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Destin-Fort Walton Beach

Walk along Destin Harbor

Ages: 0-3 4-7
Price: $
Duration: < 2 hours

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.

Tip from our locals:

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 $20 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.

Local Scout 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.

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Where to Go

HarborWalk Village

HarborWalk Village has something for everyone. Enjoy family-friendly restaurants, shopping and activities like mini golf, ziplining, rock climbing and more.

Where to Stay

Emerald Grande

Enjoy breathtaking views and impeccable comfort at The Emerald Grande. Relax with a full-service spa and dine at the delicious Grande Vista Bar & Grill.

Inn on Destin Harbor

Located within walking distance to HarborWalk, they also offer an outdoor pool with views of Destin Harbor.  You can even go fishing on the Inn's charter boat.

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

East Pass Seafood & Oyster House

An open air, family-style seafood house located directly on HarborWalk’s boardwalk. The whole family will enjoy watching the charter boats return back to the dock.

Harry T’s

Located at HarborWalk Village and open 7 days a week, Harry T's serves up fresh seafood with a great view of Destin Harbor.

Brotula’s Seafood House & Steamer

Bring your catch and have it prepared for you with hook and cook at Brotulas! Locally owned, they offer fresh flavors and great views of Destin Harbor.
Destin-Fort Walton Beach

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