After last year, we know families are ready to have the best beach vacation ever! Luckily, our friends at the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Convention & Visitor Bureau have made it easy to find adventures for your family when visiting the Destin area. In addition to all the great activities and watersports that Destin offers, the team has created “ Adventure Packs ” which pair some of the area’s best local restaurants with the best experiences to create dream-worthy adventures for your family. We’ve highlighted a few of
Published on Friday, May 7, 2021
While the beach has naturally calming qualities, sometimes it’s nice to reach a deeper level of calm and relaxation. For those seeking the best yoga classes in the Destin area both in-studio and on the beach, we’ve gather our staff’s top picks for Yoga in Destin. We’ve divided our list by coastal community (west to east) to help you find the yoga experience that closest to your vacation rental home or simply try them all. We hope you enjoy exploring these meditative sessions and finding a new level of Zen.
Sunshine Yoga (
Published on Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Do you like to feel like a local on vacation? If so, we recommend staying in the Crystal Beach neighborhood in Destin, Florida. This charming beachside community is home to pastel-colored beach homes with white picket fences. The sugar-white sand beaches are accessible via neighborhood beach accesses and dune walkovers that are conveniently located along Scenic Highway 98. Here is our list of the top 8 things to do when you stay in Crystal Beach, Florida:
1. Bike Crystal Beach Neighborhoods & Scenic Gulf Drive
One of our favorite things to do
Published on Monday, April 5, 2021
The Emerald Coast of Florida, which runs along the Gulf of Mexico for 24 miles, is known for its sugar-white sand beaches. For spectacular beaches that are consistently voted among the best in the country, as well as some of the best fishing in the world, look no further than Destin, Florida. It has been called the "Crown Jewel of the Emerald Coast" and the "World's Luckiest Fishing Village." If you're looking for things to do in Destin to keep yourself entertained and make the visit extra special, this list is a great place to start! Check out
Published on Monday, March 22, 2021
Ready to escape to the beach? Not only does Destin, Florida have the most beautiful beaches to escape to, but there are fun, new Escape Rooms to entertain and delight everyone in your group. Whether you're looking for something to do in Destin on rainy day or simply need a day to cool off out of the sun, here are three new Escape Room options in Destin, Fla.
1. Escape Zone 60 in Destin- Solve the live, interactive, puzzling mysteries with a few friends. They’ve got a Zombie Apocalypse, Crime Scene, and Special Ops room that can
Published on Thursday, July 5, 2018
Ready to get your putt-putt on? We’ve got the best mini golf courses for you here in Destin. From indoor black light golf to a 9-hole outdoor course to work on your short game, there’s a course for everyone in the family to enjoy.
1. Golf Garden of Destin
Staying with us here in the Destin area? Enjoy one free round of putt-putt golf per paid night of your beach vacation with our Xplorie gift card program. They also have a driving range, and a par 29, 9-hole golf course if you’re looking to work on your short game. Located
Published on Tuesday, June 5, 2018
We recently discovered the joys of riding a Pedego electric bicycle. If you’re looking for something new to try and enjoy soaking in fun and feeling like a kid again, this experience is for you! The team at Pedego 30A provide a tutorial on the bike, and most importantly, how to brake. There are three settings—manual, level 1 and level 2. The great part is the rider can go as fast or slow as they wish. Depending on the bike’s battery and wattage, electric bikes can travel at speeds up to 20 mph. There are varying levels of rentals, ranging
Published on Thursday, May 17, 2018
Northwest Florida was one of the leading Florida destinations to embrace the stand-up paddle boarding movement more than a decade ago. In the spring of 2007, YOLO Board launched, highlighting a sport that was common around the globe to locals. In 2009, BOTE Boards launched with a focus on merging the capabilities of boat with the simplicity of board. It didn’t take long for locals and visitors alike to embrace the sport and SUP boards were quickly on waterways all along the Emerald Coast. Northwest Florida is well suited for
Published on Monday, March 19, 2018
Who wouldn’t like free activities during their Destin vacation? No one we know. That’s why, we’ve developed a list of free activities that we think our guests would enjoy during their Destin vacation.
With each night’s stay, guests receive a free adult admission each day to enjoy activities including Big Kahuna’s Waterpark, parasailing, a dolphin cruise, snorkel tour, Segway tour, and mini-golf, as well as free movie rentals. With so many freebies, the hardest part is finding time to try them all.
