Explore the Emerald Coast of Florida – award-winning beaches, sugar white sands, emerald green waters, dolphin cruises, exceptional deep-sea fishing, serene sunsets, fresh seafood and endless fun family activities. From Navarre Beach to Miramar Beach there are plenty of world-class attractions, eight championship golf courses, outdoor activities, museums, galleries and restaurants for every visitor.
Destin - "World's Luckiest Fishing Village"
Destin is the jewel of the Emerald Coast, with fishing one of the main attractions. Known as the World’s Luckiest Fishing Village, this is a great vacation destination for fishermen, both young and old. Though fishing is not the only attraction of Destin. Many Destin visitors come to enjoy the stunning white beaches, warm waters, world-glass golf courses and excellent shopping and dining.
Thrill the family with a dolphin cruise or watch the excitement of the kids as they sword fight and find treasure on the Buccaneer Pirate Cruise. There is always something happening on the Destin Boardwalk, with great restaurants, shopping, charter boats, recreational boats and water activities. Day and Night, this is the heart of Destin.
There are many world-class attractions on the Emerald Coast. Take a ride on the Safari Line Train or stroll along the boardwalk at the Gulf Breeze Zoo in Navarre Beach to get up close and personal with rhinos, zebras, antelope, chimps, gorillas, hippos and many other animals.
The Heritage Park & Cultural Center in Fort Walton is home to three museums displaying the rich history of this area. With impressive artifacts, a Schoolhouse Museum, Post Office Museum and Indian Mound Temple, this is an experience not to be missed. The Emerald Coast Science Center has great educational exhibits for the kids. Just North of Fort Walton Beach, is the Air Force Armament Museum with an impressive collection of reconnaissance, fighter and bomber planes. Enjoy a ride in the fighter cockpit simulator. Travel a little further north and enroute in Valparaiso you will find the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida. Educating and interesting exhibits will take you from Northwest Florida in 8800 B.C to today. In nearby Crestview the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge Zoological Park recently opened its doors and is home to hundreds of animals from all over the world.
With breaktaking views of the Gulf of Mexico, Santa Rosa Sound and Choctawhatchee Bay, Okaloosa Island lies between Fort Walton Beach and Destin. Famous for large fish, with 1262 feet of pier, the Okaloosa Fishing Pier is great to visit, either for fishing, dolphin watching or to watch the sun dipping into the ocean at the end of the day. Access to the Emerald’s Coast finest beaches is just steps away. Visit the islands dolphins, sea lions, seals, turtles and alligators at the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park.
The best place to take the family is Big Kahuna’s in Destin, an exceptional water park with fun slides, water rides, half pipe, wave simulator, race track and mini golf. Henderson Beach State Park with its warm crystal clear water and white sugar sand is not be missed. Nearby Gator Beach is a fun and exciting opportunity to touch, hold and feed the alligators.