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Top 5 Activities in Destin for Kids

fishing1There are so many options when thinking about fun things to do in Destin. Destin has many activities that are family friendly and below are the top 5 activities to do with your kids while staying on the Emerald Coast.

#1 Parasailing

Imagine getting to see Destin from a bird’s eye view. While parasailing you will see sea life such as, dolphins and sea turtles. You will have twelve minutes of air time and can share the view with two other people. Parasailing is a must do activity when visiting Destin because you get to see just how beautiful the area is from a perspective most don’t get to enjoy.

#2 Charter Fishing

Come experience why Destin is called The Luckiest Fishing Village! No matter what season you visit us in there is always something to catch in Destin! We have multiple boats for you to choose from and your kids will love the experience of fishing in the Gulf. iLoveDestin is partners with a few of the boats available including Lil’ Stasia Charter Boat, First Light Fishing, and Phoenix Charter Fishing. You can find more information about these boats on the activities tab on our website.

#3 Destin History and Fishing Museum

The Destin History and Fishing Museum is a great educational activity for you and your family to experience! Learn about all of the types of fish swimming in our Gulf waters, and also walk through Destin’s history.  The Destin History and Fishing Museum is a good chance to relax and provide your family an educational experience on how Destin came to be what it is today!

#4 The Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park

The Gulfarium is located on Okaloosa Island and is a great place for you and your family to visit while on vacation. You will encounter many different types of animals at the Gulfarium including stingrays, turtles, gators, and penguins. There are activities that your kids can participate in at the Gulfarium such as, breakfast with the dolphins and a stingray bay snorkel!

#5 Dolphin Cruise

The Southern Star features a 2 hour tour aboard Destin’s original dolphin cruise. During the tour you will get to observe Coastal Bottlenose Dolphins in their natural habitat. The Southern Star is an 80 foot glass bottom boat that is sure to treat you and your family to the tour of a lifetime!

Destin’s beaches alone can make your vacation great, but participate in these five Destin activities to make your time here even more memorable! To find out more information about any of these things to do in Destin visit the activities tab on our website.

 

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Baguette Bistro Is a New Favorite

Baguette Bistro is an excellent new addition to our wonderful Destin, Florida restaurant scene. A reviewer on Yelp wrote “I had the mild yellow curry and have to say, as a curry lover, (who’s eaten it all over from LA to NY) it was the BEST, most flavorful I’ve ever had.” This peaked our interest so we decided to check it out for ourselves. On the menu, the curry is described as “curry sauce, arugula, red bell pepper, yellow squash, zucchini, & steamed rice.” It was an ample serving, shared by all five at our table, and all declared “delicious!” We added shrimp to our curry dish, but you can also add tofu, chicken, or Atlantic salmon.

“With a menu inspired by traditional French and modern Vietnamese cooking, we focus on comfortable food with energetic flavor.” That’s the description by owner Duc Tran about his new restaurant located east of the Destin Commons.FullSizeRender-1

Under the Vietnamese menu, we also sampled another Yelp recommendation – lemongrass chicken. An excellent combination of wok-seared all natural chicken, red bell & green pepper, spinach, lemongrass sauce, slice onion, and steamed rice. Another favorite at the table.

There are several recommended dishes under French & Orleans dinner menu, including southern pork loin, orleans salmon & jumbo shrimp, and grilled rack of lamb.

This is a restaurant that has also figured out how to do a salad just right. We choose the crispy apple-kale salad. It was a huge serving filled with a mixture of kale, Fuji apples, cilantro, Brussel sprouts, crispy scallions, and a wonderful ginger dressing. You can also choose to top your salad with grilled chicken, shrimp, or sirloin.

We also had very nice, attentive service by our waitress, and the restaurant owner, Duc Tron, paid a very welcoming visit to our table, then treated us to one of his favorite appetizers, French beef rillettes. It was a yummy treat (think beef pate’), served with a wonderful toasted bread.

We will have to return for lunch soon as we spotted several items on the lunch menu that we would like to try, including the special mango chicken wrap (served with pho broth & eggroll) and the southern buttermilk crispy chicken sandwich.

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Vietnamese Banh Mi sandwiches are also on the lunch menu. If you have never tried one, they are a treat. It’s a delightful combination of pickled carrot, cucumber, basil, jalapeno, and cilantro served on a French baguette with either meatballs, ham, chicken, or beef rillettes.

Baguette Bistro is located at 4418 Commons Drive, East, next door to Jets Pizza in the Publix shopping plaza. Current opening hours are everyday, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm. The restaurant is also available for group bookings.

Enjoy!

Kendra Veach

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Sea Turtles Nesting in Destin, Florida!

Loggerhead sea turtle The conservation of our area wildlife is very important to us here along the Gulf Coast. The beautiful emerald water and white sand beaches are home to a myriad of animals, including a variety of creatures such as several species of sea turtles, whom have just begun nesting.

Sea turtles are big, beautiful animals and it’s fun to watch them come ashore. Their natural instinct and affinity for one beach over another is fascinating and awe inspiring. But, there are some guidelines we ask you to follow if out enjoying the beach at night during your Destin vacation. This ensures the safety of the turtles and their nests.

Sea turtle season runs from May through October, with late spring and early summer being the best time for new nests, while late summer and early fall are usually the busiest times of year for hatchlings. The creatures love to nest along the beaches of Destin and South Walton, as the South Walton Turtle Watch group can tell you.

Sea turtles normally lay their eggs at night, so if you happen to be out for a walk there are a few precautions we ask you to take. First, stay back! Please don’t interfere, block the path or get too close to a nesting mother. Also, keep things dark. While it might be hard to for you to see, flashlights may confuse the turtles during their trip to or from the Gulf. In fact, during the summer, use sea turtle safe lights, which are red in color, over the harsh and confusing bright white lights of normal flashlights.

Oh, and one more important tip to help protect local wildlife while on vacation in Destin or anywhere along our beaches – keep things clean, flat and, as we mentioned, dark. That’s the motto of local turtle watchers. Pick up all your trash from your beach day, throw away properly, knock down sand castles, fill in beach holes and remember to turn off those white flashlights if you spot a turtle.

 

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