Top 4 Kid-Friendly Resorts in Destin

Sandestin, Seascape, Silver Shells, & Pelican Beach Resort

Posted on 1/7/2022

If you're planning a beach vacation with kids, it's important to find accommodations that are kid-friendly. We want to make planning your Emerald Coast vacation as easy as possible, so we've identified the top four kid-friendly resorts in Destin for you.

Check out these great family-friendly resorts and reserve your next beach vacay soon!


Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort

Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort

Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort helps its visitors feel right at home in this beautiful paradise on Northwest Florida's Gulf Coast. The expansive resort covers 2,400 acres and extends from the Gulf to Choctawhatchee Bay. With so much to do here, the resort appeals to vacationers of all ages—from young kids to the oldest and wisest of us all! Your family will love the active, outdoor family lifestyle that includes bike paths, tennis courts, multiple swimming pools, and of course, the beach at your doorstep. It's so easy to grab the kids and spend countless hours in the gorgeous Gulf Coast weather being active. There are also four championship golf courses on the premises, making for fun and friendly competition with golfers of any age and skill level! Another fun aspect of Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort is the charming and kid-friendly Village of Baytowne Wharf. Baytowne Wharf is home to tons of shopping, popular restaurants, and family activities, including an Adventure Land Playground, Baytowne Adventure Town with thrill rides and attractions, a carousel, Blast Arcade & Laser Maze, live music outdoors, and seasonal events. Grand Boulevard serves as the Sandestin Town Center, which offers upscale restaurants, shopping, and a movie theater—perfect for a good time with the family!


Seascape Resort Golf, Beach, & Tennis

Seascape Resort

Spanning over 300 acres of land in Miramar Beach, Seascape Resort provides a lovely oasis for family vacations. The resort sits on Scenic Gulf Drive, right beside the glittering Destin shore. In addition to being within walking distance to the beach, the resort includes a championship golf course, tennis courts, recreation rentals, and multiple outdoor pools on the premises. Seascape also features multiple luxury condo towers that offer their own wonderful accommodations and kid-friendly amenities. Luxury condos include the Majestic Sun, Ariel Dunes I, Ariel Dunes II, and the Empress. The Majestic Sun features stunning direct beach views, a fitness center, and an indoor/outdoor pool that is fun for the whole family any time of year. Ariel Dunes I has its own 12,000 square foot swimming pool with a shallow entry at one end, as well as an entertaining mushroom-shaped water feature. Grills and the Cabana Café make it easy to have a stress-free, poolside meal with family. Ariel Dunes II has three large swimming pools that wrap around the base of the tower, meaning three times the swimming fun for the group. Like the other condos, the Empress has its own swimming pool and hot tub, and it also boasts views of both the Gulf and a coastal dune lake. Families vacationing at Seascape can also take advantage of popular nearby restaurants like the Royal Palm Grill, the Surf Hut, and the beachfront Whale's Tail.

Also featured on: Top 5 Miramar Beach Resorts


Silver Shells Beach Resort & Spa

Silver Shells Resort

Another kid-friendly resort in Destin is Silver Shells. This resort is located near the heart of Destin, placing it on the beach and near a wide variety of coastal activities. Your kids will love the huge lagoon-shaped pool that measures 7,500 square feet. The pool overlooks the shore, making it perfect for a relaxing freshwater dip with great beach views. It also has a waterfall! Parents can lounge on the deck while the kids splash the hours away! There is also another indoor/outdoor pool available, as well. Other amenities that guests love at Silver Shells include the luxury spa, multiple hot tubs, a fitness center, basketball court. For a fine dining experience, you can enjoy Ruth's Chris Steakhouse. Or, check out the tiki beach bar and grill next to the pool for casual dining with the whole family.


Pelican Beach Resort

Pelican Beach Resort

Located near Destin's HarborWalk Village, Pelican Beach Resort is a resort with stunning views of the glowing Gulf, great vacation accommodations, and fun amenities for the family. The resort features four pools, one of which is specifically kid-friendly. This pool is a rectangular, shallow-entry pool that overlooks the beach. The paver sundeck has lounge seating and a hot tub. There is a Tiki Hut Bar, perfect for mid-day snacks and refreshing drinks—so you can continue splashing in the pool as long as you want! There are plenty of other amenities that families will enjoy as well. Challenge your kids to a friendly tennis match at the outdoor tennis courts, or have a fun-filled day in the arcade room. When you're ready for dinner, cook up an outdoor meal at the gas grills to enjoy poolside. Then, jump in the pool for round two, or head down to the shimmering Gulf shores. With HarborWalk Village so close, you should also check out the great activities available there. In addition to restaurants and shops, kids will enjoy the vibrant seasonal festivals, music concerts, summertime fireworks shows, and dolphin and pirate ship cruises. Other cool amusements include axe throwing, an escape room, mini-golf, ziplines, the HarborWalk theater, a laser maze, and more!


If you're planning a family vacation to the Emerald Coast, don't overlook these great, family-friendly resorts in Destin. Ocean Reef offers rentals at each of these resorts, so browse our available properties or give us a call!


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