During Spring Break this past year, we went spent a week on the beach in Destin, Florida. And yes, we were literally on the beach, as we splurged on a beachfront condo at the Destin Gulfgate. All in all, we had a very fun and relaxing week.
What follows is a brief rundown of things to do while you’re in Destin. Note that this is a rather short and very personal list. There are tons of things to do in and around Destin, but we spent the majority of our time at the beach.
Hit the beach
Not surprisingly, we spent the majority of our free time on the beach. Our condo provided chairs and an umbrella, so all we had to do was haul our beach toys, books, and sunscreen.
The beach in Destin is absolutely fantastic. The water is an amazing blue-green, they sugar white sand, and the temperature during Spring Break was perfect. Nowhere near hot, but plenty warm to enjoy both the sand and the surf.
On the downside, there was a minor algae outbreak that seemed to bring in the jellyfish for a day or so. But aside from that, our beach experience was absolutely flawless. It was probably the best beach we’ve ever been to.
Hit the go kart track
One of our days was a bit windy and cool, so we headed across the main drag to “The Track.” They have go karts for kids of all ages. And guess what? My wife discovered that she loves go karts.
Our five year old tested out the kiddie track, our eight and ten year old hit the rookie track, and all of us hit both the family track and “The Wild Woody” (using double karts where necessary).
Hit the water park
Unfortunately for us, Big Kahuna’s Water Park was closed while we were there. I’ve heard from several reliable sources that hitting the water park makes for an very fun day, but alas… We didn’t get the chance.
Head west to Pensacola
Another great option, especially if you have a rainy day, is to head west to Pensacola where you can hit the National Naval Aviation Museum. This is one of the world’s largest aviation museums, with more than 150 aircraft, and guess what? Admission to the museum is free!
Scrounging for food
To be honest, we barely left our condo when it came time to eat. Who wants to go to a restaurant when you can sit on your own private balcony and look out over the gorgeous Gulf while dining? Not me.
We did hit the Hog’s Breath Saloon the day we arrived, but other than that, we didn’t eat out. Not once. Instead, we headed to the grocery store to stock up on enough food and drink to keep us going for the week.