Fun Things to do in Ft. Walton Beach

Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park 
1010 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach , FL 32548

Offering Discount rates for Senior Wednesdays & Military Weekends in January & February. Your family will enjoy the shows, aquariums and animal exhibits. You can even schedule animal encounters with dolphins, otters, turtles, penguins and more!

Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier 
1030 Miracle Strip Pkwy. E., Ft. Walton Beach, FL
850 -244-1023 
Pier Fishing is tons of fun and even the most novice anglers are bound to catch something. No license is needed and they even rent rods and reels! The pier is right next door to The Crab Trap (to the east).
Air Force Armament Museum 
100 Museum Dr, Eglin Air Force Base,

Heritage Park & Cultural Center 
139 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach

Emerald Coast Science Center 
31 Memorial Parkway, Fort Walton Beach , FL 32548

Ft. Walton Skating Center 
202 Racetrack Rd NW, Fort Walton Beach , FL 32547

Fudpucker’s On The Island (Arcade)
1318 Miracle Strip Pkwy, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548

Goofy Golf 
401 Eglin Pkwy NE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547

United Artists Santa Rosa 10 Movie Theater 
300 Mary Esther Boulevard, Mary Esther, FL 32569
(844) 462-7342

Regal Cinemas Sun Plaza 8 Movie Theater 
427 Mary Esther Cut Off Northwest, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
(844) 462-7342

Cinema Plus Movie Theater 
174 Miracle Strip Parkway Southeast, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
(850) 200-4707

Fun Things to do in Destin 

Destin History & Fishing Museum 
108 Stahlman Ave, Destin

Amusement USA – HarborWalk Village 
HarborWalk Village, Destin, FL 32541,
(850) 543-4291

Big Kahuna’s Water & Adventure Park 
1007 US Highway 98, Destin , FL 32541

Boogies Water Sports 
13 Harbor Blvd., Destin , FL 32541

Buccaneer Pirate Cruise 
100 Harbor Blvd., Destin , FL 32541
Families love this interactive tour that includes sword fights, water gun battles, storytelling, singing, dancing and treasure hunts! It sets sail from HarborWalk Village Marina, and you’ll want to call or go online to make reservations.

Gator Beach 
20001 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin FL 32541
With FREE ADMISSION and open year-round, Gator Beach is located at Fudpucker’s Beachside Bar & Grill in Destin, Florida and is a must-see for Destin area visitors!
Tour the Gator Museum, attend an educational gator show and check out special gator exhibits, featuring rare alligators such as an albino alligator, Pearl. You can even “feed the gators” and have your picture taken holding a live alligator.

Laser Maze 
HarborWalk Village, Destin , FL 32541

Painting Classes

Contact Mary Jane at 850-279-3434 or 850-585-5966.
Spend a fun evening with local Destin artists, and discover your own creativity! They will bring all the supplies, share their expertise, and you’ll go home with a one-of-a-kind “beachy” piece of art! Classes can be structured for adults, families and/or children. Classes are held Wednesday evenings at Sugar Palm Rentals Office (Reservations are required) on Hwy 98 near Barnes & Noble, at So Stinkin’ Cute Studio in Niceville, or they can arrange a private class at your home. They also host the most amazing children’s birthday parties with cupcakes, goodies, parting gifts, etc.

Bike Rentals
850-837-6347 or 850-502-6697
There are lots of bike paths to explore in the Destin area. Pedaling is also a great way to get from place to place! You can rent from Bikes R Us – they will deliver and pick up at your vacation home! It’s a good idea to reserve in advance, since they book up fast.There are lots of bike paths to explore in the Destin area. Pedaling is also a great way to get from place to place! You can rent from Bikes R Us – they will deliver and pick up at your vacation home! It’s a good idea to reserve in advance, since they book up fast.
There’s also a bike rental place next to Camille’s at 2931 Scenic Hwy 98, corner of Scenic Hwy 98 and Hutchinson.

Water Sports – The Emerald Coast is a great place for all kinds of water sports!

Stand-up Paddling – It’s a lot of fun, whether it’s your first time, or you are ready for new adventures on the board!
Here are a couple of local companies to consider:
Paddle Destin (lessons, eco-tours, fishing tours, etc.) 850-687-9024. 
Bay Paddle Sports (Paddle board & kayak rentals) 850-420-4847. 
Wave Runners, Jet Ski, etc. – There are several rental companies in Destin. You can check online for pricing and reservations. Many of our guests have rented from a vendor right here in Crystal Beach; they are located near the Tarpon Street beach access.

Uncle Buck’s Fish Bowl & Grill (in Destin Commons) They have 16 lanes of bowling offering a truly unique underwater bowling experience! Custom bowling balls, murals and fish hanging from the ceiling make this a fun place for the family. There’s also a billiards parlor, island themed bar and a casual family dining area. 
4251 Legendary Drive, Destin, FL 32541

AMC Destin Commons 14 Movie Theater 
4000 Legendary Drive, Destin, FL 32541
(850) 650-4539

Dinner & a Movie! At Ovation Dining Club in Sandestin, you can enjoy dinner and drinks during your movie…and no getting up for refills. The Ovation Room is open to guests, 21 and over, and offers comfortable seating, excellent views and a menu specially chosen for dining in the dark. Appetizers, sandwiches and pizzas, and desserts include wings, crab cakes, paninis, sliders, apple dumplings and ice cream. Beer and wine. $5-15.

Carmike Cinema Boulevard 10 
465 Grand Boulevard, Miramar Beach, FL 32550

The HarborWalk Village

HarborWalk Village offers activities and entertainment to please everyone in your family. Here you can find waterfront shopping, water sports, boat, pontoon and jet-ski rentals, world class fishing, aqua adventures, dolphin cruises, clubs and nightlife, weekly fireworks, seasonal festivals, live entertainment, and an array of restaurants to satisfy all tastes. 
66 Harbor Blvd. Destin, FL 32541 

Deepsea Fishing is great in Destin. If the guys (and girls too) like deep sea fishing…this is a “must” for them. We suggest going to the dock at HarborWalk Village and just talking to the fishermen there. 


If you’re a serious golfer, you already know about all of the incredible courses in the Destin area. However, if you’d simply like to get out for a relaxing round with friends or family, you’ll enjoy The Golf Garden. In addition to a fun 18-hole course, they have a driving range and an 18-hole putting course. They also rent clubs and carts. 
12958 Hwy 98 West, Miramar Beach, FL 32550

Sandestin’s Baytowne Wharf

Baytowne Wharf is a very quaint walking village that has a marina, shops and restaurants. They also have free Wednesday night concerts in the park. The marina has one of the best sunsets in Destin. To get there, head east on 98. Once you pass Silver Sands Outlet Mall, it will be the first left. Turn left into the gate and tell the guards you are going to Baytowne Wharf. 

Family photos on the beach

Vera Hogenson is a local photographer who takes great beach portraits. You can view her photos on the website. Her prices are pretty reasonable, and she makes it easy for family and friends to order prints too. 
850-687-7142 or