The Emerald Coast is full of opportunities for excitement, whether being from the sky, the surface of the water, inland areas with room to play or below the water’s surface. Without spending a dime, the beaches and natural areas provide endless entertainment.  When seeking excitement outside of what nature alone offers, you may need a little help from the people with boats, rental equipment and watercraft, golf carts and activity venues. You may want to try something you’ve never done, requiring someone with knowledge of the area and of the specialty equipment required.  There are always new providers of entertainment and existing ones with additions to their operations. Ask around for what is new, and always experience a different activity from those you did during your last visit.

Blackwater Canoe Rentals

6974 Deaton Bridge Rd., Milton, FL. Website: We offer a complete round-trip service and are ready to serve all of your canoeing, tubing, and kayaking needs. The Blackwater River is the only pristine sand river left in the United States. The State of Florida purchased and designated it as a State Forest. Towards the end of your trip, you will encounter the Blackwater State Park. It offers
large pavilions, restrooms, and outdoor showers. You will end your trip back where your car is parked. Group rates available.

Big Kahuna’s Adv. Park

850-837-8319 1007 US Hwy. 98, Destin. Website: Slides & untamed thrill rides for everyone with over 40 water attractions. The park also includes a tropical 54-hole mini-golf & sky coaster. Thrills, chills, and spills await you and your family at Big Kahuna’s in Destin. Birthday parties, groups, and private events with options for all ages. Most credit cards are accepted.

Boogies Watersports

850-654-7787, 16 Harbor Blvd., Destin. Website: Located at foot of the Destin Bridge at HarborWalk Open daily 8am-7pm. Group and Senior discounts. Two-hour narrated cruise of Destin Harbor, East Pass, Gulf of Mexico and Choctawhatchee Bay. We offer underwater viewing, birdfeeding, crab-trap discovery, sightseeing, dolphin encounters and shrimp-net operations. Take pictures of your very own Jr. Captain as they captain the boat.

Cloak & DaggerEscape Rooms

850-904-5400, 145 Tupelo Courtyard, Destin, FL. Website: Welcome to the world of escape rooms. A thrilling adventure combining teamwork,
strategy, and a whole lot of fun! From
recovering the town’s treasure aboard an old western train to fixing a moonshine still, our Baytowne location offers 4 unique adventures.

Major Credit Cards Accepted

Crab Island Water Taxi

850-317-8600 Crab Island Water Taxi, 127 Harbor Blvd., #4B in Destin as well as 36 Miracle Strip Pkwy. SW in Ft. Walton Beach. Website: Best rated Crab Island excursions with 3 tours a day. Our tours include, but not limited to, bachelor/bachelorette tours, 21+ booze cruise tour, Crab Island tours, dolphin tours, wedding tours, tiki boats and party buses. Best boats – best atmosphere – best music – best seating – best accommodations. Enjoy free water, soft drinks, snacks, floats, bathrooms and phone charging stations. Major Credit Cards Accepted

Cruisin’ Tiki’s

850-200-0573, 288 Harbor Blvd., Destin located behind the Boathouse Oyster Bar. Website: Why go bar hopping when you can hop on the bar? We are the
original Cruisin’ Tiki bars in town offering a variety of cruises that you are certain to enjoy. Unplug & relax on the beautiful waters of Destin, drink of choice, good music and a professional captain. Create memories on the most photographed vessel in the harbor. Military discounts. Major Credit Cards Accepted

Destiny Water

850-641-1134, 322 Miracle Strip Pkwy. SW; Ft. Walton Beach located directly behind the Quality Inn motel. Website: Pontoon boat rentals, jet ski rentals & adventures, crab island excursions, sunset cruises, kayak & paddleboard rentals. All safety gear included with rentals. Free parking. Major Credit Cards Accepted.

Ebro Poker Room

850-234-3943, 6558 Dog Track Rd, Ebro (30 Mins from Destin). Website: Enjoy Ebro’s famous Prime Rib, play Texas Hold’em, Omaha, 3 card poker, Fortune Pai Gow, Casino War, Crazy Pineapple and many more. Open 7 days a week, year round. Ebro is NW Florida’s largest poker room featuring 25 tables, huge jackpots, and weekend tournaments.

