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Destin Golf

Not only is Destin, Florida home to some of the world’s best beaches and deep sea fishing, the area also offers some of the country’s finest golf courses. With over 10 premier golf courses within a 10 mile radius of Destin, avid golfers are sure to find a course that matches their skill set and budget. An array of professionally designed courses offer amazing beauty and challenging holes that meander through the plush landscape and salt marshes, while offering breathtaking views of both the Gulf of Mexico and Choctawhatchee Bay.

Below is a listing of nearby golf courses easily accessible from anywhere in Destin.

Bluewater Bay Golf Resort
1950 Bluewater Blvd.
Niceville, FL
Toll-Free: (800) 874-2128
Telephone: (850) 897-3613
Golf Shop: (850) 897-3241

Semi-private course. Club rentals, 36 holes, par 72, 6600 yards

Kelly Plantation Golf Club
4393 Commons Drive East
Destin, FL 32541
Telephone: (800) 811-6757

Semi-private championship course. 18 holes

Emerald Bay Golf Club
40001 Emerald Coast Pkwy.
Destin, FL
Telephone: (850) 837-5197

Semi-private championship course. 18 holes

Ft. Walton Beach Golf Club
1909 Lewis Turner Blvd
Ft. Walton Beach, FL
Telephone: (850) 833-9530

Public championship course. 18 holes, par 72, 5700 yards

Golf Garden of Destin
112958 US Hwy 98 East
Destin, FL 837-7422

Public. Lighted course and ten-acre practice area.
9 holes, par 29, 2455 yards

Indian Bayou Golf & Country Club
1 E Country Club Drive
Destin, FL
Telephone: 850-837-6191

Semi-private. Driving range.
18 holes, par 72, 6958 yards 9 holes, par 36, 3500 yards

Island Golf Center
1306 Miracle Strip Pkwy
Ft. Walton Beach, FL
Telephone: (850) 244-1612

Par three golf course and a nine-hole pitch and putt.
9 holes, par 27, 2295 yards

Regatta Bay Golf & Country Club
465 Regatta Bay Blvd
Destin, FL
Telephone: (850) 337-8080

Public, championship course.
18 holes, par 72, 6,829 yards

Santa Rosa Golf & Beach Club
W City Highway 30A
Santa Rosa Beach, FL
Telephone: (850) 267-2229

18 holes, par 72, 6068 yards

Seascape Resort & Conference Center
100 Seascape Dr
Destin, FL
Phone: (850) 837-9181

Public course with driving range.
18 holes, par 71, 6100 yards

Shalimar Pointe Golf & Country Club
302 Country Club Rd
Shalimar, FL
Telephone: (850) 651-1416

Semi-private course, club rentals.
18 holes, par 71, 6200 yards

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Destin Activities and Entertainment

Whether being outdoors is your thing or checking out a museum is more your style, whether you like spending your daytime in a park or enjoying thriving nightlife, Destin has plenty to offer in the way of attractions, amusements, and things to do.

AJ’s Club Bimini
116 E Hwy 98
Destin, FL 32541
(850) 837-1913

Recently voted the Emerald Coast’s “Best Outdoor Bar”, and “Best Place to Watch the Sunset” AJ’s claim to fame is rooted in Club Bimini’s awesome atmosphere, great bands and exceptional view. With a full service cocktail bar and an upstairs deck for a great view, Club Bimini also has live bands seven days a week. There is an open-air dance floor, too. Just a quarter mile east of the Destin Bridge, on the harbor

Air Force Armament Museum
100 Museum Drive
Eglin AFB, FL 32542
(850) 882-4062

The Air Force Armament is the only facility in the U.S. dedicated to the display of Air Force armament. Visitors can view a variety of historical Air Force planes, from a B-17 World War II bomber to an F-4 Phantom II jet. There are extensive aircraft and armament exhibits. Admission is free. Hours of Operation: Open daily from 9:30am to 4:30 p.m.
however, closed on federal holidays. Tours are self-guided and it is located near the entrance of the Eglin Air Force Base’s main gate on Hwy 85, between Shalimar (Fort Walton Beach area) and the Okaloosa County Regional Airport.

Big Kahuna’s Water and Adventure Park
1007 US Highway 98 East
Destin, Florida 32541
(850) 837-4061

This water park is located in the heart of Destin and will thrill kids of all ages with its dozens of slides, quiet pools, and the biggest manmade waterfall in the world. The adventure park features Tropical Mini Golf, Grand Prix Raceway, Cyclone thrill ride, Pakali Arcade, Sky Coaster, and Super Speed Raceway. Spend all day and check out both the water park and the adventure park.

