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Big Kahuna Water Park, 850-837-4061

1007 Hwy.98 E., Destin
Oversized water park offers more than 40 exciting water attractions. Includes three tropical mini golf courses, two wild and fast go-kart tracks and three high-thrill rides.


Fenway Park Batting Cages, 850-664-6724

1306 Hwy 98E, Okaloosa Island


Goofy Golf, 850-862-4922

401 N. Eglin Pkwy, Ft. Walton Beach


Island Golf Center, 850-654-1249

1306 Highway 98, Destin

Nine Hole Pitch-n-putt - Par 3 Golf Course. Mini-Golf at Lost Lagoon Mini-Golf. Batting Cages at our Fenway Park.


Sasquatch Zoo & Wildlife Park, 850-682-3949

Hwy 90, East of Crestview, Crestview

Over 200 animals representing over 50 species from 30 countries.


The Track, 850-837-3295

1125 Highway 98, Destin,

Go-kart tracks, mini-golf, bungee jumping, bumper boats and cars, all in the heart of Destin.

The Focus Center, 850-664-1261

139 Brooks St., Fort Walton Beach

Museum for children and families filled with touchable, interactive exhibits that teach about natural phenomena and basic scientific principles.


The Zoo, 850-932-2229

5701 Gulf Breeze Parkway, Gulf Breeze

Visit one of the most unique and friendly zoos in in America. Come take a safari to the Zoo! A wildlife experience awaits you with over 700 animals surrounded by botanical gardens

> Area Golf Courses 


Emerald Bay

40001 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin 

(850) 837-5197

semi-private, 18 hole, 6802 yds, Par 72, CR-73.1, S-135


Golf Garden, The

12958 U S Hwy 98 W, Destin 

(850) 837-7422

public, 9 hole, 1630 yds, Par 29, CR-N/A, S-N/A


Indian Bayou Golf & Country Club

Choctaw/Creek Course

1 Country Club Dr E, Destin

(850) 837-6191

semi-private, 18 hole, 6892 yds, Par 72, CR-73.1, S-129


Creek/Seminole Course

1 Country Club Dr E, Destin

(850) 837-6191

semi-private, 18 hole, 7016 yds, Par 72, CR-73.7, S-128


Seminole/Choctaw Course

1 Country Club Dr E, Destin 

(850) 837-6191

semi-private, 18 hole, 6950 yds, Par 72, CR-73.3, S-126


Kelly Plantation

307 Kelly Plantation Dr, Destin

(850) 650-7600

semi-private, 18 hole, 7099 yds, Par 72, CR-74.2, S-146


Regatta Bay Golf and Country Club

465 Regatta Bay Blvd, Destin 

(850) 650-7800

semi-private, 18 hole, 6864 yds, Par 72, CR-73.8, S-148


Sandestin Resort

    Burnt Pine Course, 9300 Hwy 98 W, Destin 

    (850) 267-8211

    resort, 18 hole, 6996 yds, Par 72, CR-74.1, S-135


    Dune/Harbor Course, 9300 Hwy 98 W, Destin

    (850) 267-8211

    resort, 18 hole, 6971 yds, Par 72, CR-73.0, S-125


    Harbor/Troon Course, 9300 Hwy 98 W, Destin 

    (850) 267-8211

    resort, 18 hole, 6961 yds, Par 72, CR-73.2, S-125


    Links Course, 9300 Hwy 98 W, Destin 

    (850) 267-8211

    resort, 18 hole, 6710 yds, Par 72, CR-72.8, S-124


    Troon/Dune Course, 9300 Hwy 98 W, Destin 

    (850) 267-8211

    resort, 18 hole, 7196 yds, Par 72, CR-73.9, S-126  


The Fort Walton Beach Golf Club, 850-833-9528 Option 1

1955 Lewis Turner Boulevard, Ft Walton Beach

The Fort Walton Beach Golf Club consists of two 18-hole championship golf courses. The Pines Course features a challenging layout of over 6,800 yard through an upland pine forest. The Oaks Course offers over 6,400 yards of narrow, oak-lined fairways and challenging water hazards. In addition to daily play, the Club holds many community-oriented charity golf tournaments and promotes a Junior Golf Program every summer with free clinics.


