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Destin, Florida: Ideal Family Vacation Destination

Updated on October 15, 2010

If you are looking for a vacation destination for your family that will provide lots of fun and sun, Destin, Florida might be just the place for you! Located on northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast, Destin draws visitors every year who seek relaxation and adventure activities.

Destin offers many things to do that kids and adults will both enjoy. If your family enjoys water sports, consider renting a pontoon boat for a day out on the water, or go jet skiing for the more adventurous members of your family. Waverunners and parasailing are also popular, and several outfitters lead snorkeling tours to help you observe the wildlife in Destin’s waters. Dolphin excursions can also be a great choice for families.

If there are anglers in your family, several outfitters in Destin rent fishing tackle and guided fishing tours by boat. These outfitters will also provide fishing instruction for those with little experience, so if you have always wanted to learn to fish, this is your chance!

If you prefer to relax off the water, consider a tour of Eden State Gardens and Mansion, built in 1898. The gardens surrounding the mansions are open all day. Several golf courses and great shopping venues are also available. The Track Recreation Center, located in east Destin, also offers go-cart tracks, miniature golf, bumper boats, and a bungee jumping tower. This is a great place to take kids of all ages.

Accommodations available in Destin range from the rustic to the luxurious and are sure to fit all tastes and budgets. Several campgrounds in and around Destin offer visitors the chance to experience the beaches first hand. RV parks are particularly popular in this area.

If camping is not your thing, Destin offers scores of hotels ranging from inexpensive chain hotels to local favorites. Several resorts in Destin offer fantastic views of the beach as well as tennis and racquetball courts, spas, pools, fitness facilities, and fine dining.

Condo rentals are also popular in Destin and can be a great affordable option for families. While some condos require a minimum stay of several weeks, others require only a 3 or 4 day stay, making condo rental a feasible option for families on shorter vacations. Several cottage-style rentals boast of offering a quieter atmosphere and more secluded experience than resorts.

No matter what activities and accommodations you choose, your Destin vacation is sure to provide you and your family with beachfront entertainment and relaxation!

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    Sarah Fleming 6 years ago from Santa Barbara

    Wow, it sounds really beautiful. Great hub!