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Make the most of your vacation with these family-friendly things to do in Destin this Fall!

And just like that, Summer is over and Fall is here. Beach crowds have cleared up, the sun sets earlier and a slight, welcome breeze fills the air. While the majority of travelers have come and gone, the fall season brings along a whole new slew of people that enjoy the beach during this breathtaking time of year. 

While the water may still be warm enough to take a dip, most travelers opt for fun Fall activities to help make the most out of their trip! Here are some of our favorite things to do in Destin this Fall so that you can plan ahead and get right to making those memories!

Beach Bonfires

A favorite fall activity no matter where you are – bonfires hold a special place in our hearts. From gooey, delicious s’mores to feeling the warmth of the fire on your face, this family-favorite is made better with Gulf views and the sound of waves crashing against the shore. Bring along your favorite food and beverages, best friends, and don’t forget the s’mores! There’s no better way to spend quality time and make some of the best memories. Make sure to book your session in advance to secure a slot with a beach bonfire company.

Click here to view some local beach bonfire experts.

Family photos on the beach

Fall is the perfect time to capture the most beautiful moments on camera with the ones you love most and what better backdrop than emerald waters and cotton candy skies? With less crowds and earlier sunsets, visitors can take advantage of a beautiful background to a photo that will last forever! 


Click here to book a local family photographer.

Water Adventures

Although the weather is getting cooler, it’s still warm enough to enjoy some watersports! Whether you like to jet ski and parasail or set sail on a dolphin cruise or fishing excursion, the water is still warm enough to enjoy all of the fun summer activities without the crowds. Looking for an inland activity? The Gulfarium is perfect for the whole family with daily dolphin and seal shows and the most beautiful and diverse marine life to learn about. 


Click here to view local water adventures.

Sandcastle Building

Whether you’re taking the family to the beach and building your own, or you book an experience to build the best sandcastle in town, sandcastle building is a beach staple we know all too well. To build a masterpiece, book a professional sandcastle building session with an artist and take back photos to show off to all of your friends.


Click here to book your experience!

Arcades and more! 

Whether it’s a rainy day or you are looking for a cooler setting, there are plenty of indoor options when it comes to family-friendly activities. Pick one of the many arcades from Fort Walton Beach to Panama City including Fat Daddy’s Arcade, Dave and Buster’s, The Track, and more! Wild Willy’s Adventure Zone on Okaloosa Island features an outdoor obstacle course, mini golf, and a pizza place! Enjoy go-karts, fair rides for the kids, and a full arcade at The Track or head to the Gulfarium on The Island for the full marine-life experience.

There are plenty of options for outdoor and indoor activities, we’re sure it will be hard to choose just a few. Use our attractions page to plan ahead for your trip. You won’t be disappointed!