Eden Gardens State Park
Port Washington, Florida 32454
(850) 231-4214

This lovely park of moss-draped live oaks, abundant flora and well-kept lawns is a favorite spot for locals and area visitors wanting to spend time in a peaceful, natural, outdoor setting. Visitors can enjoy the grounds, gardens, and picnic area daily from 8:00 a.m. to sunset. Home to the Wesley Mansion with its collection of Louis XVI furniture that is the second largest in the United States, Eden Gardens State Park also offers guided tours of the house hourly Thursday through Monday (including holidays). A nominal fee is charged for tours, and there is a picnic area with adjacent parking available.

Emerald Coast Science Center
139 Brooks Street
Fort Walton Beach FL 32548
(850) 664-1261

This is a museum for children and families filled with more than 250 touchable, interactive exhibits that teach about natural phenomena and basic scientific principles. Located in a beautiful waterfront park directly on the sound in Fort Walton Beach, the Emerald Coast Science is open year-round, but is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s, Fourth of July and Easter Day. Hours of operation are Weekdays 9am to 4pm & Weekends 11am to 4pm. Admission fees are currently: Adults $5.00; Children (4-17) $3.50; Seniors (55 and older) $4.00; & Children 3 and under Free.

Florida’s Gulfarium
1010 Miracle Strip Parkway
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
(850) 243-9046

Florida’s Gulfarium located directly on the beach on Okaloosa Island in Fort Walton Beach is the nation’s oldest marine show aquarium. The main attractions of the Gulfarium are the 3 different live marine shows with dolphins and sea lions that you can see any day of the week, rain or shine. There are also feed demonstrations between shows and you can spend time strolling the park grounds and viewing the animal exhibits. General admission fees run Adults (ages 12-61): $17.50; Seniors (age 62 and over) $15.50;Children (ages 4-11) $10.50; and Ages 3 and under are free when accompanied by a parent paying the regular rate.

Hog’s Breath Saloon
542 Hwy. 98 E.
Destin, Florida 32541

Just three miles from the Destin Bridge, this fun saloon is located in the heart of downtown Destin. Hog’s Breath has an island-style atmosphere where you can enjoy your favorite cocktails, great food, great friends and live entertainment. While there you will need to get one of their famous T-shirts or check out many of the special events and activities.

 Indian Temple Mound & Museum
139 Miracle Strip Parkway
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548

The Indian Temple Mound & Museum is a national historic landmark that houses interpretative exhibits depicting 12,000 years of Native American occupation. Over 6,000 artifacts of stone, bone, clay and shell are here, as well as the finest collection of Fort Walton Period ceramics in the Southeastern United States. Exhibits also include artifacts from the European Explorers, local pirates, Civil War soldiers and early settlers. Open September – May: Monday – Friday 10 AM – 4 PM & Saturday 9 AM – 4PM. June – August: Monday – Saturday 9 AM – 4:30 PM & Sunday 12:30 PM- 4:30 PM. There is a nominal fee charged.

Sunquest Cruises
Baytowne Marina at Sandestin Resort
9300 Emerald Coast Pkwy W
Destin, Florida 32550

Hop aboard the Solaris luxury yacht for the gulf coast’s only dining & entertainment cruise. Enjoy dining and live entertainment on the 3 hour nightly dinner dance cruise, complete with full course dinner from salad to desert prepared onboard and live entertainment and dancing.

The Track
1125 Highway 98 East
Destin, FL 32541
(850) 654-4668

The Track in Destin is your family headquarters for fun! Our action-packed recreation center features everything from the ultimate in go-cart tracks, like our Wild Woody three-tiered go-kart/roller coaster hybrid, to big fun for little tykes at Kids Country. Challenge your friends to miniature golf, splash ‘em on Bumper Boats, or test your courage at our bungee jumping tower. See our website for 10% OFF and FREE shipping!

9008 Front Beach Rd
Panama City Beach, FL 32407
(850) 230-1243

ZooWorld, a zoological and botanical park, is home to more than 350 animals and more than 250 species of plants and trees. Here you can view many different animals, as well as several species of endangered animals and plants while strolling through a lush botanical setting. Watch the lions, monkeys, alligators, camels, tigers, bears, giraffes, reptiles, exotic birds, orangutans, and jaguars. There is also a Gentle Jungle Petting Zoo for the children to enjoy. Open Daily 9am-5:30pm (to 4:30pm in winter). Admission $12 adults, $8 children 3-11.

