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The Henderson Park Inn staff writes about things to do in Destin, Florida.

Tee Up at the Top Five Destin Golf Courses

Regatta Bay Destin golf courseThe city of Destin is not only a paradise for fishermen but a drawing card for those who enjoy playing golf in one of the country’s most beautiful settings. Within one hour of the city are numerous courses designed by well-known architects of the game. Destin golf courses, which offer a challenge to the best and to the amateur, all take advantage of the natural beauty of the area. Any one of these five Destin golf courses, among the many in the area, is a must for anyone who enjoys the game. Continue reading

Welcome to Henderson Beach State Park

Henderson Beach State ParkThe Henderson Beach State Park in Florida is one of the nicest in the world. The 208-acre park’s southern border is on the warm and clean water of the Gulf of Mexico with the clearest blue hue, which often looks more like a sparkling emerald green. The Gulf provides opportunities for surfing on occasion but beach goers will also see paddle boarders, and of course, swimmers enjoying the rolling waves. The beach is soft white sugar sand and has 6,000 feet of shoreline with no shells or rocks. Continue reading

Why Destin FL is a Top Destination Area

Top Destination Area, Destin FLWhy is Destin, Florida a top destination area? While Florida has long been crowned king of Gulf beach vacations, the city of Destin, recognized nationally as a top destination area, has more to offer than miles of sugar-white beaches and turquoise waters. It’s also awash in history, culture, nature and plenty of outdoor adventure that doesn’t involve getting sand between your toes. Destin’s beaches are continually voted some of the most beautiful beaches in the world! Award-winning, championship golf courses are plentiful, and Destin is truly the “world’s luckiest fishing village.” Combine all that with a shopper’s paradise at both our nation’s largest designer Silver Sands Outlet Center and Destin Commons, a unique open-air town center mall, and you have a perfect vacation spot to return to year after year! Some of Destin’s recent accolades…..
Destin beaches received the most votes for the Best Beaches in Florida from U.S. News & World Report: 8 Best Beaches.
Good Morning America: Destin, FL – One of the Most Beautiful Places in America!! Click here to see the clip (be sure you watch until the end)!
Ask any of the helpful staff at the Henderson Park Inn and they will recommend just a few of the many activities and things to do when visiting Destin in late spring and early summer. Besides relaxing on the beach, playing a round of golf or shopping, below are just a couple of ideas to make your destination vacation in Destin, Florida a truly memorable experience!
1. Rent a Street Legal Golf Cart - With so many miles of beautiful beaches it’s hard to cover it all on foot. Rent a “Street Legal Golf Cart” that can be delivered anywhere from Destin to Miramar Beach to Hwy 30A. Don’t miss out on this unique way to tour the area….or if you’re staying at Henderson Park Inn, you may prefer a casual ride on one of our complimentary bicycles!
2. Find a Restaurant – If you love great local fresh food, Destin has some of the finest restaurants around …..in fact, Destin’s Henderson Park Inn eatery, Beach Walk Café, was just named among the top 100 most romantic restaurants in the county by the dining website OpenTable. Offering several options for enjoying a romantic dinner, the intimate dining room overlooks the Gulf and for the ultimate romantic dinner, book their “Toes in the Sand” dining right on the beach!
3. Dolphin Tours - Looking for a little excitement? Try a Dolphin Watch and History Cruise. If you’re not ready to go into the water, perhaps a trip on the water is right for you. Offered several times throughout the day, these excursions deliver the best of both worlds. You get to hear about the local history while cruising along the shore or inland waterways in search of dolphins. Pack a picnic (include a little wine or beer) and enjoy a sunset cruise!

2013 Event Highlights For Things To Do In Destin Florida

Things To Do In Destin Florida

Whether you are planning a trip to the beautiful seaside community or live close by the sandy beaches of Destin, Flordia I’m sure that you are looking forward to relaxing to the sound of ocean waves and the laid back feeling that accompanies life near the shore.  When you are looking for things to do in Destin Florida to step up the entertainment possibilities you will want to take a look at some of the 2013 events we felt were worthy to highlight

It might surprise you if you’re wondering what to do in Destin, FL in the “winter” months (with 70 degree temperatures this week!) that Destin offers world-class entertainment. Of all my favorite events in Destin, FL, the Mattie Kelly Arts Center is featuring the New York Tenors on Saturday, January 12th. Henderson Park Inn’s staff will be happy to arrange transportation to enjoy a night of Broadway, opera and American classics with three of New York’s greatest talents! Make a special romantic evening by dining at BeachWalk Cafe and enjoying one of the most romantic events in Destin, FL!

For those unfamiliar with the New York Tenors, Daniel Rodriguez, Andy Cooney and Michael Amante will showcase some of world’s greatest repertoire in their national touring show. Rodriguez, known as “The Singing Policeman” and “America’s Tenor,” soothed the nation’s grief in the days following September 11. Cooney, christened “Irish America’s favorite son” by the New York Times, has performed internationally, including two sold-out performances at Carnegie Hall and Amante, “The People’s Tenor,” is a combination of All-American good looks, romantic Italian charm and an incredible voice.

