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04/25/2014
Activities

Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl and Grill Coming to Destin

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Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl and Grill will open its new 20,000 sq. foot location at the Destin Commons in early July 2014. The restaurant will feature a full dining room and 16 bowling lanes. The bar will be island themed and the decor is reminiscent of the skeletal remains of a sunken ship. There will also be seating outside, an upscale billiards room, and an outdoor fire pit to combat the cool Gulf breezes. The restaurant is part of a 100,000 sq. foot addition to the commons area that also includes

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04/18/2014
30A

Emerald Coast Boat Run

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Jet fuel powered boats with over a 1000 horsepower deafeningly speeding though the Gulf is something everyone can marvel over. The Emerald Coast Boat Week and the Emerald Coast Poker Run is in its 21st year in Northwest Florida. The celebration benefits the Emerald Coast Foundation, an organization that supports local children’s charities and youth organizations. The event includes The Miss Boat Week Bikini Contest, Lucky Ladies Casino Night at Helen Back, and The Emerald Coast Poker Run. More info on the event can be found here.

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04/18/2014
30A

Sand Sculpting in Destin

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It does not get much better than building three foot tall sandcastle towers on the pristine beaches of Destin, Florida. Lessons for building sandcastles are available from Fort Walton beaches all the way through the beaches of 30A. Sandcastles for special events such as proposals, centerpiece sculptures, wedding sculptures, and corporate events can be built in just a few hours. Classes and workshops are available throughout the area and more information can be found here.

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04/11/2014
Activities

Destin Nightlife

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After a long day in the sun, everyone can use a cold drink and some good tunes to mellow out. Destin is infamous for not only its beautiful beaches, but also for its booming nightlife. With plenty of different ambiances and atmospheres, here are a few local favorites: -AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar- a great party choice in Destin Harbor, usually featuring live music and -always with great beer specials -McGuire’s Irish Pub and brewery- Beer is made on location and the place is fully decked in Irish memorabilia. The

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04/11/2014
Activities

Big Kahunas

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Big Kahuna’s in Destin, Florida has been voted one of the best water parks in America by the Travel Channel! With an adventure park, kiddie areas, rides and slides, and wave pools, this adventure park has something for everyone. If you’re looking to stay high and dry at the park, there are plenty of options for you land lovers. Mini golf is always a good go-to option with families with young children that might want to stay away from the more altitude intensive rides. Big Kahuna’s has 54 holes spanning

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04/11/2014
30A

Grayton Beer Company

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The Grayton Beer company, located in Santa Rosa beach, had its Grand Opening this past march. The first brewery based in South Walton, which brews its beers locally, features such beach-themed beers as White Dunes and Beach Blonde Ale. The company is striving to create a brand that locals will be proud off and visitors will thirst for. Here is the down-low on the five beers you can expect to see on your visit to this local brewery: The Original – crisp, refreshing light taste locals will adopt as their

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04/4/2014
Activities

Flyboarding in Destin

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If you are into extreme watersports, flyboarding may be the activity for you. Flyboarding is as close as you can get to jet pack flying today. The flyboard works by attaching a hose to a jet ski, and allowing the pressure from the propulsion system from the jet ski to propel you skyward. Shifting your weight from side to side, and up and down, will allow the operator to control the direction in which he or she wishes to travel. The typical duration of one session is 20 minutes to

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04/4/2014
30A

Horseback Riding the Florida Gulf Coast

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Nearly 14,000 acres of State Forest are waiting to be explored near the beaches of Destin, Florida. Whether you’re an experienced equestrian, or a first time rider, hour long rides are available for online booking near the Destin area. While you must be at least 18 years of age in order to reserve a ride, riders as young as six can ride their own horse. Kids ages 3-5 can ride on horseback with a parent or guardian so it is a perfect family activity. Waivers are also required to be

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04/4/2014
30A

The Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic

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The Emerald Coast is host to one of the Top 10 Big Money fishing tournaments in the world! The ECBMC, starting on June 18 and lasting to June 22, 2014, gives anglers the chance to win huge payouts while also experiencing the natural beauty of the area. The Classic is a modified release tournament, meaning Blue Marlin are the only billfish that may be weighed. Release points are also rewarded for white marlin, sailfish, blue marlin, and spearfish. In addition, there are cash prizes for catching dolphin, wahoo, and tuna.

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