With its shimmering white beaches and sparkling turquoise waters, Destin FL is the sort of sun-kissed paradise authorities had in mind when Florida’s Sunshine State nickname became official in 1970. However, there are the occasional days where the heavens open and the rain falls down on ‘The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village’.
So, what to do in Destin when it rains? Thankfully, there are plenty of options for the whole family to enjoy while the sun is away. From museums exploring Destin’s past to unique activities like rock climbing, this beautiful coastal town has a host of options to explore when it rains.
What to Do When It Rains in Destin Florida?
Destin History & Fishing Museum
Want to know more about that curious moniker ‘The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village’? Escape the rain and head to the Destin History & Fishing Museum.
— Archer & Cove (@ArcherandCove) August 5, 2016
Here, you’ll learn about what life was like when this fishing village was formed back in the 1830s and see examples of antique fishing rods alongside the many types of fish that make these waters so alluring.
While Harborwalk Village boasts plenty of outdoor attractions for visitors to Destin Florida, there are also several options when it rains.
The Spa at Silver Shells
If you’d prefer something at a slower pace during the rain, then unwind at The Spa at Silver Shells. We all know the Florida Panhandle is a great place to get away from it all and at this relaxing spa in Destin FL, you can enjoy steam rooms, Jacuzzis, and heated indoor pools alongside facials, massages, body treatments, and hair care.
Rock Out Climbing Gym
However, if you’d rather be a little more active during the rainfall then Rock Out Climbing Gym will get you out of your comfort zone.
Opened on Palms Blvd in 2017, the bouldering they practice here comes without ropes or harnesses of traditional climbing and offers thrilling intensity in a friendly and supportive environment.
Where to Eat in Destin FL When it Rains
Boshamps Seafood & Oyster House
Shelter from the rain at Boshamps Seafood & Oyster House on the beautiful Destin Harbor and experience what Destin does best. Serving the freshest fish and bringing its customers authentic Gulf to table Southern cuisine, this restaurant is ideal for indulging during a downfall in Destin.
Offering everything from pan sautéed gulf snapper to local blue crab claws, executive chef Andi Bell’s extensive knowledge of the Gulf of Mexico Basin means that Boshamps has already become a favorite of those visiting Florida’s Emerald Coast and Destin, in particular.
Gulf Coast Burger Company in Destin
If seafood isn’t your thing, then escape the rain by heading up to the Gulf Coast Burger Company on Legendary Drive where you’ll find some of Destin’s most generously-filled sandwiches.
There is also a Gulf Coast Burger in Panama City Beach.
The signature Florida Burger is a thick patty packed with bacon, egg, avocado spread, and American cheese, that’s best washed down with one of their colorful shakes.
Go Out for Pizza
Destin Florida has some of the best pizza places you will find anywhere. Nothing beats eating hot brick oven fired pizza on a chilly rainy day.