Local area

Florida’s Panhandle is filled with some of the country’s most gorgeous beaches — not to mention all the other fun things to do on vacation, like shopping, fishing, and family-friendly activities.

Things To Do

Located between Pensacola and Panama City Beach along the stunning Emerald Coast — Fort Walton Beach and Destin are two of the most popular coastal destinations on the Florida Panhandle.

You will find no shortage of things to do for all ages in these beachy destinations. From activities on the water, like boating and fishing, to other outdoor adventures, like golfing, there are plenty of fun ways to soak up the sunshine in Northwest Florida. And when you have had enough time on the beach, you can explore the area’s museums, zoos, restaurants, breweries, and shopping centers.


When you visit Destin-Fort Walton Beach — you will be surrounded by gorgeous white-sand beaches and turquoise waters for as far as the eye can see.

For beach access in Destin, you can visit James Lee Park, surrounded by several golf courses and restaurants, or Henderson Beach State Park, a stunning park with pristine beaches, nature trails, and tide pools. Okaloosa Island Boardwalk, near Fort Walton Beach, offers public beach access along with waterfront dining and beachfront amenities.


Destin-Fort Walton Beach provides no shortage of shopping options — from local boutiques and kitschy shops to popular chain stores and big-box retailers.

At Destins Commons, find every commercial retailer you can imagine, from American Eagle Outfitters to Bass Pro Shops, or catch a movie at AMC Theaters. If you’re looking for unique souvenirs from local shops, need some beach gear, or just want to pop into a few stores on your way back from the beach, head to HarborWalk Village or Okaloosa Island Boardwalk.

Kids Activities

Destin-Fort Walton Beach is the perfect place for a family vacation. The parents will love the kid-friendly activities just as much as the children — we guarantee it.

There are plenty of “epic adventures” little ones can try out on the water — from beginner paddle boarding to inshore fishing — and other excursions, like dolphin watching. The Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park is another must-visit attraction for families with small children since you can get up close and personal with marine mammals, birds, reptiles, and fish. Big Kahuna’s Water & Adventure Park is another fun spot for older kids with waterslides, mini golf, and other amusement park attractions.


Destin-Fort Walton Beach is one of the top fishing destinations along the Gulf of Mexico. You can catch Tarpon, Redfish, Mahi-Mahi, Flounder, Red Snapper, or King Mackerel, depending on the time of year.

Some of the best fishing charters in Destin-Fort Walton Beach are Blue Water Escape Fishing & Diving Charter, Jack M Up Fishing Charters, and My Chance Charters. If you need a break from the “high seas” and want to learn more about the town’s fishing heritage, head to The Destin History & Fishing Museum.