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Let American Airlines help you plan a convenient family beach vacation with flights to Destin (arriving in Fort Walton Beach). With an enviable location on Florida's beautiful Emerald Coast, you'll find many things to do in Destin, from building sandcastles at the water's edge and watching dolphins to playing challenging golf courses.
With miles and miles of sugar-white sand beaches, it's only natural that many of the most popular activities in Destin revolve around the shoreline. Feel free to do very little on your getaway here beyond simply relaxing on the beach, listening to the tide roll ashore and watching the kids build sandcastles. It's closer than the Caribbean, you don't need a passport and the casual vibe is exactly the same. What's more, you can often spot dolphins frolicking in the famously emerald-green waters (there is a known dolphin breeding ground in the shallow water near Destin Harbor). And since the famed 100 Fathom Curve draws so close here, deep-sea fishing is another one of the top things to do in Destin. In fact, Destin offers the quickest access to deep water than anywhere else on the Gulf, earning it the nickname Billfish Capital of the World.
If you'd rather wield a driver than a fishing pole, don't worry. You'll find plenty of activities in Destin to keep you busy. The entire Emerald Coast boasts more than 1,000 holes, and many courses in Destin are designed by renowned architects. One of our favorites is the Regatta Bay Golf Course, situated among nature preserves along Choctawhatchee Bay. Even if you don't have a stellar round on this par-72 course, the scenery will make it worth your while.
If you're looking for things to do in Destin that are out of the ordinary, visit the Destin History & Fishing Museum. It features the largest collection of native Gulf fish in northwest Florida, along with artifacts such as Ernest Hemingway's big game fishing rod and Destin's oldest seine boat, the 1925 Primrose.
For an easy beach vacation for the family, fly to Destin with American Airlines. The city's brilliant white sand beaches, challenging golf courses and relaxing atmosphere are waiting for you. What are you waiting for? Book your trip today.