Fat Daddy’s Arcade

850-424-6021, 20009 Emerald Coast Pkwy., Destin (next to Fudpucker’s). Website: Fat Daddy’s Arcade is one of the area’s top attractions for family friendly entertainment, featuring over 120 of the latest and greatest arcade games, in addition to traditional arcade favorites. Test your skills and win great prizes at Fat Daddy’s Arcade! Major Credit Cards Accepted.

Flipper’s Adventure

850-837-0113, 500 Hwy. 98 E., Destin. Website: Located on Destin Harbor across from Emerald Coast Scuba and Taco Bell. Look for the bright-red building. Open daily 8am-sunset. Snorkel to depths of up to 10 feet at the first stop and up to 40 feet at the next during a 2-1⁄2 hour tour. Instruction and equipment provided. Also offering Sunset cruises. Reservations recommended. Major credit cards accepted

Gator Beach @ FUDPUCKER’S

50-654-4200, 20001 Hwy. 98 E., Destin. Located at Fudpucker’s. Website: Open daily at 11am. Come and experience the thrill of a lifetime at Gator Beach —“The World’s Greatest
Alligator Park.” See 100 LIVE GATORS and FEED THEM, TOO! We’ll even let you and the family have your picture taken while holding a LIVE GATOR! Be sure to check out our FREE interactive Gator Shows during the day, view our baby alligators, and check out our new “Mystical Gators” attraction. Visit our website for show times. Bring the family; take home everlasting memories! Admission is FREE!

Major Credit Cards Accepted.

Glass-Bottom Boat
Dolphin Cruises

850-654-7787, 16 Harbor Blvd., Destin. Website: Located at HarborWalk Village. Open daily 8am-7pm. Group and Senior discounts. Two-hour narrated cruise of Destin Harbor, East Pass, Gulf of Mexico and Choctawhatchee Bay. We offer underwater viewing, birdfeeding, crab-trap discovery, sightseeing, dolphin encounters and shrimp-net operations. Take pictures of your very own Jr. Captain as they captain the boat.
Major Credit Cards Accepted.

Gulfarium Marine
Adventure Park

850-243-9046, 1010 Miracle Strip Parkway, SE. Fort Walton Beach. Website: Located on Okaloosa Island, less than a half mile from Brooks Bridge. E-mail: Non-stop family entertainment featuring the Dolphin Show, Sea Lion Show and up-close animal encounters (reservations recommended). Exhibits include otters, penguins, sharks, alligators and an interactive touch pool.

Major Credit Cards Accepted

Gulf Breeze Zoo

5701 Gulf Breeze Pkwy., Gulf Breeze. Website: Located on Hwy. 98, 20 miles west of Fort Walton Beach. Open Daily Rain or Shine from 9am; last admission 1 hour before closing. ( for seasonal hours.) Group rates, Senior, Military discounts. Choose your adventure at the award-winning Gulf Breeze Zoo! Home to over 1,000 animals from around the world. Make unforgettable memories when participating in a unique sloth, giraffe, hippo, albino alligator, or Galapagos tortoise encounter. Discover gems and fossils at our new mining attraction and take selfies in the Budgie Adventure Aviary! Make it a perfect day trip with a guided Safari Line Train ride through the 30-acre preserve featuring rhinos, hippos, Western lowland gorillas, and Sumatran orangutans

Most Credit Cards Accdepted.

Just Chute Me
Parasail Co.

850-650-4630, 500 Hwy. 98 E., Destin. Website: Located on Destin Harbor across from Emerald Coast Scuba and Taco Bell. Open daily 8am-sunset. Group and Military discounts. We specialize in providing the safest, easiest, and most exciting watersports activity available – Parasailing! Now located at our easy-to-find location. Look for the bright-red building. We are Parasail Destin! Trips depart every hour and a half. Ages 6 and up. Reservations recommended. Major Credit Cards Accepted.

850 865-4431, Legendary Marina Drive, Destin, FL 32541. Website: Rent A Boat Today And Create Memories On The Water! Whether you’re renting a Deck Boat or Pontoon Boat, our top-of-the-line rental boats are clean, comfortable, reliable and ready to help you create great memories out on the water. Swim, sunbathe, fish – or just relax and cruise around, enjoying nature, watching dolphins, indulging in waterfront dining, or soaking up the scenery. Explore Miramar Beach, Crab Island, Henderson State Beach, and more on your rental boat!

