Things To Do In Destin Besides The Beach

Things To Do In Destin Besides The Beach

Whether it’s a rainy day or you want to take a break from the Florida sun, there are still several things to do in Destin besides just going to the beach. Destin is known for its emerald green water and white sand but there is more to Destin than most people might realize. Here in Destin, we have a great selection in shopping.  Which is great to take advantage of for back to school shopping. We also have a large and well-airconditioned movie theatre right in the middle of the Destin Commons. Also, our bowling alley, Uncle Buck’s Fish Bar and Grill, is ocean themed and a great way to spend the day with the whole family.

Destin, FL is known as the “luckiest fishing village” so of course, we have awesome deep-sea fishing experiences. These are one of the most popular things to do in Destin. Lastly, we have a snorkeling and dolphin cruise excursions. Those cruises are great ways to make great memories you can hold onto for years with your family. Below we go into detail about things to do in Destin besides the beach!

Things to do in Destin

Shopping in Destin!

In Destin, we have more than just one strip mall locally. We have Destin Commons which is located more centrally in Destin. Also, we have the Silver Sands Premium Outlet Mall and it is located on the east end of Destin. Both malls have many benefits that can fit your shopping needs!

Silver Sands Premium Outlet

Things to do in Destin- Shopping

Silver Sands Premium Outlets is home to 110 designer and name-brand outlet stores including Coach, Kate Spade New York, Michael Kors, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store and Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th. Visitors can find a variety of shops ranging from women’s apparel and accessories to housewares and sporting goods. Renowned as the premier shopping destination along Northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast, the outlet mall serves the nearby communities of Destin, South Walton, Panama City, and Pensacola. The outlet mall is conveniently located off US Highway 98, one mile west of Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. This beautiful outdoor mall features covered sidewalks, lush landscaping, and a children’s play area. There are also a variety of enticing dining options from sit down venues including Carrabba’s Italian Grill to fast-casual and grab-and-go options such as Panera Bread.

Hours are:

Monday-Saturday: 10 AM-9 PM

Sunday: 10 AM-6 PM

For more information on Silver Sands Premium Outlet visit: https://www.premiumoutlets.com/outlet/silver-sands

Destin Commons 

Things to do in Destin- Shopping

Celebrating 15 years as the Emerald Coast’s best outdoor shopping center, Destin Commons boasts 95+ stores and restaurants, including Florida’s first Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen and Southern Living Store. The award-winning line up of stores and restaurants include national and locally-owned favorites, AMC Movie Theater and Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl, an underwater-themed bowling alley. Enjoy their renovated play area, mural art walk & seasonal events for nonstop fun year-round. There truly is something for everyone! They also host several events such as the annual Fourth of July BBQ Festival. To learn more and to keep up with their current events visit: www.DestinCommons.com

Hours are:

Monday-Saturday: 10 AM-10 PM

Sunday: 11 AM-8 PM

Movies!

Things to do in Destin- Movies

If you want to take a break from the hot sun then catching a movie at the AMC Theatre is a great way to do that. They play the latest featured movies as well as sell food, snacks, and of course popcorn! When finding things to do in Destin besides the beach, going to the movies and enjoying a cold soda and popcorn sounds perfect. The AMC Theatre is conveniently located in the center of the Destin Commons Mall. Experience movies in an IMAX experience or state-of-the-art Dolby Cinema theatre where you can enjoy the latest flick in cutting edge. It also has reserved recliners complete with IMAX screen and moving sound.

To find out what movies are playing at this theatre and their times’ visit: https://destincommons.com/visit/amc-theater/

Bowling at Uncle Buck’s Bar & Grill! 

Things to do in Destin- Bowling

When the going gets tough, the tough go bowling. When bowlers get hungry, they flock to Uncle Buck’s Fish Bowl and Grill to fill up on a great selection of family favorites. Appetizers, sandwiches, salads, burgers, and more are served up in this fun atmosphere like no other. The rustic nautical-themed restaurant and bar offer the perspective of an underwater high-seas adventure amidst a backdrop of sunken ships and live tropical fish. Tasty fun for the whole family. This is where the outdoors meets the indoors for the ultimate sportsman. Uncle Buck’s Bar & Grill is also conveniently located in the Destin Commons shopping mall. Once you have worked up an appetite after shopping Uncle Bucks is a good place to go to fuel back up with some great food, and enjoy bowling with the family.