Published on Friday, February 23, 2018
It’s a New Year and we know you’re ready to set your sights on a new list of adventures for your upcoming Destin vacation. As you search for things to do in Destin during your next spring, summer or fall beach getaway, we’ve outlined some of the fun bucket list adventures in South Walton and Destin, Florida: Snorkel Grayton Beach State Park Reef Submerged several years ago by SWARA (South Walton Artificial Reef Association), this reef is now teaming with marine life. View fish, urchins, and even sea turtles while swimming around the collection
Published on Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Wondering where to start with planning a beach vacation? Look no further than at some of these amazing insider tips on where to stay, what to bring, what to do, and where to eat. We, as a company, pride ourselves on providing 100% customer service, which includes answering any questions and concerns you may have about your next beach vacation. Let’s start planning!
Step 1: Where to Stay
This is one of the biggest decisions you will make when starting to plan your next trip. There are a lot of factors to take into account. For example
Published on Monday, October 9, 2017
Looking for a fun activity for your next Destin vacation? Consider a sandcastle building lesson by Beach Sand Sculptures . They have been a Newman-Dailey partner for many years and have hosted our staff and many of our guests for a two hour sand sculpture lesson that is fun and rewarding. Beach Sand Sculptures Founder Rick Mungeam tells us the number one question he hears from beachgoers is “How did you do that?” so he offers classes to show you exactly how he creates his castles in the sand.
We recently visited him on
Published on Monday, October 2, 2017
We are frequently asked “what’s new in Destin?” And this month, we’re excited to share that Destin has a new attraction—Rock Out Rock Climbing Gym. This is a great addition to our coastal community, especially on those not so sunny days, double red flag days or days when you just need a break from the Florida sunshine. The new 8,000 square foot gym offers 3,315 square feet of climbing space. The best part is that the entire facility is rope free so climbers will be bouldering, a form of rock climbing done without the use of a harness. The
Published on Friday, July 7, 2017
We love summer in Destin. With long days at the beach, sandy toes, and sunset toasts, what’s not to love? In addition to fun days at the beach,
there are fun summer things to do in Destin some of which are only offered during the summer season. The best part is that these activities are
included with most Newman-Dailey vacation rentals as part of the Newman-Dailey Virtual
Gift Card program .
Jump in the surf.
This activity can actually be enjoyed year round but for some reason we tend to enjoy it more during the summer months
Published on Friday, June 9, 2017
White Diamond Beach Service is now offering a Beach Bonfire Experience. Beach bonfires are a popular way to bring together family and friends for celebrations of all kinds. As the sun goes down, the flames go up and a new timeless tradition begins. Bonfires are available year round and must be reserved 48 hours in advance in order for a beach bonfire permit to be issued. The beach bonfire experience includes: - Custom bonfire pit - Wood (3 hours worth) - &
Published on Monday, May 22, 2017
After a couple of days on the beach, families are often ready for their next adventure. A great place to start your planning your Destin adventure is through Newman-Dailey’s Be Free Bundle . These businesses have partnered with Newman-Dailey to offer our guests experiences for free or at a discounted rate. Our team recently experienced the Destin Snorkel two-stop snorkeling excursion and came back with these great tips. Destin Snorkel Has All the Equipment. When you arrive, Destin Snorkel staff will size you for fins. Mask, snorkel and fins are included
Published on Monday, May 15, 2017
Newman-Dailey Destin Real Estate Agent Shannyn Stevenson “knows the Gulf Coast” and as a long-time resident and avid paddle boarder, she offers some great tips for stand-up paddle boarding in Destin.
Find a Beach Access with Flat Walk-On Access . Pompano Joe's is where I go but it can be tough to to carry the board up and down the stairs. It is a good workout! There are locations that offer flat walk on access, including the access behind Seascape next to the Whale’s Tale has a drive on /walk on ramp. Also on Scenic Highway
Published on Monday, April 10, 2017
Live music soothes the soul, especially on vacation at the beach. What better place to listen to live music than the beautiful Destin Harbor overlooking the Gulf or on the Bay overlooking the Mid-Bay Bridge? We have so many great locally-owned restaurants on the water that have live music performed by some very talented local artists. Here are the top 5 Best Live Music Venues in Destin: Boshamps This place is always a favorite for the amazing oysters, prepared six different, delicious ways. The band Continuum performs live every sunny Sunday afternoon
Published on Thursday, April 6, 2017
When the weather is not ideal or you simply need a break from fun, sun and sand, consider a visit to the Destin History & Fishing Museum near the Destin Harbor. Have you ever wondered… Why is Destin called “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village”? Why is the sand in Destin so sugar white? Who settled the area and why is it called Destin? These are just a few of the answers you’ll find at the Destin History & Fishing Museum. The museum boasts and impressive collection of classic fishing tools and techniques. You’ll see
Published on Monday, March 13, 2017
Are you looking for a new activity to experience during your 2017 summer beach vacation to the beaches of South Walton and Destin, Florida? When you need a break from fun, sun and sand and are looking for a new experience, check out the EO Wilson Biophilia Center just north of the beaches of South Walton in Freeport, Florida. What an amazing experience for all ages. Open to public on Thursdays and Fridays during June and July, the Biophilia Center introduces families to the ecology of Northwest Florida. Our team member, Amy Turner
Published on Monday, March 6, 2017
With the spectacular fall temperatures along the Emerald Coast, our guests have been asking about outdoor activities in and around Destin that are beyond the beach. In addition to recommending a visit to the Destin Harbor to watch the local fisherman unloading the day’s catch, an afternoon meeting the animal ambassadors at the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park and a hike along one of the many nature trails within area state parks, we have another great suggestion. A horseback ride through Point Washington State Forest at Arnette's Gulfside Trails...
