Picking the ideal vacation destination has a lot to do with traveler preference when it comes to activities and fun. For those that crave time on the beach, under the sun, and exploring shopping and dining in equal measure, Destin has a way of catering to it all! While a trip to Destin is sure to include some of the more iconic stops that are likely to show up in area guides, it’s a city where off-the-beaten-path fun can be found too. Those interested in making the most of places in Destin that might be more known to locals will enjoy adding these Destin hidden gems to their itinerary.

Funky Blues Shack

When the sun goes down in Destin, some of the area’s most talented musicians come out to test their skills on the stage. Head over to the Funky Blues Shack any night of the week between 7:00 pm and 2:00 am to listen to pianists battle it out in performances that are as thrilling as they are impressive. Located at 34902 Emerald Coast Parkway, the Funky Blues Shack is also locally referred to as Graffiti. The atmosphere at this locale is decidedly lively and the full bar makes it easy to pair any piano tune with just the right drink.

Destin Jetties

Situated within Destin’s East Pass, the Destin Jetties are a collection of man-made and placed rocks that are well-known amongst those looking for a scenic and less crowded area to snorkel in Destin. An incredible array of sea life tends to congregate in this area, making it an oasis of potential for encounters while exploring under the waves and one of the top things to see in Destin. From blue crabs to pufferfish and perhaps a sea turtle or two in between, a trip to Destin Jetties is sure to be an unforgettable one.

The Airforce Armament Museum

It’s easy to get caught up in the outdoor beauty and wonder of Destin and forget that this area highlights some incredible history and military triumphs too. Those with a heart for military history will enjoy time spent at the Airforce Armament Museum while they’re in town. Situated on the Eglin Airforce Base, this Destin hidden gem houses a collection of exhibits and displays that walk guests through a timeline of aviation evolution. Over 29 planes sit on the exhibition floor including an impressive SR-71 Blackbird.

Hog’s Breath Saloon

Found at 541 US-98 in Destin, the Hog’s Breath Saloon may not have the most appealing name in town, but it’s known by locals and visitors alike for offering up the ultimate in appealing ribs! Easy to spot thanks to its red planked façade complete with stark white trim and a picture of a wild boar’s head on its dominating sign, the Hog’s Breath has long been a laid-back establishment that promises to be as welcoming as it is savory. Built on a reputation for incredible BBQ of all types, many guests make their way here when they’re in the mood for some good conversation, amazing music, and unbeatable menu selections. The full bar is a fantastic place to settle in when it’s football season and you’re ready to catch the latest game with an inviting beverage in hand. Otherwise, guests are just as easily able to settle in at an unassuming table in the main dining room and order up everything from cheese-stuffed breadsticks and ribs to chicken and dumplings, fried calamari or fried chicken! The Hog’s Breath Saloon is also known and loved for its frequent live musical performances making this a stop that promises to be as entertaining as it is mouthwatering.

Destin History and Fishing Museum

For those visitors to Destin that arrive with a specific interest in maritime history, a stop at the quaint, yet highly informative Destin History and Fishing Museum is sure to be an inspiring choice. Found at 108 Stahlman Avenue, the Destin History and Fishing Museum is a wonderful and welcoming locale brimming over with information about Destin’s rich past as well as facts surrounding just how powerfully the fishing industry has impacted the city’s success and growth through time. Offering up more than 5,500 square feet of display space, visitors to the Destin History and Fishing Museum will be taken on a journey from Destin as a small fishing village off the coast to the tourist destination it is today.

Destin Fishing Charters

Getting out and getting on the water is one of the highlights of any trip to Destin and while there are a long list of companies offering tours and excursions, those looking for that one of a kind private getaway on the waves will want to book with Destin Fishing Charters. This team is dedicated to completely customized excursions and specializes in private tours that incorporate everything from whale watching and sunset sailing to a day of fun that includes everything from snorkeling and swimming to full dive excursions under the waves. Hoping to stick to angling specifically? Not a problem! This team focuses on options that range from bottom fishing and bay fishing to deep-sea adventures upon request.

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