Best Attractions & Activities

With all of the things to do and see in a city, deciding how to spend your time can be quite an agonizing decision. 10best has narrowed all of the available attractions in Destin to a list of the most appealing and reputable, to aide in your decision making. You can rest easy knowing that any choice you make from our list is sure to please.

Gulf Breeze Zoo & Botanical Gardens


Twenty minutes west of Fort Walton Beach, this zoo, set amid botanical gardens, shelters hundreds of domestic and exotic animals. The wildlife preserve offers glimpses of Gorilla Island, where primates live unhindered in a natural habitat. A...  Read More

Fort Walton Beach
Okaloosa Island Boardwalk
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The Boardwalk itself is an entertainment complex with clubs and restaurants, but its beaches are expansive. Lots of people, including military guys and college kids, come to bask in the sun, swim and play volleyball at the numerous local courts....  Read More



Almost totally undeveloped, this 1600-acre parcel of land encompasses some of the most beautiful terrain in the state. Freshwater lakes, pine forests, towering sand dunes, and a host of wildlife occupy the area and offer a glimpse of what...  Read More

Miracle Strip Parkway


Instituted in 1955, this facility simultaneously educates and entertains visitors while promoting the welfare of marine life. Some venues feature performances by dolphins and sea lions; the Living Sea exhibit showcases turtles, sharks, eels and...  Read More

Point Washington
Eden State Gardens


Live oaks festooned with Spanish moss surround a Greek Revival mansion that's the centerpiece of this impressive estate. Built in 1897, the home was refurbished in the 1960s and now sports period antiques and furnishings. The gardens were...  Read More

Big Kahuna's Water & Adventure Park


In the midst of Destin, this 23-acre entertainment complex boasts a water park and adventure park. Bustling with activity and peppered with shipwrecks, palm trees and observation areas, the park accommodates both children and adults. Wave pools...  Read More

Miracle Strip Parkway
Emerald Coast Science Center


Located in a white geometric building, this interactive children's museum teaches kids about science and nature in an entertaining way. More than 250 hands-on exhibits allow visitors to learn about robotics, health, and the power and impact of...  Read More

Southern Star Dolphin Cruises


A great family attraction, these cruises take a leisurely route along the coast, granting guests the chance to see dolphins frolic in the temperate waters. Narrated by knowledgeable guides, the trips are educational as well as entertaining....  Read More



Located near the famous Destin bridge, HarborWalk Marina has plenty to offer landlubbers and seafarers alike. You can simply stroll through the marina admiring the luxurious yachts, or hop aboard a vessel yourself. Several different companies...  Read More



Covering 208 acres of woodlands and coast, this state-owned park was first opened to visitors in the early 1980s. Bought from a private owner, the land was undeveloped and remains so today. Swimming and lounging are welcomed along the 6000 feet...  Read More