Par 3 Course

1306 Hwy 98 E, Fort Walton Beach

(850) 244-1612

public, 9 hole, 1252 yds, Par 27, CR-N/A, S-N/A


Pitch and Putt Course

1306 Hwy 98 E, Fort Walton Beach

(850) 244-1612

public, 9 hole, 464 yds, Par 27, CR-N/A, S-N/A


Regatta Bay Golf and Country Club, 850-337-8080

465 Regatta Bay Blvd.  Destin

Holes: 18 Par: 72  - Public course featuring 18 holes of championship greens designed by golf course architect, Robert C. Walker. New clubhouse, pro shop, full - service restaurant. Open daily. Proper golf attire required. 


The Club at Hidden Creek, 850-939-4604

3070 PGA Blvd., Navarre

Holes: 18 Par: 72  -  Semi-private, 18-hole championship golf course, clubhouse facility, pro shop, restaurant. 

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> Area Shopping 


Wyland’s Paradise Galleries, 850-650-6240

51 Hwy. 98 East, Destin
Features limited edition prints, sculptures, jewelry and collectibles.


Destin’s Harborwalk, 850-654-6500

Hwy. 98 East, Destin
Stroll along the working harbor boasting the largest fishing fleet in the state of Florida. Restaurants feature seafood, a casual coastal atmosphere, prime entertainment and an Irish brew pub.

Fort Walton Beach Main Street, 850-664-6246

180 Miracle Strip Pkwy. S.E., Fort Walton Beach

Historic Downtown Fort Walton Beach
Hwy 98, Fort Walton
Charming shops and restaurants. The stores here have a reputation for giving customers old fashioned "small town" attention.


The Market Shops at Sandestin, 850-267-8092

9375 Hwy. 98 West, Destin
This impeccably landscaped outdoor center has the feel of an exclusive resort. More than 30 specialty stores.

Route 30-A, South Walton County
A charming seaside community offering a mix of over 40 shops.

Shoreline Village Mall
Highway 98 and Gulf Shore Drive, Destin
Apparel, beach attire, gifts, jewelry, Tshirts and much more.

Shores Shopping Center
Highway 98, Destin
Fashions for men and women, including sportswear, knits, swimwear and accessories.

Silver Sands Factory Stores, 800-510-6255

Hwy. 98 East, Destin
One of the largest designer factory outlet centers in the nation. Offering designer and name brand merchandise at factory direct savings.

> Dining / Nightlife   


AJ's Seafood and Oyster Bar, 850-837-1913

116 Highway 98 East, Destin

Come by boat or car. Live entertainment nightly.


Anglers Beachside Grill and Blue Moon Saloon, 850-796-0260

1030 Miracle Strip Parkway, Ft. Walton Beach

Kids Nite on Mon. with clown and face painting. Blue Moon Saloon Sports Bar features giant screen T.V's with all Major Sporting Events.

Bangkok House Restaurant, 850- 243-6911

201 Ferry Road, Fort Walton

Authentic Thai food and atmosphere. Open Tuesday - Sunday for lunch and dinner. 


Bay Cafe, 850-244-3550

233 SE Alconese Avenue, Fort Walton 

Casual French cafe on the water. 1998 Golden Fork Award. Classic French cuisine and fresh Gulf seafood. Open Mon. – Sat. for lunch and dinner

Big City Coffee House Café, 850-664-0664

201 SE Miracle Strip Parkway, Fort Walton 

A comfortable casual atmosphere, overstuffed chairs, and a charming rooftop terrace. Great coffee roasters from around the world - homemade breads & pastries, gourmet salads & sandwiches. Mon-Fri 7-7pm; Sat 8-7pm; Sun 8-5pm.


