Family Friendly Activities Around Destin

kids splashing in pool at destin gulfgate
by Whitney Lee

The sugar white sand and emerald waters may be what brings you to Destin, but it’s nice to have options for other activities than the beach… especially if you have little ones! If you need a break from the beach, our zero-entry pool at Gulfgate is perfect for the whole family! But if you’re looking to hit the town, here are some family friendly activities around Destin that will help your family make lasting memories. 

Little Adventures

The Tourism Development Department of Destin-Fort Walton Beach has put together an expertly curated collection of “Little Adventures”, easily located on their website! These little adventures range from free exploring adventures on the beach to paid activities like guided fishing, kayaking, and paddleboarding. Click here to check out the Little Adventures Map

PRESTO! at the Magic Parlor

PRESTO! at the Magic Parlor is a world-renowned magic show located at Destin Commons for the summer. An incredible cast of magicians, featuring acts from shows like The Illusionists and America’s Got Talent, brings spellbinding talents to our little beach town. The show is only running  through August 8, 2022, so get your tickets while you can!


If you and your family love interacting with and observing sea life, you absolutely have to check out Gulfarium! Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park is dedicated to educating, entertaining, and inspiring guests to respect and preserve wildlife by providing unique and memorable experiences for visitors of all ages to connect with marine life. 

Not only is Gulfarium great to visit with general admission, there are also opportunities for more intimate experiences with marine life. These animal encounters include interacting with dolphins, snorkeling with stingrays, and more! Click here to learn about and reserve an animal encounter today! 

Destin Commons

Destin Commons is an open-air shopping, dining, and entertainment destination. There’s something here for everyone in the family! Family friendly interests at Destin Commons include Build-a-Bear, Uncle Buck’s Fish Bowl, a candy store, movie theater, outdoor playground and splashpad, and more! 

Don’t forget to check out the sand sculptures that are only here for Summer 2022! 

We look forward to seeing you at Destin Gulfgate and hope this guide helps you plan your activities in the area.