Best Places For Destin Horseback Riding

A group of horses ready for Destin horseback ridingThe most serene way to soak up Florida’s natural beauty is with a horseback ride through one of the Sunshine State’s stunning parks. Few activities are more peaceful and romantic than a quiet trot through the forest.

We’ve found the top two stables for Destin horseback riding.

Double D Riding Stable

9731 Bearfoot Blvd., Panama City, 850-722-4156

Located in Panama City, Double D Riding Stables takes its patrons on a scenic ride through the trails of St. Andrews State Park. Double D charges $30 per hour per person, and the shortest trails last around two and a half hours. Be advised, Double D Stables can only take 2 people out at a time.

To schedule a ride, contact owner Donny Wildman a couple of days in advance. Donny can be reached at the stable’s phone (850-722-4156) or his cell phone (850-832-1713).

Arnett’s Gulfside Trail Rides, Stables, and Campground

613 S County Highway 393, Santa Rosa Beach, 850-208-3114

Arnett’s Gulfside Stables is ideal for horseback riders with little or no experience. Rides at Gulfside stables start with a preliminary 10 – 15 minute training session, so everyone is comfortable on the saddle before they hit the trails. For $50 per hour, individuals are guided through one of the 15 distinct trials in Point Washington State Forest. Consisting of sand hills, swamps, wet prairies and wet flatwoods, a ride through Point Washington State Forest’s varied terrain offers spectacular views of Florida’s unique flora and fauna.

Gulfside Stables can accommodate up to ten riders at once, which is perfect for group vacations or wedding parties. To schedule a ride, call Gulfside Stables at least one day in advance.

The perfect way to end a fun day of Destin horseback riding is a relaxing night in a luxurious room at the Henderson Park Inn. Voted the most romantic hotel in North America, the Henderson Park Inn is the only beachfront hotel in Destin. Give us a call at 866-398-4432 to make your reservation today!

Jason Fishman is a writer and editor specializing in history, dining, travel and tourism. In his spare time, he enjoys science fiction, breakfast food and bad puns. To read his latest vacation tips, click the Google+ follow button below!