Things to Do in Destin in the Winter as Told by Our Front Desk Staff
When the summer crowds are gone, Destin turns back into a small beach town. Though while there’s less traffic, there’s still plenty to do in Destin in the winter.
We know in your research for your vacation, you’ve likely read plenty of lists of things to do, but we asked our wonderful front desk staff what their favorite things to do in Destin in the winter are.
So, take it from six locals that live and work here, these are the best things to do in Destin in the winter:
Tim: Dinner and a Movie
If the weather is a little too cold to enjoy the beach, Tim recommends dinner at the Ovation Dining Club at Grand Boulevard. This shopping and entertainment complex rests just a short drive from Henderson Park Inn and is home to New Vision Cinema’s Boulevard 10, which features the Ovation Dining Club. This unique experience allows movie-goers to order delicious food, like Grilled Chicken Alfredo Pizza, and drinks, including beer and wine, directly from their seat in the theatre. Learn more about the theatre and check out movie times on New Vision’s website.
Ian: Have Dinner at McGuire’s Irish Pub
If you’re looking for a delicious, casual dinner, McGuire’s Irish Pub is for you. It’s just down the road from the Inn, right across from the Destin Harbor and has been around since 1996. With more than 500 seats in the Irish-saloon-styled pub, you shouldn’t have a problem finding space. It’s one of Ian’s favorite places to grab a meal and catch some live music, and if you’re not sure what to order, he suggested the bean soup. Check out the rest of the menu on McGuire’s website.
Emily: Sip Cocktails on the Destin Harbor
If you’re looking for things to do in Destin in the winter that involve live music, the Destin Harbor is your spot. Throughout the winter, HarborWalk Village hosts a number of musical events, including a Jazz competition and more. Emily suggests grabbing a cocktail from one of the many wonderful bars lining the harbor and strolling past each, stopping where the music meets your taste.
Mary: Reading on the Beach
While the weather might be a touch chillier than our usual sunny and 75 degrees, Mary suggests grabbing a light jacket and a good book to relax and listen to the waves roll in the background. If you’re looking for a place to purchase a great novel, Henderson Park Inn sits just around the corner from a Barnes & Noble and a Books-A-Million.
Renee: Attend a Crafting Event
There are an exceptional amount of things to do in Destin in the winter, but Renee’s favorites include those that involve some sort of crafting. Grayton Beer Company, a local brewery, hosts a series of painting events, called Pints & Paints, throughout the winter.
Tamee: Check Out Live Local Music
Destin remains home to incredible local musicians that play up and down the Panhandle. From Chris Alvarado to the Forrest Williams Band, you’re bound to find an artist or band to love around here. Tamee suggests checking out the Mattie Kelly Art Center, which is just a short drive from the Inn and hosts concerts throughout the year.
No matter what you enjoy doing, there’s something for everyone here, and if you’re still searching for things to do in Destin in the winter, stop by the front desk at Henderson Park Inn, and our incredible and friendly staff would be happy to help pair you with the perfect activity for your winter getaway.
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