The Emerald coast has gorgeous white, sugary sand beaches and aqua green waters as far as the eye can see. But don’t spend your entire vacation on the water! This popular beach destination offers many things for families to do shoreside. You can fill your day engaging with dolphins and sea life, to participating in a friendly game of bowling or challenging your family on a ropes course. There are lots of ways to go Emerald Coasting. Let me tell you about 5 fun activities on the Emerald Coast that are everything, but water!
HarborWalk Village, Destin, FL 32541 www.emeraldgrande.com/harborwalk-village
There is something for everyone at the Harborwalk Village. The village is home to many restaurants, shops and fun adventures. The Vault Lazer Maze challenge will have you climbing, crawling and sliding around green lights to make your way out of the maze. The Cubby Caboose runs daily along the water front and is a great activity for the littles who would appreciate riding on a small train. You can stop by Bricks & Boards (on the second floor) and check out all of their building toys and board games. They offer thousands of unique mini-figures, building kits and free daily gaming events. Another fun activity at the Harborwalk Village is the brand new 7D Ultimate Movie Experience. You can enjoy the latest Movie Entertainment with amazing special effects and fantastic footage while buckled up in the simulator. You won’t want to pass up Fun Spots, either. Their maze of mirrors is an exciting and unique attraction. While in the maze you can see infinite reflections of yourself while encountering surprise corners, dead ends and continuous circles. The Harborwalk Village, also, has some great restaurants, such as, Margaritaville, Harry T’s and Jackuda’s. Stop by and have a bite to eat while you indulge in the dry activities that Harborwalk Village has to offer its guests.
Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park
1010 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Ft. Walton Beach 32548 www.gulfarium.comAt the Gulfarium one can learn tons about the marine life on the Emerald Coast. You are able to watch dolphins leap and sea lions play. You can meet the new baby dolphin or interact directly other marine animals such as stingrays, seals, and penguins (see website for more details). The best part is the view that you see while participating in the Gulfarium experience. The marine science center sits on the shore of the Gulf of Mexico and has sweeping views of the beach. What better way to learn about marine life than to be right in the heart of it!
4607 Legendary Drive, Destin , FL lulubuffett.com
LuLu’s is a family restaurant and entertainment destination. Live Music, splashing in the fountain of youth, and volleyball nets are just a small part of what LuLu’s has to offer its guests of all ages. Lulu’s wants you to explore the outdoor activities and enjoy the entertainment. When you are ready you can take a break from the adventure and savor some of LuLu’s menu specialties such as grass-fed Cheeseburger in Paradise, a tasty bowl of the Famous Seafood Gumbo, or Shrimp and Grits! Regardless of your diet or taste, everything on the menu at LuLu’s is made in-house, fresh to order. LuLu’s appreciates that their customers may have dietary restrictions and will offer an allergy menu to patrons, upon request.
Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl and Grill
4100 Legendary Drive, Destin , FL 32541 restaurants.basspro.com/UncleBucksFishBowl/Destin/
At Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl you can bowl in the ocean! This unique dining concept has 16 full lanes of bowling that offer an extraordinary underwater experience that is geared for family fun! Hand painted murals and fish hanging from the ceiling make you feel as if you are having fun while in the ocean. The bowling ball returns are designed to be the mouth of sharks and gators. The bowling balls come in an array of underwater creatures like octopus, mermaids, gator eyes and more. A separate area off the bowling lanes has an upscale billiards room for pool sharks. 😉
Wild Willy’s Adventure Zone
1306 Miracle Strip Parkway, Fort Walton Beach , FL 32548 www.wwazone.com
From a 16,000 square foot indoor arcade, 2 putt putt golf courses, 60 foot ropes course, 4D Movie Theater, Laser Maze, Ptero Jump, and Inflatable Zone, at Wild Willy’s Adventure Zone there is entertainment for all ages! One of the most alluring attractions at Wild Willy’s is the Tree Top Challenge ropes course. You can test your balance 60 feet up in the air! Hungry while you are at the adventure zone? Feed your face with Italian brick oven pizzas at Salvati’s Pizza Factory and treat yourself to dairy fresh soft serve ice cream and frozen yogurt at Yogo Mogos.
Whatever you decide to do while on the Emerald Coast be sure to relax and enjoy the memories you are making on your vacation. Make sure to share your photos of the area on Instagram and Facebook! Add the hashtag #emeraldcoasting to your posts so that other social media followers may follow along on the fun you are having in the Destin area.