Top 4 Inexpensive Things to Do in Destin FL
One of our favorite things about vacationing in Destin, Florida is how affordable it is. Of course, there are plenty of opportunities to spend money on shopping and fine dining in town, but you don’t need to have a ton of cash to have fun on the Emerald Coast.
In a previous blog, we profiled a number of excellent free activities in Destin. For this article, we have decided to shine the spotlight on some of the best area attractions that are easy on the wallet (but not free). Read on to learn about the top four inexpensive things to do in Destin FL.
1. Explore Henderson Beach State Park
Guests at the Henderson Park Inn will definitely want to visit Henderson Beach State Park, as it is located adjacent to our hotel! This breathtaking beach boasts more than 6,000 feet of pristine shoreline along the Gulf of Mexico. Whether you hike the park’s nature trail, go for a swim in the crystal clear water, or just soak up the sun, you will love being immersed in the Emerald Coast’s natural beauty. Admission to Henderson Beach State Park is $6 for vehicles and $2 for pedestrians and bicyclists.
2. Visit the Destin History & Fishing Museum
Taking a trip to the Destin History & Fishing Museum is another one of our favorite inexpensive things to do in Destin FL. Tracing Destin’s evolution from its early days as a small fishing village to its current status as a major tourist destination, this excellent museum features historic boats and fishing equipment, 5,500 square feet of exhibit space, and more than 75 mounts of locally caught fish. Admission to the museum is $5 for adults and $4 for seniors and those with a military discount.
3. Watch the Wildlife from Okaloosa Island Pier
Overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, the Okaloosa Island Pier is a wonderful spot for observing some of the Emerald Coast’s signature wildlife. The pier is famous for its sea turtles, which often swim close enough for visitors to take phenomenal photos of these incredible creatures. Other animals that are known to frequent the pier include dolphins, herons, porpoises, sharks, jellyfish, and manta ray. Admission to the Okaloosa Island Pier is just $2 per person.
4. Enjoy Wine Tasting at Chan’s
Chan’s Wine Bar is a great place to sample some of the best wines on the Emerald Coast. For a superb deal, head over to The Wine Bar during their daily happy hour (11 a.m – 6 p.m.) to enjoy a carafe of wine for the price of a glass.
Where to Stay in Destin
When you stay at the Henderson Park Inn, you can take advantage of all these inexpensive things to do in Destin FL. As a recipient of the Conde Nast Johansens Award for Best Luxury Value, our adults only hotel offers a variety of money-saving amenities that will make your vacation comfortable and affordable.
Voted the most romantic hotel in America by the users of About.com and TripAdvisor.com, our inn offers a gorgeous private beach, complimentary breakfast and lunch, free cooking classes, and even more wonderful features. To start planning your getaway, browse our selection of beautiful suites.