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One of the top family destinations in the country, Destin ranks as a go-to spot for summer vacations as well as a warm-weather retreat during cooler months. Groups of all sizes flock to this Emerald Coast paradise, which is packed full of exciting, and equally as important, affordable things to do. If taking the family on a Destin vacation, here are some cheap and free activities to save money and enjoy action-packed entertainment:
Play at Fat Daddy’s Arcade
Head to Fat Daddy’s Arcade, and let the kids play arcade games, collect tickets and win prizes. The state-of-the-art attraction features more than 80 arcade games and two attached restaurants: Game Day Pizza and Fudpucker’s Beachside Bar and Grill. Games range from interactive to traditional and include favorites such as Guitar Hero, claw games, Skee Ball, and basketball. Whether looking for a rainy day activity or an inexpensive way to keep little ones busy, Fat Daddy’s will provide a fun-filled day for the whole family.
Visit the Destin Beaches
Destin’s beaches are known for their sugar-white sand and emerald green waters. There are 13 public beach access points, ensuring visitors have multiple ways to get to and enjoy the beaches. Popular Destin beaches include Crystal Beach, Jetty East Beach and Silver Shells Beach. For added fun, plan to take a lesson with Beach Sand Sculptures and build your own sandcastle.
Relax at the Parks
Another affordable thing for families to do in Destin is visiting one of the beach parks. The Henderson Beach State Park ranks as one of the top family activities in Destin, as visitors can enjoy nature, water recreation, hiking and much more. This park also features 6,000 feet of sandy shores perfect for a day of relaxing.
James Lee Park is also a popular option. The park has three pavilions, more than 40 picnic tables, restrooms, a playground and lots of open beach space. Other beach parks include June White Decker Beach Park and Norriego Point Beach Access and Park.
Let Air Force Armament Museum Wow You
Destin houses the Air Force Armament Museum, which showcases aviation warfare armament from World War I to present day. This museum offers free admission and showcases several exhibits including Korean, Vietnam and Gulf wars, as well as special ops and weaponry. Guests will see more than 25 aircraft, watch a film on the history of Eglin Air Force Base and see the fastest plane ever built.
Meet Crab Island Locals
Rent a boat or watercraft, and join locals and tourists at Crab Island. Once just a sandbar south of the Marler Bridge, this area has grown into a massive gathering spot hosting more than 1,000 people. The whole family can take a three-hour Crab Island excursion, starting around $25 per person, to see the area and marine life, meet locals and play in the waters. The tour boat has a maximum capacity of 49 passengers, and groups more than 15 should call ahead for reservations.
Make Memories at Gator Beach
Take the whole family to Fudpucker’s Beachside Bar and Grill to enjoy a lively meal, complete with free admission to Gator Island. This top Destin attraction allows guests to get up-close and personal with more than 80 live alligators. One of the most popular residents is the albino gator, one of only 50 in the U.S. Gator Beach also offers educational shows, live feedings, photo ops, and an on-site museum.
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