Helpful Resources of Things To Do

 

Check out all of the great things to do in Destin, Ft. Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island.

Zoos & Gulfarium

Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge Zoological Park
5262 Deer Springs Dr, Crestview , FL 32539
www.ecwrzoo.com
The Emerald Coast Wildlife Zoological Park offers a truly personal experience to meet and learn about 70 animals and 30 different species from around the globe.

Gulf Breeze Zoo
5701 Gulf Breeze Pkwy, Gulf Breeze
www.gbzoo.com

Had enough beach? Brush off the kids and head to the Gulf Breeze Zoo. The walking path and petting zoo feature lush gardens where you can view primates, large cats, bears and colorful birds. Feed a parakeet perched on your hand at the Australian Free-Flight Budgiery.

Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park
1010 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach 32548
gulfarium.com

Snorkel with stingrays and sharks, feed penguins and watch otters play at Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park. Featuring dolphin and sea lion shows, the marine park is also home to seals, turtles, alligators, harbor seals and more.

Nature and Parks

Children’s Park at Morgan Sports Center

4200 Indian Bayou Trail Destin , FL 32541
Phone: 850-837-4242
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This children’s playground park is located on the east side parking lot of the Morgan Sports Center. The park has playground equipment for all youth ages.

Destin Dog Park
4100 Indian Bayou Trail Destin , FL 32541
Phone: 850-837-4242
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The Destin Dog Park is approximately 3 acres and includes a separate area for large dogs and small dogs.

Fort Walton Beach Landing
139 SE Brooks Street Ft. Walton Beach , FL 32548
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Fort Walton Landing has been a hub of activity in Fort Walton Beach for decades. It is a 6-acre park containing a children’s park, walking path, soccer fields, boat ramp, fishing pier, boardwalk, gazebo, picnic tables, stage and lots of open space.

Henderson Beach State Park
Destin , FL 32541
Phone: 850-837-7550
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A 200-acre gem on the Emerald Coast, Henderson Park is home to a winding nature trail that provides a rare view of some of the last remaining endangered coastal scrub communities in the Florida panhandle. The park is home to four endangered or protected plant species and is a haven for shore birds, including six listed and protected species.

Boat Ramps & Marinas

Adventure Marina

1201B Miracle Strip Pkwy SE Ft. Walton Beach , FL 32548
Phone: (850) 581-2628

Adventure Marina is your one stop shop for marine service, parts, accessories, wet slips (with power) & dry storage.  This waterfront facility is located on Okaloosa Island in Fort Walton Beach and offers a public boat ramp, pontoon rentals, fishing tackle rentals, live & frozen bait, fishing license & a non-ethanol fuel dock.

Bulk Terminals Group
94 Cayman CV Destin , FL 32541
Phone: (850) 654-9100

Bulk Terminals Group is available to serve all of your bulk handling terminal needs.  Whether you are looking for a one-man one-day consulting service, a liaison or a turnkey design, build and operate terminal facility, BTG is the Company for you.

Destin Marina
7 Calhoun Ave Destin, FL 32540
Phone: (850) 837-2470

Located on the North side of the Destin (East Pass) Bridge, the Destin Marina offers a boat launch that provides easy access to Crab Island, Choctawhatchee Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.  The marina also offers day-to-day boat slip rentals, which are open to the public as well as fuel, bait and fishing tackle and drinks and snacks.

Beach Access

Find your favorite beach.

There are five beachfront parks and 12 beach access ways along the Destin, Ft. Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island coastline. Some have pavilions, picnic tables, restrooms with changing areas, playgrounds and volleyball nets. What they all share is that signature sugar-white sand and emerald-green water.

One of the most popular stretches of beach in these parts is Henderson Beach State Park, where you can swim, fish in the surf, go biking, camp and walk the nature trail. In spring, wild rosemary and magnolias bloom here. In autumn, the beach is carpeted with beach morning glory and other colorful wildflowers.

James Lee County Park is another favorite of families. The water here is shallow and clear, and there are lots of picnic tables and parking spaces. If you get hungry, brush off your feet and head for the Crab Trap restaurant in the parking lot.

On the Okaloosa Island, you’ll find John Beasley Beach Park where you can snorkel, fish, and even do a little surfing. Or, if you’re looking for a spirited game of beach volleyball, head next door to Newman Brackin Beach Park where you can also enjoy the great restaurants, souvenir shops, and more right on the Boardwalk. You’ll also find a playground for the kids here.

Nightlife – Let’s get this party started.

When the sun goes down on the Heart of the Emerald Coast, it’s time to get off the boogie board and boogie the night away. From harbor and beachfront bars to comedy clubs, theaters and cultural events, there is always plenty of entertainment after dark.

Ocean Club
8955 W Hwy 98 Destin, FL 32541
Phone: 850-267-3666

Elegant and upscale, this dimly-lit bar caters to a mixed clientele but is especially popular with a slightly older crowd. During the early evening, the Ocean Club is a stylish restaurant, but later on, a talented pianist entertains patrons with a mix of classics and contemporary music (including an incredible rendition of “The Phantom of the Opera”).

Fudpucker’s Beachside Bar & Grill
20001 Emerald Coast Pkwy Destin, FL 32541
Phone: 850-654-4200
Website: fudpucker.com

Picolo Restaurant & The Red Bar
70 Hotz Ave Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
Phone: 850-231-1008
Website: theredbar.com

Legendary in the area, this restaurant’s decor is part beach shack, part thrift store and part retro club. Walls and ceilings are papered with posters and funky mirrors, and the place has a laid-back, devil-may-care attitude.

McGuire’s Irish Pub and Brewery
33 Hwy 98 E Destin, FL 32541
Phone: 850-650-0000
Website: mcguiresirishpub.com

The first thing you notice when you step inside this brewpub is the thousands of dollar bills that hang like foliage from the ceiling. Signed by pleased patrons, they add extra green to the Irish memorabilia already on display. The restaurant’s dark wood and brass accents aptly furnish a place where Irish folk music plays and beer is made on the premises.

AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar
116 Hwy 98 E Destin, FL 32541
Phone: 850-837-1913
Website: ajs-destin.com

Club Bimini, AJ’s venue for live music and night-time drinks, is the party choice in Destin. An expansive wooden deck, with a tiki-hut bar and terrific views of the harbor, hosts hordes of tourists and locals. Beer specials are a perennial favorite, and when the bands aren’t playing, DJs spin island music and classic rock.