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Destin for kids—kid-friendly activities and things to do

Though sometimes you’d like to forget your responsibilities, chances are you have a couple little ones in tow. Let’s face it. Long gone are the days when vacationing meant getting to wake up as late as you want, sipping cocktails on the beach or dancing the night away in a club on some remote Caribbean island. These days, keeping the offspring entertained is what’s important, like budgeting or getting a full night’s rest. (Where did the years go?) Luckily, the Destin area has enough to keep your kids’ attention and your sanity! Check out these family-friendly activities. Who knows? You may even have as good of a time as your little ones—or better!

314 Hwy 98 East Harbor Boulevard
Destin, FL 32541
phone: (850) 650-3825

Take the kids on a guided deep sea fishing or gulf fishing tour! Or introduce them to the colorful world under the sea with a snorkeling excursion. Pelican Adventures also gives dolphin tours where you can get a chance to hang out with those friendly sea mammals up close and personal. (You know all those photographs you see of people swimming and laughing with dolphins? This is where you get them). You can even bring along food and drinks to stave of mid afternoon “I’m hungry” whines.

20001 Emerald Coast Pkwy
Destin, FL 32541
phone: (850) 654-4200

It’s a beachfront bar and restaurant, so yes, there will be plenty of other adults there. But the fun, eclectic atmosphere will keep everyone at your table entertained. But the kids will score big with the huge playground and video game room. They may also paint their own wood chips to be displayed or get a henna tattoo (it’s temporary, parents, don’t worry). But the best part is Fudpucker’s in Destin overlooks Gator Beach, home of several live alligators! Yikes! If you end up scoring a babysitter, or you brought your nanny along, come back to Fudpucker’s Key West Club after dark and listen to live music from Black-eyed Blonde. This is a great attraction for when it rains in Destin, too.

1010 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
phone: (850) 243-9046

Fifteen minutes west of Destin, the Gulfarium puts on a good show – three, in fact. The Gulfarium’s repertoire consists of a dolphin show, a sea lion show, and a show where they perform together! There are other animals to see, as well, like sharks, whales, and penguins. Take the kids around to the Animal Exhibits. It’s also fun to watch the trainers feed the animals! Coordinate it so you watch the animals eat around lunchtime for an even more fun experience. If you’re traveling to Destin with a group, consider asking about group rates.

100 Museum Dr
Eglin AFB, FL 32542
phone: (850) 651-1808

Sure, it’s not all kids’ cup of tea, but a visit to the Air Force Armament Museum is a fun educational experience for kids of all ages. Not only that, but it’s an excellent opportunity to learn about Destin’s rich military history. Kick off your tour with a viewing of “Arming the Air Force” a thirty minute film that will put the rest of the museum into perspective and make you appreciate the exhibits that much more.

1125 US-98
Destin, FL 32541
phone: (850) 654-4668

Where can you find miniature golf, go carts, carnival rides, and an arcade all under the same roof? At the Track Family Recreation Center in Destin! The kids will go crazy at this one-stop entertainment center – and kids at heart will find just as much to keep them busy. There’s also stuff to satisfy even the most adventurous travelers: Try the 65 foot bungee jump or the skydiving crane!

108 Stahlman Ave
Destin, FL 32541
phone: (850) 837-6611

Ok, so it may not be the most exciting daytrip in the world, but, hey! A lot of fishing is just sitting around, waiting for a bite. At the Destin Fishing Museum you won’t have to wait at all to hear about Destin’s early 20th century history as a thriving fishing village. Look through old photographs and artifacts to get a better feel for Destin years ago. The kids will enjoy learning about life in the Gulf through the interactive plant and animal exhibit.

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