Individually, the three men are superb, but together, The New York Tenors provide an overwhelming, “can’t miss” showcase of some of the world’s greatest vocalists and repertoire. For ticket information, call the Henderson Park Inn and we’ll gladly assist or you may purchase online at the center’s website.
For more things to do in Destin Flordia, I would highly recommend another well-known event – the musical celebration of peace and love – HAIR, the 2009 Tony Award-Winning Best Musical Revival directed by Diane Paulus, appearing at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center for one night only on Wednesday, January 30, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.

HAIR is a joyous celebration of youth and a poignant journey through a tumultuous 1960′s America, and features an iconic score including chart-topping hits such as “Let the Sun Shine In,” “Aquarius,” “Hair” and “Good Morning Starshine.” This inspiring new production of HAIR features an exuberant finale where audiences are invited onstage to dance with the cast, and has a level of inclusiveness that is rarely seen in musical theater. Executive producer, Daniel Sher, notes that, “We are excited for audiences across the country to take this journey with us. See for yourself, let your hair down and share the love!”
This is truly one of the most exciting things to do in Destin, FL and will make your stay at the Henderson Park Inn a memorable occasion!

Still not sure what to do in Destin, FL? For those less musically inclined and looking for sporting events in Destin, FL, try “Sunset on the Harbor” usually held in March or April, kicks off with a Corporate Fishing Challenge, where 4-person teams, 2- person teams, and individuals board a party boat at noon and compete for the largest fish award. The boat docks and unloads its catch, where participants join in a community cookout and other fun activities already underway on the docks.

For another fun sporting event in Destin, FL, join the crowd for Destin’s third Bayou, Bay & Back 5K Run/Walk, 10K & Half Marathon sponsored by Shoreline Church set to take place Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013! The USATF-certified half marathon will begin at Clement Taylor Park in Destin at 7:30 a.m., and the 5K/USATF-certified 10K will begin at 8 a.m., rain or shine. While all courses are set alongside Destin waterways, the half marathon course yields breathtaking views of the Choctawhatchee Bay, Destin Harbor, and East Pass, as it leads you through Destin, along a 4-mile undeveloped stretch of Okaloosa Island, and back.

For registration, the Henderson Park Inn staff will assist you or you can visit Active.com. The 5K and 10K are $30 through Jan. 25, and $35 on race day. The half marathon is $60 through Jan. 25, and $70 on race day.

So…if you need an excuse to take a break from the winter blues, there are many events in Destin, FL to keep you busy. We hope to see you soon! Call us or visit us at www.hendersonparkinn.com.


BEST ATTRACTIONS IN DESTIN, FLORIDAWondering what to do in Destin, Florida this holiday season? We’re experiencing beautiful weather and many are enjoying simple walks on the beach, paddle boarding or just relaxing by the surf with a good book. But there are many things to do in Destin, Florida other than spending time on the most beautiful white sandy beaches in the world!
If you want to get in the spirit of the season, Destin, Florida is a shopping mecca with Destin Commons located just a mile from the Henderson Park Inn. Boasting a huge Christmas tree and holiday decorations galore, Destin Commons is a unique, open air town center, featuring upscale shopping, casual and fine dining, Bass Pro Shop, Belk Store, Rave Motion Pictures and many more.
Of the many things to do in Destin, Florida, locals and tourists alike visit the Silver Sands Factory Stores , a shopping extravaganza with over 100 designer names and located just minutes from the beautiful white sandy beaches and emerald green waters of Destin, Florida. You’ll enjoy Saks Off Fifth, Michael Kors, Coach, Cole Haan, Ralph Lauren, Carter’s and more in a festive holiday atmosphere.
Still wondering what to do in Destin, Florida in December?

For fishing and history enthusiasts, learn about the history of Destin, its founders and families at the Destin History and Fishing Museum. For the serious fishermen, you’ll see award-winning fish caught in Destin and view a collection of antique fishing rods and reels.  If an afternoon in the museum is not your “cup of tea” and you prefer an outdoor experience, take a sunset cruise on a glass bottom boat in Destin’s harbor and gulf in a climate-controlled cabin with a snack bar. Watch Dolphin’s splash around and play while you experience one of our gorgeous sunsets! The concierge at Henderson Park Inn will be happy to arrange this or other cruises, fishing charters or water sports.

One of the locals favorite things to do in Destin, Florida is Harborwalk Village on the Destin Harbor. Here you’ll find quaint boutique shopping, great restaurants overlooking amazing views of the harbor and more than 20 of the Destin Charter Boat Fishing Fleet.