Published on Monday, November 21, 2016
It has been great fun cheering for Team USA during the 2016 Olympic Games. It is motivating to watch these athletes achieve their personal best and break world records, and we can’t help but be inspired. So we’ve compiled a fun list of ways to create Olympic-style fun on your next Destin vacation. Don’t let summer set without a beach getaway.
Beach Volleyball in Destin.
Yes, Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross have been a dynamic duo and watching them play beach volleyball is indeed inspiring. So on your next Destin
Published on Friday, August 12, 2016
As any local will tell you, there’s more to Destin than our infamous sugar white sand beaches and emerald green water. There are some great family attractions in Destin too. When planning your next Destin beach vacation, here are the top 3 family attractions in Destin:
Big Kahunas Waterpark
With over 40 different water play areas, rides, slides and pools, Big Kahuna’s is a great water park attraction for families. Enjoy the giant wave pool, or cruise down the lazy river. Scream down the 5-story Jumanji or holler down the Maui pipeline
Published on Friday, July 8, 2016
Looking to let loose in Destin and sing some of your favorite tunes? The team at Newman-Dailey has been checking out the best spots for Karaoke in Destin and South Walton to share with our guests. Yes, it’s been hard work rehearsing and singing our hearts out but our team was up for the challenge. Here’s our favorite local spots to have fun and sing Karaoke in Destin and on Hwy 30A: Karaoke at Marie’s Bistro. Marie’s Bistro in Blue Mountain Beach on Hwy 30A is the place to be Wednesday and Saturday nights. Happy Hour is from 4 to 6 p.m
Published on Tuesday, June 21, 2016
After the sun goes down, what is there to do at night in Destin? One of our team’s favorite things to do is Trivia Night. Here are our top 3 spots for Trivia Night in Destin: Props Brewery If you enjoy good food, local craft beer and fun, Props Brewery may be the perfect spot for you. Located just across the Brooks Bridge in Fort Walton Beach, Props Brewery is a popular local hangout. OnTuesday from 8 – 10 p.m., it is the place to be for some healthy competition for Trivia Night. If your table wins, you get a gift card to use during your next visit
Published on Friday, May 27, 2016
As we kick off the 2016 beach season, many of our guests are asking what’s new in Destin and South Walton this season. Great question! So we’ve polled our team and industry contacts and here’s some of the new things to do in Destin for 2016: Lulu’s Jelly Jump Lucy Buffet is always looking for ways to have more fun. We were thrilled when she opened Lulu’s Destin last fall and now she’s adding a new activity. The Jellyfish Jumper is LuLu's Destin newest attraction. Children (and adults) that are over 42 inches and under 250 lbs can enjoy this fun
Published on Tuesday, April 5, 2016
One the most enjoyable and relaxing things to do along the Emerald Coast is to enjoy a cruise aboard the SOLARIS yacht . The SOLARIS is a 125-foot, three-deck yacht, featuring an open-air sky deck, covered outdoor seating, full-service bar and spacious indoor spaces with panoramic windows. And we recently learned there are many fabulous ways to experience SOLARIS. Here's the top 5 ways to cruise aboard the SOLARIS: A Dinner Cruise. Once you step aboard the Solaris, you’re transported to a luxurious evening. Start on the sky deck with a pre
Published on Wednesday, September 30, 2015
While Florida sunshine is the norm, there are a few days when Destin enjoys liquid sunshine to keep our flora lush and tropical. On those rare days when the weather isn’t perfect or double red flags are flying, there are lots of fun things to do in Destin, Florida on a rainy day.
