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A large sign that reads, “Welcome to Destin, The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village,” with a sunset in the background



Destin, Florida, is full of fun year-round. But when things heat up in the summer, there's even more to do. No matter what you enjoy – from swimming in crystal clear water to parasailing through the air – Destin has something for you.

Big Kahuna Water Park

If you want to make a splash in Destin, Florida, check out Big Kahuna Water Park. Florida summers can get hot, and one of the best ways to cool down is to go swimming! . No matter what age you are, you’ll enjoy the cool splashes as you jump in the pools and dive down the slides at this massive waterpark.

Price: $40 a ticket

Buy your tickets: Big Kahuna’s Water Park

Location: 1007 US-98, Destin, FL

Dolphin Sunset Cruise

Hop on board a boat, and prepare yourself for an unforgettable cruise. As you glide through the waves, capture stunning views of Destin’s wildlife. Catch dolphins jumping and wading through the water as the sun goes down. Being able to view these majestic animals in their natural habitat is much more satisfying than viewing them in a tank. So kick back, relax, and take it all in.

Price: $25 a ticket

Buy your tickets: Dolphin Cruise

Location: 102 Harbor Blvd., Destin, FL

Rent a Pontoon Boat

Everyone should rent a pontoon boat at some point in life. Destin, Florida, is a great place to knock this off your bucket list. Rent a pontoon with your family and friends, and cruise around the bay. Then head over to Crab Island and throw your anchor for a great sandbar experience. Crab Island has a floating center with food and drinks, and the water is shallow – perfect for swimming and kayaking.

Price: From $200

Buy your tickets: Pontoon Boat Rental

Location: 214 Harbor Blvd., Destin, FL


Most of us only ever get to see the crystal clear waters of Destin from the beach. However, if you’re looking to experience the area from another point of view, you have to go parasailing. As your boat picks up speed, you will ascend into the sky, flying like the seagulls. The ocean is so clear, you’ll be able to see dolphins and stingrays in the waters below.

Price: $45 a person

Buy your tickets: Destin Parasailing

Location: 530 Harbor Blvd., Destin, FL

Destin Harbor Sunset Tiki Cruise

As Destin starts to heat up, take time with friends and family to cool off on the water with some drinks. Going out to a tiki bar is always a great time, so how could it possibly get any more fun? Try one that’s floating. Jump on this cruising tiki bar, and enjoy the sunset with some mai tais as you float on the water.

Price: $59 a person

Buy your tickets: Destin Harbor Sunset Tiki Cruise

Location: 302 Harbor Blvd., Destin, FL

Can’t get enough information about summer activities? Want to find more ways to cool down under the sun? Check out the Olympus at Emerald Coast blogs for more outdoor activities.