For more information visit: https://www.unclebucksfishbowlandgrill.com/

Snorkeling and Dolphin Cruises 

Things to do in Destin- Dolphin Cruise and Snorkeling

Going on a snorkeling and dolphin cruise is a great way to still enjoy the water without having to go on the beach. When it comes to things to do in Destin, this is a hit. A great thing about booking a vacation with Destin Palms Vacations is we also offer VIP Perks for this activity. That’s right, we help you save on this one-of-a-kind experience. The Seablaster is highly recommended and they provide an unforgettable experience.

This cruise is a 3-hour combination trip which includes 90 minutes of snorkeling. Followed by a 90-minute dolphin cruise. It is inshore snorkeling, therefore, they pull up close to a beach. It is initially about 6 feet getting off the boat and into the water. Upon entrance, you can go as shallow (all the way to the shoreline). Also, they do provide all of your snorkeling equipment, as well as life jackets for all ages. When it comes to local excursions the Seablaster is a hit and will surely make amazing memories for your family’s trip.

To find out more about the Seablaster visit: http://destinseablaster.com/

To find out more about our VIP Perks visit: https://www.destin-palms.com/free-vip-activities

Deep-Sea Fishing 

Things to do in Destin- Deep-sea fishing

Another way to enjoy our beautiful waters is to spend all day out on a boat with a fishing reel in hand. Destin is considered the luckiest fishing village so when you are looking for things to do in Destin, this is a great experience. We also offer a VIP Perk for this activity as well! Woohoo, more savings! We highly recommend going through Destin Princess and Destiny. They offer year-round deep-sea fishing in the Gulf of Mexico onboard a 72′ Sportsfisherman, Destiny and the 65′ Catamaran, Destin Princess. Furthermore, their boats offer experienced, friendly, and professional crews. In addition, their boats are fast, clean, air-conditioned, and have separate bathrooms for men and women. That’s just a few of the reasons that they are the most popular party boats operating out of Destin, Florida.

For these great local excursions, you can purchase a single ticket for an individual. Furthermore, they can also accommodate groups of up to 56 people for fishing, dolphin cruises, dinner cruises, marriages, or burials at sea. They have been fishing for generations! Minutes away from the Gulf of Mexico.

For more information on Princess and Destiny visit: https://www.destinpartyboatfishing.com/

For more information on our VIP Perks visit: https://www.destin-palms.com/free-vip-activities

Easter Weekend Events in Destin 2019

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and Peter Cottontail is hopping along his sandy trail right next to Destin Palms Vacations getting ready for Easter Weekend Events in Destin 2019,  big & beautiful Easter Extravaganzas! The Destin area always turns out a ton of activities centered around holidays for visiting families and Easter is certainly no exception. Make sure to stay up to date and in the know with all of Destin’s current events on our Events Page, in addition to the list of the amazing festivities the city has going on for the Holiday weekend below.

Easter Weekend Events in Destin 2019

Easter Events in Destin, FL

Easter Crafts at the Destin Library. Friday from 1-4 PM, bring your children ages 4-12 and so they can get crafty and make an Easter magnet. Free and open to the public. Destin Library.

Destin Annual Easter Egg Hunt. The annual Easter Egg hunt for the whole town will be held at the Morgan Sports Center, 4200 Indian Bayou Trail, beginning at 9:00 AM. For ages 12 and under.

Baytowne Wharf Easter Explosion 2019

Bounce on over to the Village of Baytowne Wharf for an Easter Explosion this holiday weekend, Saturday, April 20th! Enjoy a day filled with family-friendly entertainment, enjoy lawn games, face-painting, and even race over the infamous inflatable obstacle course. And don’t forget to get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny!