Brooks Bridge BBQ, 850-244-3003

240 SE Miracle Strip Parkway, Fort Walton

Quality food for an honest price. Hickory smoked BBQ made from scratch. Home cooking and desserts. Mon-Sat 11-8:30pm.


Cafe Italia, 850-664-0035.

189 Brooks Street SE, Fort Walton

Northern Italian cuisine. Waterfront indoor, outdoor dining/lunch and dinner. Live music on weekends. Open 11am to 10pm. Closed Monday.

Chef on the Go, Inc. - Personal Chef Service, 850-729-3377

410 Bally Way, Niceville, FL  32578

Your Personal Chef will custom design a menu for you, complete the grocery shopping, then come into your home and prepare the meal. Each meal is made according to your request and special diets can be accommodated. Just sit back, relax and leave the rest to us.


Bayou Bills Crab House, 850-867-3849

4748 Hwy. 98 W., Santa Rosa Beach
Steamed buckets of crab, oysters, shrimp, mussels, and clams with new potatoes and corn on the cob.


Beach Walk Café, 850-650-7100

2996 Scenic Hwy 98 East, Destin

"Beach Walk Cafe is popular not only because it faces the water, but also because it has grand style and delicious Gulf Coast cooking with Italian, French and Asian accents.


Cafe Grazie, 850-837-7240

1771 Scenic Highway 98 East, Destin

Italian seafood and steaks. Can't say enough great things about this one. Some of the most delicious food around./ Open for dinner only at 5pm.

Copper Grill, 850-654-6900

11225 US Hwy 98 West, Destin

Specializing only in Certified Angus Beef.


Elephant Walk, 850-267-4800

9300 Highway 98 West, Destin

Meals served: dinner, appetizers

Food served: American, steak, seafood, and regional

Reservations: required


Fisherman's Wharf, 850-654-4766

210-D Highway 98 East, Destin

This restaurant is open for lunch and dinner. It is owned by the local fishing co-op and features fresh local seafood. We love this one for lunch. Great view of the Destin harbor. Very reasonable pricing.


Flamingo Café, 850-837-0961

414 Hwy 98, Destin

Overlooking the Destin Harbor.


Fudpucker's Beachside Bar & Grill, 850-654-4200

20001 Emerald Coast Pkwy., Destin

Locally owned and operated. Serving seafood, steaks and sandwiches. Offers great kid's menu with playgrounds at both locations in Destin and Okaloosa Island.


Gilligan's Restaurant 

530 Hwy. 98, Destin
Waterfront dining on the deck in the Destin Harbor. 


Harbor Docks, 850-837-2506

538 Hwy 98, Destin

A favorite hangout for the local boat captains, so, naturally, this place has the freshest seafood on the harbor. Also, strangely enough, it has a sushi bar and hibachi!

Harry T's Boathouse, 850-654-4800

320 Hwy. 98 E, Destin, FL

Harry T's has been a local favorite for 14 years, offering outstanding waterfront dining in a fun and relaxed atmosphere,


Hog's Breath Café, 850-837-5991

541 Hwy 98 East, Destin

World Famous T-shirts, Restaurant & Raw Bar, Happy Hour Daily 4-7, Daily Lunch and Dinner Specials. 


Joe's Crab Shack, 850-650-1882

14055 Emerald Coast Parkway, Destin

Terrific food blended with a fun atmosphere create the recipe for success for Joe's Crab Shack!


Landry's Seafood House, 850-650-1881

14059 Emerald Coast Pkwy. Destin

It is the perfect blend of exceptional seafood with a light, lively and casual atmosphere. Landry's Seafood House features an array of exquisite recipes that include fresh seafood selections.


