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While most people visit Destin for the beach, that's not all this town has to offer. If you're visiting Destin when there's a ton of rain or a red flag at the beach, don't despair, there's still plenty of fun things to do on your vacation. Between the attractions, shops, restaurants, and more, there are tons of fun things you can do in Destin that don't involve the beach. Check out some of our favorite non-beach related activities in Destin, Florida.

1. Big Kahuna's Water & Adventure Park

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If you're looking for a fun activity that involves swimming without the sand and waves, Big Kahuna's is the perfect beach alternative. Big Kahuna's is the largest waterpark on the Emerald Coast. The waterpark has over 40 different water play areas, tons of waterslides, and a lazy river. In addition to the waterpark, Big Kahuna's also has an adventure park with tropical mini golf, a sky coaster, and the Honolulu Half Pipe. All in all, between the kiddie areas and thrilling rides, Big Kahuna's is sure to have something for everyone in your party! Get your tickets here and start planning your trip now!

2. Grand Boulevard Farmers' Market

Every Saturday throughout the entire year, visitors can check out the Grand Boulevard Farmers' Market at Sandestin from 9 am to 1 pm. It's the perfect place to shop for fresh local produce, grass-fed beef, bison, chicken, pork, homemade sausage, local honey, artisan breads, pastries, jams, baked goods, and so much more! Overall, it's the perfect way to spend a relaxing Saturday morning in Destin.

3. The Spa at The Henderson Beach & Spa Resort

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Treat yourself to luxury at The Henderson Beach & Spa Resort. The spa is the perfect place to relax and unwind on your vacation. Choose from a variety of treatments from relaxation massages, couple massages, wraps, manicures, pedicures, blowouts, and more. Whether you're planning a girls' trip, romantic getaway, or just need some much-needed R&R on your vacation, you can't go wrong with a spa day.

4. Hurricane Lanes

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Whether your beach day was rained out or if you're just simply looking for something new to do in Destin, check out Hurricane Lanes. In addition to bowling, Hurricane Lanes also features Rupert's Sports Bar, StrikeZone Cafe, and an arcade. With affordable pricing, late-night hours, and more, you're sure to have a blast at Hurricane Lanes on your next vacation to Destin.

5. Destin Laser Tag

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Destin Laser Tag is the perfect place to check out if it's raining or simply too hot to be outside. With a 4000 sq. ft. laser tag maze accommodating up to 40 people at once, Destin Laser Tag is the perfect indoor activity to try out. In addition to the laser tag maze, Destin Laser Tag also features Destin's only indoor, air-conditioned, black light mini golf course as well as an arcade. Between the laser tag, mini golf, and arcade games, there's something for everyone at Destin Laser Tag!

6. Shop or Dine at Destin Commons

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Destin Commons is the perfect place to spend an afternoon or evening in Destin. With tons of amazing places to shop like Forever 21, Sephora, LOFT, Victoria's Secret, Pandora, Lush, and so much more, Destin Commons has everything you need for a major shopping spree. In addition to the shopping, Destin Commons also features a kids' play area with fountains and a climbing structure, a movie theater, bowling alley, and tons of restaurants. Some of the incredible restaurants at Destin Commons include Gulf Coast Burgers, Formula Fresh, Paula Deen's Family Kitchen, and Another Broken Egg Cafe to name a few. Overall, Destin Commons truly has it all!

7. Rock Out Climbing Gym

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Rock Out Climbing Gym is a bouldering gym in Destin that's fun for all ages. No ropes or harnesses are required, so you don't need to worry about anything but climbing. This is not only the perfect rainy day alternative to the beach but also a great activity for anyone looking for something new and fun to try while they're in town. Adult day passes are just $16 and kid day passes are only $10.

8. Escapology

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Escape Rooms are one of the nation's newest trends. Rain or shine, Escapology is the perfect group activity to check out in Destin. Escapology is open every day from 1 pm to 10 pm and visitors can choose from a variety of different games to play that all involve finding clues, solving puzzles, and picking locks in order to escape from the room. Rooms accommodate up to six people, which makes Escapology a great activity for families visiting the area. You can book your game here!

All in all, while the beaches in Destin are beautiful, there's actually a lot more to do here. From the Emerald Coast's largest waterpark to luxury spas, Destin has a lot to offer. Be sure to check out these fun activities in Destin that don't involve the beach the next time you're in town. Start planning your next trip today!

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