Here’s our Top Things to Do on a Rainy Day in Destin:
Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park
After undergoing a $4 million renovation, the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park now features covered walkways, upgraded exhibits and animal habitats that complement the
Published on Monday, September 28, 2015
The fall is the most beautiful time of year along the beaches of South Walton and its where kids (and parents) want to be. Families are accustomed to planning a spring break beach getaway, but often don’t consider taking full advantage of the fall school break. Families will enjoy the abundance of family-friendly, fall events in South Walton . From family movie nights at The Hub to surf fishing in Grayton Beach to Halloween happenings all along the coast, October is a fun time to visit the beach. In addition to events, the great temperatures
Published on Monday, September 21, 2015
Many of our team members have lived in the Destin area for decades and have watched the changing landscape. But one thing has remained consistent, the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park on Okaloosa Island has been providing education and entertainment to millions of families for 60 years. Florida's Gulfarium opened its doors on Aug. 14, 1955. While the road-side attraction has enjoyed updates and renovations over the years, the staff’s dedication to educating the public on marine animals of all kinds while providing family entertainment has
Published on Tuesday, August 11, 2015
You already know that Destin is home to beautiful beaches and abundant fishing, but did you know that your favorite beach town’s rich heritage has been captured for you to explore? Celebrating its 10th year, the Destin History & Fishing Museum offers visitors an inside look into the people and history of The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village. And it’s now bigger and better than ever. The museum’s new Historic Park Complex was introduced on Founder’s Day in May. Located adjacent to the museum, it houses the original Destin post office building and
Published on Monday, July 27, 2015
We know that relaxing on the beach is fun, but sometimes our guests like to enjoy some soft adventure, including standup paddle boarding, kayaking, and snorkeling. Thanks to the South Walton Artificial Reef Association (SWARA), there will be more options for fun underwater off Grayton Beach along Scenic Hwy 30A. This month, SWARA deployed the first half of 58 artificial reef structures off of Grayton Beach State Park. This is the first of several snorkel and fishing reefs planned that will span across south Walton County. Each reef structure is constructed
Published on Friday, July 24, 2015
One of the many benefits of staying in a Newman-Dailey vacation rental is using the Newman-Dailey Gift Card , good toward a free adult ticket at a variety of Destin attractions each day of your stay as well as free movie rentals. There are lots of fun things to do in Destin and the Newman-Dailey Gift Card features many, including Big Kahuna’s Waterpark, parasailing, Captain Nemo Dolphin Cruise, and a Destin Snorkel excursion, among others. This month Newman-Dailey has added a new adventure to the gift card program—Barefoot Pirates Treasure
Published on Friday, July 17, 2015
Sure, they roamed the earth millions of years ago, but we have not lost our fascination with dinosaurs. In fact, the recent release of the Jurassic World movie (now playing at AMC Theater at Destin Commons & Grand Boulevard 10 ), has everyone buzzing about raptors, triceratops, brontosaurs, and the powerful T-rex that saves the day. Locals are also buzzing about Destin’s new attraction, Wild Willy’s Adventures Park , which recently opened on Okaloosa Island and celebrates these prehistoric creatures. Wild Willy’s features T-Rex Island, an 18-hole
Published on Thursday, June 25, 2015
Looking for fun things to do with the kids in Destin? Consider checking out the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park. With their new baby dolphin and renovated Stingray Bay, it is definitely worth the trip. If you watch National Geographic, you probably know that stingrays like to bury themselves in the sand on the seafloor, camouflaging themselves from predatory sharks. At the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, guests have the opportunity to get up close and personal with these amazing creatures at their renovated habitat “Stingray Bay” The renovations
Published on Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Your beach vacation is right around the corner and you’re planning your escape. Of course, you're planning for lots of beach time and relaxing with family and friends, but consider planning some activities for the kids, and a special night out for the adults. The 30A Learning Academy, located at Gulf Place in Santa Rosa Beach, offers Adventure Camps and fun nights out for kids. If your children are adventurous, and love to learn through exploration, then this is the camp for them. Children will participate in hands-on classroom experiences as
Published on Monday, June 1, 2015
Once you arrive at the beach, most families have mixed feelings of excitement and exhaustion from the trip. Since check-in time isn't until 4 p.m., vacationers often find themselves with some free time before their Destin rental is ready.
While your vacation rental is being cleaned, sanitized, and inspected, there is no reason why your vacation should be on hold. Start living the salt life! Here are 8 things to do in Destin and South Walton to begin enjoying your vacation immediately!