LaPaz, 850-837-2247

950 Gulfshore Drive, Destin

Food served: seafood, Mexican

Louisiana Lagniappe, 850-837-0881

775 Gulf Shores Drive, Destin

Lagniappe is cajun for "a little something extra" and that's what these folks are all about. They are open for dinner only at 5pm. They're a little hard to find but well worth it. It's a great place to watch the sunset over the Destin Harbor. You'll get a full five-course meal and they've got a great wine selection. Take clients here if you want to impress.


Lucky Snapper Grill & Bar, 850-654-0900

76 East Hwy 98, Destin

All the locals know that the Lucky Snapper is one of Destin's finest casual dining experiences.


Marina Café, 850-837-7960

404 East Hwy 98, Destin

Meals served: dinner

Magnolia Grill, 850-302-0266

255 SE Miracle Strip Parkway, Fort Walton 

Fine steaks, fresh seafood, and outstanding Italian fare. A restaurant that carries you back in time to Fort Walton's early days.


Micki’s Sno Biz Shave Ice, 850-939-6792

190 SE Miracle Strip Parkway, Fort Walton 

Great selection of flavorful summertime treats that will keep you cool on those hot summer days.


McGuire's Irish Pub and Brewery, 850-434-8364

33 Hwy 98 East, Destin

Visit us for authentic Irish dishes as well as several micro-brews to choose from.

Pancake Creperie, 850-654-9999

11225 US Hwy 98 West, Destin

The Pancake Creperie features an outstanding selection of pancakes, crepes and waffles with coffee ground at your table.


Pompano Joe's, 850-837-2224

2237 Old Hwy. 98, Destin

Located directly on the Gulf, a favorite for locals and visitors. Jeans or swimwear, you'll be comfortable either way. It's got a unique blend of fresh seafood and Caribbean seasonings. Open for lunch and dinner.


Rick's Crab Trap, 850-837-1637


Meals served: lunch, dinner


Rutherfords 465 Restaurant at Regatta Bay, 850-337-8888,   

465 Regatta Bay Blvd, Destin

From the spectacular view of Lake Regatta to a hand-selected menu, Rutherfords 465 restaurant is the epitome of intimate dining and quiet elegance.


Seagar's Prime Steaks & Seafood,  

4000 Sandestin Blvd, Sandestin

A five-star dining restaurant specializing in the finest prime beef and fresh seafood available.


Staff Restaurant, 850-243-3482

24 Miracle Strip Pkwy. SE, Ft. Walton Beach

Same family and management for nearly a century. Unbelievable entrees prepared daily with homemade desserts. Since 1943 our family has taken pride in serving generations of faithful customers.


Sunset Bay Café, 850-267-7108

9300 Hwy 98 W, Sandestin
Specializing in grilled fare with a Caribbean appeal, Sunset Bay Café in Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort is a great place for the family to dine together.

Summerhouse Restaurant, 850-244-1553

2 SW Miracle Strip Parkway, Fort Walton
Regional Southern cuisine in an elegant waterfront setting featuring fresh seafood, steaks, veal, chicken, and pasta.

Santa Rosa Bay Brewery, 850-664-2739

America’s first waterfront brewery serving gourmet beers brewed on premises and a variety of seafood, steak, and chicken dishes. Lunch – Mon-Sat 11-3:00/Dinner 5-10:00pm 7 days a week.

54 SE Miracle Strip Parkway, Fort Walton 


Staff’s Seafood Restaurant, 850-243-3482

Florida’s oldest seafood restaurant. Unbelievable entrees prepared fresh daily and served with homemade desserts. Dinner only: 5-9:30 Sun-Thurs/5-10:00pm Sat & Sun.

24 SE Miracle Strip Parkway, Fort Walton 


The Back Porch, 850-837-2022

1740 Scenic Hwy. 98 East, Destin

This restaurant is the one you want if you're looking for a "cheeseburger in paradise". Open for lunch and dinner, it features a light fare of pub styled food. It's located right on the gulf and has a great view.

