Polar Bear, Pelican, and Penquin Plunges Set for New Year’s Day
POLAR BEAR PLUNGE –¬†Our original ‚Äúplunge‚ÄĚ, this is the 11th year for the Polar Bear Club to plunge into the Gulf on New Year’s Day, rain or shine, behind the Crab Trap in Destin. Registration is at 10 a.m. with the swim at 10:30. Sponsored by Destin Fire Rescue Foundation, there will be a lifeguard on duty. A $20 donation is requested to benefit the fire rescue foundation.
PELICAN PLUNGE –¬†The Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island will host the first Pelican Plunge at 11:30 a.m., Jan. 1.¬†All proceeds benefit the Emerald Coast Foundation, a charitable organization committed to investing the in the youth of Northwest Florida.
Day-of registration for the plunge begins at 10:30 a.m. at The Boardwalk‚Äôs common area located just below The Crab Trap. The restaurant will be offering some liquid courage cocktails before the official splash into the Gulf of Mexico at 11:30 AM. A post-plunge party will also take place at The Crab Trap and will include warming hot-cocoa, coffee, and tasty gumbo..
PENGUIN PLUNGE & PADDLE –¬†The eighth annual Penguin Plunge & Paddle at Juana’s Pagodas Sailors’ Grill in Navarre Beach, also on Jan. 1. Participants can show off their paddle skills in a stand-up paddle board adventure course at 12:30 p.m. At 1:30, participants will take a dash from the beach and plunge into the Santa Rosa Sound. Afterwards in Juana’s beach tent, participants can “chill” and enjoy complimentary food, drink, live music, awards and buy raffle tickets for a chance to win prizes. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Santa Rosa Kids House and the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center. Entry fee per person for the Plunge starts from $20 and the SUP Adventure starts from $30.
If you need to make last minute New Year’s Eve weekend plans, limited vacation rentals in Destin are still available with some lodging at a 30% discount.