk from the beach, an outdoor shopping mall, a movie theater, and plenty of restaurants. When you stay at this property, you’ll get free passes for Big Kahuna Water Park, a dolphin cruise, snorkeling, deep sea fishing, and golf. The private pool is conveniently stocked with beach and pool toys to make your life easier and your family’s summer a memorable one! Book your stay in paradise today!