Head to the Beach
Be sure to pack a separate bag with a
Published on Friday, May 22, 2015
There is a new baby in Destin, Florida! We’re excited to share that Lily, a bottlenose dolphin at the Gulfarium on Okaloosa Island, gave birth to a female calf. Gulfarium staff report that the newborn is healthy and active. The young dolphin joins her mom, Lily, and grandma, Delilah, as dolphin ambassadors at the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park . Park staff will soon begin Dolphin Calf Chats, special daily presentations that give guests the opportunity to talk to a trainer and learn about the newborn dolphin. Dolphin fans can follow the calf
Published on Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Next time you’re at the beach, consider unleashing your creativity. We did and we had a blast! The 2014 South Walton Artist of the Year, Mary Hong, recently opened the “Shard Shop.” Located next to the Mary Hong Studio Gallery in Grayton Beach, the new shop is specifically designed for art workshops. Mary has been a trailblazer in the art community for more than a decade and has found a way to share her love of art and glass with world. When describing her art, Mary says “think glass meets canvas. It’s fine art mosaics with a twist of the unexpected
Published on Thursday, April 30, 2015
One of the most popular things to do in Destin, Florida are activities above and below the water. Our friends at Destin Snorkel offer the most diverse array of tour choices, including two-stop snorkeling tours, SNUBA, shelling & dolphin cruise for families, sunset dolphin cruises and evening fireworks cruises.
For those interested in experiencing Destin from under the water, snorkeling or SNUBA (a hybrid sport that combines snorkel and scuba) are great choices. We’re told the local water temperature dropped 3 degrees this past week, and
Published on Monday, April 27, 2015
Don't let a little rain get you down. You're on vacation and there are LOTS of fun things to do on a rainy day in Destin, Fla. After researching fun rainy day activities in and around Destin for our new magazine, Where You’d Rather Be , here's our Top 9 Rainy Day Activities in South Walton and Destin, Florida: Abrakadoodle – Located in Destin Commons, Abrakadoodle is always on the cutting edge with new and exciting art lessons. Classes are offered at various times and locations. Call 850-424-5058 or visit www.abrakadoodle.com/fl-northwest
Published on Monday, April 13, 2015
The warm Florida weather with gulf breeze along with the lush vegetation and unmatched scenic views add up to a perfect day of golf on the Emerald Coast. Whether teeing off with a view of the sugar-white sand beaches or wandering through a grove of live oak and tropical vegetation, you’ll have a great time golfing at one of Destin’s championship golf courses and country clubs. Here's three of Newman-Dailey’s partner golf courses along the Emerald Coast, offering some of the best golf in Destin : Regatta Bay Golf & Yacht Club . Nestled
Published on Monday, March 30, 2015
You’ve probably heard that Destin is a family-friendly beach destination and we completely agree! There are so many activities and events for families to enjoy especially during the active spring and summer seasons. After hosting many families over the last 30 years, we’ve learned that teenagers need to have their own fun, too. There are a variety of things to do for teens in Destin. Here’s some our top picks: Ride on Surf School – What’s more cool than learning to surf or perfecting your surf stance? Ride on Surf School offers Surf Camp for
Published on Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Newman-Dailey Resort Properties is a proud sponsor of the 2015 Seaside Half Marathon & 5K benefiting the Seaside Neighborhood School. Don’t miss the fun at the 13th annual race, which takes place on March 1, 2015. The half marathon begins at 7 a.m. and 5K begins at 7:25 a.m.
On Friday evening, Feb. 27 from 6-8 p.m., join the fun for Taste of the Race, featuring great food from 20 chefs/restaurants, fine wine, craft beer, craft spirits, Coca Cola, and live entertainment by Trick Pony. Taste of the Race features the area’s top chefs and restaurants
Published on Thursday, February 19, 2015
While it’s fun to take a vacation for entertainment, travel can also educate and inspire. Families who home school or have school age children disover that Destin learning vacations provide family fun and education.
Here’s our top 5 things to do in Destin for knowledge and fun:
Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park
A great place to start for an overview of our coastal environment and native marine life. Gulfarium staff host animal shows during the day, and are also stationed throughout the park to share their knowledge about the animal ambassadors
Published on Wednesday, January 14, 2015
We want to help you experience the 30A Songwriters Festival like a local so our local expert, Andi, shared her top tips for making the most of your 30A Songwriters Festival experience. Either watch her video or read her top 5 tips for the 30A Songwriters Festival below: Stay on 30A or at a nearby South Walton rental . Newman-Dailey condos at Sanctuary at Redfish in Blue Mountain Beach are a great central location for traveling to nearby venues in Santa Rosa Beach, Grayton Beach, WaterColor and Seaside. Hidden Dunes Beach & Tennis Resort
Published on Friday, January 9, 2015
Welcome Snowbirds! With so many fun events and activities for our seasonal family, it’s easy to have a full social calendar. Here’s another activity to add to your list of fun things to do for seniors in Destin. The Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park is launching Senior Wednesdays! Snowbirds, visitors and residents age 62+ are invited to experience the Gulfarium on Wednesday for ONLY $5. With so many wonderful animal ambassadors, including dolphins, penguins, sea lions, alligators and Charlie, the entertaining Cockatiel and great admission price
Published on Tuesday, January 6, 2015
The 2015 30A Songwriters Festival is just three weeks
away! The 6th annual
celebration of music will take place January 16-18, 2015 at venues along Scenic
Highway 30A. Headliners include Graham Nash, Indigo Girls, Leon Russell, Jason
Isbell, Shawn Mullins, Sara Watkins and Glen Philips (Toad the Wet Sprocket).
