A trip to the mesmerizing Emerald Coast of Florida has proven time and again to be a great idea no matter what type of scenic getaway travelers are searching for. While solo travelers to destinations like Destin will find the in-town scene wonderfully balanced out with options for independent adventure, couples will find activities like sunset cruises and dolphin spotting tours to be a romantic reason to come this way. Just as inviting is a family vacation to Destin Florida. With fun activities waiting to please all ages and attention spans, Destin and its incredible landscape make for a great place to get away and enjoy time together. Here are a few stops that you’ll want to make sure to try.

Spend Time at June White Decker Park

If you have a family that craves time on the sand, head over to June White Decker Park. Here, guests will find a kid-friendly setting that’s balanced with white sands and blue waves, perfect for sunbathing, snorkeling, or swimming! This beach tends to be popular for Destin family vacations, so come willing to makes some new friends. This beach park includes a convenient bike rack for those that arrive on two wheels or a public parking area if you’re headed this way in a vehicle.

Explore Gator Beach

You don’t have to be dining at Fudpucker’s Beachside Bar and Grill in Destin to enjoy the opportunity to feed an alligator or two as a family during your Destin family vacation! This one of a kind stop not only feeds the masses but is home to a pond filled with alligators looking to be fed. Swing by the food shack and pick up the goods which are hung on a pole and lowered to the alligators below. While this makes for a great photo opportunity, it’s also educational for those family members who may have never been this close to an incredible creature like these before!

Book a Dolphin Cruise

From aggressive predators to gentle giants, the waters of the Emerald Coast are home to a line up of amazing creatures. When you’re ready to spot a dolphin or two, book a family tour with Southern Star Dolphin Cruises during your journey. The multi-deck vessels that host these tours are often climate-controlled and include optimal windows and decks for viewing. Enjoy narrated experiences or sign up for a cruise that includes music and dancing too. Set aside at least two hours to enjoy this experience together.

Book a Destin Parasailing Adventure

For the family traveling to Destin that arrives with an innate sense of adventure to be attended to, booking a parasailing adventure is sure to be a highlight of your stay. Situated at 530 Harbour Boulevard, Destin Parasailing Adventure caters to guests 6 years old and up, meaning those traveling with young children will still find this activity to be one made for everyone in your traveling crew! You’ll be harnessed together as a group of two or three at a time and given a thrilling sky-high perspective of Destin, the shoreline, and deep blue waves from above! For the adventure-seeking family that’s ready to make some lifelong memories, this is one of those options you just won’t want to miss out on. In general, this excursion lasts about 1.5 hours total and while you’re up there, be sure to have family members keep their eyes peeled as its common to spot dolphins and sea turtles from above along the way!

Swing by Luther’s Pontoon, Waverunner, Kayak Rentals

The waters that surround Destin are endlessly intriguing for those looking for the ultimate tropical getaway. Fortunately, while you’re in town, there’s no reason to really limit the fun you can have as a family on the waves. When you’re looking for a place that offers up a wide variety of rental options for enjoying time on the water, a stop by Luther’s Pontoon, Waverunner, Kayak Rentals is sure to inspire. Much as the name indicates, this is a one-stop-shop for all things on the water excitement! Head this way when you’re looking to rent a pontoon for the day, can’t wait to enjoy more thrilling speeds on a waverunner, or are looking for a combination of water gear to create a customized adventure for your crew. In addition to pontoons, waverunners, and kayaks, this locale also offers rentals on paddleboards for those that just might be interested in taking things at a more leisurely pace. Luther’s Pontoon, Waverunner, Kayak Rentals is located at 200 Harbor Boulevard in Destin making for an easy transition between rental and time on the water. This business is family-owned and operated, making for great conversation when you’re looking for insider information before heading out for the day. While Luther’s is a popular stop no matter what your water plans for the day may be, many visitors come here to find just the right mode of transportation for heading out for a day of fun at Crab Island.

Make the Most of a Destin Family Vacation

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