See Sharks and Shipwrecks from the Sky

Helicopter in the sky over Destin How would you like an incredible aerial view of some of Florida’s most beautiful areas? Located  a short drive away from our Destin hotel, Panhandle Helicopters offers spectacular helicopter tours of the Panama City area.

Panhandle Helicopter’s tours are ideal for couples, because helicopters can only accommodate three people in addition to the pilot. The company offers rides of varying lengths with various attractions to see. The 5 mile intro ride costs $40 and takes patrons on a scenic air tour of the Panama City pier and the County pier. If you want to see some of the area’s marine life, the Miracle Strip ($55) tour and the Shark Run ($80) tour are both great options. Those who choose the 10 mile Miracle Strip tour will fly over Shipwreck Waterpark and are likely to catch a glimpse of dolphins, stingrays and turtles. The 16 mile Shark Run tour specializes in providing patrons stunning views of hammerheads and bull sharks in their natural habitat. Customers are encouraged to bring their cameras, but in case you forget, Panhandle Helicopters does provide digital cameras and free CD burning.

The Shell Island ($125) tour combines all of the previously described tours and adds even more. This 28 mile tour visits St. Andrews State Park, the Grand Lagoon, and Shell Island, which features man made reefs and sunken boats. Finally, the 36 mile Seaside Tour ($150), takes vacationers on a trip around Rosemary Beach, Seacrest Beach, Alys Beach and Seagrove Beach. Highlights of this tour include rolling dunes, pristine lakes and beautiful architecture.

After watching Florida’s beaches from above, you can see them up close when you return to the Henderson Park Inn. Our Destin hotel has its very own private beach featuring the same white sand and emerald green water visitors see on their helicopter tours. Visit our Amenities page to find out why the Henderson Park Inn was voted the most romantic hotel in North America.

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