Why choose Destin-Fort Walton Beach?
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Our Little Adventure Scouts are real locals who know Destin-Fort Walton Beach inside and out. They know what it’s like to take their kids on a bite-sized adventure and the best place to get ice cream after. Browse this page and, when you’re ready, come back for questions about lodging, restaurants and unforgettable adventures.

Scout Quick Tips

Chelsea Wimberly: Online Scout

Chelsea Wimberly: Online Scout

Mom of 2 boys: 4 and 2

Best place to get coffee: Oasis on the Boardwalk has edible cookie dough for the kids and I can grab coffee.

Deanna Hunt: Online Scout

Deanna Hunt: Online Scout

Mom of 2 girls: 22 and 20

Best eats on the water: All the places you can boat up to: Wharf 850, Lulu's and the Eatery.

Beth Jackson: Online Scout

Beth Jackson: Online Scout

Mom of 4 kids: 17, 15, 11, 3

Best restaurant by the pier: Al's beach club is a great spot by the pier. It’s right on the beach at the boardwalk.

Hayley Ardoin: Online Scout

Hayley Ardoin: Online Scout

Mom of 2 girls: 5 and 3

Best activity for little kids: The Gulfarium is a lot of fun! They have sea turtles and tons of other marine life!

Paige Klosterman: Beach Scout

Paige Klosterman: Beach Scout

Favorite adventure: Surfing

Best place to surf: The Back Porch. The waves are always so good.

Cade Rice: Beach Scout

Cade Rice: Beach Scout

Favorite adventure: Pinfish

Best beginner adventure: Paddleboarding on the Bay is perfect for beginners since the water is so calm.

Hope Barrett: Beach Scout

Hope Barrett: Beach Scout

Favorite adventure: Paddleboarding

Best adventure for teens: Snorkel the reef off Okaloosa Island. I recommend bringing a paddleboard.

Beth Jackson: Online Scout

Beth Jackson: Online Scout

Mom of 4 kids: 17, 15, 11, 3

Best place to see wildlife: Walk along the National Seashore, on the bay side and you’ll see dolphins and stingrays

Cheylin Woodruff: Beach Scout

Cheylin Woodruff: Beach Scout

Favorite adventure: Kayaking

Best rainy day activity: We love the Emerald Coast Science Center!

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Meet Our Scouts

Yes, they’re real people!

Laura Putman

Online Scout

Laura loves Destin-Fort Walton Beach and has live here for several years. Laura has 3 children (13, 15 and 17), and loves paddleboarding, boating and visiting Rocky Bayou State Park.

Hayley Ardoin

Online Scout

Hayley is a proud lifelong local with two daughters, ages 2 and 5. She loves watching her girls discover the water and encourages other moms to not be afraid to try new things with their kids.

Deanna Hunt

Online Scout

Deanna has two daughters (ages 20 and 21) and she loves boating and swimming. After living all over the country as a military spouse, Deanna is proud to call this area her forever home!

Beth Jackson

Online Scout

Beth lives in Destin-Fort Walton Beach and has 4 kids (17, 15, 11, 3). She treasures time at the beach and definitely knows how hard it can be to juggle kids in different age groups.

Nick Meyer

Beach Scout

Nick is from Navarre and is hoping to pursue his love of being on the water in his future career. Nick is an avid fisherman and loves helping families find the best fishing spots.

April Hunt

Beach Scout

April attends the University of West Florida and loves everything water-related including surfing and paddleboarding. She enjoys running the Surf’s Up class and seeing kids gain confidence on the water.

Chelsea Wimberly

Online Scout

Chelsea was born and raised in a military family in Fort Walton Beach and has 2 sons, ages 2 and 4. She lived abroad, which made her appreciate the water even more. She loves answering questions about getting young kids out on the water.

Dena Klosterman

Online Scout

Dena is a local with 3 kids (ages 20, 19 and 11). She loves paddleboarding and boating with her family and, as a former realtor, Dena is an area expert and can give tips on just about anything.

Cade Rice

Beach Scout

Cade loves all water adventures and is studying marine sciences at Pensacola State College. He enjoys seeing kids catch their first fish because it reminds him of the memory of his first catch.

Samantha Savoie

Beach Scout

Samantha grew up in Miramar (with 7 siblings!) and has taught swimming and surfing. Samantha has worked as a lifeguard, camp counselor, professional mermaid and even lived on a sailboat!

Amber Martinez

Online Scout

Amber was born and raised in Fort Walton Beach. A homeschooling mama to three girls, 4, 6 and 10, Amber is semi-bilingual and has helpful tips for families with kids with sensory issues.

Sailor Reynolds

Beach Scout

Sailor is a Navarre local who loves the water and helping kids gain confidence while on adventures. She’s a Freshman at Auburn University and is a member of the American Fisheries Society.

Paige Klosterman

Beach Scout

Paige is a Freshman at Troy University and loves working with kids. She has a new found love of surfing thanks to being involved in the Little Adventure’s Surf’s Up Class.

Taylor Klosterman

Beach Scout

Taylor is from Niceville and enjoys paddleboarding and surfing. She loves being a Scout and giving families a memory out on the water, just like the ones her family has shared here.

Hope Barrett

Beach Scout

Hope is studying Marine Biology at the University of West Florida and loves all things water-related. She’s even starting a women’s surf group to provide a more comfortable community on the water.

Cheylin Woodruff

Beach Scout

Cheylin attends the University of West Florida for marine biology and environmental sustainability. She believes everything is cooler under water and loves teaching people about the environment.

Austin Zaal

Beach Scout

Austin was born and raised in FL and attends the University of Central Florida. He has a passion for all water sports, especially surfing. Austin especially loves sharing the things he loves out on the water.

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