Kid Friendly Adventures that will Make Your Destin Vacation Awesome

Want your kids to unplug, experience something new, and create some awesome family memories all at the same time? Then why not pack up the family and enjoy a vacation in Destin? With so many exciting activities and kid-friendly adventures, no doubt you’ll fill their days with laughter and fun and make your kids forget about screen-time. Check out these great kid-friendly things to do in Destin:

1. Dolphin Tours
No trip to Destin is complete without taking time to visit our resident bottlnose dolphins. Whether you’re looking to get out there on Jet Skis or hoping to get in the water with these amazing marine mammals, Destin has plenty of opportunities to spend some time laughing at the their crazy antics and marvel at their sleek beauty. Check out our list of dolphin tour companies on our site.

2. Fishing
Well of course fishing made the list! There’s nothing like spending the day on the water with your kids casting a line. With fishing opportunities from jetties, piers and beaches, there’s always something biting. On vacation and don’t have gear? Don’t worry about it. Local businesses supply tackle, bait, and licenses with the cost of your near shore or deep sea fishing tour. We’ve got some great fishing companies listed for your convenience.

3. Eating
After a day in the Florida sunshine and fresh air, no doubt your kids will be ravenous. Destin has so many restaurants, there’s sure to be something to please even the finickiest eater. From seafood to Italian, burgers to mac ‘n cheese, open air to dinner cruises, our restaurant list will help you find the perfect eatery for your family.

4. Crab Island
This unique area in at the entrance of Choctawhatchee Bay is basically a submerged island. Shallow water makes it a great place to spend the day snorkeling, playing or just relaxing. Crab Island is accessible by boat, kayak, Jet Ski or paddleboard. Anchoring in the shallow water gives your kids access to floating restaurants, entertainment stages and even a kid’s floating water park! Read all about it on our blog.

5. The Beach
Emerald green waters and sugar-white sand … um, yeah, the kids want to spend plenty of time here!

6. Amusement Parks
Sometimes your kids just need the adrenaline rush of a go-cart or the fun of ramming their parents with a bumper car. Amusement parks are a great place to spend a day. With rides and adventures for kids of all ages, no doubt you’ll all have fun and be completely worn out! Big Kahunas, Wild Willy’s and The Track are a few of the great places in Destin. For something a little different, check out Gator Beach at Fudpucker’s Beachside Bar & Grill. Watch and feed (just food, no fingers) live alligators! There are even opportunities for your kids to have their pictures taken while holding a gator! Great family entertainment.

7. Destin Harbor Boardwalk
Looking for some FREE entertainment? Check out the Harbor Boardwalk. Stroll along and watch the charter boat captains bring in their catches of the day, window shop, people watch or sightsee.  With a variety of special activities that are always changing, this is a hopping place and great for the whole family.

8. Watersports
If your kids can think of a way to be on the water, Destin has it. Are your kids the adventuresome type? Try parasailing or Jet Ski rentals. If you’re looking to slow it down and let them be the captain of their own adventure, there are plenty of places to rent pontoon or sailboats. (Check them out here Most beaches also have rentals for paddleboards, snorkeling gear and banana boat rides. With the sun shining down and the summer breeze heating things up, watersports are a great way to cool off!

Summer is great time to visit Destin. At Emerald Coast Vacation Rentals we’ve got condos, resorts, and beach houses available. Whether you’re looking for a family get away, or someplace you can vacation with extended family and friends—with plenty of room for everyone—we’re sure to have something that fits your needs. Give us a call today and book your kid-friendly vacation today.