Rainy Day Activities To Do In Destin

Weather in Florida can be unpredictable. Thankfully, there are a number of things to do on a rainy day in Destin and along 30A. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite rainy day activities for you to enjoy when the weather just won’t cooperate.



Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park: The Gulfairum is an indoor facility located on Okaloosa Island, perfect for a rainy day here on the Gulf. There are endless animal encounter opportunities, dolphin and sea lion shows, daily animal chats, and amazing exhibits to view!


Urban Air Adventure Park: Urban Air is the ultimate indoor adventure park with attractions that cater to any level of an adventurer. Choose your challenge from unlimited laser tag, virtual reality, ropes course, climbing walls, and trampolines.


Fat Daddy’s Arcade: Enjoy more than 50 classic and interactive arcade games, redeem tickets, and win prizes! E-claw prize games, dueling basketball hoops, virtual simulation, and more- there’s something for everyone!


Emerald Coast Science Center: Explore exhibits ranging from the final frontier to our local Emerald Coast ecosystems. The center also hosts more mature events like ‘Sip & Science’ where guests can grab a drink and get lost under the stars!






Destin History & Fishing Museum: Learn more about Destin and how it became the World’s Luckiest Fishing Village at this fun, locally-owned museum by the Harbor.


Indian Temple Mound Museum: Learn about the history of Native Americans with exhibits depicting 12,000 years of Native American occupation. This museum is home to over 1,000 artifacts of stone, bone, clay, shell and prehistoric ceramics.


Air Force Armament Museum: This is the only museum in the world dedicated to the collection, preservation, and exhibition of Air Force armament. Plus admission is FREE!


Photo courtesy of Air Force Armament Museum



Movies and Shopping

Destin Commons: Take shelter from the rain at the Destin Commons. There are a number of entertainment, dining and shopping options at this award-winning lifestyle center. This includes the AMC Theater and Uncle Buck’s Fish Bowl and Grill.


Silver Sands Outlet Mall: Treat yourself at Silver Sands Outlet Mall in Miramar Beach. Here you will find stores like Saks Off 5th Avenue, Kate Spade, Nike, Columbia, and more!


Grand Boulevard: Visit Santa Rosa Beach’s newest shopping center. Find everything from big-box retailers like Pottery Barn and Anthropologie and local shops including The Zoo Gallery.


Local Antique Shops- Spend the day hunting for treasures and exciting finds. The Destin area is home to many antique shops! Antiques On Holiday, Flutterby Antiques Uniques, and De’france Indoor Flea Market Antiques are just a few!


Photo Courtesy of Destin Commons


Local Eats

Jackacuda’s: At Jackacuda’s you can find American cuisine classics like cheeseburgers, Southern dishes like fried green tomatoes, and Asian sushi and poke bowl choices. Jackacuda’s gives you a flavorful punch of an experience in all of the best ways!


Pepito’s: Locals agree: Pepito’s is the best Mexican restaurant in town! They pride themselves in “bringing the border to the beach”. They have been doing just that within the community for the last 20+ years!


Harbor Docks: Harbor Docks is one of Destin’s most famous and influential restaurants. This local staple offers seafood dishes such as Gulf Grouper Parmadine, Yellowfin Tuna Dip, and Fish Tacos. Plus, this indoor restaurant overlooks Destin Harbor!


2 Birds Coffee + Cafe: This locally owned and operated cafe has amazing coffee and a crafted menu unlike any other. 2 Birds has both a regular menu and a weekly updated menu, featuring the catch of the day and dishes like huevos rancheros! In addition to coffee, they also serve adult beverages!





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