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  • Take a Sandcastle Lesson BeachSandSculptures.com

    by 1965capri Written Jul 24, 2012
    Sandcastle Lessons with BeachSandSculptures.com

    Sandcastle Lesson with BeachSandSculptures.com is an experience that locals and visitors should check out. Rick TheSandman Mungeam is a gifted sand sculptor and talented teacher. Not only are his sandcastle lessons great but he also offers unique sculptures for any and every event in your life. Wedding Sand Sculptures, Marriage proposals, birthdays, anniversaries, advertising.

    Check out www.BeachSandSculptures.com and prepare to be WOWed!

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    A hidden treasure

    by Azonie Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Eden Gardens State Park, located near Point Washington FL about 24 miles east of Destin.

    The focal point of this park is a beautifully renovated, two-story house with elegant white columns and wrap-around porch. Surrounded by moss-draped live oaks and ornamental gardens, the Wesley house inspires visions of hoop skirts and landed gentry. The park is part of the estate owned in the 1800s by the Wesleys, a wealthy Florida timber family. In 1963, Lois Maxon bought and renovated the home, creating a showplace for her family heirlooms and antiques. The collection of Louis XVI furniture is the second largest in the United States.

    We visited the park on a Tuesday and wouldn't you know it, it was one of the days that the house wasn't being shown. *sigh*

    The grounds are absolutely beautiful though so we still enjoyed our time there and it's well worth the drive out from Destin. Not only that but you can stop at Pompano Joe's either coming or going. :-) The park is loaded with just a TON of magnolia and huge oak trees. The rose garden was nice but not as magnificent as they boast of on the parks website. But still nice enough.

    Eden State Gardens Hours
    Eden Gardens State Park is open from 8 a.m. until sundown daily.
    The house is open for hourly guided tours from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

    Eden State Gardens Admission Fees
    $3.00 per vehicle
    $1.00 for Pedestrians, Bicyclists, Extra Passengers, Passengers With Holder of Annual Individual Entrance Permit,
    Members of Organized Groups

    Eden Gardens State Park Tour Prices
    Adults: $3.00 per day
    Children: $1.00 per day

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    Big Kahuna's

    by myrtle Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Big Kahuna's

    This place looks like a fun waterpark. I've always wanted to go, but can never seem to convince my family it's a good idea. I guess they figure we're right near the ocean & there's a pool at the condo, so why pay to go to this place. I think younger children would really like it. Aside from the waterpark, they also have miniature golf.

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    grayton beach

    by doug48 Written Jun 11, 2009

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    grayton beach

    a nice side trip from destin is to grayton beach state park. grayton beach is considered one of the best beaches in the state of florida. grayton beach state park offers fishing, canoeing, nature trails, and camping. for more information on this beautiful area of northwest florida see my grayton beach pages.
    from destin take US 98 20 miles east to CR 30A. take CR 30A southeast 5 miles to the park.

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    • Fishing
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    seaside

    by doug48 Updated Jun 11, 2009

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    downtown seaside

    a very nice side trip from destin is to the charming village of seaside. seaside is a community of replica victorian and northeastern beach homes. seaside offers a number of excellent restaurants and a beautiful gulf beach. for more information on this beautiful area of northwest florida see my grayton beach pages.

    from destin take US 98 east about 20 miles to CR 30A. then take CR 30A southeast about 8 miles to seaside.

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  • Secluded Bay Beach

    by Aliseeya Written Dec 13, 2005

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    I love to sunbathe and I prefer calm, tranquil waters to violent ocean waves. Therefore, my favorite place to lay out is on Holiday Isle, on the Bay side. There are no hotels on this beach, making it less crowded. While many boats will anchor on it's shore, it still remains a very secluded spot even at the height of tourist season.

    I like it mainly because it's free of tourists, but the water is also beautiful. Its very calm, making it perfect for a quick dip on order to cool off. The water is usually crystal clear and you can see fish swimming all around you.

    This beach is located on Holiday Isle, on the bay side near the small jetty. If you want specific directions, just email me!

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    Mural on the bayside marina

    by cfwestbe Written Apr 29, 2005

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    Whale Mural

    There are murals of whales painted on the side of the bayside marina in Destin. This marina is located at the end of the mid-bay bridge. You must see this up close to appreciate the grand scale of the mural.

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    Don't go without stopping in...

    by angel_000 Updated Oct 19, 2003

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    Dont go without stopping in Seaside !
    The gentle blue-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico cascading over a glorious white sand beach set the pace for Seaside, a resort town that takes relaxing seriously. Why drive when you can saunter down the brick-lined streets? Who needs a mall when you can browse through the open-air market — modeled after a Mediterranean bazaar — and buy jewelry, clothes, even local artwork.
    Seaside is a small-town America from another, simpler time. Case in point? White picket fences are mandatory for each of the 60-plus pastel wood-frame cottages available for rent.

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    Emerald Coast: Destin and Fort Walton Beach

    by cobrioc Written Feb 25, 2003

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    The Emerald Coast ubfurls in a 24-mile ribbon of shimmering, white-sand beaches, reaching from Fort Walton Beach in the west to the fishing village of Destin.
    Destin regularly plays host to fishing tournaments and an annual Seafood Festival in October.

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    Emerald Coast

    by cobrioc Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Beaches of the Emerald Coast. The beauty of its sunny shores is matched only by the charm of its seaside communities. Inland you'll find family amusements, museums, historic tresures, fun souvenir and special shops, and exquite waterfront dining with view that will leave you brethless.
    Destin is one of Florida's best-kept secrets, a small fishing village that has blossomed into a lovely piece of paradise replete with sparkling green waters and pristine beaches.

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    Don't miss any of the...

    by allenkite Written Sep 2, 2002

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    Don't miss any of the beautiful beaches in this area . . . Take a day, get in the car and find Scenic Hwy 30A . . . As you drive down this road, you will go through Santa Rosa Beach, Grayton Beach, Dune Allen, Seaside and Seagove beach to mention a few . . . If you go past Seagrove, you can go on up to Panama City . . . Take the time to stop along the way and enjoy these towns . . . Pick a restaurant, any restaurant . . . There is not a bad one out of the bunch . . . This area is also known as the 'Florida Pan Handle'
    100 Miles of Pristine Northwest Florida Panhandle Beaches!
    Newcomers and visitors discover what permanent residents already know; what a wonderful place it is to bring a family.

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  • Don't miss all the fabulous...

    by lorigirl Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Don't miss all the fabulous beaches in this area. Get in you car and drive along Highway 30A. The scenery is amazing. Feels like you're in paradise and this moment will never end. Stop at some nice little restaurant right on the beach, and listen to the sound of waves.

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    Seeing the wind blow..

    by cobrioc Updated Aug 1, 2011

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    Watch a sunset

    Whatch the storm or watch a sunset.

    Seeing the wind blow the tops of waves into spray and watching the wind and the rain can be most relaxing!
    (picture made by me)

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    The Track

    by myrtle Updated May 28, 2004

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    The Track Family Fun Center

    This is a fun place to go with the family if you're interested in miniature golf or gocarts. They also have a few bungee activities available. We enjoy it every year. It's on 1125 Highway 98 East.

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    • Bungy Jumping

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