No vacation in Destin, Florida is complete without picking up a few souvenirs! Having mementos from the Emerald Coast in your home will keep all of those incredible memories from your getaway alive and well. To help you prepare for your next escape, the Henderson Park Inn has put together a guide to finding the best souvenirs in Destin FL.
Banana Bart’s has been an iconic destination on the Emerald Coast for over 30 years. This shop is legendary for its eclectic collection of unique home decor, quirky beach-themed gifts, jewelry, T-shirts, and so much more. Many of the items for sale are handmade by local artists.
The Banana Bart’s building was built in the early 1930s and was actually the first vacation home on Destin Harbor. While many people assume that “Banana Bart’s” is just a catchy name, the co-owner of the store really is named Bart!
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Footprints Gift Shop
Footprints Gift Shop is another one of the most popular places to buy souvenirs in Destin FL. Much like Banana Bart’s, Footprints has been a can’t-miss shopping spot for over three decades. This store specializes in coastal themed gifts and home decor, including seashells, handmade metal craft sculptures, cards, books, picture frames, signs, and jewelry. Known as the “best little shop on the beach”, Footprints is guaranteed to have something you’ll love.
Waterfront Gifts & Art
Located at The Village of Baytowne Wharf, Waterfront Gifts & Art is famous for its custom jewelry. Captain Jessie, the talented owner of this shop, will design a unique piece for you while you wait! Waterfront Gifts also sells paintings, ornaments, purses, wallets, and more wonderful items that were handmade by Jessie and other local artists. Additionally, visitors to this shop will find hats and T-shirts from the Destin-based company Sheepshead Wear.
Studio by the Sea
Studio by the Sea gives you the chance to create your very own Destin souvenir! This traveling art studio offers painting lessons right on the beach (or indoors if it’s raining). No prior experience is necessary, as your instructor will provide a step-by-step guide to the basics of acrylic painting. All of the materials you need to paint your masterpiece will be furnished by the studio.
Where to Stay in Destin
When you stay at the Henderson Park Inn, you will be just a short drive from all of the best places for souvenirs in Destin FL. Located adjacent to Henderson Beach State Park, our adults only bed and breakfast offers a private white sand beach for the exclusive use of our guests. We provide complimentary towels, chairs, umbrellas, and picnic lunches, so the only thing you have to worry about it is enjoying the beach.
The Henderson Park Inn was voted the most romantic hotel in America by both the users of About.com and TripAdvisor.com. Perfect for a wedding, honeymoon, anniversary, or any special couple’s retreat, our inn has everything you need for an incredible getaway on the Emerald Coast. To start planning your vacation, browse our selection of Destin hotel rooms.