DESTIN, FLORIDA AREA INFORMATION

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Go ahead and break out of your usual routine and try something you haven't done before. The Emerald Coast offers visitors great opportunities for fun, excitement and, of course, relaxation. Click on an area of interest and learn about what our area has to offer!

Spring 2018 Discount Coupons from our Welcome Arrival Guide partner - Lifes A Beach!

 

AMUSEMENT

The Track

Offers Go-Kart racing, Mini-Golf, Bumper Rides, Kids Country, and Big Thrills! URL: www.destintrack.com/

Gator Beach

Located at Fudpucker's Restaurant - Gator Beach provides a fun family adventure! You have the opportunity to feed live alligators or you can have your photo taken with a live gator! Fudpucker's offer educational alligator shows with their friendly & knowledgeable gator handlers; please call for their current show schedule. Gator Beach is also the home of Mellow Yellow, a rare yellow alligator. URL: www.gatorbeach.com/

Big Kahuna's Water and Adventure Park

This huge and constantly expanding water park has over 40 water attractions for sliding, splashing or just basking in the sun and, for night-time fun, miniature golf, go-kart tracks and several thrill rides. Big Kahuna's is located across the street from Pelican Beach! URL: www.bigkahunas.com/

 

PHOTOGRAPHY

Pure7Studios -- Fine Art Beach Portraiture Pure7Studios specializes in fine art beach portraiture that is artistic and photojournalistic in nature. They do not sacrifice quality for profit and their intention is to create heirloom quality portraits, canvases and albums to display in your home and pass down to future generations. They differ from the many other beach photographers in that they use a combination of natural and off-camera lighting (NO on-camera flash). They artistically edit each image before presentation providing timeless images for you to treasure. Please visit our website, blog and fan page for samples of our fine art portraiture. You are also welcome to make an appointment to stop by our studio in Destin to view our beautiful products in person. Phone: Local 850.654.6523 or Toll Free 877.865.PURE (7873) Email: info@pure7studios.com / Website: http://www.pure7studios.com

 

BOATING/WATER SPORTS

 Scuba

Scuba Tech - Capt. Nancy -- 850 837 2822 Enjoy the finest scuba diving instruction and even complete your certification dives for all for all SCUBA agencies. http://scubatechnwfl.com/

Snorkeling

KoKoMo Snorkeling Adventures -- 850 837 9029  www.kokomosnorkeling.com

Harbor Cruise

Southern Star -- 850 837 7741 www.dolphin-sstar.com

SunQuest Cruises

"Solaris" Solaris is the Emerald Coast's only dining and entertainment yacht. Dine & dance as you cruise the beautiful Choctawhatchee Bay. We'd like to thank you for choosing Pelican Beach Resort with a 20% discount on 2 dinner cruise tickets. To make a reservation simply visit www.sunquestcruises.com or call 850-650-2519.

See our Pelican Advantage coupon. Be sure to show your room key or proof of stay to receive this valuable discount.

SunVenture Cruises

"We'll Take You There" Do Crab Island, Do Fireworks & Sunsets, Do Dolphins Let SunVenture Take You There. Our captain will take you there on this 49 passenger motorized catamaran. Bring your cooler, sunscreen and camera. The SunVenture I will be your home base with an rest room on-board and plenty of shade. Also check out our Eco/Dolphin Cruises and other specialty cruises at www.sunventure.com Pelican Beach Resort knows all about southern hospitality. Â Let our staff make the reservation for you.

Sailing Charters

Nathaniel Bowditch 850 650 8787  www.bowditchsailing.com

More Water Fun

The Sea Blaster 850 654 6888  www.seablasterdestin.com

Dockside Watersports Dockside is located in Destin Harbor and offers parasailing, jetski rentals, boat rentals, sunset and fireworks cruises, dolphin excursions and a marina shop. http://www.boatrentalsindestin.com/

Pontoon & Wave Runner Rental

Luther's' Pontoon Rental- 850 650 8733 www.lutherspontoon.com

 

EVENTS & FESTIVALS

In addition to the sugar-white sands and the clearest water you've ever seen, our area offers a wide variety of special events, year-round - Complete listing of Destin events and festivals

 

FISHING

Destin has earned the title "World's Luckiest Fishing Village," and so it's no wonder it harbors the largest charter fishing fleet in Florida with over 200 boats. An off-shore shelf dips straight from Destin's East Pass to 100 foot depths within 10 miles, making it internationally recognized as the quickest deep-water access on the Gulf of Mexico. Over 20 species of edible game fish are always in seasonal runs, one being the famous billfish. There are plenty of party and charter boats waiting to take you out for the fishing thrill of your lifetime!

