Destin Boardwalk & HarborWalk Village

This tourist mecca of timeshare condos, boutiques, restaurants, nightclubs and a marina is worth a stroll, especially if you have kids. Most of the area's tour operators (including private fishing charters) have kiosks here and there are plenty of activities to enjoy, albeit at tourist prices.

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1. Okaloosa Day Use Area

2.94 MILES

This sub-section of gorgeous Gulf Islands National Seashore includes parking, beach access and a picnic area.

2. Henderson Beach State Park

4.22 MILES

Our favorite beach area in Destin is this state park, which includes a 0.8-mile nature trail. There are also some excellent beachside campsites ($30),…

3. Okaloosa Island Pier & Boardwalk

4.99 MILES

Stretching out almost a quarter of a mile into the Atlantic, this popular recreational-fishing pier is open 24 hours in the summer and is illuminated for…

4. Seascape Beach

5.44 MILES

Although all of Destin's beaches are family-friendly, this beach is maybe a little more family-friendly, given the presence of restrooms, a picnic area…

5. US Air Force Armament Museum

5.75 MILES

One for military buffs. The exterior of this hangar-style museum, flanked by fighter planes, appears small, but inside are extensive weapons displays –…

6. Indian Temple Mound & Museum

5.88 MILES

One of the most sacred sites for local Native American culture to this day, the 17ft-tall, 223ft-wide ceremonial and political temple mound, built with…

7. Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

13.9 MILES

There's some 1640 acres of natural beauty to discover at Topsail, including quiet white-sand beaches, sun-battered wetlands, sand pine scrub forest, a 2.5…

8. Dune Allen Beach

15.67 MILES

Simply one of the more pleasant beaches along South Walton, Dune Allen is a family-friendly slice of sand that's great for the kids, or adults who just…