Since 2005, the Destin History and Fishing Museum
has showcased the history and lore about the waters in southern Okaloosa County, Florida. From the emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico to the brackish shores of Choctawhatchee Bay, everything you ever wondered about the region’s nautical history can be found at this museum. It is a superb place to visit if you want to learn more about the Destin’s history not only in a nautical sense, but how the entire region developed as well.
This popular Florida vacation destination takes its name from Leonard Destin, a fisherman from New London, Connecticut who moved to the area in the mid-1850s. Mr. Destin thereafter established a small fishing village on the inlet creek between Choctawhatchee Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, where he continued his trade as a fisher boat captain. Today, this Destin museum
is located inside an original post office building and it still maintains many of the architectural features of yesteryear.
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Maritime Destin Museum
Inside the museum, visitors will gain an understanding of how fishing developed in the region and how the industry helped build the modern beachside community of Destin. On the walls, the nautical photographs alongside their captions display how much daily life and fishing has changed since the 19th century. There are also plenty of replica fish specimens prominently displayed on the walls which are sure to impress people of all ages. In the large glass display cases, visitors will see species such as moon fish, swordfish, manta rays and even a few sharks. In fact, visitors should not miss a chance to take a photo of themselves standing inside a replica casting of a monstrous megalodon shark jaw, complete with an ominous set of teeth. Additionally, this Destin museum
exhibits different rods, lures and boats in a chronological fashion which expertly describes how fishing has changed from the establishment of Destin until the present day.
Like many museums throughout the world, the Destin History and Fishing Museum
has a store where visitors can purchase nautical themed items and merchandise. If you don’t buy anything for yourself, there is definitely a gift for those who love the art of fishing. Additionally, since the museum is a non-profit 501-C organization, your charitable contribution can be deducted on federal taxes. The museum is located on 108 Stahlman Avenue, right next to the Destin Community Center and it is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10AM-4PM.
Make Time to Explore Nearby Attractions
For the history buff in your traveling crew, a stop at the Destin History and Fishing Museum promises to be a bright spot on the itinerary. The same goes for the traveler that can’t wait to dive more into the maritime culture of this amazing area and explore the variety of fish species and catch techniques that have made Destin a thriving destination amongst anglers through the decades. When you’ve had your fill of museum fun, this area promises much in the way of additional landmarks worth checking out. From savory stops to fun experiences for the entire family, you’ll find there’s a long list of reasons to keep the exploration going!
If you’re the type of adventurous traveler that’s looking to make the absolute most of time on the water, the team at nearby Wet-n-Wild Watersports is sure to have something that matches up with your idea of fun. Located at 105 Calhoun Avenue, this premier provider of outdoor fun is known for their parasailing adventures, sightseeing excursions, fishing charters, and dolphin-spotting trips. If you’re looking to take to the waves at your own pace, Wet-n-Wild Watersports can help there too. Inquire about their jet ski and pontoon rental services when you’re looking to adventure independently and require the quality vessels to match.
Boshamps Seafood and Oyster House
Sitting at the prime destination of 414 Harbor Boulevard, Boshamps Seafood and Oyster House is a must when you’re craving savory seafood selections and can’t wait to combine it with an amazing view. This well-loved and popular eatery is great for friends and family alike and serves up southern-inspired fare that can be enjoyed inside or outdoors on the patio overlooking the water. This locale hosts not one, but two full bars making it a great place to pair your delicious plate with just the right beverage whether that be wine, local brews, or handcrafted cocktails.
Destin Harbor Boardwalk
When you’ve enjoyed time on the water, make the most of people-watching, strolling and shopping at the Destin Harbor Boardwalk. This exciting cultural heart of Destin is often bustling and offers up a chance to watch the boats sail by before stepping into one of many charming storefronts worth exploring. Dotted with restaurants and a popular departure point for on the water tours, there is a long list of reasons to visit this fun area during your stay.
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