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Destin: Where Taylor Swift’s Florida!!! Comes to Life

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Welcome to the Emerald Coast

May 17, 2024 — As the summer sun starts to blaze and the call of adventure beckons, there’s no better way to beat the heat than by plunging into the refreshing waters of Florida’s Emerald Coast. Planning your vacation to Destin? Our guide features some favorite adventures and activities by Destin locals!

From the moment you enter Destin, you’re transported into the world of Taylor Swift’s lyrics. Palm trees sway to the rhythm of her melodies, and oceanside scenery creates heart pounding moments straight out of her songs.

Things to do in Destin - Big Kahunas Water Park

1. Big Kahuna's Water and Adventure Park

Big Kahuna’s Water Park in Destin is so much more than just slides and pools! Welcome to the largest water park on the Emerald Coast, where every splash and slide is infused with the essence of a Florida escape.

Get ready to ride the waves of inspiration on 40+ attractions that are as catchy as Taylor’s choruses. Start your journey with a lazy river that winds its way through the tropical Destin landscape, offering glimpse of its vibrant and natural beauty. Feel the thrill of “Kowabunga Racer” as you race four lanes through twists and turns of coiling tubes and then plunge 5 stories! Just like the ups and downs of a summer romance that makes you free fall and leaves you craving more – you will feel the heart pounding rush on the “Maui Pipeline Slides!”

Things to do in Destin - 12 Passenger Pontoon Boat Rental Departing from Destin Harbor

2. Pontoon Boat Experience from Destin Harbor

Be the captain of your day and adventure out into the sparkling waters of the Emerald Coast with the 12 Passenger Pontoon Boat Rental in Destin, Florida. Explore the Choctawhatchee Bay, the bayous, The Destin Harbor, Crab Island, and soak up some Florida sun. Whether you’re in Destin with family or friends, a pontoon boat rental is the way to go. So what are you waiting for?

Activity Highlights

  • 12 Passenger Pontoon Boat Rental in sunny Destin, Florida
  • Plan your own adventure: fish, snorkel, or just cruise in style
  • Within minutes of Crab Island & the Choctawhatchee Bay
  • Choose from 2-10 hours for up to 12 passengers
  • Safe, reliable, & well-maintained equipment
  • Great experience for all ages
Things to do in Destin - Crab Island Catamaran Swim & Chill

3. Crab Island Catamaran Swim & Chill

Hop aboard the Key Cat, a 26-foot power catamaran for an adventure to remember! Join your guide, a 5th generation Florida native with extensive knowledge of Destin, Florida, and the surrounding areas. Cruise the Destin Harbor in search of dolphins and other marine life and then stop at a local hotspot, Crab Island to lay back, relax and live life as the locals do. Choose to paddleboard, snorkel, chill with a drink in hand, and relax with no worries.

Activity Highlights

  • All-Inclusive Private Crab Island Catamaran Swim & Chill for up to 6 passengers in Destin, Florida
  • Choose from different activities such as snorkeling, dolphin cruise, & visiting crab island
  • Cruise the area’s emerald green & aquamarine waters
  • Completely customizable for you & your group
  • Morning or afternoon tours are available
  • Licensed & experienced captain
  • Great activity for all ages
Things to do in Destin - Small Group Waverunner Dolphin Tour

4. Small Group Waverunner Dolphin Tour

Join in on a Small Group Waverunner Tour and see wild Atlantic bottlenose dolphins up close and in their natural habitat from the comfort of your own jet ski. From up close, you will be able to hear the sounds they make and see how much fun they have playing among the waves. Feel the cool splash of the ocean and smell the fresh air as you race through the scenic emerald waters of Choctawhatchee Bay.

Activity Highlights

  • Guided Small Group Waverunner Dolphin Tour departing from the Destin Harbor
  • Up close experience with dolphins & other marine wildlife
  • Speedy skis mean extra fun in the sun among the waves
  • Smaller groups for better interactions
  • Perfect activity for everyone ages 6+

5. Semi-Private Group Fishing Charter

Things to do in Destin - Semi-Private Group Fishing Charter

This Semi-Private Group Fishing Charter with Olin Marler is an authentic deep-sea fishing experience. The Semi-Private Group Fishing Charter gives you all the perks but with fewer passengers. This fishing adventure offers more space, shorter waits for crew assistance, and better chances at hooking more fish. The crew will even fillet and bag any fish that the customer catches on the trip for tips. Spend your day in Destin reeling in the big one with this Semi-Private Group Fishing Charter. Reel in this fishing deal and book today!

Activity Highlights

  • Enjoy hours of fishing with this Semi-Private Group Fishing Charter on a 65-foot walk around boat
  • Expert captain & crew to help with baiting, removing fish, & other techniques
  • Great bottom fishing for seasonal snapper, grouper, triggerfish & more
  • Bait, tackle & fishing license included
  • Relax in a climate-controlled cabin
  • Great experience for everyone ages 7+
Things to do in Destin - Parasailing in Destin

6. Parasailing in Destin

Join in on the excitement with the Destin X crew in Destin, Florida for a parasailing adventure. Experience the thrill of flying high while admiring the emerald green waters below. The crew has flown thousands of happy passengers in the past decade. You will see why parasailing is one of Destin’s top activities. Create memories with Destin X and book this exciting adventure today!

  • See why parasailing is one of Destin’s top activities on this Destin X Parasailing adventure
  • Departs from the Harbor in Destin, Florida
  • View Destin from a bird’s eye view over the majestic water
  • See the wonderful sights on the water & along the coast
  • Great experience for family & friends
  • Experienced captain & crew

As you can see, Destin, Florida is a paradise filled with adventures that capture the same romantic and exhilarating spirit found in Taylor Swift’s new song, “Florida!!!”. Whether you’re looking to make a splash at Big Kahuna’s Water and Adventure Park, explore the crystal blue waters with a pontoon boat rental, or experience the thrill of a dolphin jet ski trip, there’s something for everyone. Fishing charters offer the perfect opportunity to reel in a big catch, while parasailing provides breathtaking views of the coastline, whether you’re a traveler, tourist, or local.

So why wait? Plan your summer adventure to Destin and immerse yourself in the romantic and adventurous vibes that make this destination truly special. Dive into the excitement, soak up the sun, and enjoy all the incredible activities Destin has to offer. It’s time to create your own epic story in this beautiful corner of Florida.

Things to do in Destin - Taylor Swift Florida Inspired
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