Adventure is never far in Destin-Fort Walton Beach.

Our clear, emerald water makes Destin-Fort Walton Beach the best place to try something new. Use the filter below to customize your family's next bite-sized water adventure.

27 Bite-Sized Adventures for Kids from 3 to 13+

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Experience Destin-Fort Walton Beach

Beautiful beaches, calm Gulf waters and tons of things to do make Destin-Fort Walton Beach perfect for families.

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"One of the best places to see sea turtles is the Island Pier. They have an observer pass for $2/person for the whole day. You can come and go as you please and see a ton of wildlife in the clear water below."

– Amber M., Little Adventure Scout

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Events in Destin-Fort Walton Beach

It’s always the best time of the year to visit Destin-Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Mild temperatures and warm gulf waters make the area enjoyable no matter the season. And with a running lineup of exciting local events and festivals, there’s always something to do in Destin-Fort Walton Beach!

Paradise Music Festival

March 8, 2024 - March 10, 2024

Paradise Music Festival

This Huge Three-Day INDOOR Event at the Beautiful Destin-Fort Walton…

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6th Annual Mac and Cheese Festival

March 10, 2024

6th Annual Mac and Cheese Festival

Thought macaroni and cheese was just for kids? Think again!…

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Classical Connections: Steven Banks, Saxophone

March 23, 2024

Classical Connections: Steven Banks, Saxophone

Prepare to be spellbound by the mesmerizing talent of charismatic…

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Trip Ideas

While beachgoers can lay out on the sand, shoppers can stroll down the HarborWalk Village and savor plates of Gulf-to-Table seafood. What will you do in Destin-Fort Walton Beach?

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Where to See Sea Turtles in Destin-Fort Walton Beach

Where to See Sea Turtles in Destin-Fort Walton Beach Destin-Fort Walton Beach is home to some amazing wildlife, including our four species of sea turtles! You can see Loggerhead, Green, Kemp’s Ridley, and Leatherback sea turtles in our crystal-clear Gulf waters. Our flippered friends are active and…

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Destin-Fort Walton Coastal Team Deploys Nearly 40 Artificial Reefs

Destin-Fort Walton Coastal Team Deploys Nearly 40 Artificial Reefs Okaloosa County’s Coastal Resource Team is gearing up to deploy 38 prefabricated artificial reef modules off the coast of Destin-Fort Walton Beach, an exciting initiative that highlights the community’s dedication to marine conservation. The project, made possible through funding provided by…

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Adapting water activities for kids of multiple ages

Adapting water activities for kids of multiple ages This post was written by Sara McCarty, founder of Run Wild My Child, in partnership with Destin-Fort Walton Beach. If you have more than one kid, you know that it’s often hard to find activities that keep multiple kids of…

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