Top 10 Activities during off season along the Emerald Coast!

Couple Relaxing on the Beach

1. Glass-Bottomed Boat Tours

If you love seeing fish in the wild, then you will most likely enjoy admiring the fish (and all the other types of marine life) from a glass-bottomed boat. You will have a guided tour while you gaze at the ocean landscape through the glass. You will see all the wonders of marine life set in their natural habitat, including dolphins that are always eager to entertain you. This will truly be an experience to remember.

2. Hunting for Treasure

Go out for some holiday shopping, or simply stroll the streets and stop at any of the antique shops and boutiques, and you are sure to find a hidden treasure to take home with you. Smith’s Antique Mall is a collector’s dream, full of fun and entertaining items for you to pick from.

3. Emerald Coast Fishing

Emerald Coast winter things to do certainly include fishing, which is a very popular pastime for Destin visitors. In winter, summer, spring and fall, the fish are biting, and you’ll find anglers on boats and shores looking to reel in some prize-winning fish like wahoo, ambourine, mingo, mackerel, blue marlin, snapper and others. Click here for more info.

4. Arts and Crafts

Emerald Coast is full of talented artists whose creations fill the local galleries, festivals and restaurants. You can take in an art show or, if you have the opportunity, attend one of the area’s great arts and crafts festivals. Check out the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s website for more information.

5. Emerald Coast Parks

Emerald Coast offers wonderful natural recreation and sports at local parks. Several of the great parks, including James Lee Park , Clement E. Taylor City Park and Harbor View Park, offer spectacular views of the Gulf of Mexico, Choctawhatchee Bay and Destin Harbor . At Buck Destin Park you can play some basketball or tennis, or at Mattie Kelly Park you can take a guided tour through the wetlands. Henderson Beach State Park is a great place for families to swim, hike, bike and barbecue.

6. Emerald Coast Golfing

Because of Florida’s mild weather year round, one of the most popular activities for Emerald Coast visitors is golfing. Emerald Coast offers world-class golf resorts where you can satisfy your craving for some top-notch rounds. The Kelly Plantation and Regatta Bay are great places to start your golfing experience as you work through your long list of Emerald Coast winter things to do. Click here for more info.

7. Emerald Coast Museums

Take some time out to visit the Destin History and Fishing Museum. Here you will learn about the humble beginnings of Destin and learn how the founding families built the town, You will see some great artifacts, and the museums’ tour guides will describe how fishing has been such an integral part of Destin’s history.

8. Pamper Yourself

Enjoy a makeover or massage in any of the full-service salons and spas in Emerald Coast. You will look and feel your best when you leave the salon or spa ready to take on the rest of your day, fully restored with your batteries recharged. Click here for more info.

9. Local Cooking

Emerald Coast is full of great eateries, and some of Emerald Coast’s food hotspots are world-famous for their down-home cooking and tasty desserts. Try out Harbor Docks , AJ’s and Dewey Destin’s etc. Click here and here for more info.

10. Emerald Coast City Tours

Grab a shuttle bus and tour the city. This is a more economical way of getting around. For just one dollar you can take a day trip to the great beaches and sights of Emerald Coast. These shuttle buses are comfortable and equipped with air conditioners.

Summer, spring and fall offer lots of activity, but in Emerald Coast, fall things to do are just as plentiful as any time of year. Make sure to browse our Emerald Coast Vacation Rentals while you’re here.

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