Romantic Scavenger Hunt On The Beach

Romantic Scavenger Hunt On The BeachThe key to a perfect romantic getaway is a pristine destination and creativity. Destin Beach, Florida is the perfect setting for these dimensions of paradise to come to life. Fusing elegant beach surroundings with your own unique creative elements is the ideal way to explore the things to do in Destin. Creating a romantic scavenger hunt on the beach allows you to experience a beach retreat that will remain in your memories for the rest of your life. Your partner is sure to be thrilled by the effort you put into making your romantic escape together like nothing they have experienced before.

Romantic scavenger hunts provide the opportunity to experience a sense of adventure and explore all the attractions that Destin Beach has to offer at the same time. Romantic relationships are at their best when lovers are still able to surprise one another. A scavenger hunt is easy to tailor towards the interests and personal experiences that have allowed your love to grow over the years. Starting on the Emerald coast, intrigue your partner with the first clue. Move through the beauty of the sand dunes and along the golden shores to find the next clue to send you off to another destination.

There are a variety of attractions that can lead the expedition off the beaches and into the mainland as well. Clues from a scavenger hunt on the beach may guide you to Florida’s Gulfarium where you can experience dolphins and sea lions first-hand. Perhaps you will be led to the Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier where you can move out over a quarter mile above the gulf. Clues may abound throughout Big Kahuna’s. A mini-golf course and over 40 water attractions provide an ample setting for fun and inventive ways to guide your lover to the next attraction. The fun can continue as you make your way to the Walton Beach Skating Center. For those that enjoy history, the clues can even be educational. A hint or two that takes you to the Baker Block Museum can allow you to explore the heritage and culture of the shores which has been collected since and put on display since 1870. The possibilities are varied and exhilarating.

Clues from your scavenger hunt on the beach can even take you off-shore. Boating excursions and dolphin tours circle the coast lines and even offer underwater viewing areas. The scavenger hunt can be a day filled with intrigue and exotic surroundings. A romantic scavenger hunt on Destin beach can reach its conclusion back on the shores where you started. Here, you and your lover can enjoy a romantic sunset together as you recount the fun and adventure of the day over a romantic dinner.

Romantic Beach Picnic Ideas

Romantic Beach Picnic IdeasRomantic beach picnic  ideas are quite a special way to celebrate a special occasion with your loved one, or just a great way to relax outdoors. Most picnics take place in a park – to ensure that yours is really original, why not have a romantic picnic on the beach? Planning a beach picnic to enjoy with your partner is one of the most romantic and unique activities you could think of. Not only is it a refreshing reprieve from indoor dates, it is relaxing, intimate, and memorable. It takes a little bit of planning to ensure that your beach picnic goes down perfectly, so this article is written to help you design your perfect romantic beach picnic date.
Planning a romantic picnic revolves around the food. Since the theme of your picnic will be romance, you might want to include some notorious aphrodisiacs to ensure the mood is set. Foods such as oysters, asparagus, almonds, and avocado are all famous for their supposed romantic effect, however they are not necessarily the most picnic-friendly foods. Instead, why not plan a meal that centers around your partner – what are their favorite foods? By including foods that you know your significant other loves, you are sending an intimate message that you know them, care about them, and want to provide for them. You could include hors d’oeuvres or finger foods, which as a romantic activity you could feed to one another. Another course could be a deliciously sweet fruit salad, with fruits such as pineapple, strawberries, mango, and kiwi. Chocolate is, of course, also a popular and winning ingredient to a romantic date. Wine is the classic choice for a romantic picnic, pairing excellently with picnic foods as well as chocolate, and providing a romantic mood and uplifting effect. If you are traveling you can pick out special treats from a beach walk cafe.
The atmosphere of the picnic is, or course, just as important as the foods and drinks that you bring along. Destin Florida You want to make sure that you pick the right spot and in the outdoors this can be a tricky thing to do. The picnic spot must be comfortable – if your picnic is on a warm or hot summer day, be sure to pick a spot in the shade, preferably under a big overhanging tree like palm. However, not all beaches have palm trees and so be sure to bring along a large umbrella to stick in the sand. This also provides some privacy from other people. To ensure the utmost privacy, try to pick a beach or spot on the beach that is not crowded. Make sure that you lay down a large, thick blanket to ensure that neither of you gets too sandy.
What makes beach picnics romantic is the proximity of the ocean. The sound of softly crashing waves, gently blowing breezes, and the supportive feel of soft sand underneath make for a very special atmosphere for romance. Most beach picnic ideas revolve around the idea of an evening or night picnic. This is ideal because not only are there less people (and more privacy), but the lighting can be magical. A sunset on the beach is a very special experience. The beach during the night with the moon reflected on the surface of the ocean ensures that you will have a truly memorable, romantic occasion.

Romantic Things to Do in Destin, Florida

Destin rests on the Emerald Coast, and its white beaches and stunning emerald waters serve as the perfect backdrop for a romantic getaway with your sweetie. This once sleepy fishing community is now a thriving destination for tourists, with over 4.5 million visitors each year. If you’re thinking of taking your special someone on a romantic vacation, consider visiting a bed and breakfast in Destin, FL. Continue reading