Other confirmed artists include Jeffrey Steele, Chely Wright, Bobby Bare, Jr.,
Mary Gauthier, Angaleena Presley and Allison Moorer, among many others.
The 30A Songwriters Festival stands out from other live music events due to
Published on Friday, December 26, 2014
Come home to South Walton for the holidays! The relaxed beach vibe and celebratory holiday and New Year’s Eve events along Hwy 30A and throughout Miramar Beach make this the perfect destination to host holiday celebrations of all kinds. For New Year’s Eve, South Walton choices are diverse and range from family-friendly gatherings to chic adult parties to cozy personal celebrations on the beach. In Sandestin, the family-friendly Baytowne Countdown kicks off at 7 p.m., featuring live music and a breathtaking fireworks show over the lagoon at midnight
Published on Tuesday, December 9, 2014
We know the beautiful fall weather and gorgeous sugar white sand beaches can’t keep the die-hard football fan from their college or pro game! The Emerald Coast is a melting pot of football fans, so no matter who you’re pulling for, there’s usually a restaurant or bar that is carrying your team’s game. Here’s a list of some of our favorites: If you’re near Destin Harbor at game time, check out Boshamps Seafood and Oyster House. Located at 414 Harbor Boulevard, Boshamps features football action on the super big screen overlooking
Published on Thursday, November 13, 2014
When you live along the Emerald Coast, you know that October and November are the most spectacular time of year. The temperatures are perfect, the sunsets are magnificent AND the culinary festivals are delectable! Here’s some of the delicious reasons to visit South Walton and Destin this fall: November kicks off with Taste of the Beach , Oct. 31 – Nov. 2. The weekend begins with “ The Beach After Dark ” on Friday (Oct 31)from 8-10 p.m. at Gulf Place on Hwy 30A, featuring cocktail concoctions, scrumptious local cuisine and decadent desserts in
Published on Friday, October 24, 2014
Sure there are art festivals in many cities around the country, but the setting for 19th Annual Festival of the Arts, which will be held in Destin, Florida on October 25-26, cannot be beat. The festival will be held at the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s new Cultural Arts Village off Commons Drive near Henderson Beach State Park. With more than 100 artists featuring their talents in tents on the lush green and live music from the Dugas Pavilion, the Festival of the Arts enjoys an exceptional setting for artists and attendees.
Published on Friday, October 17, 2014
Since many schools have added a fall break, this is a great opportunity to keep learning at the forefront while enjoying a fun fall beach getaway along the beaches of South Walton and Destin, Florida. Mom and Dad will enjoy the great fall rates and special Destin deals, while the kids will delight in the breadth of nature experiences and opportunities to learn about our coastal environment. Here’s four reasons to visit Destin, Florida this fall: - State Parks are beautiful in the Fall - For starters the area is home to five state parks
Published on Monday, September 29, 2014
There are so many great things to do in Destin, Florida. The hardest part is deciding what to do first. When we travel, we turn to TripAdvisor to solicit the opinions of others. We looked up the top activities in Destin according to TripAdvisor reviewers to provide you ideas for your next trip. Here's the top three: #1 – Beach Sand Sculptures - Holding the top spot is our friend Rick, the Sandman, at Beach Sand Sculptures’ Sandcastle lessons . Our team got to experience what makes playing in the sand with Rick, his wife and the entire
Published on Friday, September 26, 2014
There are so many reasons to love fall along the Emerald Coast and here’s yet another—It’s barbecue & beer festival season! From Fort Walton Beach to Miramar Beach, Northwest Florida's Gulf Coast turns up the heat with BBQ Competitions and beer tastings. The aromas of delicious barbecue and the clink of glasses toasting a new favorite ale can be smelled and heard on multiple fall weekends. Add to that the spectacular Autumn weather, vibrant blue skies and sparsely populated beaches and you’ve got a recipe for fun. Here’s
Published on Friday, September 19, 2014
While we normally see the sun shining here in Destin, Florida, we do appreciate some liquid sunshine to keep the area lush and green. So don't let rain or a double red flag day get you down. When you’re on vacation along the Emerald Coast, there are plenty of fun things to do on a rainy day. Here's some recommendations for fun beyond the beach: Abrakadoodle Located within Destin Commons, Abrakadoodle is always on the cutting edge with new and exciting art lessons. Specialty art classes allow kids the opportunity
Published on Monday, September 8, 2014
Destin is known as the “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village.” Why is the fishing so good in and around Destin? Destin benefits from the diversity of limestone structures off shore as well as artificial reefs which have been positioned over the years to further encourage breeding of reef fish such as grouper, snapper, amberjack, and trigger fish. Seasonal fish such as cobia also make the area popular for in-shore fishing.
