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Three “Touristy” Things To Do in Destin That Are Totally Worth It

HarborWalk MarinaThe Hydrojet at HarborWalk Village

In a nutshell, the Hydrojet is “the world’s largest jet ski.” That means you’ll be jumping  waves and shaking salt as you (and two dozen others) jet into the Gulf of Mexico.

Faster than your average sunset cruise, you’ll need to bring a towel and maybe a change of dry clothes for the Hydrojet.  Prepare to be splashed. While the thrill of the ride and waves is the Hydrojet experience, don’t be surprised if you happen to see a dolphin or two. Tickets run $20 for adults and $12 for children. Plus, the sights, sounds, and smells of walking along the Destin Harbor are worthwhile in themselves.

Henderson Beach State Park

Why would you pay $6 to go to Henderson Beach State Park when you can go to any of Destin’s other beaches free? Because Henderson Beach is one of the most gorgeous stretches of white sand and emerald water, even for Destin. It’s far less crowded because it isn’t a public beach, so you won’t have to scramble for a prime spot near the water. Not to mention, the picnic pavilion is the perfect place for family meals, without all the sand.

Scuba Diving

If you would have given anything to trade places with Disney’s Ariel (or hey, even Sebastian), then you need to try Emerald Coast Scuba or Scuba Tech. With Destin’s clear, warm water, abundant marine life, and several shipwrecks off the coast, it is the perfect place to earn your wetsuit and fins. If you’re a scuba novice, professional divers provide training beforehand to ensure safety and comfort in the water. Once you’re ready to dive, Destin offers several limestone outcroppings, corals, and shipwreck sites.

Don’t mistake these unique Destin offerings for just another tourist trap. These are the things to do in Destin you don’t want to miss! Book your stay in Destin today and start planning your adventures.


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