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When it comes to sporting events and tournaments, the Emerald Coast scores big with event planners. Whether you sit in the stands or are here to compete, you’ll find what you’re looking for on the Emerald Coast.

The Emerald Coast Convention Center can be configured to fit any kind of event, from a professional umpire meeting to a national cheer competition. The 30,000 square-foot, open-air venue, Bayview Plaza, provides the perfect location for all of your outdoor sporting events. The Morgan Sports Center features four regulation softball fields, two little league baseball fields, three soccer fields, a basketball court and a sand volleyball court. The Ft. Walton Beach Tennis Center features 12 lighted courts, a pro shop and plenty of bleacher seating to accommodate large-scale events. The Baker Recreation Area is the spot for horse shows and has seating for approximately 2,400 spectators. And, of course, the Emerald Coast is a golfer’s paradise, with eight championship golf courses.


Suggested Group Activities

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 even have nets for beach volleyball.

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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 along with you so everyone can take a turn to fly.

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Golf Outing

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.

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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 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.

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Fishing Trip

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.

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Watersports

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.

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Air Force Armament Museum

Discover an impressive collection of 25 reconnaissance, fighter and bomber planes, including the fastest plane ever built – the SR-71 Blackbird Spy Plane. Interactive displays include a fighter cockpit simulator. Free admission.

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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 with something for everyone!

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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, harbor seals and more. Become a VIP trainer and work side-by-side with the staff to learn what it takes to train and care for marine mammals. Don’t leave without getting a kiss from a harbor seal.

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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 Education 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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Watersports

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.

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

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