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Winter Activities in Destin

If winter has you down and you need a beach fix, don’t be detered from enjoying a vacation in Destin just because it’s February and “cold.” For one thing, it really isn’t very cold and for another, there is so much to see and do!

The one disadvantage to visiting the Emerald Coast during the summer is that you are so busy enjoying the beach or splashing in the resort pool that you don’t have time to check out all the other things to do in Destin such as attractions, events and shopping. Visiting in February, when the average temperature is usually in the low to mid-60’s, affords you that opportunity.

So, what do we recommend you see and do? First, climb aboard a dolphin cruise. These can be a little crowded in the summer, but you will have plenty of viewing space in the winter. Also, the water is impossibly clear so you are sure to catch a glimpse of our finned friends. We recommend riding the waves with Southern Star Dolphin Cruises. Or, if bringing the kids, try the Buccaneer Pirate Cruise for an added element of fun.

Want to ensure you see some dolphins and other sea life? Head down the road to Okaloosa Island and the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park to catch their various shows, as well as get up close and personal with the sting rays and other animals. Another great activity is a visit to the Destin History and Fishing Museum where you can see some of Destin’s first fishing fleet and learn about the boats that started it all!

The cooler months are also a great time to visit our shores if you love to run. There are a variety of half-marathons and 5Ks that take place in both January and February. Stay tunes to our Destin Event Calendar for details. The last thing we recommend doing during your cold weather visit? Catch a sunset like the one seen here, which was captured in late January. If you think our summer sunsets are gorgeous, just wait until you catch a glimpse of the oranges, yellows, pinks and lavenders of a Gulf of Mexico sunset in February!

Pack a light jacket for your vacation to the Gulf Coast and we will see you later this month.


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