In addition, Destin’s proximity to the Desoto Canyon further off shore makes the region attractive
Published on Tuesday, September 2, 2014
It’s time to go back to school, so consider adding some hands-on lessons outside of the classroom. Kids ages 8 and up will love the curriculum at Destin Surf Camp! Located behind Captain Dave’s in Destin, Florida, Ride On Surf School offers daily surf classes from 9 a.m. to noon through the end of the season (Aug. 27). Students learn how to paddle, stand on the board and ride waves. The class also covers important facts about safety, including undertow, riptides and the flag warning system. They’ll also learn
Published on Monday, August 18, 2014
Whether you’re staying along Scenic Highway 30A or in a gulf front Destin condo or spacious beach home in Miramar Beach, exploring Scenic Highway 30A is a must. This stretch of highway is designated an official scenic byway by the State of Florida DOT and is definitely worth a trip to experience this 19-mile coastal road that meanders through more than a dozen diverse beach neighborhoods in South Walton County. Whether you’re on foot, on bike or in the car, here’s our top 5 “must-see” things to do along 30A: Visit the Artist Cooperative
Published on Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Father’s Day is this weekend! And if you’re in Destin for Father’s Day and looking for a special way to celebrate Dad, consider a lunch cruise aboard SunQuest Cruise’s Solaris . The Father’s Day cruise will set sail at 1 p.m. on the Choctawhatchee Bay for a special lunch that is sure to create memories that will last lifetime. Spend time on the upper deck taking in the sights and sounds (and hopefully spot a few dolphins). Then head to the spacious dining room to enjoy a three course, chef prepared meal fit for a king. To make reservations
Published on Friday, June 13, 2014
What grades does a pirate make in school? High Cs, of course. ‘Tis the weekend to bring out all our corny pirate jokes, because our friends in Fort Walton Beach are hosting the annual Billy Bowlegs Festival! Landlubers and swashbucklers of all ages will enjoy this family-friendly event. Here’s the schedule of events: Thursday, June 5 - Torchlight Parade and Festival Friday, June 6 – 2014 Billy Bowlegs Festival and Fireworks Saturday, June 7 – 2014 Billy Bowlegs Festival To learn more, visit www.billybowlegsfestival.com
Published on Thursday, June 5, 2014
There’s nothing more fun than a day at the beach…Unless it's a day at the beach followed by live music in a scenic outdoor setting. Luckily, the Emerald Coast is filled with talented musicians and bands that share their talents with music loving visitors and locals alike. Here’s some of the live music in Destin and South Walton scheduled for June. Santa Rosa Beach : Every Sunday from 6-10 p.m., the Green at Gulf Place is the place to be. Each week there is a free outdoor concert in this scenic beachside setting. Go early to spend
Published on Monday, June 2, 2014
Locals in South Walton are getting excited that our coastal community will be welcoming the Legendary Gregg Allman later this month. Inducted into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame and listed on Rolling Stone Magazine’s“Top 100 Singers” list, Allman is renowned for his Southern-style rock and harmonious vocals. On Wednesday, May 28, Allman will perform live on the Green at Gulf Place along Hwy 30A (corner of 30A and Hwy 393 in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.). A portion of the proceeds from the Memorial Week concert will benefit the Special Operations Warrior
Published on Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Locals in Destin and South Walton are getting excited that our coastal community will be welcoming the Legendary Gregg Allman later this month. Inducted into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame and listed on Rolling Stone Magazine’s“Top 100 Singers” list, Allman is renowned for his Southern-style rock and harmonious vocals. On Wednesday, May 28, Allman will perform live on the Green at Gulf Place along Hwy 30A.
As part of the special Memorial Week tribute, Gulf Place Events is offering a military discount for active and retired military (Promo Code: MLTRY
Published on Thursday, May 8, 2014
We know how hard mom works to keep everyone happy and healthy and May is the perfect month to say “Thank you.” And what better way to say “thank you” than with the perfect beach vacation? Mom will appreciate beach time, relaxation, pampering, delectable meals and something new for herself.
