Looking for adventure away from the beach when visiting Destin-Fort Walton Beach?  Just up the road in Crestview, Florida, there are amazing experiences off the beaten path.Emerald Coast Zoo Lion

AEmerald Coast Zoo Slotht Emerald Coast Zoo, located just 45 minutes north of Destin-Fort Walton Beach, you will find a hidden gem.  Get up close and personal with your favorite members of the animal kingdom like sloths, kangaroos, giraffes, and bears.  Meet A&E TV star Rick the Reptile Guy along with his family who actually live on the property.  The family owned zoo is uniquely situated to bring visitors an unforgettable animal experience with an up close and personal touch.  Not only can you experience the zoo, you can have animal encounters for an extra charge.  Feed a giraffe, pet a sloth, feed the birds, love a bear, hop with a roo, or even train a lion.  What a great way to beat the heat on a family vacation or a local staycation.  Daily admission is only $10.00.  

Timber Creek DistilleryAlso located in Crestview, Timber Creek Distillery is the only Grain to Glass Distillery in the Panhandle making Rum, Vodka, Whiskey, and Gin.  They offer several different Distillery Tours options including:  Distillery Tour and Tasting, Eco-Distillery Tour and Tasting, Craft Cocktail Distillery Tour and Tasting, and a VIP Bourbon Blending Tour.  Don't worry if you don't want to sip just yet.  There are several other options such as Axe Throwing, Cornhole, and an18 hole Disc Golf Course.  If you are lucky enough to be there Saturdays, make sure to check out their amazing Brick Oven Pizzas.

 

Whether you want take a step in the wild world, sit back and sample the quiet life, or even try your hand at racing at the City of Crestview RC Track, Crestview offers options for a day trip you won't forget.