Emerald Coasting is
red, white and blue reunions.
Thanks to our armed forces, there is beauty and peace all around us – especially at the Heart of Florida’s Emerald Coast – the choice of hundreds of military groups and event planners every year.
We invite you to experience a little R&R on our sugar-white sand beaches. Shove off on one of our dolphin-watching cruises. And get your fill of fresh, local seafood.
On Thursday evenings in the summer, in honor of our military, HarborWalk Village offers free concerts, a special salute to a patriot or hero, a vintage plane flyover and fireworks at dark. Join us for these moving celebrations between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Click here for a suggested Red White & Blue Tour Itinerary.
Suggested Group Activities
Airforce Armament Museum
The only facility in the U.S. dedicated to the display of air force armament is located near Eglin Air Force Base’s main gate in Ft. Walton Beach. Outside, you’ll discover an impressive collection of 25 reconnaissance, fighter and bomber planes, including the fastest plane ever built – the SR-71 Blackbird Spy Plane. Inside, you'll find more than 1,500 artifacts from World War I to today, including interactive displays such as a fighter cockpit simulator. Free admission.Visit Website
Destin Helicopter Tours
Offering extraordinary helicopter rides overlooking Destin and Ft. Walton Beach that you can never forget.Visit Website
Excursions & Sailing
If it floats, you’ll find it on the Emerald Coast. Here you can charter sailboats for a romantic sunset cruise, pontoon boats for a party at sea and fishing boats for adventure. Destin is home to the largest for-hire fishing fleet in the U.S. If you’ve always wanted to go deep-sea fishing, now’s your chance. We also offer dolphin watching and pirate cruises.Learn More
Fly The Beach
Schedule the most fun introductory flight you can get in 20 minutes! The pilot will even let you take your turn trying to fly the plane! You can come alone or bring everyone in your group so everyone can take a turn to fly.Visit Website
Whether skirting the sugar-white sand beaches or wandering through a grove of live oak, pine and tropical vegetation, you’ll have a great time golfing at our eight championship golf courses and country clubs.Learn More
From the depths of the breathtaking Gulf of Mexico to the sleepy bayous, beautiful lakes and pristine waters of the Choctawhatchee Bay, there is an abundance of fish to be caught here year-round.Learn More
Jet Skiing, parasailing, kiteboarding, surfing, waterskiing – you can do it all here. Don’t leave without spending a few days at Crab Island, a favorite spot among locals.Learn More
The list of things to do is as long as our coastline.
Here to serve.
Since the Emerald Coast is home to Eglin Air Force Base, Hurlburt Field and Duke Field, most area attractions cater to your interests and offer specials and discounts for active duty personnel and veterans. Find out what our team can do to help with your military reunion or event.Contact Us