Backpacking in the USA: Exploring Destin in Florida

When you travel it’s always nice to head away from the tourist crowds. The cities less traveled often have many surprises and one of the coolest cities in Florida is Destin. It’s a great city to chill out and relax in and has some of the best hotels in Florida. Destin is located on Florida’s Emerald Coast and is famous for the white beaches and turquoise/emerald colored waters. While Destin was once a small fishing village, it is now becoming a popular tourist destination, but it’s still relaxed enough for you to enjoy your vacation. Here are five cool sights to check out.

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1. Harbor Walk Marina
Harbor Walk Marina is located near the famous Destin Bridge and it has lots to offer for those who like adventure sports. Companies such as Sea Blaster offer dolphin cruises by speedboat. You can also go deep sea fishing with Harbor Walk Charters and Boogie’s Watersports offer parasailing and glass bottom boat cruises.


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2. Emerald Coast Science Center
There is fun for families and people of all ages here in Destin. The Emerald Coast Science Center is proof of that. It has a childern’s museum which is focused on science and nature. Due to the abverse weather in the region (mostly hurricanes) this museum is an education for everyone. There is also a toy and gift shop which proves very popular.

3. Eden State Gardens
The Eden State Gardens are situated in an idyllic setting by a Greek style mansion, dating back as far as 1897. The gardens are quite simply wonderful whether you are a nature lover or not. In spring time when the flowers are in bloom, the colors in the Eden State Gardens are magnificent and it’s a popular place to enjoy a picnic lunch.


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4. Okaloosa Island Boardwalk
The Okaloosa Island Boardwalk down by the seafront is a massive entertainment complex which features bars, cafes, clubs and restaurants and beaches. It’s totally packed in the summer months and is a perfect place to relax, play and watch the sun go down.


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5. Henderson Beach State Recreation Area
Massive parks and recreation areas are what Destin is all about and the Henderson Beach State Recreation Area covers a huge are of not just coast but the woodlands too. There is a really cool hiking trail for those wanting to escape the beaches and shps. More popular still are the outdoor areas for summer barbecues and pisnics. People love to camp over here too as there is a fully equipped campsite.

Aside from these five sights, please don’t forget that the food in Destin is excellent – restaurants and bars to suit all tastes are on every corner and street down by the beaches and this place continues to thrive in Summer months. So hopefully these five sights should get you started when you decide to head to the wonderful city of Destin in Florida.


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