> Area Museums / Sightseeing  


Air Force Armament Museum, 850-882-4062

Hwy 85, Eglin Air Force Base

This museum is the only facility in the world dedicated to the display of Air Force armament.

Ft. Walton Beach Art Museum, 850-244-1893

38 S.W. Robinwood Drive, Ft. Walton Beach

Historic Pensacola Village, 850-595-5985

205 East Zaragoza Street, Pensacola

TT Wentworth Jr. Florida State Museum, Colonial Archaeological Trail, Museum of Commerce and Victorian era Dorr House.

Emerald Coast Science Center, 850-664-1261

139 Brooks St., Ft. Walton Beach, FL

A museum for children and families filled with more than 250 touchable, interactive exhibits that teach about natural phenomena and basic scientific principles.

Indian Temple Mound Museum, 850-833-9595

139 Miracle Strip Parkway, Destin

Visitors can view Native American artifacts found within a 40-mile radius of the downtown Fort Walton Beach area at this National Historic Landmark site. 

National Museum of Naval Aviation, 850-453-NAVY

1750 Radford Blvd, Pensacola

The National Museum of Naval Aviation is one of the largest and most beautiful air and space museums in the world. Share in the excitement of Naval Aviation's rich history. See over 140 beautifully restored aircraft representing Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Aviation.

Old Destin Post Office Museum, 850-837-8572

Stahlman Ave. Destin, Fl 32541

> Snorkeling / Diving 


Adventure Pontoon & Power Boat Rental, 850-837-3041
Located in Destin Florida on the Harbor Visit

1/2 Day, Daily, Weekly & Evening Rentals Available.  Snorkeling gear, ski tubes, water skis, fishing and crabbing equipment and bait available on site.

Dixie Divers, 850-914-9988

109B West 23rd Street, Panama City

Full service dive center. PADI Five star rating. Offering daily snorkel and dive trips. SCUBA classes and private lessons.

Emerald Coast Scuba, 850-837-0955


Kokomo Snorkeling Adventures, 850-837-9029

Destin Harbor, Destin  

Scubatech, (850) 837-2822
Scuba Destin, Florida! Scuba diving and snorkeling dive charters, instruction, equipment, supplies, photos.

> Fishing Charters / Excursions


A Silver Lining Charter Fishing Service, 850-243-7304
116 Hwy. 98 E., Destin, FL 32541
Half-day to 12 hour fishing trips aboard the 46-foot "Silver Lining." Live bait, trolling, light tackle and bottom fishing.

Back Country Outfitters, 850-654-5566

Harborwalk Marina, Destin

Charter Boat Maverick, 850-259-7876  or  850-837-3188 

Harborwalk Marina, Destin
Welcome to “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village. Charter boat Maverick offers first class deep sea fishing year round and can help arrange a fishing experience you will want to repeat yearly. 43' Sportsfisherman.

Inshore Angler Charters, Inc., 850-862-9722

Inshore Angler Charters, Inc. is your number one back bay, flats, fly fishing, gulf, charter boat guide service located in the luckiest fishing village around Destin, Florida. Fishing the crystal emerald green waters from Destin into the Gulf of Mexico, or Choctawhatchee Bay you will see why it's called the "Emerald Coast." Fishing with light tackle we catch speckled trout, redfish, flounder, Spanish mackerel, black drum, bluefish, etc. year-round aboard, Inshore Angler.

Lo Baby Boat Charters, 850-934-5285

38 Highpoint Drive, Gulf Breeze

Deep sea fishing trips and bay cruises. Vessel certified for up to 22 passengers.

Mindy Lou II , 850-837-1790


22 Passenger charter boat. 4 hr, 5 hr, 6 hr, 8 hr, 10 hr, 12 hr trips. Private and group rates; Specialize in light tackle. Great for kids. Bottom fishing and Trolling.

Miss Marti Charter Fishing, 850-234-7490

3114 Thomas Drive, Panama City Beach

Four to six hour trolling trips and eight to fifteen hour bottom fishing trips. Families welcome.

