The Top Five Waterfront Activities on the Emerald Coast
1. Sitting on the Florida Gulf Coast, Destin is known for being a fishing village. Filled with numerous marinas, this could make a tourist’s head spin with all the options, but Legendary Sport Fishing Charters gets you into the local fishing experience. Each charter comes with fishing equipment and a captain that will take you to one of Destin’s prime fishing sports to ensure you an intimate experience and the best catch!
2. With your catch in hand, the next step is to actually cook it, and you’re in luck because the chefs at the Fisherman’s Wharf Seafood House will be happy to do it for you. Along with their extensive menu full of delicious fish dishes, the Seafood House can cook your catch anyway you like!
3. If fishing out in the gulf is not for you, you can still enjoy lying under the delightful Florida sunshine or taking a stroll down into Harborwalk Village off the Destin Bridge. At the Village you’ll find Poppy’s Crazy Lobster Bar & Grill where they serve local seafood caught at Destin’s harbors along with live entertainment all week long. Looking for amazing views? Be sure to head over for sunset.
4. Once you’ve seen your fish on a hook and on your plate, how about seeing some of the most famous catches? The Destin History of Fishing Museum is filled with hundreds of prize-winning examples of fish caught in Destin as well as antique rods and reels. The most eye-catching attraction will definitely be the 400 lb fish displayed, as well as a fishing rod owned by Ernest Hemingway himself.
5. In order to travel like a local, you must do as the locals do, including taking part in annual traditions. One of the most time-honored traditions, established in 1948, is the Destin Fishing Rodeo. It takes place in October and is a competition open to saltwater anglers of all ages.
For more on the Gulf Coast, check out:
- The Gulf Coast One Year After the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
- One Year Later: Early Show On The Gulf Coast
- Ask the Locals Travel Guide: Alabama’s Gulf Coast
By Collette Torunyan for PeterGreenberg.com