Destin, Florida is the perfect spot for family fun on the beach. With hotels that actually sit on the sand and attractions where kids can get up close to their favorite ocean creatures, there are endless opportunities to have fun in the sun. Here are our favorite things to do in Destin with kids.
Kids Attractions in Destin, Florida
Wild Willy’s Adventure Zone has a huge variety of options for family fun, from bumper boats to laser tag. There’s also plenty of options for food, including a pizza spot and ice cream shop.
Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park is known for their animal encounters that let guests swim with the dolphins and pet stingrays. Age requirements vary, from turtle experiences suitable for kids 5 and up, to alligators visits reserved for teens.
Buccaneer Pirate Cruise is dedicated to creating a seafaring experience perfect for the whole family. Kids can get their faces painted, have a sword fight, or even go hunting for treasure.
Goofy Golf boasts two courses and 18 holes. Kids can play a game for just $1.50, while adults pay $3.
Fat Daddy’s Arcade has a huge selection of video games, claw machines, and even kid-friendly casino-style games. Though the fun of playing the game can be its own reward, there’s also the opportunity to rack up points for prizes.
Best Restaurants in Destin, Florida for Kids
Capriccio Cafe prides itself on being a family-friendly restaurant. Come for the crepes, which include sweet and savory options.
Crackings. has been serving families for over 20 years. It has an enormous breakfast menu including 18 side options.
Mimmo’s Ristorante Italiano offers a wide selection of classic Italian options like ravioli and cheese pizza on their kids menu. Their dessert menu is also packed with selections like Nutella pizza and cannoli.
First Watch boasts a juice bar in addition to their large breakfast selection. Their kids menu includes favorites like grilled cheese and chocolate chip pancakes.
The Other End features a full kids menu, with each entree coming with a side. They also have an impressive selection of burger options.
Best Hotels in Destin, Florida for Kids
Beachside Inn features a multi-tiered pool and a hot tub. Pet-friendly, the motel also offers free Wi-Fi.
Henderson Park Inn is a beachfront hotel, offering the convenience of a commute-free trip to the waves. Whatever you forgot to pack for your beach days, from chairs to umbrellas, is available for guests to borrow.
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Destin offers all guests free breakfast. Each room is outfitted with a mini-fridge and microwave, and cribs and playpens can be requested.
Hampton Inn & Suites Destin boasts a saline swimming pool, which means no overpowering chlorine smell as you swim. Each guest gets access to a complimentary hot breakfast and free Wi-Fi.
Home2 Suites by Hilton Destin features a gym, pool, and complimentary breakfast. They also carry baby supplies like high chairs guests are able to borrow.
Outdoor Activities in Destin, Florida for Kids
Shipwreck Island Waterpark has more than 10 separate attractions including a wave pool and a flume. There are plenty of options available when you want to grab a snack, and guests under 35 inches get in free.
Big Kahuna’s Water and Adventure Park has an entire kiddie park dedicated to their youngest guests with attractions like fountains and pint-sized slides. For bigger (and adventurous) patrons, there’s also the Honolulu half pipe that lets you experience the perfect wave.
Beaches in Destin, Florida for Kids
Henderson Beach State Park is the perfect spot to enjoy a walk through the dunes or to throw out a line and enjoy some fishing. It also features a playground, nature trails, and a shower area to hit before you head home for the day.
June White Decker Park allows visitors access to clear blue water and fine sand. It includes a parking area and bike racks to accommodate however you’d like to get there.
James Lee Park is a beach with endless possibilities. Visitors can go for a swim, enjoy its many picnic areas, or play on the playscape.
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