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Emerald Coasting is
surrendering to your artsy side.

Dolphins aren’t the only ones who perform for audiences on the Emerald Coast. Take in an Off-Broadway musical, the ballet or the symphony. Visit famous Wyland Galleries or bring your easel and set up an art class on the beach. The Emerald Coast has inspired artists and art lovers for years. Whether you are an arts group or simply a group that wants to add a little culture to your event, we can help.

Your group will be amazed not only by our productions but by our theaters as well. They say every seat at the $25 million Mattie Kelly Arts Center is the best seat in the house. Our cultural festivals are also a big draw. Check out our calendar of events for more art and culture related special events or click here for a suggested Cultural Adventures Itinerary.

Suggested Group Activities

HarborWalk Village Amphitheater

HarborWalk Village on the Destin Harbor is home to the HarborWalk Village Amphitheater featuring plays and concerts. Every Saturday night all summer long, you can experience a free concert at Rock the Docks.

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Heritage Park & Cultural Center

Here you’ll find three fascinating museums that together form a cultural center representing the history of the Ft. Walton Beach area. Indian Temple Mound Museum features an impressive collection of ceramic artifacts and an Indian Temple Mound that dates to 1400 A.D. Next door is the Camp Walton Schoolhouse Museum, housed in the first schoolhouse constructed for the children of Camp Walton in 1912. Remember snail mail? The Garnier Post Office Museum features a collection of interesting stamps and other items from 1918 to 1956.

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Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College

The area’s venue for world-class entertainment, featuring indoor and outdoor stages for touring Broadway shows, Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra concerts, many other musical offerings, innovative artistic events and performance art from all genres.

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Northwest Florida Ballet, Inc.

Northwest Florida Ballet provides world-class ballet performances and training to the community and reaches thousands of schoolchildren through public programs and performances exclusively for students.

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Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra

The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra (NFSO) is a professional orchestra which offers the highest quality of standard and new orchestral repertoire to the growing and diverse population of Northwest Florida.


Paint the Coast at The Pancakery

Paint the Coast specializes in teaching beginning artists basic painting techniques in a casual, relaxed environment. Students are provided all supplies and will finish their masterpiece in one 2-3 hour session at The Pancakery in Destin or Cafe Liquid in Niceville, starting at 6:30pm on various evenings.

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Sinfonia Gulf Coast

The Emerald Coast’s only fully professional orchestra performs works from the area’s best musicians and features international guest artists.

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Special Touch Gallery

Special Touch Gallery hosts the unique work of local artists from around the Emerald Coast boasting artwork ranging from lamp work and sculptures to watercolors and photographs.


Stage Crafters Community Theater, Inc.

Catch a Broadway-style show produced, directed and performed by the community's talented thespians.

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