Outdoor Fun on the Emerald Coast

The Emerald Coast is a playground for the outdoor enthusiast. Our unique environment boasts miles and miles of white sand and blue sky, and the waters below are teeming with wildlife. Championship golf is par for the course, and water adventures any way you like them are for the taking. Outdoor recreation is the best way to experience what sets Destin, Fort Walton Beach, and Okaloosa Island apart from other destinations across the globe.

There are few sweeter memories than fishing with your dad, and Destin is the perfect place for a family fishing trip. Dubbed the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village” the small town has the largest charter fishing fleet in the United States.

It’s easy to walk down to the Destin Harbor and book a trip Destin Vacation Boat Rentals. The captain will take your family or group out deep-sea fishing, inland fishing, or bay fishing for an experience that you will cherish forever. So book a fishing charter, get out on a boat, and see what type of monster you can pull up from the deep. Captain and crew will take care of the rest.

Want to enjoy the water without the fishing? Destin Vacation Boat Rentals is also the place for boat tours, cruises and waverunner dolphin tours as well as jet ski, pontoon, powerboat, and sailboat rentals. Check them out for fun says of water adventures of every kind! Discount Water Sports also has a selection of pontoon boat and waverunner dolphin excursions and offers high-flying parasailing as well.

For dolphin watching with the family, try The Southern Star Dolphin Cruises. The Southern Star is an 80 ft. boat and sports restrooms and a climate controlled galley for your comfort on this two hour cruise to see the dolphins. Other highlights include island music, educational talks about local dolphin pods, seabird feeding, and the chance for the kids to drive the boat!

Want to enjoy the fish without hooking them? Get underwater and see what’s down there! Dive sites along the Emerald Coast are teeming with huge bait balls and tiny organisms living on the jetties and around sunken ships.

Destin Snorkel can outfit you and take you out to the Destin jetties for some outdoor fun and to try SNUBA ― a cross between snorkeling and scuba diving done at 20 ft. depths in which no certification is necessary. Instructors are on hand to point out marine life and provide a safe and fun experience.

For a full SCUBA certification course, head over to Emerald Coasts SCUBA. The PADI 5 Star Dive Center is a full-service dive shop, where you can rent and purchase gear and book a dive trip on the Aquanaut, the same boat from Jaws 2.

Paddleboarding is one of our favorite outdoor pastimes at the beach. The sport is relatively easy to pick up, and gliding on top of the water is exhilarating. BOTE Fort Walton Beach is the premier paddleboard company, made right here on the Emerald Coast. Whether you’re a yogi or a fisherman, there’s a BOTE board for you.

For a really, really big boat ride, bring the little matey’s and hop aboard the Buccaneer Pirate Cruise Ship. Destin’s real-life pirate ship is an interactive family cruise that takes passengers on an adventure in search of treasure. Kids are entertained by sword fights, pirate lore, and treasure hunts, while the parents kick back and relax on the big blue sea.

Outdoor fun is a way of life on the Emerald Coast. Our days are full of sunshine and sand, and we love to get out and explore. Kids can pretend they’re pirates, SCUBA divers can explore the final frontier, and fisherman can land the big one and go home with a fish tale. Remember, they call the outdoors great for a reason.

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