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Areas Around Destin

Destin is a great place to stay, but there are also awesome things to do around Destin too! From Sandestin to Miramar there’s so much fun at your fingertips. 

The Whale’s Tail

The Whale’s Tail has been in the Destin area for 30 years. With stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico for miles, the Whale’s Tail is a great place to have breakfast, lunch, or dinner while taking in the sights and smells of the ocean. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner; they also have two levels so you can walk straight from the beach to a table!

Cruise the Streets in Style

A scoot car is a small, three-wheeled, car-like vehicle that is a fun and exciting way to drive down Scenic Highway 98! Golf carts and scoot cars can travel down these roads, just make sure you're following the law. If you are in the Miramar area and want to rent a scoot car, one place you can go to is FantaSea Scooter Rentals Sales & Service. They also have scooters like a (moped), bikes, golf carts, paddleboards, metal detectors, and fishing equipment to rent as well. 

Ropes Course

While you’re the carousel, you might as well try the ropes course! The Sky Trails Ropes Course can be found right across from the carousel found in the Baytowne Wharf Village. You can test your agility on this 40 feet tall course, with three different levels! Like the carousel, there are off-season hours as well. There is a height requirement (42”), but there is a course available for smaller children. 

Carousel Ride

If you’re in the Sandestin area, the Baytowne Wharf is an amazing place to visit- and it’s free! For over 10 years their giant carousel, located in the middle of the Baytowne Wharf Plaza Village, has been a family attraction that all ages enjoy. All who ride the carousel adore the amusing and magical lights, music, decor and animals! If you’re visiting during the off-season, they are open occasionally. Although the carousel is in Sandestin, the ride is still open for the public. 

Blacklight Golf

If you're looking for an activity with some AC, try your hand at Miramar's Rainforest Blacklight Mini Golf. Their mini golf course has 18 holes, and everything is glow-in-the-dark. Not only is it a mini-golf course, but it is also an arcade. They also have a basketball court, dodgeball arena, an interactive projection system, and so more! Their hours are on their website, but they may change due to unforeseen events. Their pricing differs, but they do offer bundles.

Solaris Yacht

If you’re wanting luxury, try the Solaris Yacht at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. It’s a three-story, 125-foot boat with views of the Gulf as far as the eye can see; you can see these views from their indoor dining area and their large rooftop deck. The boat can be found on the Baytowne Marina in Sandestin. On this cruise, you’ll enjoy a yummy meal, bar, music, and sunsets. If you’re in town during any of the wharf's annual events, you can enjoy cruises then, too, since they are all year. You must have a reservation before boarding the boat. If you’re going during peak season, your best bet is to leave Southern Exposure early; depending on the route, ETA is 14-17 minutes. Their website says to be there 45 minutes before they leave the marina.


Miramar Beach has lots of different places for you to get your photos taken. You can either hire a professional and take them yourself. Either way is a great way to document your vacation to Destin! Some of the best times are during their sunsets. We've taken some pictures with a polaroid camera, and they turned out really well!

Rum Runners Dueling Piano Bar

If you like interactive shows, Rum Runners is a good choice. This attraction is also in the Village of Baytowne Wharf; in this show, piano players entertain their audience with an array of popular songs, starting from the '60s. If you’re feeling brave, go ahead and interact during the show. Rum Runners Piano Bar is a restaurant with delicious food and drinks. They also have an outdoor area for seating where you can view the piano duel, the water, and the wharf's fireworks. The duel starts at 8 p.m. and is for guests 21 and over. 

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