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Destination: Destin

Upscale Charm & Southern Spirit

Nestled in Florida’s Panhandle, Destin is a definitive blend of upscale charm and southern spirit. Not only does Destin boast some of the most secluded and well-kept beaches in Florida, but it also has a thriving community and outstanding restaurants everywhere you turn. Nightlife in Destin scales up in the summertime when in-the-know travelers escape to Destin for resort-style relaxation and weekly fireworks lighting up the night sky over the Gulf.

No visit to Destin would be complete without a taste of its eclectic, award-winning restaurants. Kids will enjoy feeding gators at Fudpucker’s Beachside Bar and Grill right after a tempting meal of seafood and burgers. Don’t forget to add your name with Sharpie to the colorful walls as a reminder of your trip! If you’re looking for the best BBQ in Northwest Florida, look no further than the award-winning pulled pork, ribs and brisket at the Buck’s Smokehouse.

Destin’s Henderson Beach State Park lets you enjoy preserved Florida nature at its finest while still keeping close to world-class resorts and culture. Pay a small fee (per vehicle) to drive on the beach and enjoy the gentle waves and seashells of Henderson Beach State Park. Or, pack a picnic to enjoy on the sand. End the day at the Destin Harbor Boardwalk with a line-up of boutiques and side attractions. If you’re in Destin on a Thursday night in summer, you may be in luck. Starting in June, fireworks will light up the sky when Emerald Grande at Harbor Walk Village puts on a spectacular summer show you can catch from the docks or harbor. 

“I love the beach sand sculpture class, where they bring all the equipment to the beach for a two-hour educational experience. We had a blast creating unique memories that will last forever.”

Yvette Martin, Sanford Mom

EAT: Even Louisiana locals will fall in love with The Louisiana Lagniappe, an upscale waterside favorite that delivers some of the best seafood in Destin. thelouisianalagniappe.com

SEE: A party spot on busier weekends and holidays, Crab Island (actually a wide, shallow sandbar) is a family friendly treat during the off-season. Try snorkeling or buy ice cream from floating vendor boats. 

STAY: If you’re looking for free breakfast and wide, spacious rooms with kitchenettes, try the Residence Inn Sandestin at Grand Boulevard for famed customer service and an all-inclusive getaway. For a free, hot breakfast and a short walk to the beach (think: no beach parking hassles and fees), head to Hampton Inn and Suites Destin. If you want the best location for action and water views book a harbor view room at Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village.

DO: Get kids excited about sand and art with private family sand sculpture lessons on a Destin beach – the sky is the limit!

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March 9, 20199:00 am
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This is a family friendly project. Hunger Heroes of all ages are welcome.





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March 9, 201911:00 am
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The College Park Neighborhood Association (CPNA) is hosting Saturday In The Park With Music And The Arts. This is a daytime and evening event that will include a wide variety of entertainment options for all ages.




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March 9, 201912:00 pm
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Families are invited to visit the 7th Annual Touch-a-Truck event on March 9th from 12-3 p.m at the CFE Arena. This is a free, interactive experience for kids of all ages.





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March 10, 20199:00 am
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This is a family friendly project. Hunger Heroes of all ages are welcome.





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March 10, 201912:00 pm
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It's Mommy & Me time at The Art Room. This fun painting class is for parents and their child, age 4 and up. Have fun quality time painting sweet treats!
Call to register: 407-909-1869
$50 per couple; all supplies included
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March 15, 20196:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Play Date


Drop your kids off for a night to themselves in a safe, supervised and friendly environment. They will enjoy themed games, crafts and gym time. Included is this packed night of fun is always a great movie and yummy pizza.





Drop your kids off for a night to themselves in a safe, supervised and friendly environment. They will enjoy themed games, crafts and gym time. Included is this packed night of fun is always a great movie and yummy pizza.





For potty-trained 3 year olds up to 5th graders. All for only $25 per child ($15 for each additional sibling). Call for availability: 407-365-6800


March 15, 20196:30 pm
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Join us on Friday, March 15 for a special Family Swim to Celebrate the Colors of the Rainbow! We will have raffles, crafts, pizza and and open swim. Raffle winners will be announced at 7:45 p.m., and you must be present to claim your prize.



Join us on Friday, March 15 for a special Family Swim to Celebrate the Colors of the Rainbow! We will have raffles, crafts, pizza and and open swim. Raffle winners will be announced at 7:45 p.m., and you must be present to claim your prize.





Reservations ARE required for this event, so call 407.614.6363 to reserve your spot. This event is FREE for Goldfish Swim School members and their family. Cost for non-members is $5 a person, with a $15 maximum per family.


March 16, 201911:00 am - 11:45 am
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Sensory Storytimes are special needs-friendly, relaxed and interactive. These programs are designed to increase your child's comfort level with the library environment. Children of all ages and their families are welcome on one Saturday of the month from 11 a.m.-11:45 a.m. The 2019 scheduled alternates monthly between East (Oviedo) branch ...

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March 22, 20199:00 am
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During this Spring Break Seed-to-Table Workshop (Cost: $80) with Edible Education Experience at the Emeril Lagasse Kitchen House & Culinary Garden in College Park, kids 10-15 will learn how to make brunch favorites like crepes, breakfast potatoes, eggs, fresh pressed juice and make-your-own fruit jam to bring home.


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March 30, 201911:00 am
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Check out the newly updated (and beautiful) Rieter Park (301 W Warren Ave, Longwood, FL 32750) for a family-friendly day packed with music, great food and lots of fun. There will be a FREE kid zone featuring a pirate ship, shark ride and maybe even a mermaid or two. A huge variety of ...

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