Five Ways to Get Outside

The Heart of Florida’s Emerald Coast is a great destination to get outside. Here is a list of five ways to keep you out in the sunshine while you’re in Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Okaloosa Island. Beach Sand Sculptures Learn from the ‘World’s Largest SandCastle Lesson Company’, with a two-hour…

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Three Surprising Facts about Sea Turtles

Among the local population living in the Heart of Florida’s Emerald Coast, are sea turtles. There are four species most common on our beaches: Loggerhead, Green Turtle, Leatherback, and Kemp Ridley’s turtle. They can live to be over 50-years-old and weigh more than 250 pounds! Here are three other…

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Three Things to Know Before You Go…to the Beach

Nothing beats a day of relaxing on one of our gorgeous, sugar-white sand beaches of Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Okaloosa Island. Whether you’re splashing in the warm, emerald-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico, playing on the powder-soft sand, or just lounging in the sun, it’s easy to see why we’re…

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Lionfish Removal & Awareness Festival

The Heart of Florida’s Emerald Coast always has something fun to experience and the 5 th annual Lionfish Removal & Awareness Festival is one to add to the list! Head down to the Destin Harbor on May 18 th and 19 th for this free event in conjunction with the Emerald Coast Open. Not familiar with the…

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The Emerald Coast: A Family Vacation Your Kids Will Love!

Spring is a beautiful time of year along the Heart of Florida’s Emerald Coast and a perfect time to take the whole family out to explore. Everyone loves putting their toes in the sugar-white sand but there is much more to enjoy beyond the beach for families visiting Destin, Fort Walton Beach…

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Party Like a Pirate: Billy Bowlegs Festival 2019

Argh! Ahoy ye mateys, hoist the mainsail and scuttle the jib. We be plundering booty even if it means sinking to the bottom of Davy Jones’ Locker. We’ll be honest…that didn’t make a lot of sense to us. However, if you’re a fan of talking like a pirate, or just yelling, “g’yaaarrr” at people, then…

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Burning up the Beaches

May 2-4, 2019 Do you like cars? No, do you really like cars? Classic cars? Hot rods, muscle cars, drag racers, and street racers? That car from Smokey and the Bandit? You know the one. You don’t just like cars, you love cars. It’s a passion. A burning passion. Well, we’ve got a burning passion for…

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The 24th Annual Concerts in the Village

If you’re a lover of great music, great food, and great weather, you’ll love the Concerts in the Village presented by the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation. Now entering its 24 th year of bringing a variety of bands and performers to the area, Concerts in the Village offers a party you can’t miss every…

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More to Explore at the Destin Commons

The Destin Commons is the place to go if you’re looking for an amazing shopping experience while visiting the Heart of Florida’s Emerald Coast. The outdoor mall and lifestyle center truly has something for everyone. Visit the mall and you’ll find delicious dining options, shopping for tastes of all…

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Let's Go Paddleboarding!

Keep your fitness on track while enjoying your time in the Heart of Florida’s Emerald Coast! We all know that stand up paddleboarding can be a lot of fun but did you know that it is also a great low-impact workout? When taking a spin on a paddle board you will use your entire body water to propel…

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