Graffiti and the Funky Blues Shack
39402 Emerald Coast Parkway
Destin, FL 32541
(850) 424-6650

Great food and live music come together at Graffiti and the Funky Blues Shack.  With made from scratch dishes featuring fresh Gulf Seafood, Graffiti and the Funky Blues Shack mixes eclectic local art,live music, and great food into a one of a kind dining experience.

Just Chute Me
500 Harbor Blvd
Destin, FL 32541
(850) 344-1739

Experience the thrill of floating on air with Destin’s premier parasail operator – Just Chute Me! Specializing in providing the safest, easiest, and most exciting water-sports activity available – PARASAILING! Breathtaking panoramic views of the Emerald Coast beaches await you as you are gently lifted from the boat’s flight deck to your chosen altitude.

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Destin Florida Shopping

Even the most discriminating shopper is bound to find merchandise that appeals in the wide variety of Destin-area retail shops. If you are shopping for gift items, apparel, jewelry, specialty items, toys, or unique artwork or collectibles, the myriad of choices in Destin and the nearby communities will offer plenty of retail choices from large outlet malls with great deals to unique specialty boutiques and upscale open-air malls.

Destin Commons
4300 Legendary Drive
Destin, FL 32541
Phone: (850) 337-8700

A unique, open air town center, featuring upscale shopping, casual and fine dining, an enormous Bass Pro Shop, Southern Living Shop, AMC Theaters and much, much more.

Destin’s Harborwalk
Hwy. 98 E
Destin, FL 32541
(850) 654-6500

Located right at the foot of Destin Bridge, this is a quaint harbor front collection of shopping, art gallery, restaurants, and entertainment , water recreation rentals, water activities and full service marina and yacht facilities.

Fort Walton Beach Main Street
180 SE Miracle Strip Pkwy.
Ft. Walton Beach
Phone: (850) 243-2627

Fort Walton Beach Main Street has a nice selection of small shops and restaurants and provides a quaint and unique shopping experience where you can find everything from beachwear to jewelry and quaint, local restaurants.

The Market Shops at Sandestin
9375 Hwy 98 W
Destin, Florida 32541
(850) 267-8092

With more than 30 unique boutiques and special events, The Market Shops at Sandestin is a perfect place for leisurely shopping. Merchants carry ladies’, men’s, and children’s apparel; art, specialty gifts and toys; jewelry, accessories and shoes; and surf and sports items. There are also restaurants and snack shops.

The Merchants of Downtown Seaside
County Road 30-A,
Seaside, FL 32459
(850) 231-5424

In addition to being a world-renowned coastal community, Seaside is also home to a wide variety of eclectic shops, boutiques and art galleries. You can spend an entire afternoon checking out the artwork, jewelry, bathing suits, home decor, toys, designer sportswear and shoes, just to name a few, in this charming, upscale pedestrian-friendly shopping area.

2236 E. Co Highway 30A
Seaside, FL 32459
(850) 231-5829

This unique open-air market with whitewashed cabanas and large, canvas umbrellas is located on the beach side at Seaside and features casual, trendy fashions and accessories.

Silver Sands Factory Stores
10562 Emerald Coast Parkway
Destin, FL 32550
Phone: (850) 654-9771

The nation’s largest designer outlet center with more than 100 brand name stores and merchandise at up to 75% off retail. Here is where you will find the most desirable designer and brand name stores with great selection and savings from the factory direct.

Smith’s Antiques Mall
12500 Emerald Coast Pkwy,
Destin, FL 32550

This large, red-painted shopping mall represents a wide range of antique dealers. All booths are indoors with carpeting and air-conditioning and well laid-out with merchandise from England, America and Europe. This is the largest antique mall in the Emerald Coast area and you can spend a very pleasant few hours strolling the wide aisles. Hours are Mon-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 1pm-5pm

The Village at Baytowne Wharf
9300 Emerald Coast Pkwy W
Destin, Florida 32550
1-800-277-0801 (toll free)
(850) 267-8100 (local)

Located inside world-class Sandestin Resort, this intricately designed pedestrian waterfront village has two dozen specialty merchants ranging from quaint boutique shops and charming eateries to lively nightclubs.

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