Big Kahunas is a waterpark located right on Hwy 98 in the middle of Destin. You can't miss it! While it is a little pricy ($50-60/person), it can be a fun alternative to a day at the beach, especially when there is tons of seaweed in the ocean. It is mostly geared towards younger kids, but there are enough fun rides to entertain everyone in the family.
In addition to rides, Big Kahunas has a wave pool, two lazy rivers, and plenty of areas filled with lounge chairs for sunbathing.
Since there are so few people who actually LIVE in destin, many companies use foreign workers. This is the case at Big Kahunas. Most of the employees are european, and do not speak english very well. They all have whistles, which they will blow at you if you break a rule. Sometimes you won't even know why a whistle is being blown at you, and it can be amusing!
Overall, Big Kahunas provides a fun outing for everyone in the family. One suggestion: instead of paying for overpriced mediocre food at the waterpark, you can get your hand stamped at the gate for reentry and eat elsewhere. I would recommend Mellow Mushroom. It's a great pizzeria located directly across the street.
big kahunas water park and go-karts, silver sands, snorkeling and chartering a fishing boat
big kahunas has great water slides and its even better at night. the go-karts are the fastest on the beach and there are 3 thrill rides...all of which i have bravely done, that will leave you breathless...also mini-golf is fun. the picture you see below is so beautiful...the islander hotel is to the far left...the last condo in sight....this picture shows that it is in an ideal spot for the perfect beach view!