"The weather was awesome, and the people are so friendly here. I definitely will be coming back to Fort Walton Beach."
- Valerie N., client since 2007
Flying High Over The Harbor Kite FestivalEnjoy a day filled with kites flying over Destin's Norriego Point as you watch kite shows, flying demonstrations, and kite flying lessons. This event provides families a day of fun for free!
Annual Billy Bowlegs Pirate FestivalBring the kids out to this family-fun event where they can use their imagination to channel their inner pirate. There's a special kids' area with an obstacle course, pirate skits, and storytelling. For the adults, there is plenty to do with music, shopping, food and more.
Destin 4th of JulyCelebrate our Independence no matter where you stay while visiting the Florida Panhandle. With activities like 4th of July Extravaganza on the Harbor to Red, White & Baytowne, you'll have plenty of opportunities to show your patriotism and enjoy a great firework show.
Mardi Gras on the IslandDiscover the first Mardi Gras parade on the Gulf Coast when you visit Okaloosa Island. With spectacular floats and walkers sponsored by local businesses, you'll be able to collect a variety of the famous beads that this special holiday is known for.
Annual Destin Seafood FestivalJoin the residents and visitors of Destin for this free festival on the Destin Harbor Boardwalk, which attracts almost 70,000 guests each year! Enjoy live music, activities, food and more.
Christmas Boat ParadeGet in the holiday spirit as you admire the beautifully decorated boats at one of the many stunning boat parades during the holiday season. Be sure to watch the Annual Holiday on the Harbor Lighted Boat Parade in Destin and catch the fireworks.
"Relaxing in the white sand on sunny day with blue Gulf waters and waves with family and friends is the best!"
- Bonnie W., client since 1997
Places to Go
Spa DaySpend the day relaxing and getting pampered at a nearby spa or wellness center like the Emerald Sanctuary Day Spa or Pure Spa. Discover the true meaning of relaxing while on vacation first-hand as you enjoy a massage, facial, or manicure/pedicure.
BeachesThere's truly nothing as impressive as the beaches on the Emerald Coast. Visit Fort Walton Beach or Miramar Beach conveniently located near our destinations and relax in the warm sun. Another option is Okaloosa Island, which is the barrier island between Fort Walton Beach and Destin, featuring gorgeous white sand beaches.
FishingCatch a red snapper or white trout as you fish at the Okaloosa Island Pier. Get handy advice from the local fisherman at the pier and try to stay until after dusk for a firework show that happens every Wednesday at 9 p.m. Remember - fishing licenses are required.
ShoppingWhether you are looking to shop at big names stores at the Grand Boulevard at Sandestin or more local shops at Pier Park, you're sure to find what you need while in the Panhandle. While you're there, make sure you dine at one of the nearby restaurants or enjoy an evening of live music. You can even catch a movie at the Boulevard 10 Carmike's theater located at the Grand Boulevard.
MuseumsMake your trip an educational one when you visit the many museums that this destination has to offer. Whether you choose to learn about military equipment at the Air Force Armament or to get a lesson on the history of Fort Walton Beach at the Indian Temple Mound Museum, you are sure to learn something new.
Adventure ZoneGet ready for an adrenaline-pumping adventure when you visit Baytowne Adventure Zone. There's something for everyone no matter what age with activities including zip lining, ropes courses, trampolines, golf challenges and much more.
"Our son found more sand dollars on this one week trip than he has ever found in his entire life! He is looking forward to our next trip to Fort Walton."
- Valerie H., client since 2006
Fly into Destin - Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) and start your relaxing vacation in the Florida Panhandle. From the airport, you'll probably want to rent a car so that you can travel on your own time to attractions, restaurants and of course, the beach. However, there are also taxi, bus and shuttle services available. An alternative mode of transportation is the Destin Water Taxi where you can travel by boat and beat the traffic and congestion.
Take a Day Trip
|Taxi to Four Mile Village from Miramar||6 Minutes|
|Drive to Destin from Fort Walton Beach||10 Minutes|
|Drive to Destin from Miramar Beach||15 Minutes|
|Drive to Fort Walton Beach from Miramar Beach||26 Minutes|
|Drive to Okaloosa from Fort Walton||37 Minutes|
|Drive to Okaloosa from Miramar||45 Minutes|
|Drive to Milton from Fort Walton||56 Minutes|