8 Things to Do at the Destin Harbor Boardwalk

June 11, 2024

Vacation season is upon us, and what better way to kick off the summer than with a beach getaway to Destin? And where better to experience the city’s heartbeat than at the Destin Harbor Boardwalk? This lively entertainment district is where dining, shopping, water activities, and breathtaking views converge to offer an unforgettable coastal experience that will surely be the highlight of your vacation.

While you’ll find countless ways to spend your time on the harbor, here are a few of our favorite things to do at the Destin Harbor Boardwalk.

Try a new Restaurant

Known to locals as HarborWalk Village, the Destin Harbor Boardwalk offers picturesque waterfront restaurants serving everything from juicy burgers to freshly prepared seafood. You’ll also find places for the kids to grab a quick refreshing treat, including ice cream, funnel cakes, and cotton candy. Adults can join in the fun, too, whether sipping on a frozen daiquiri or simply enjoying the incredible harbor views. You’ll find several places to grab lunch and dinner, but here are a few tried and true favorites!

Margaritaville

Margaritaville is a popular hangout for locals and visitors, whether swinging by for an appetizer and a cold beer or enjoying the coastal breezes over a shared meal with friends and family. This beloved establishment offers a diverse menu with many seafood options and a kid’s menu featuring all the essentials. Enjoy ribs, steak, chicken, and more, but make a point to try one of their signature margaritas before calling it a night!

Harry T’s Boathouse

Located at the end of the boardwalk, the views of the Destin Bridge don’t get much better, and you’re guaranteed an excellent view no matter where you sit. Dine indoors or out, and enjoy a delicious menu showcasing freshly prepared seafood dishes. With karaoke every weekend, brunch served daily, and lunch and dinner offered every day of the week, Harry T’s is a hub of activity year-round!

Browse the Shops

Whether you’re searching for a commemorative keepsake, souvenirs for loved ones back home, or new sunglasses before heading out to Crab Island, you can find it at the shops at the Destin Harbor Boardwalk. Browse in the beautiful environment for beach-inspired clothing and accessories, handmade jewelry, and swimsuits while the kids look through shells and pick out kites to take to the beach. No matter where you look, you’ll find plenty of treasures along the Destin harbor! 

Let the Kids Play

From helicopter rides to deep sea fishing to world-class comedy and magic shows, The Destin Harbor Boardwalk offers adventures for all ages. The kids will enjoy being out in the open air with plenty of space to roam and explore, whether playing mini golf, jumping on the trampolines, or exploring the escape room.

There are also several beaches near the Destin harbor, with water taxis readily available, so the whole family can head to Norregio Point to enjoy the sun and water and build sandcastles! 

Book an Excursion

Whether embarking on a dolphin or sunset cruise or booking a fishing charter, The Destin Harbor Boardwalk offers plenty of family-friendly excursions. If you’re feeling adventurous, head out for a parasailing adventure, rent some jet skis, or explore the stunning emerald waters on a sailboat. Snorkeling tours and tiki boats are also popular, and the Sea Blaster offers exciting cruises for anyone looking for a fun excursion and new ways to experience the beauty of Destin!

Head to Crab Island

Crab Island, accessible by boat, is one of Destin’s most popular attractions and a must-see on any trip to Harborwalk Village. Rent a jet ski or pontoon boat, pack a picnic lunch, or grab takeout from one of the local restaurants and head out to explore the emerald waters at Crab Island! You’ll likely make a few new friends and get a great tan at this famous sandbar near the Destin Bridge and just south of Choctawhatchee Bay!

Check out the Day’s Catch

Known as “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village,” Destin maintains its maritime history on the harbor, with local fishermen returning to the docks daily with the day’s catch. The whole family will enjoy seeing the boats offload at the Destin Harbor Boardwalk, which typically coincides with those breathtaking sunsets Destin is famous for. If you’re here in October, enjoy all the fun activities at the annual Destin Fishing Rodeo, one of the liveliest saltwater fishing tournaments in the area!

Listen to Live Music

Local musicians bring Southern flavor to the harbor, creating a relaxed and inviting atmosphere for the whole family. Grab your crew and head to one of these local spots for an evening of good music and good times!

AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar

Fabulous food, stunning harbor views, happy hour, and live entertainment— what more can you ask for? AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar has it all, so check out their events and music schedule before heading out!

Boathouse Oyster Bar

A staple in the Destin Harbor for over 30 years, the Boathouse Oyster Bar serves fresh oysters, world-famous gumbo, and everything from burgers to salads in a casual setting. It’s a great place to kick back, enjoy a cool beverage, and take in live local music.

Watch the Sunset

After a full day of shopping, adventures, and delicious food at the Destin Harbor Boardwalk, catching a sunset over the Destin Harbor is the icing on the cake! And what better way to end a perfect day than staying in a cozy Destin retreat? Whether you’re searching for a quaint Gulf-front condo or an expansive beach home, Scenic Stays can make your dream beach vacation a reality. Book today, and we’ll see you on the sand!


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