In the heart of Florida's Panhandle lies Destin, a lively town that over the decades has morphed from a quiet fishing village to a bustling beach town and favored spring break getaway. Destin is tucked into Florida's Emerald Coast, a region that earned its name thanks to the emerald-green Gulf of Mexico waters that gently lap the coastline's sugar-white sandy shores.
From families with small children and teens to adults seeking the ultimate beach getaway, visitors find themselves smitten with Destin’s charms. It's impossible to resist the expansive resorts, friendly small-town vibe and world-class outdoor activities such as swimming, golfing and fishing. Whether you book a dolphin cruise, dig into fresh seafood dinners or sample the vibrant nightlife, Destin is sure to dazzle.
Spring Break With Young Children
Families with small children will find ample kid-friendly activities and accommodations in Destin. Folks seeking amenity-rich accommodations can book a stay at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, which claims to be the region's largest full-service, beachfront resort. Kids can build sandcastles on the sprawling beach, or splash in one of four heated pools (including one for toddlers). If mom and dad need a break, they can sign children up for the daily Kids Krew and Kids Night Out programs, which feature activities such as flying kites and roasting marshmallows over bonfires at the beach. With their kids occupied, parents can join a yoga class or book a couples' massage at the Serenity by the Sea Spa.
When hunger strikes, drive to a local, iconic favorite, the Donut Hole on Harbor Boulevard. This beloved bakery and cafe dishes out more than just donuts; it serves breakfast platters heaped with eggs, pancakes, sausages and home fries all day. Save room for a slice of glorious Key lime pie or a decadent red velvet donut.
With full bellies, drive about a mile west on Harbor Boulevard to HarborWalk Village, home to a marina, restaurants, shops and amusements. Parents can organize daytime dolphin cruises and interactive pirate ship excursions at the marina while kids fly high on bungee trampolines and run wild in giant, inflatable human hamster balls. After dark, keep eyes and ears open for nightly performances, including concerts and fireworks displays.