Experience a memorable Easter Egg hunt with The Henderson Beach Resort!
They will have a helicopter drop thousands of candy-filled Easter eggs on their Front Lawn! Join them before or after the hunt for Easter Brunch!
Don’t Forget to Bring your Easter baskets and make memories with The Henderson! Ever wonder how all those eggs get to be hidden for the hunt? Well, come see the helicopter Easter Egg drop candy-filled eggs on the front lawn of the Henderson. The drop will be at 12:30 PM so be sure to get there early to get a good spot to watch!

Head over to Lulu’s at the base of the mid-bay bridge to enjoy the mad Dash for the golden eggs for LuLu’s Easter Egg Dash. The Easter Bunny will be making a special appearance for photo-‘hops’. Festivities start at 2 PM, but we recommend going early to get the best spot! The dash is divided into age categories, making this event is fun for the whole family!

In the name of BRUNCH, we have got you set this holiday Sunday:

Emerald Grande Easter 2019

Easter at Emerald Grande

Easter Plated Brunch in Grande Vista Bar & Grill 11:00am-3:00pm
Adults $29++ | Kids $14++
*Reservations highly recommended 850.424.0621

Easter Brunch in the Harborview Room 10:00am-2:00pm
Adults $32++ | Kids $16 ++ | 3 & under free
*Reservations highly recommended 850.424.0622

Visit the Easter Bunny on the Main Stage at HarborWalk Village from 2:00-4:00pm! Enjoy children’s activities, face painting, and receive one free 4×6 photo per family provided by SB Photos of Destin, FL!

View Grande Vista Menu here
View Harborview Room Menu here

Easter Lunch in Destin cruise 2019Destin Easter Baskets

Beach Walk Cafe Easter

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SandJam Music Festival 2019

SandJam Music Festival 2019

SandJam Music Festival 2019 is the 2nd annual adult-alternative rock music festival in beautiful Panama City Beach, FL! Come out and dip your toes in the Gulf as we will be setting our stages on the beautiful sugar white sands; giving the most stunning backdrop to a Spring festival. Let the jams and the salty breeze carry you away, this is an annual festival you are not going to want to miss! Lodging is still available for SandJam Music Festival 2019 and selling out quickly for this event so make sure to check out our availability HERE!

Come for the music. Stay for the beaches. Make lasting memories.

3 Days. 2 Stages. 29 Acts. 1 Beach.

Come see Kings Of Leon, Third Eye Blind, Young the Giant, Cold War Kids, Dirty Heads, The Revivalists, Blackberry Smoke, JJ Grey & Mofro, Matt and Kim, Anderson East, Yeasayer, COIN, KONGOS, Alice Merton, Parachute, Max Frost, The Shadowboxers, We The Kings, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, The War and Treaty, Them Dirty Roses, Kirstie Lovelady, Heritage Band, & Welles at SandJam Music Festival 2019!

April 26th-28th, 2019 in beautiful Visit Panama City Beach!

Get your tickets today @ www.SandJamFest.com!

SandJam Fest is presented by Pepsi.

SandJam 2019 Lineup

This is it, the full lineup announcement!

SandJam Fest, presented by Pepsi, in beautiful Visit Panama City Beach on April 26th, 27th, & 28th, 2019.

Friday: Kings Of Leon
Cold War KidsBlackberry SmokeAnderson EastKONGOSMax Frost, and Next Wave Finalist

Saturday: Third Eye Blind
Dirty HeadsJJ Grey & MofroYeasayerAlice MertonThe ShadowboxersBrandon “Taz” Niederauer , Them Dirty RosesHeritage Band, and Next Wave Finalists (x2)

Sunday: Young the Giant
The RevivalistsMatt and KimCOINParachuteWe The KingsThe War and TreatyKirstie LoveladyWelles, Next Wave Winners & Next Wave Finalist.

$10 from every paid ticket will be donated for Hurricane Relief efforts.

