5 Can’t-Miss Places to Visit in Destin FL
Destin, Florida is home to some of the most-buzzed-about destinations on the Emerald Coast! Whether you’re hoping to do some shopping, explore the Gulf of Mexico, or simply soak up the sun, our charming city is sure to have exactly what you’re looking for. To help you make the most of your vacation, the Henderson Park Inn has put together a guide to five can’t-miss places to visit in Destin FL.
1. Destin Harbor Boardwalk
The Destin Harbor Boardwalk is one of the most iconic spots on the Florida Panhandle. Visitors to the boardwalk will find a wonderful collection of restaurants, bars, clubs, and shops overlooking beautiful Destin Harbor. Additionally, the harbor is an excellent destination for water sports and boat tours, including the area’s signature dolphin cruises. Of course, the boardwalk is also a great place to just sit back, relax, and watch the boats come into the harbor.
2. Crab Island
Crab Island is another one of the can’t-miss places to visit in Destin FL. Located at the entrance of Choctawhatchee Bay, this underwater sandbar is famous for its waist-deep water, floating food vendors, inflatable slides, and live entertainment. While Crab Island is a well-known party scene, it is also a great spot for low-key fun, such as paddleboarding. The best way to reach Crab Island is by renting a pontoon boat or chartering a trip with a local company. If you visit Crab Island, be sure to keep your wits about you in case of strong tidal currents.
3. Destin Commons
Destin Commons is the area’s ultimate shopping destination. Located 5 minutes away from the Henderson Park Inn, this large outdoor mall is home to a variety of popular stores, including Pepper Palace, Belk, Bass Pro Shops, Talbots, Victoria’s Secret, and Kay Jewelers. Even if you’re not necessarily looking to buy anything, Destin Commons’ scenic fountains, outdoor music, and palm trees make it a wonderful place to walk around and enjoy the atmosphere.
4. Henderson Beach State Park
The Henderson Park Inn is adjacent to Destin’s most beautiful beach! Featuring sugar white sand and emerald green water, Henderson Beach State Park is the perfect spot to catch some rays or go for a swim in the Gulf of Mexico. The state park also boasts a scenic ¾ mile nature trail, which passes through flowers, vegetation, and sand dunes.
5. Destin History & Fishing Museum
Ideal for a rainy day, the Destin History & Fishing Museum traces the history of Destin from its Native American past to its modern-day status as a major vacation spot. This great museum features over 75 mounts of locally caught fish and a number of historic fishing boats. Guests can either take a tour with one of the museum’s knowledgeable volunteers or explore the exhibits at their own pace with an MP3 player and headset.
When you stay at the Henderson Park Inn, you will be near all of these incredible places to visit in Destin FL. Our adults only bed and breakfast has been voted the most romantic hotel in America by the users of About.com and TripAdvisor.com, and we are proud to hold the Conde Nast Johansens Award for Excellence. To start planning your vacation, browse our selection of Destin hotel rooms.