Moody's, 850-837-1293

194 Highway 98 E., Destin

Come join us for a Dolphin Cruise aboard the Emerald Magic or go bottom Fishing aboard the America II. Call for schedule & reservations.

Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier, 850-244-1023

1030 Miracle Strip Parkway, Ft. Walton Beach

Silver Lining Charter Fishing Service, 850-243-7304

126 Hwy. 98, Destin

Fishing trips aboard the 46 foot Silver Lining.

> Boating / Cruises   


Adventure Pontoon & Power Boat Rental, 850-837-3041
Located in Destin Florida on the Harbor Visit

1/2 Day, Daily, Weekly & Evening Rentals Available.  Snorkeling gear, ski tubes, water skis, fishing and crabbing equipment and bait available on site.

Destin Sailing Charters, 850-226-0031

210 Highway 98 East, Destin

37 foot Ketch, Morning Star; Destin Sailing Charters offers you tranquil moments for basking in the sun, reading your favorite book, eating, and site-seeing or just relaxing.

Dolphin Cruises, 850-837-7741

Harborwalk Marina, Hwy.98, Destin

Dolphin and sunset cruises aboard the Southern Star.


Dolphin Excursions, 850-302-0021

Foot of Destin Bridge, Destin

Emerald Magic, 850-837-1293

Two-hour narrated cruises aboard the Emerald Magic highlighting dolphins and other wild things. Smoke-free cruise with tropical drinks.

The Glass Bottom Boat, 850-654-7787
Boogie’s Dock, Destin Bridge, Destin

Southern Star Glass Bottom Boat Dolphin Cruise,  850-837-7741

Harborwalk Marina, Hwy. 98 E., Destin, FL  32541

Dolphin and sunset cruises aboard the "Southern Star," a relaxing, educational tour of the bottlenose dolphin. The narrated 2-hour cruise is on the waters of Destin. On board you will participate in searching for the bottlenose dolphin, bird feeding, and listening to reggae music. The boat is air-conditioned and has a snack bar, gifts, and restrooms. Coolers are welcome. Featured on CNN and Earthwatch. 76' glass bottom boat family owned and operated.

Sunshine Pontoon Rentals, 850-837-2299
Destin Tourist Center, Destin

> Water Sports / Misc. Activities      


Adventures Unlimited, 850-623-6197

12 miles north of Milton on Hwy 87

Wilderness resort offers canoeing, tubing, kayaking and eco tour adventures on the Coldwater River.

Bayside WaterSports, 850-302-0021

1310 Hwy 98, Okaloosa Island
If you want a day on the water, then give us a call. By the half-day or all day, come see the beauty of our area at your leisure. Our 24' pontoon boats allow you to swim or fish in the most beautiful waters and beaches. Our parasailing gives you a bird's eye view of our wonderful waters, in the Gulf of Mexico and Choctawhatchee Bay. Our Jet Ski's will hold 3 people and are just the thing for an exciting ride in the Gulf of Mexico and Choctawhatchee Bay.

Blackwater Canoe Rental, 800-967-6789
Hwy. 90,

Canoe, tube and kayak hire.

Boogies Watersports,

Located at the foot of the Destin bridge. 
Waverunners, Parasailing, Glass Bottom Boat, Pontoon Boats.

Destin Watertoys, 850-837-7755

302 C Hwy. 98 E., Destin

Discount Watersports, 850-664-0051

9 Miles West of Destin, Destin  

Econfina Creek Canoe Livery, 850-722-9032

5641 A Porter Pond Road, Youngstown (Near Panama City Beach)

Canoe and kayak trips featuring crystal clear springs, honeycomb limestone banks of Econfina River.

Gilligan's Watersports,
530 Hwy. 98 East, Destin

Waverunners, Pontoon Boats, Parasailing, Jet Boats, Kayaks, Dolphin Tours and Sunset/Harbor Tours.



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