Florida’s Emerald Coast Area includes Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Crestview, Niceville and Okaloosa Island.
The beaches of Northwest Florida, from Pensacola Beach to the eastern stretches of the Beaches of South Walton, is known for its clear blue-green waters and snow white sand.
A great place for families, you can enjoy miles of beachfront on fine sugary sand. The calm Gulf waters are ideal for wading or swimming and are great for young kids.
Picnic tables, showers and concession stands are among the many conveniences available at recreation areas along the coast.
Family fun is everywhere once you head inland and explore Northwest Florida’s numerous museums and historic sites, just minutes from the beach.
Museums, historic homes and an archaeological trail through downtown historic districts make it an entertaining and educational way to explore the area’s colorful past.
Together with Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island, Destin is part of a 24-mile stretch of silky white sand beach in Northwest Florida known as the Emerald Coast.
Destin Attraction and Beach area
At Destin you will find the area’s famous crystal clear, emerald-shimmering waters, soft white sand, mile long beaches, Southern charm, restaurants sitting next to casual open-air oyster bars, incredible golf courses and seaside festivals.
If you are looking for a Destin attraction, it has an abundance of activities and attractions that appeal to kids.
These include the Gulfarium, a marine life park, the Focus Center, a children’s museum; and the Indian Temple Mound Museum and Park, site of the largest American Indian burial mound on Florida’s coast.
Families will also love the other Destin attraction including various water sports to keep the kids busy including fishing tournaments, snorkelling, sailing races, and other local fun and games.
The diving and snorkeling along the natural reefs, wrecks and barges is some of the best in the state. Dive or snorkel on the natural reefs, wrecks, and barges in Destin’s clear green waters.
Destin Attractions – Family Resorts
The Bluewater Bay Resort, Niceville, FloridaLocated on the “Emerald Coast” in Northwest Florida, and voted “One of America’s Top 10 Family Resorts” by Family Circle. 36 holes of golf, marine, biking and hiking trails, 4 pools,
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort – This giant 2400 acre resort has a beach side on the Emerald Coast (Gulf of Mexico) and also a bay side, with many activities: kids’ sailing, kids’ tennis, kayaking, putting course, Jolee Island Nature Park with pirate ship playground, and a Kidzone with programs for ages 4-6 and 7-12.
Watersports include body surfing and Boogie boards (complimentary). Kids might also enjoy the Junior Golf Academy, with excellent instructors.
The best way to get around this huge giant resort is on bikes. The centre of gravity of this huge resort is the picture perfect Village of Baytowne Wharf.
For more information visit the Emerald Coast tourist board