Major, Credit Cards Accepted

Maximum Magic

850-273-7888, Located in the HarborWalk Village in Destin, FL. Website: A truly unique magical experience & the longest running magic show on the Gulf Coast. 90 minutes of world class illusions, hilarious comedy, audience participation, unbelievable mindreading, and special effects, all wrapped up in an action-packed show the whole family will love! Everyone raves, “It was the highlight of our vacation!” Book online at

Major Credit Cards Accepted

Mid-Bay Watersports

850-424-6444, 4609 Legendary Marina Dr., Destin. Website:
Located behind Legendary Marina and next to Lulu’s restaurant. Rent pontoon boats and waverunners and ride in a large expanse of Choctawhatchee Bay with no “no wake zones.” We have free parking for your car, and we are free from the traffic others have to deal with at the harbor. Major Credit Cards Accepted.

Oddball Tactics Paintball
Tank Park

850-904-6762, 6590 Beaver Creek Rd. in Baker, FL. Website: Climb in, drive off, take aim, and KICK BUTT! Oddball Tactics is your 18 acres battlefield to conquer or be defeated. Each customer drives a single-person tank and engages in mock paintball battles with friends and other customers (Minimum height requirement). Air conditioned / heated retail store sells prepackaged food and drinks and offers a picnic area for you to enjoy.Major Credit Cards Accepted

Rain Forest Black Light
Golf & Arcade

850-460-8878, 111394 Hwy. 98 W., Suite D,
Miramar Beach. Website: Located on the north side of Hwy. 98, and about a half mile west of Silver Sands Outlet Mall. Open daily. Escape to a world of adventure in our amazing rainforest-themed 18-hole golf course and our newly remodeled arcade. Plants and animals light up into amazing colors under our black lights. Play a round of golf, arcade games and try our new virtual reality rollercoaster. Fun for a family of all ages. Major Credit Cards Accepted.

Ripley’s Believe It
or Not

850-230-6113, 9907 Front Beach Rd., Panama City Beach. Website: Experience Panama City Beach’s fun and most unique attractions. Check out the newest exhibits brought to our location from all over the world. Ride the interactive 7D Moving Theater and see if you can make it through the zombie apocalypse or plunder the most gold as you sail on a pirate adventure. Wind your way through our new Mirror Maze. Put up the top score in our Impossible Laser Race. Open daily. Check website for times and pricing. Group discounts available.Major Credit Cards Accepted.

 Sea Blaster

850-654-6888, 10 Harbor Blvd., Destin.
Website: Located at
HarborWalk Village Marina E-mail: While enjoying free beverages, cruise the beaches aboard the Gulf’s largest speedboat searching for dolphins. Snorkel/dolphin combo, beach/dolphin cruises, and sunset/dolphin cruises available. Major Credit Cards Accepted.

Sunshine Watersports

850-837-2299, 500 Harbor Blvd., Destin. Website: Located on Destin Harbor across from Emerald Coast Scuba. Open daily at 8am. Offering Pontoon Boats, Paddle Boards and Kayaks. Spend a great day on the water exploring the area, watching dolphins, fishing, snorkeling or relaxing at Crab Island. All fun in one. Major Credit Cards Accepted

The Track Family
Fun Park

850-654-4668, 1125 Hwy. 98 E., Destin Fun for the whole family, The Track offers 5 Go-Kart Tracks, Blaster Boats, Bumper Cars, Mini Golf, Kids Country rides, thrill rides like the SkyFlyer and Hurricane 360, an arcade and the new Spinning Coaster. Race you to The Track!  Major Credit Cards Accepted.

Xtreme H2O Watersports

850-978-3060, 7 Calhoun Ave., Destin. Website: We offer the best prices in Destin for parasailing, dolphins tours via wave runners, pontoon boats, and jet skis. We offer no idle times, so you get the jet ski / wave runner for the entire time you paid for it! We include fuel for your jet ski / wave runner rental – no surprise fuel surcharges from us. Call a day ahead for reservations to guarantee your rental – we also accept walkup customers as well. Major Credit Cards Accepted