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Things to do in Destin

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Shopping Mall
“Outdoor mall with dining, entertainment and shopping - murals for a cute IG, movie theatre and bowling alley!”
  • 74 locals recommend
Water Park
“Everyone loves a good waterpark and Big K's does not disappoint. The least busy time is to go when they first open on Sunday. If you are going more than once, look online for a season pass - it's cheaper and includes parking!”
  • 56 locals recommend
Irish Pub
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“Famous McGuire's Irish Pub has great grub and atmosphere. Come hungry but prepare to wait as there is always a line for entry. They have large food portions, great drinks and local music.”
  • 77 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“If you are in Destin and walking on the harbor, stop in and visit AJ's and enjoy local music and food. Upstairs bar late night has great entertainment.”
  • 64 locals recommend
Beach
“Established to preserve Destin's last genuine stretch of coastal dune scrub, Henderson Beach is a gem. One of the Panhandle's greatest natural assets is its sugar-white sand beaches. Henderson Beach State Park features more than 6000 feet of scenic shoreline.”
  • 54 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Beautiful outdoor shopping mall with 95 shops and restaurants plus AMC Theatre with IMAX and Bass Pro Shop with classes for kids.”
  • 48 locals recommend
Resort
“Visit Harborwalk in Destin to eat, drink and see the local fishing village. ”
  • 77 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Really a must visit - crab claws, oysters bienville, nice play area with hammocks in the front, spectacular views ”
  • 46 locals recommend
Racetrack
“So fun!! Great place to bring a family with young children. Also fun for adults to go-cart race. ”
  • 37 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“My personal favorite restaurant for the freshest seafood and sushi - they have non-seafood options as well. Their thai food at lunch like friend rice is also amazing. Full service bar. Outdoor seating options right on the Harbor.”
  • 38 locals recommend
Sushi Restaurant
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“Another favorite restaurant. A great menu with seafood, steak, chicken, pizza and sushi. Something for everyone. Open for dinner onnly.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“On the boardwalk at Crystal Beach in James Lee Park. It also has a beach side bar.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Harbor / Marina
“The City of Destin's Harbor Boardwalk stretches nearly a quarter of a mile along beautiful Destin Harbor, providing increased access to the waterfront and preserving the harbor’s unique character. It offers great memories with fishing, dolphin cruises, water sport rentals, zip lining, shopping, nightlife, marina, weekly fireworks, seasonal festivals, live entertainment, and an array of restaurants and shopping boutiques. Navarre is the quiet and uncrowded beach right between all that Destin and Pensacola have to offer in the way of dining, nightlife, shopping, and activities. ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Casual restaurant by the water with mostly fried food with a fun atmosphere. Be aware you have to stand in a line to order food and depending on the crowd it may take 10-15 minutes.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Movie Theater
“Good IMAX Theater in town and they now have a new theater with recling seats.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Great outdoor atmosphere with daily specials along the Destin Harbor scene. ”
  • 25 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Irish Pub
“Famous McGuire's Irish Pub has great grub and atmosphere. Come hungry but prepare to wait as there is always a line for entry. They have large food portions, great drinks and local music.”
  • 77 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“If you are in Destin and walking on the harbor, stop in and visit AJ's and enjoy local music and food. Upstairs bar late night has great entertainment.”
  • 64 locals recommend
Resort
“Visit Harborwalk in Destin to eat, drink and see the local fishing village. ”
  • 77 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Really a must visit - crab claws, oysters bienville, nice play area with hammocks in the front, spectacular views ”
  • 46 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“My personal favorite restaurant for the freshest seafood and sushi - they have non-seafood options as well. Their thai food at lunch like friend rice is also amazing. Full service bar. Outdoor seating options right on the Harbor.”
  • 38 locals recommend
Sushi Restaurant
“Another favorite restaurant. A great menu with seafood, steak, chicken, pizza and sushi. Something for everyone. Open for dinner onnly.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Restaurant
“On the boardwalk at Crystal Beach in James Lee Park. It also has a beach side bar.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Casual restaurant by the water with mostly fried food with a fun atmosphere. Be aware you have to stand in a line to order food and depending on the crowd it may take 10-15 minutes.”
  • 26 locals recommend

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