5 of the Best Boat Tours in Destin Florida

A group of Dolphins swimming together.

A boat tour is one of the very best ways to enjoy the Emerald Coast’s breathtaking scenery. Whether you’re hoping to spot some of the area’s signature wildlife, or you’re just looking for a relaxing journey around the harbor, there is a cruise with your name on it in Destin. To help you make the most of your next vacation, the Henderson Park Inn has put together a guide to five of the best boat tours in Destin Florida.

1. “Original Dolphin Cruise” with Southern Star Dolphin Cruises

Featured on CNN and National Geographic Explorer, Southern Star Dolphin Cruise is a can’t-miss part of any Destin vacation. This two-hour narrated tour takes guests through Destin Harbor and into the Gulf of Mexico to search for the area’s most famous creatures. While they can’t guarantee that you will see dolphins during your trip, Southern Star’s motto of “expect a miracle” suggests that they are pretty confident in their dolphin finding abilities!

2. “Sunset Sail” with Smile n Wave

Smile n Wave’s Sunset Sail is another one of the most popular boat tours in Destin Florida. Perfect for a romantic evening, this cruise provides stunning views of the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico. Unlike other companies in the area, Smile n Wave uses sailboats for its tours, so no loud motors will spoil the serenity of being out on the water.

3. “Red, White, & Blue Fireworks Cruise” with Destin’s Original SeaFireworks in the sky over the water. Blaster

Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the city of Destin hosts incredible fireworks every Thursday night. If you’re looking for a unique way to watch the pyrotechnics, we suggest taking the Red, White, & Blue Fireworks Cruise with Destin’s Original Sea Blaster. This fun cruise includes tours of Destin Harbor and the Gulf before parking for the fireworks show at 9 p.m.

4. “Crab Island Cruise” with SunVenture Cruises

Crab Island is the Emerald Coast’s ultimate party destination! This underwater sandbar offers live music, water slides, paddle boarding, floating food vendors, and even more fun. The only way to get to Crab Island is by boat, so you’ll definitely want to book a trip with SunVenture Cruises. Three-hour Crab Island Excursions are offered daily in the summer, beginning on May 16.

5. “Two Stop Snorkeling Tour” with Destin Snorkel

Snorkeling is an excellent way to see what’s under the sea! When you take a tour with Destin Snorkel, you’ll have the chance to spy fish, crabs, seahorses, shrimp, and other creatures as you explore the area’s bay waters and jetties. In addition to snorkeling, guests also get free use of Destin Snorkel’s single and double kayaks.

A woman snorkeling in tropical waters.When you stay at the Henderson Park Inn, you will be just a short drive from Destin Harbor and all of these wonderful boat tours in Destin Florida. Voted the most romantic hotel in North America by both the users of About.com and TripAdvisor.com, our adults only bed and breakfast is the perfect place for a wedding, honeymoon, anniversary, or any special vacation. Located adjacent to Henderson Beach State Park, our inn boasts a private white sand beach for the exclusive use of our guests. To learn more about everything the Henderson Park Inn has to offer, visit our Amenities page.

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