Spend a Rainy Day in Destin-Fort Walton Beach

The Sunshine State, while mostly sunny, has some unpredictable weather that may bring a little rain to your vacation in Destin-Fort Walton Beach. Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered to have a great time rain or shine.

Get Cozy

Rainy days call for cozy beverages. Head over to Parlor Doughnuts in Downtown Fort Walton Beach to grab a coffee and a delicious doughnut while you watch the rain come down. There are so many delicious flavors. If you’re having a hard time deciding, we recommend asking your barista what their favorite doughnut is! They never lead you wrong.

If you’re over in Destin, East Pass Coffee Co is an adorable coffee shop with some amazing breakfast options. For something tangy and filling, go for the breakfast sandwich. Although, the avocado toast cannot be beat. East Pass Coffee Co takes breakfast staples and adds a delicious twist that are sure to delight your tastebuds.

Niceville is home to Black Rifle Coffee Company complete with an espresso bar, grab-and-go food menu, and 15 blends of coffee! After you’ve tried all 15, let us know which one is your favorite.

In Crestview, you can find the iconic Casbah Coffee Company, a local favorite. Enjoy delicious coffee options, baked goods, and your new favorite sandwich! They also serve wine and beer if you fancy an adult beverage. You can’t spend a day in Crestview without stopping by this amazing establishment.

Fun without Sun

Not a great day for being a beach bum? There is plenty more to do! Head over to the Emerald Coast Science Center for an interactive and scientific experience. There is plenty to explore for kids and adults alike! Want to guarantee a sea-life encounter? The Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park has some unforgettable experiences. The park itself gets you up-close-and-personal with all of your favorite marine animals, but don’t forget to check out their encounters to get a hands-on experience. We love paying a visit to the patients at the Gulfarium CARE Center.

Need a little retail therapy? The Destin Commons is home to some amazing shops, as well as a movie theater if you want to stay up to date on the newest films. HarborWalk Village is a fun place to hit some shops, as well as grab a bite to eat. We also love the shops at The Boardwalk to find your perfect beach outfit!

Dinner with a View

Just because it’s a little rainy doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the beautiful Gulf of Mexico! The Boardwalk is home to some great restaurants, such as Rockin Tacos, Al’s Beach Club & Burger Bar, and Angler’s Beachside Grill. All have a great view of the water and pier where you can watch local fishermen try for the biggest catch of the day! The Crab Trap in Destin also has an amazing view (and even better snacks.) On the bay, LJ Schooners Dockside Restaurant & Oyster Bar is a local favorite with great seafood and southern favorites.

Grab a Drink

3rd Planet Brewing in Niceville is a must-do if you’re interested in trying a large selection of beers. With a large screened-in porch and great atmosphere, it’s an awesome place to spend some time. You can also check out Beach Camp Brewery and Destin Brewery, both located in Destin (and within walking distance of one another!) In Fort Walton Beach, you’ll find The Boardroom with updated versions of delicious classics. A Georgia grilled cheese with gouda, bacon, and peach preserves? We’re sold.

Weather in Destin-Fort Walton Beach comes and goes fast, so always be ready to grab your beach chair and head down to the beach, or a good book to cozy up with at a coffee shop. While Destin-Fort Walton Beach is typically sunny and clear for you to enjoy your favorite water activities, a little bit of rain is the best excuse to explore all of the amazing spots our destination has to offer.


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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!

Dog Daze

October 7, 2023

Dog Daze

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Destin Seafood Festival

October 6, 2023 - October 8, 2023

Destin Seafood Festival

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Bored Teachers Comedy Tour

October 12, 2023

Bored Teachers Comedy Tour

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