If you’re looking for things to do off the beaten path in Destin, you’ll find a plenty of choices along Highway 30-A. There are also a number of Destin vacation rentals available along this stretch. The highway runs from Destin to Panama City Beach. This 20-mile drive has outstanding scenic views and a number of unique and interesting locations that are worth a visit.
Eden Gardens State Park
Whether you’re a boating and fishing aficionado, you love strolling through manicured gardens or you simply want to have a family picnic, Eden Gardens State Park has something for you. Covering over 161 acres, the park is located on Tucker Bayou and has a delightful nature trail that will allow you a glimpse of the plentiful indigenous wildlife. Visitors can also take a trip back in time at the renovated Wesley House with is Luis XVI furniture and ornamentals gardens.
Stinky’s Fish Camp
Located on Santa Rosa Beach, Stinky’s is a unique seafood and wine bar serving classic local dishes at refreshing prices. Enjoy their raw oysters on the half shell and crawfish etoufee washed down with a signature bloody Mary while you gaze over the fantastic views.
If you want a break from driving, get your cycle out and take advantage of Highway
30-A’s great bike path. The bike trail runs the full length of the highway from Dune Allen Beach to Rosemary Beach crossing through several neighborhood paths. The path is paved and completely separate from the highway.
Away from Highway 30, there are still lots of things to see and do off the beaten path in Destin. Here are just a few more:
Perhaps one of the most delightful places to visit is the Village of Baytowne Wharf where visitors can take in a wide variety of live music and live band performances. The village is a completely self-contained area with a host of restaurants, shops and other amenities.
Ride on Surf School
A favorite family outing is the Ride On Surf School. The school provides you with a surfboard, wet suit and expert instruction from one of its highly trained and experienced surfing instructors, most of who have surfed in locations all over the world. They offer group lessons.
The Gulf Coast of Florida is famous for its alligators and Gator Beach is one of the best places to view them. It is a great destination for families because it offers a tremendous educational component. Children love getting a safe yet up close encounter with these exotic beasts.