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Emerald Coasting is
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Rejuvenate your spirit and get a little sand in your soul in the Heart of Florida’s Emerald Coast, a breathtaking setting for your next faith-based gathering. Travelocity rates us “the Best Family Beach in the U.S.” and Southern Living has named us one of the “Top Three Family Vacation Destinations in the South” for 14 years in a row.

Let us help you organize a yoga class on the beach. Take your group on a sunset sailboat cruise and take in the beauty of the Gulf of Mexico. Plan a sunrise beachside service or go on a nighttime educational beach walk and learn all about baby sea turtles and our efforts to protect them. There’s something for everyone in your group on the Emerald Coast.

Suggested Group Activities

Amusement USA at HarborWalk Village

Hamster balls, bungee trampolines, mechanical surfboard rides, HarborWalk Village, Mining Company and more.

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Beach Fun

Spend the day playing together on one of five beachfront parks and 12 beach access ways along the Destin, Ft. Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island coastline. Some have pavilions, picnic tables, restrooms with changing areas, playgrounds and volleyball nets. What they all share is that signature sugar-white sand and emerald-green water.

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Big Kahuna's Water & Adventure Park

It's hard to say who loves this oversized water park more – kids or adults. Big Kahuna's offers more than 40 exciting water attractions, three tropical mini golf courses, two wild and fast go-kart tracks, and two adrenaline-pumping rides. You'll have a blast.

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Cubby Caboose Mini Express Train at HarborWalk Village

Take a train ride through HarborWalk Village to see the sites and wave to those walking!

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Destin Commons

Voted "Best Shopping Center" by locals, this open-air lifestyle center feels like a small-town village with 95 specialty stores, restaurants and entertainment options with something for everyone! Kids will love the mini train, interactive water fountain, Pirate's Cove soft playground and Uncle Buck's FishBowl & Grill bowling alley and restaurant.

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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 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.

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Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park

Come snorkel with stingrays and sharks, feed penguins and watch otters play at Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park. Featuring dolphin and sea lion shows, the marine park is also home to seals, turtles, alligators and more.

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HarborWalk Village

HarborWalk Village on the Destin Harbor is an inviting collection of sixty or so waterfront restaurants, nightclubs, water activities, quaint shops, exclusive boutiques and more than 20 boats from the Destin Charter Boat Fishing Fleet. This is where the Emerald Coast gathers for weekly fireworks, seasonal festivals and live entertainment.

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Nighttime Educational Beach Walks

These walks are part of an effort to protect the sea turtle populations along the Emerald Coast, increase ecotourism in the area and provide additional family-friendly activities. Free and open to the public, the walks explore Okaloosa Island and Destin and are open to a maximum of 20 people each evening, age six and up.

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The list of things to do is as long as our coastline.

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Suggested Events:

  • Church service on the beach at Henderson Beach State Park, Easter thru Labor Day
  • Sunrise services on the beach on Easter Sunday
  • Concerts at the Landing in Ft. Walton Beach
  • Concerts at HarborWalk Village
  • Mattie Kelly Arts Festival

Whether you’re looking for a “rock and roll” church or something more traditional, you’ll find it in this church listing.

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Sunday school teacher meetings, youth group retreats and other religious groups have found the perfect place for spiritual gatherings. Find out what our team can do to help with your next event.

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