 

SandJam 2019 Tickets

St. Patrick’s Day in Destin 2019

Spring is here and we’re going to be gearing up for some green luck on the Gulf Coast for St. Patrick’s Day in Destin 2019. Just like the bright emerald waters, you’re going to want to be here during St. Patty’s day weekend this year. You can do just that when you book one of the best vacation rentals Destin is known for, with Destin Palms Vacations.  Green Beer and Corned Beef aside, this cultural celebration on Sunday, March 17th 2019 brings more than just fun drinks and traditional Irish cuisine! Emerald Coast destinations offer their own version of St. Patty’s Day festivities, including pub crawls, charity runs, outdoor concerts, and more family-friendly affairs. Here are some of the fun and festive happenings during the weekend of March 17th!

DPV - St Patricks Day in Destin 2019

Where The Leprechauns Celebrate

This year, Oliver Petit from the Red Bar in Grayton Beach is the Grand Marshall. The Best in Parade perpetual trophy is up for grabs again, for the best decorated cars trucks or floats. The Parade will include over 50 unique floats from local area businesses and organizations. The route spans 4 miles on scenic highway 30A, ending at Gulf Place, where the real festivities await!

The close-knit community charm of 30A is reflected through this St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Kids can enjoy dozens of memorable activities like the POT O’ GOLD Treasure Hunts, Irish Costume Contest, and The World’s Tallest Leprechaun Balloon Maker, while adults have the opportunity to sample local cuisine and specialty Irish drinks with friends and neighbors.

30A St Patricks Parade 2019

Feeling Lucky by The Beach

The Destin, FL beach community known as “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village” celebrates St. Patty’s in style. St. Paddys Family Party Irish Street Festival hosted by Harborwalk Village will provide a full day of fun for the whole clan. Irish music, dancing, games, and food can be enjoyed all afternoon!

When the sun goes down on ye ole’ Coast of Emerald, the Pub Crawl goes into effect. There will be live music on the main stage, and several locations open their doors to pub crawl participants!

St Paddys HarborWalk Village Destin

Pub Crawl Stops:

 

Destin St Patricks Day Specials

Celebrate the luck of the Irish, St. Patrick’s Day in Destin 2019, at HarborWalk Village and enjoy these merchant specials all day long!

Jackacuda’s Seafood & Sushi | Grab a $3 Green Beer or $5 Irish Car Bomb and enjoy traditional Sheppard’s Pie for $9.99.

Crab Island Cantina will have a variety of food specials including:
$4.00 Cheese Dip, $5.00 Cantina Dip and $8.00 Nachos. Entrees include $9.00 Jumbo Wings, $8.00 Burgers, $9.00 Flatbreads and more!

Enjoy $6 Margaritas on the Rocks, $4 House Wine, $4 Well Drinks, $3 Bud Lights & Miller Light and $4 Corona & Corona Light.

The party isn’t over yet! Coyote Ugly Saloon- Destin will feature a Live DJ all night on the outside dance floor all night long. Drink specials include $2 Green Beer, $4 Lucky Shot, $5 Fireball, $5 Leprechaun Punch, and a $5 Irish Flag Shot.

**On-site parking is $10.00.

Irish traditions are always BIG at McGuire’s Irish Pubbut on March 17th, celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day at McGuire’s is a must do in Destin, Florida! With many shades of green hanging from the ceiling, on the rooftop, and at every angle in sight, you’ll never experience a Saint Patrick’s Day celebration quite the same as the party found in the dining venue, pub, and brewery of Destin’s McGuire’s. With an estimated 1.75 million others who have hung a signed dollar bill for good luck, joining the Molly Martin tradition at the Destin pub makes you an official Irishman with the papers and luck to prove it!

As you reach your potential as a true Irishman, you’ll experience the sounds of bagpipers playing in the waiting area, traditional Irish music throughout the pub, and a hefty serving of the Saint Patty’s Day favorite, corn beef & cabbage. If you’re celebrating your birthday in Destin this Saint Patrick’s Day 2019, don’t forget to boost your luck with McGuire’s Kiss the Moose tradition for a birthday ceremony that you’ll never forget!

McGuires Irish Pub Destin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be sure to check out other upcoming events going on March and April in Destin, FL by visiting our events page.