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6 of the Best Things to Do in Destin with Kids

Parents and kids posing for a photo on the beach.

Destin, FL is the ultimate family vacation destination! Located on the famous Emerald Coast, our Gulfside city is filled with beautiful scenery and fun attractions that both parents and children will love. To help you make the most of your next getaway, Vacation Happily has put together a guide to six of the best things to do in Destin with kids.

1. Buccaneer Pirate Cruise

Your little ones will have an unforgettable adventure on the high seas when they take a tour with Buccaneer Pirate Cruise! This one-of-a-kind experience features treasure hunts, pirate stories, sword fighting, water gun battles, music, dancing, and even more great activities aboard a 100 ft. pirate ship. Parents are welcome to participate in all of the pirate-themed fun, or they can just sit back and relax as their kids swashbuckle the afternoon away.

2. SandCastle Lessons

The Beach Sand Sculptures company will turn your kids into sandcastle architects extraordinaire. When you sign up for one of their SandCastle Lessons, a professional sand sculptor will teach your family all of the tricks of the trade, including proper use of tools and exactly how much water to add to the sand. During this two hour lesson, each member of your family will build their own sandcastle with guidance from the instructor. Standing at about 3 ½ feet tall and featuring intricate designs, these aren’t your average sandcastles!

(See Also: Top 5 Reasons to Take a Vacation in Destin, FL)

3. SnorkelingA girl snorkeling under water.

Snorkeling is a wonderful way to get an up close view of the sea creatures that live in the Gulf of Mexico. Destin Snorkel offers 3-hour tours through bay waters and jetties along the Emerald Coast, where you’ll have the chance to see schools of fish, crabs, seahorses, baby shrimp, and other aquatic life. It’s easy to see why snorkeling is one of the most popular things to do in Destin with kids!

4. The Track

The Track offers a great collection of amusement park-style activities for families. Your kids will have a blast racing go-karts, soaking each other on the blaster boats, playing a round of mini golf, or enjoying the rides in the Kids Country section of the park. Rather than charging an admission fee, The Track uses a ticket system, so you only have to pay for the activities you want to enjoy.

5. Fat Daddy’s Arcade

A visit to Fat Daddy’s Arcade is perfect for a rainy day! This awesome arcade features the ideal mix of classic and state of the art games. Be sure to save all of your tickets, because Fat Daddy’s has an amazing redemption center where you can trade in your winnings for a variety of spectacular prizes.

Girls on surfboards riding a wave.6. Ride On Surf School

While surfing is often thought of as a West Coast activity, Destin is also a great place to ride the waves. Ride On Surf School teaches families the fundamentals of surfing, from paddling to hanging ten. Classes are generally open to kids 8 and up, but exceptions can be made for younger children who can swim.

When you stay with Vacation Happily, you will be near all of these wonderful things to do in Destin with kids. Our luxurious condo rentals and vacation homes are just minutes from the city’s breathtaking beaches and fun attractions. With everything from 1 bedroom properties to 6 bedroom properties, we are guaranteed to have the perfect accommodations for your next escape to the Emerald Coast. To start planning your getaway, browse our selection of Destin vacation rentals!