Things You'll Love To Do in Destin

The Season of Love is upon us and what better way to celebrate than a couples’ getaway in beautiful Destin, Florida? With a plethora of activities for all kinds of couples, we’ve curated the perfect list of Valentine’s Day experiences and Mardi Gras excursions that are sure to be full of love and laughter. From adventurous private helicopter tours to exclusive fancy dinners at Destin’s premier restaurants, there is no shortage of options to make your Valentine’s Day one to remember. Heading into town for the Mardi Gras celebration? We have the perfect list of parades for you to enjoy. Join us as we dive into the best events of February in Destin, Florida.

For Mardi Gras

Where to find King Cake in Destin 

What is Mardi Gras King Cake,

Indulge in the ultimate classic Mardi Gras dessert, King Cake, for your Mardi Gras in Destin. Found at some of our local grocery stores, King Cake is an iconic treat of Mardi Gras where a plastic baby doll is hidden inside. Whoever finds the baby in their slice of cake is said to have good fortune for the year! Get your King Cake from Fresh Market or Publix; we hope you’re lucky enough to find the baby!

Mardi Gras Parades 

Destin Mardi Gras Parade,

 Celebrate Mardi Gras the Destin Way by attending exciting and beautiful Mardi Gras Parades around the area. Saturday, February 10th, at 2 pm head down to Harborwalk Village for a fun-filled afternoon of parades of Mardi Gras festivities, accompanied by local live music and vendors, this event is sure to be filled with both Mardi Gras and local charm. Can’t make it on Saturday? Check out the Baytowne Mardi Gras Parade on Sunday, February 11th. Starting at 2 pm, the iconic Village of Baytowne Wharf transforms into a festive and enthusiastic Mardi Gras celebration with beads, food, floats, and everything in between!

For Valentine’s Day 

Sunset Dinner Cruise

Wedding Venues in Destin,

 Looking for the ultimate romantic gesture this Valentine’s Day? Treat your significant other to a beautiful sunset dinner cruise from SunQuest Cruises. With a chef-curated special Valentine’s Day dinner menu aboard a 125ft yacht, you can make the most romantic Valentine’s Day memories with the person you love most. Tickets and availability are limited, make your reservation today! 

Couples Massage

Spa Photo Gallery,

For a relaxing and rejuvenating Valentine’s, look no further than Serenity By the Sea’s Side-By-Side Massages in their exclusive couple’s massage room. The perfect activity for any couple, couple’s massages provide the perfect rest and relaxation that everyone longs for on their vacation. Consider making a day out of it! Serenity by the Sea offers a collection of specials and packages for the spa day of your Valentine’s Day dreams.

Dinner and Live Music

Marina Cafe,

 End your Valentine’s Day at one of Destin’s premier dining experiences at Marina Cafe. This Valentine’s Day, Marina Cafe will offer its classic nightly dinner menu, with popular items such as the Seared New Bedford Scallops and the Floridian Grouper alongside the serene music of a live saxophonist. Can’t make it Valentine’s Day? Marina Cafe is offering multiple fantastic events throughout the month of February that are sure to be just as romantic and special. 

Hike and Picnic 

Henderson State Park,

 Are you an outdoorsy couple looking for a romantic excursion this Valentine’s Day? Be sure to check out the beautiful Henderson Beach State Park. This gorgeous local state park offers a variety of activities so you and your significant other can share your combined love of nature in the great outdoors. Our recommendation? Pack a picnic and take it down to the sugary white sand of the park’s beach. And don’t forget your fishing rods; Henderson Beach State Park boasts some of the best fishing in the Destin area!

Private Helicopter Tour 

Photo Gallery,

For those who are looking to embrace the saying “go big or go home” attitude this Valentine’s Day, Timberview Helicopters offers a selection of stunning helicopter tours of the Destin area. Whether you're visiting Destin for the first time or the thirtieth, you’re sure to see something new and exciting from the cabin’s seats. Traditionally, Timberview’s tours have seats for up to 4 people, making this the perfect double date! Or, if you’re looking to rent the cabin just for the two of you, Timberview offers that option as well. 

SeaLight Festival


Enjoy the stunning craftsmanship of over 1,000 handmade Chinese lanterns as theSeaLight Festival makes its debut in Miramar Beach. From February 1 to March 31, 2024, guests are invited to take in the beauty and wonder of these exquisite lanterns, inspired by Chinese legends and zodiacs. Visit the SeaLight Festival website for dates, availability, and ticket purchasing. Use code: SEALIGHT for 10% off tickets!

Whether you're in Destin for the perfect Valentine’s Day or a Mardi Gras celebration, Destin provides the most ideal activities and adventures to keep you booked and busy. For availability, bookings, or more information, visit our website. We’re excited to host you for this amazing month of love!