 

Charter Fishing

Inshore Angler Capt. Daniel Pike (Red Fish, Speckled Trout, & Spanish mackerel) 850 862 9722 www.inshoreanglercharters.com

 

Gulf Charters

Capts. William Frank & Tony Davis

Anastasia 850 837 9519 Capt. Tommy Browning

The Finest Kind 850-837 6629 Capt. Todd Allen

Big John 850-837-1947

 

SPA SERVICES

Edge of Paradise Day Spa -- Vickie Edge (850) 650-4569

 

GOLF

Indian Bayou Golf Club

At Indian Bayou you have the option of three unique nine-hole courses. The 27 holes offer wide fairways with a picturesque scenery to compliment the course. URL: http://indianbayougolf.com/

Kelly Plantation Golf Club

Kelly Plantation Golf Club offers a par-72, 7,099- yard golf course with an excellent view of the Choctawhatchee Bay while you play. URL: http://www.kellyplantationgolf.com/layout9908d.html?id=19&page=1087

Emerald Bay Golf Club

This course offers a championship level course, which is believed by many to be one of Northwest Florida's best. The scenic view of the bay runs along the back nine. URL: http://www.emeraldbaygolfclub.com/

Regatta Bay Golf and Country Club

Regatta Bay is the top golf course in Destin located east of the mid-bay bridge. On this course you can enjoy the beautiful Florida weather and scenery while enjoying your favorite game. URL: http://www.regattabay.com/

HISTORICAL

Destin History & Fishing Museum -- Destin (850) 837-6611 National Museum of Naval Aviation -- Pensacola (850) 453-2389 Air Force Armament Museum -- Eglin Air Force Base (850) 882-4062 Indian Temple Mound Museum -- Ft. Walton Beach (850) 243-6521

 

NATURE/SCIENCE

FOCUS Center Science Museum -- Fort Walton Beach (850) 664-1261 Gulfarium -- Fort Walton Beach (850) 244-5169 The Zoo -- Gulf Breeze (850) 932-2229

 

RESTAURANTS

Tuscany Italian Bistro
36178 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin
(850) 650-2451
http://tuscanybistrodestin.com/

Chef and owner, Guglielmo Ianni, has been preparing authentic Northern Italian cuisine since 1976. He began in Chicago and Wisconsin, but since 1991, he has brought to the Emerald Coast of Florida a fine Italian dining experience. Legendary for his seafood and pasta dishes, one of Guglielmo’s signature entrees is the whole fish of the day; locally caught fresh red snapper for your dining enjoyment. “My mother, Adalgisa, gave me the inspiration to pursue culinary talents, which led me to study in Italy and compile Mama’s recipes. Now, I am passing my talents on to the third generation, my daughter Theresa, continuing the Ianni family traditions of preparing authentic Italian cuisine for you to enjoy. For all of our dishes, we only use the freshest ingredients, choice meats, fresh seafood, and garden vegetables. We are fine dining at its best, but we consider the restaurant to be casual, yet comfortable, with a quaint touch of Italy. We want you to feel like part of our family.”

Louisianna Lagniappe
775 Gulf Shore Dr, Destin
(850) 837-0881
http://www.thelouisianalagniappe.com/destin-menu/

In 1984, Louisiana Lagniappe in Destin was opened and established inside Sandpiper Cove condominiums. A loyal following was quickly established, in no small part, to the quality of the food and the attention to detail of the service. Since then, Louisiana Lagniappe has consistently served only the freshest seafood and steaks. The Gulf seafood is prepared with a Creole flair, the attire is casual, yet an upscale waterfront dining experience is provided for the entire family. Open year round, Louisiana Lagniappe is the spot for a memorable dining experience on all levels. With there being hundreds of restaurants in Destin, Lagniappe is consistently ranked in the Top 10 restaurants on TripAdvisor and wins the Award of Excellence every year.

Harbor Docks
538 E Highway 98, Destin
850-837-2506
http://harbordocks.com/

Locals favorite for lunch and dinner. Best sushi bar in Southeast US! Outdoor deck overlooking the Harbor is the "Dance Place". Harbor Docks has been a Destin seafood restaurant tradition since 1979.

When you’re looking for fresh seafood and exceptional service, look no further than Harbor Docks.

