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Beach Conditions

Destin-Fort Walton Beach

Explore the beach at night

Ages: 0-3 4-7 8-12 13 plus
Price: $
Duration: < 2 hours

After the sun sets, the beach is a whole new playground!

The entire family will love discovering the nocturnal creatures and tide pools that don’t come out during the day. (Plus, who doesn’t love flashlight tag?) Bring a bucket and some red flashlights (the red light protects local sea turtles) and search for ghost crabs scurrying across the sand.

You can pick up a free red filtered flashlight during turtle season (March through October) at the following locations: Destin City Hall, The Destin Chamber of Commerce, Destin History & Fishing Museum, Emerald Coast Science Center, Henderson Beach State Park, Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park and Destin-Fort Walton Beach Welcome Center (available in May).

Tip from our locals:

Ghost crabs will often freeze when you shine your flashlight on them. Carefully scoop the ghost crab up with a net and always release them after saying hello. The beach is also a great place to see the stars!

Local Scout Tip

Ghost crabs will often freeze when you shine your flashlight on them. Carefully scoop the ghost crab up with a net and always release them after saying hello. The beach is also a great place to see the stars!

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Find the location that's right for you

The Boardwalk

The Boardwalk beach access has a great view of the Island Pier as you search for ghost crabs! There's a large parking lot, a kid's playground, public restrooms and several restaurants if you need to grab some dinner after exploring.

The Crab Trap, Destin

With incredible beach views, a picky-eater-approved menu and beach playground, the Crab Trap Destin is the perfect stop for families after a day on the water.

The Crab Trap, Fort Walton

Located on the Boardwalk, fresh food and a beachfront playground make the Crab Trap Fort Walton fun for the whole family.

Where to Stay

Pelican Beach

Resorts of Pelican Beach are Gulf-front condos located in the heart of Destin. Ask about the Pelican Pass which includes passes to Big Kahuna’s Water Park.

Beal House Fort Walton Beachfront

Newly renovated hotel on Okaloosa Island with a restaurant and outdoor pool. Home to The Remedy restaurant and grill which offers coastal dining options in a pool side environment.

Southern Vacation Rentals

Choose betweeen various lodging options such as a beach house with a private pool or a condo with resort-style amenities like pools and easy beach access.

Food + Drink

Oasis Cafe and Boutique

Located on the Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island, Oasis offers beach gear, breakfast, smoothies and great coffee. They even have edible cookie dough for kids!

Angler’s Beachside Bar & Grill

Located right on the beach, Angler's features all-day dining with a view of the Island Pier. Check out their all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast on Saturdays!

Rick’s on the Island

Rick's on the Island is a family-owned seafood house and oyster bar located on Okaloosa Island right on the Choctawhatchee Bay.
Destin-Fort Walton Beach

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