Perfect for young kids, walking along Destin Harbor’s 100+ boat slips to see the charter boats come in is a great low-key afternoon activity. When charter captains bring their boats in for the day, their job is not done. This gives kids a unique opportunity to check out the different kinds of fish being loaded off and to see what each boat looks like up-close.
You'll see fish get weighed, hung and cleaned. Your kids can ask the charter boat captains questions about fishing and their catch. Finish your trip off with a cold treat from one of the HarborWalk Village’s food trucks.
Pro tip: To be sure you won't miss the boats, call a few charter companies ahead of time and ask when they're heading back to the harbor. The best time of day is late afternoon.
Parking: There is accessible parking at the Emerald Grande, which is on your right just after you cross the Marler Bridge into Destin from Fort Walton Beach. Once you park, you can walk straight down to the harbor. Bring your wallet! It costs $10 to park in HarborWalk Village during select times of the year.
There is also pay-to-park parking behind McGuire’s Irish Pub for $0.50/hour and there is a free shuttle that takes you directly to the Destin Harbor.