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Destin, Florida has become a popular destination for family vacations, which isn’t a surprise with such stunning scenery! However, there is more to do in this beautiful beach town than just relax by the emerald water of the Gulf Coast. From snorkeling tours and dolphin cruises to waterparks and adventure zones, here are some of the best family activities that will make for a memorable getaway: 

1. Dolphin Tour 

Destin, Florida is home to a large population of dolphins that live in the area year round. The best way to get a close-up look at these breathtaking creatures is by setting sail on a dolphin cruise! The whole family will enjoy watching them swim through the emerald waters and maybe even put on a show with some awe-inspiring jumps! Southern Star Dolphin Cruise is one of our Added Fun Partners, so My Vacation Haven guests will enjoy an exclusive discount. Save $5 on adult tickets, $3 on children tickets and $1 on senior tickets. A promo code will be provided upon arrival. 

2. The Track 

The Track offers fun for all ages with go-kart tracks, two mini golf courses, blaster boats, bumper cars, thrill rides and more. You’ll never hear your kids complain about being bored at this family fun park! Plus, My Vacation Haven guests can take $10 off when you spend $50+ at The Track with online code MVH10. Offer only available through online bookings. 

3. Fat Daddy’s Arcade 

Spend some time at Fat Daddy’s Arcade to beat the heat or rain. With more than 120 arcade games, families will love this vibrant atmosphere! Enjoy playing classic arcade games, e-claw prize games, dueling basketball hoops, interactive action-packed games and more. Not only will you have a good time, you can also win awesome prizes! 

4. Big Kahuna’s 

This water and adventure park has something for everyone in the family! Big Kahuna’s features more than 40 different water play areas, rides, slides and pools. Float down the lazy river, catch a wave on the Honolulu Half Pipe or feel the need for speed on the Kowabunga Racer. If you want to dry off and explore the adventure park, you’ll find tropical mini golf, which features 54 challenging holes on three unique courses. There are also thrill rides such as the Sky Coaster and Cyclone Twister. Both kids and adults will be entertained for hours!

5. Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park

Not sure what to do in Destin, Florida if it’s raining or you need a break from the sun? Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park is the ultimate indoor playground. Bounce around on the ProZone Performance Trampolines, challenge yourself on the warrior course, play a game of laser tag, or zoom overhead with the Sky Rider attraction. There is also a café with drinks, pizza and more! You can hangout here all afternoon. 

6. Buccaneer Pirate Cruise 

Embark on the adventure of a lifetime with Buccaneer Pirate Cruise. As you sail across the gorgeous emerald water, their captain and mates will entertain your whole crew with pirate-themed activities, witty banter, singing, dancing and family fun. Kids will enjoy pirate training, a treasure hunt, authentic cannon fire and more, while parents can order adult beverages and take in the scenery as their lads and lasses have the time of their lives. 

7. Parasailing 

Take your Destin, Florida vacation to new heights with a parasailing adventure! There are several companies that offer this activity, but My Vacation Haven guests will save $5 with Sky Pirates Parasailing. Enjoy breathtaking views of the white-sand beaches and turquoise water as you float among the clouds. 

8. Snorkeling 

With white sand and crystal clear water, Destin, Florida is a great place to snorkel. Whether you want to take a guided tour or do a little underwater exploring on your own, you’ll see a variety of fish and marine life. The Destin Jetties serve as man-made reefs where fish are plentiful!  

9. Fishing 

Known as “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village”, Destin offers numerous opportunities to catch some fresh fish such as grouper, cobia, red snapper and more. There are several local charter companies and guide services that can assist you, including Kayak Fishing Destin, 30A Guide Service and Backcountry Outfitters

10. Rent a Pontoon Boat 

One of the most popular family activities is boating. Whether you want to venture to Crab Island or cruise around the Choctawhatchee Bay, renting a pontoon boat is a great way to enjoy some sun and swimming. Bring sunscreen, snacks and water toys for a relaxing day on the water.  

11. Destin Commons 

At a loss for what to do or where to go next? This outdoor lifestyle center features shops, restaurants, a playground and seasonal events that the whole family will enjoy. Even your dog is welcome to walk around with you at Destin Commons!

12. Henderson Beach State Park 

With a nature trail, playground, and gorgeous beach with picnic pavilions, Henderson Beach State Park makes your vacation dreams a reality. Experience the natural beauty of Florida and create memories for years to come. 

13. Escape Room

Is your family up for a challenge? Try an escape room at Escapology! You’ll have one hour to find clues, solve puzzles and pick locks that will free you from the game room. There are multiple themes and levels so you can play more than once. 

14. The Village of Baytowne Wharf 

This fun-filled destination offers a wide variety of family activities. The Village of Baytowne Wharf features numerous restaurants, shopping and entertainment options. There is always a full schedule of events ranging from weekly concerts to annual food festivals. Plus, Baytowne Adventure Zone offers zip lining, a ropes course, trampolines and more adventures for kiddos. 

15. The Beach

Last, but not least—the beach! Swim in the Gulf, make sandcastles or just sit back and relax. There are miles of coastline where you and your loved ones can soak up some sunshine and stunning scenery. 

With so many family activities to choose from you’ll never have to wonder what to do during your Destin, Florida vacation. If you’re ready to book your next Gulf Coast getaway, My Vacation Haven can help find a vacation rental that is ideal for your family. Whether you’re looking for a home with multiple bedrooms or a spacious studio for a family of four, we have more than 300 accommodations to choose from. Give us a call today at 850-608-6078 if you have any questions!