Destin Family Spring Break

Adventure, Snorkeling, Diving, Pirates, Fishing, & More!

Posted on 2/16/2024

Spring Break in Destin offers families more than just a chance to unwind on its pristine beaches; it's an opportunity to dive into a world of adventure, history, and wildlife encounters that enrich the soul and spark the imagination. With its breathtaking emerald waters and sugary sand beaches, Destin stands out as a jewel on the Florida coast, inviting families to create memories that last a lifetime. Beyond the sun-kissed shores, Destin's treasure trove of activities—from snorkeling and zip-lining to exploring local history and marine life—ensures that every family member finds something to love. Join us as we explore the myriad of experiences that make Destin the ultimate destination for a family spring break filled with discovery and excitement.


Zip Lining in Destin

For families seeking adventure, Destin has an abundance of activities to choose from. Parasailing, snorkeling, paddleboarding, and kayaking are just some of the thrilling options available for the whole family to enjoy. HarborWalk Village also offers ziplining and bungee trampolines for the thrill-seekers in the family.

My grandson enjoyed a zipline adventure, today. He had a blast! My husband, granddaughter, and I watched from Margaritaville's deck. Afterwards, we bought him his digital photo. He is happy with the experience!

by Ann Nix (HarborWalk Adventures)


Snorkeling is also a popular family activity in Destin. The crystal-clear, emerald waters make it an ideal location for exploring the underwater world. There are many snorkeling spots throughout the area, including the Destin Jetties, where you can see an array of colorful fish and other marine life.

Fantastic family time snorkeling and shelling. Of course we saw the dolphins. The crew was knowledgeable helpful. Our family loved it and it was a wonderful three hours spent on the boat.

by Magdi Ghally (Destin Snorkel)


For those interested in exploring more of the underwater world, Destin offers some of the best diving in the region. The reefs in the area have an average depth of up to fifty feet, making it perfect for both beginners and experienced divers. With its clear waters and diverse marine life, you're sure to have an unforgettable experience diving in Destin!

Amazing capt and crew, dive masters and staff. Call these guys if you’re new, looking to get back into scuba or experienced! Highly recommended for all your needs. Having the pool on site for the refresher course was so nice.

by Michelle Presley (Emerald Coast Scuba)

Rainy Days

On those rare rainy days, there's no need to worry about keeping the family entertained. Destin has plenty of indoor activities to keep everyone happy. Laser Tag and arcade games at The Track, bowling at one of the two bowling alleys, catching a movie at AMC theater, or souvenir shopping at Destin Commons are just some of the options available.

Went in to bowl and had a great time. Super family friendly. Very friendly staff. Lots of games in the arcade. Super neat decor and atmosphere. Will definitely come back next year.

by Robert Garth (Uncle Buck's Fish Bowl)

Pirate Cruise

Buccaneer Pirate Cruise is a popular family-friendly activity that takes passengers on a swashbuckling adventure that includes firing a cannon! Departing from the Destin Harbor, this locally owned and operated crew will give your little ones an experience they'll never forget.

I knew my 4 year old would love the adventure, but I was surprised my 12 year old, who was encouraged to join in from the crew, had a blast too! They kept the kiddos entertained the whole time. The hot dogs were plump and tasty. When we spotted dolphins, they paused the activity and maneuvered over to them. Both of my kids treasure the treasure they received, but I treasure the memories!

by Nichole Coyne (Buccaneer Pirate Cruise)


Fishing enthusiasts in the family will love the opportunities available in Destin. Known as the "World's Luckiest Fishing Village," Destin Harbor has many charter boat opportunities, and once you're out on the open water, you'll understand why. It's an experience the whole family can enjoy and make lifelong memories.

Plan your excursion: Reel Grace Fishing Charters

Best experience ever! Reel Grace Captain Cliff Atwell and his first mate Austin were awesome! Caught our limit in red snapper and caught a bunch of Bonita! My son and his cousins will have great memories fishing offshore! Highly recommend them!

by Robert Culbreth (Reel Grace Fishing)

Crab Island

A day spent at Crab Island is another family favorite. This popular destination is not really an island, but a giant boat party in shallow waters. Renting a pontoon at the marina is a popular choice, and Ocean Reef Resorts guests receive special discounts. It's a unique, lively party atmosphere that everyone in the family will love.

Our first time visiting the Sandestin Marina, & we’ll definitely be back. Me & my 14 yr old son rented a jet ski. Super easy process; informative; friendly; all the things. We had a blast! Inquired about a pontoon boat, so reserved one for the following day/afternoon!

by Adrienne Warren (La Dolce Vita)


History in Destin

The Destin History & Fishing Museum is a captivating stop for families, showcasing the town's transformation from a quaint fishing village. With antique fishing gear, historic photos, and tales of Destin's origins, it's a brief yet enriching experience that adds depth to your spring break adventure with a glimpse into local heritage.

If you love fishing and a museum with lots of interesting facts on different fish, pictures and videos this is the place to go. They have tons of stuff to see. Also has a gift shop with shirts and souvenirs. Games for kids and coloring pages and activities for them to enjoy.

by Tracy Henry (Destin History & Fishing Museum )

Wildlife Encounters

Wildlife Encounters Destin

Wildlife encounters enrich your Destin visit, especially at the nearby Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park. Here, families get up-close experiences with dolphins, sea lions, and more, providing both entertainment and education about marine life. It's an immersive way to connect with nature and learn about conservation efforts in a fun setting.

Super fun place for all ages, including little ones! I had trouble finding indoor activities for my toddler during a rainy week and was unsure about the facility being mainly outdoors, but it is well-covered throughout. If you’re going outside of summertime, bring layers! It can get really cold and windy being on the water.

by Taylor Wiley Hilliard (Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park)

Spring Break Guest

As the sun sets on the Emerald Coast, it's clear that a Spring Break in Destin is more than just a getaway—it's an adventure into the heart of what makes family vacations unforgettable. From thrilling activities and immersive wildlife encounters to exploring the rich tapestry of local history and culture, Destin offers an unparalleled spring break experience. With Ocean Reef Resorts, your family can enjoy the comfort and convenience of our Destin Vacation Rentals, perfectly complemented by our exclusive Reef Rewards program, offering access and discounts to the best of Destin. Don't let another spring break pass by without experiencing the magic of Destin. Explore our wide selection of vacation rentals on our website or contact one of our friendly reservation specialists today, and embark on a spring break journey filled with joy, discovery, and moments that your family will treasure for years to come.

I’m 33 years old and my family has been using Ocean Reef since I was 12! My wife and kids and I just had our first vacation together in Destin and the Aqua Waters house was everything we needed and more! Plenty of space for the 5 of us and the golf cart was super clutch! Less than a 2 min golf cart drive to the Crab trap made beach trips a breeze! We’ll definitely be back!!

by Zach Werkley (Ocean Reef Resorts)

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