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Things to do in Destin

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Seafood Restaurant
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“On the beach right across from the Palms Resort. Public Access here or at June Decker Public Beach access at same parking lot. In season our free shuttle service can take you”
  • 16 locals recommend
Cafe
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“Homey option featuring breakfast all day, fresh-baked donuts, Key lime pie & hearty comfort food. Be prepared to stand in line if you get there after 8:30AM and want to eat in. Luckily, they do offer carryout for the donuts!”
  • 22 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Great food - some of it can be pricey, but you can find something on the menu for less and IT IS WORTH IT. Delicious! Steaks, seafood, pasta, etc.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Owned by Jimmy Buffett's sister, this waterfront (bay) restaurant has a lot of seafood and a beach with a live band and activities for the kids. A bit touristy. lulubuffett.com”
  • 20 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Italian eatery serving pasta, veal & other standards in elegant environs with wood & stone accents. eatmimmos.com Comment: One of the best Italian restaurants in town. Owned by an Italian husband and wife; very authentic Italian food.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“If you're looking for a nicer dinner, it's a little pricier than my other recommendations, but nothing too crazy. Great seafood and nice on the water views.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“We love this place! You will find us there most Mondays when they have burger night. Burgers and fries are great and they have a veggie burger that is a favorite of ours!”
  • 17 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Classy restaurant on the beach. They have wedding receptions there often and it's makes it a live place! It's on the 1st floor of a hotel. They have valet due to limited parking at the hotel. I'd have some cash to tip. I strongly recommend it!”
  • 10 locals recommend
Museum
“A great place to visit and learn about the history of how it came to be the "Luckiest Fishing Village." It contains exhibits depicting the history and heritage of the town of Destin and the fishing industry in relation to it. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Bar
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“Indoor and outdoor bar, chill hangout spot with darts,and shuffleboard to keep you entertained!”
  • 11 locals recommend
Cafe
“Owned by an Italian man, this restaurant has great sweet or savory crepe's and fantastic coffee. Everything is made from scratch. A hidden gem that is becoming more popular. Great lunch menu too! thecapricciocafe.com”
  • 15 locals recommend
Nature
“Crab island is a must in the summer for party-goers! Rent a boat, paddle board, or take the water taxi out and spend the day at the famous Crab Island”
  • 11 locals recommend
Bowling Alley
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“Uncle Bucks Fishbowl transports bowlers underseas for the coolest bowling experience in Destin,FL. Dive in to see why this attraction is not to be missed! With a unique aquatic underwater theme, Bass Pro Shops family restaurant and bowling lanes featuring shark and alligator bowling ball returns, a sunken ship bar, billiards, and more!”
  • 10 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Great gumbo, happy hour and best dining beach view. Plus it is only a 4 to 5-minute walk from our property.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Bar
“This restaurant is located at Harbor Walk, great place to start the night. Food, Drinks and More”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bar
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“Good food and unique drinks. A good date night location. Check out the happy hour too!”
  • 9 locals recommend