We’ve been offering fresh food, and more importantly, fresh, local seafood, since the restaurant’s inception. Our food is made from scratch, and our seafood comes from our own wholesale market. It doesn’t get any fresher. If you’re thinking of seafood in Destin, Harbor Docks is the place you want to be.

At Harbor Docks, we’re all about families. We’ve served generations of families from around the country our own style of simply prepared Gulf seafood and sushi, and many of our employees come from two generations of the same families.

We want you to be a part of our family, too. We’ll welcome you, make you feel comfortable, provide you with the highest quality Destin seafood restaurant and offer you the best service in town.

Once you enter the door at Harbor Docks, you’ll become a part of Destin and a part of our family.

AJ's Seafood & Oyster House
116 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL 32541
850-837-1913
http://www.ajsdestin.com/

The World Famous AJ's Seafood & Oyster Bar in beautiful Destin, Florida! Perched upon the bluffs of Destin's historic inner harbor with spectacular views of the Gulf of Mexico, you are about to discover why AJ's has been the premiere spot for fun and family entertainment for over three decades!

Hog's Breath Saloon
541 E Highway 98, Destin
850-837-5991
https://www.hogsbreath.com/destin/

Hog’s Breath is located in the heart of Destin, just a ½ mile east of the Destin Bridge. We offer great seafood, fresh smoked BBQ, live music, handmade specialty drinks, and a kid’s menu. You can sit inside, or dine outside on our spacious patio while enjoying the beautiful Emerald Coast weather and listen to our live, local entertainers. Fun will be had by the entire family. Come by and enjoy our Happy hour and visit Hog’s Breath Clothing for a World famous T-Shirt.

Callahan's Restaurant and Deli
791 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL 32541
850 837 6328
https://callahansdestin.com/

Where the locals eat! Come choose a steak out of our deli case and let us cook it just the way you like it! Not in the mood for steak we feature locally caught seafood on our nighty specials. If you had a great day fishing here in Destin bring in your catch we would love to cook it for you. Callahan’s doesn’t forget we are in the South and we feature southern favorites, such as, Country Fried Chicken or Country Fried Steak, Grilled or Fried Pork Chops and Pot Roast just to name a few. Our extensive menu is sure to have an option for every member of your family!

Dewey's (On the Harbor)
202 Harbor Blvd. Destin, FL 32541
850-837-7575 
www.destinseafood.com

Casual harborside eatery serving the day's catch & other local seafood, with a pier, patio & decks.

McGuire's Irish Pub
33 US-98, Destin, FL 32541
850-650-0000
https://www.mcguiresirishpub.com/

Popular Irish bar with pub grub, ales brewed on-site & live music on the sunset deck most nights. Inside the pub you'll find a turn-of-the-century, New York Irish Saloon themed 615-seat restaurant. We are celebrated for our atmosphere boasting more than One Million signed dollar bills hanging from the ceilings and walls of the Pub.

Cuvée Kitchen + Wine Bar
36120 Emerald Coast Parkway, Destin, Florida 32541
850-460-2909
https://www.cuveekitchen.com/

After undergoing a transfer of ownership and an extensive six-month renovation project in early 2017, the new Cuvée Kitchen + Wine Bar has resumed its legendary status as one of the hottest and most electrifying dining experiences on the Emerald Coast. Propelled by a seasonal menu, focusing on local seafood, farm fresh ingredients and premium cuts, and backed by a beverage program highlighting craft cocktails and an international wine list - Cuvée Kitchen + Wine Bar is the latest venture of local restaurateurs Christopher Ruyan and Tyler Jarvis of Brotulas Seafood House and Steamer and Jackacudas Seafood & Sushi.

Fudpuckersbr> 20001 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin, FL
850-654-4200
http://www.fudpucker.com/fudpuckers-in-destin/

Fudpucker’s Destin restaurant offers a dining experience like no other! With eight different dining rooms and over 400 seats, we can accommodate small and large parties alike. Every evening during the Spring and Summer months you can enjoy a cold drink outside on the deck of “Club Key West” while listening to the best local musicians on the Gulf Coast. For the shopping enthusiast, there is our gift shop, the “Fudpucker Trading Company”, a uniquely Fudpuckish experience that is a “must do” when visiting Destin. You will also be thrilled with Gator Beach, our FREE Alligator Exhibit featuring “Pearl” one of the few Albino Alligators in the world.

 

SHOPPING

Silver Sands Factory Stores -- 10562 Emerald Coast Parkway,

Destin Destin Commons -- Mid-Bay Bridge and Emerald Coast Parkway, Destin