Newman-Dailey partners have joined in to offer added savings to create special moments for Mom. Emerald Sanctuary Day Spa in Miramar Beach is offering 10% off all services for Newman-Dailey guests, including the “Pure Bliss”
Published on Thursday, April 24, 2014
It is not every day that we get the good fortune to enjoy a live performance by one of the legendary singers of our time. On Wednesday, May 28, Gulf Place will host Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Gregg Allman. Recognized by Rolling Stone Magazineas one of the “100 Greatest Singers of All Time,” Allman will bring his distinctive Southern Rock & Blues sound to fans in a spectacular beachside setting. The outdoor amphitheater and green is the perfect spot to kick back, relax and enjoy all your favorite tunes. While Gregg Allman has lots of connections
Published on Thursday, April 3, 2014
Our guests want to ensure their kids enjoy a balance of beach time and Destin activities. Thanks to our friends at the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, there is another exciting activity for children after a fun filled day at the beach. The Gulfarium’s Sunset Camp is an evening program for children ages 6-14. The program gives mom and dad time for a romantic dinner for two while the kids enjoy a fun and educational evening. The Sunset Camp is available on select evenings from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. in spring and summer. Activities include a
Published on Tuesday, March 25, 2014
If you’re planning your trip to Destin for spring or summer, you may be thinking about activities and things to do along the Emerald Coast while you’re here. At Newman-Dailey we like to help you make the most of your Destin vacation. So once you’ve booked your Destin rental , here’s some resources to help build an itinerary of fun activities: Destin Guide– Our Destin Guide features things to do in Destin, including nightlife, restaurants, shopping and activities. Destin Events– Check out our upcoming Destin Events page that highlights some of
Published on Friday, February 28, 2014
It doesn’t get much better than enjoying some of the best wines in the world near some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. Mark your calendar for April 24-27, and make plans to stay in one of our luxury homes in Destin, well-appointed condos on Hwy 30A or a cottage or villa in Miramar Beach . The South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival will be held at Grand Boulevard at Sandestin, April 24-27, 2014, and features more than 800 wines! Each wine was judged by an esteemed panel of wine experts and enthusiasts, and the medal winners
Published on Thursday, February 20, 2014
With clear skies and the temperature reaching the 70’s, we enjoyed a taste of spring in Destin, Florida this weekend. Now is the time to start planning your spring family beach break to the beaches of South Walton and Destin. In addition to the fun families will have on miles of pristine white sand beaches, there is also an abundance of family-friendly events and live music planned in Destin, Fla. for spring travelers. Every Saturday in March, HarborWalk Village at the Destin Harbor features live musical performances, showcasing a variety of
Published on Monday, February 17, 2014
Temperatures may be dropping this week, but the fun is heating up in Destin, Florida. The Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park is fun anytime of the year, and as an added bonus this winter the Gulfarium is introducing “Coffee on the Coast.” Every Thursday in February at 9:30 a.m., an animal expert will host a program on a different topic. Topics range from animal husbandry to stingrays to the basics of animal training. The specialty programs as well as coffee and muffins are offered as part of the standard park admission. (General Admission for children...
Published on Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Calling all runners! Many of our guests' goals for 2014, include beating existing run times and participating in more marathons. Kick off your New Year’s Resolution by participating in a 5K, 10K or Half Marathon in Destin, Florida!
Hosted by the Destin Chamber of Commerce, the Fourth Annual Bayou, Bay & Back Run/Marathon will celebrate “Superheroes” and everyone is encouraged to come in costume!
The scenic 10K and Half
Marathon courses are USA Track & Field-certified. While all courses are set
Published on Wednesday, January 15, 2014
It's the most wonderful time of the year. There is no shortage of festive holiday celebrations, illuminated beach neighborhoods, and holiday cheer. Our powder white sand beaches ensure that every South Walton Christmas is white one. Whether you're staying along Scenic Highway 30A or in and around Sandestin and Miramar Beach, rest assured there are festive happenings nearby. Here's some of our favorite things to do at Christmas in Santa Rosa Beach: Visit the Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin : All month, guests can get
Published on Wednesday, December 4, 2013
looking forward to welcoming your family to Destin for the Thanksgiving
Holiday. After you've feasted and
enjoyed time with friends and family, consider enjoying the savings during
Black Friday in Destin and South Walton.
Silver Sands Premium Outlets will hold
its annual Midnight Madness Sale. At 12:01 a.m. Friday November 29, each store
will open with unbelievable sales and savings. As the nation's largest designer factory outlet, this sale features
incredible deals on designer merchandise.
Published on Monday, November 25, 2013
There are many things to do this weekend in South Walton and Destin, Fla., including Taste of the Beach events, Mountain Film Festival at WaterColor, and the South Walton Celebrity Golf Classic Comedy Show & Concert at the Hilton Sandestin.
On Wed. Nov. 6, SunQuest Cruises will present the Autumn Harvest dinner cruise aboard the Solaris. This special evening will feature host
Michael DeLoach of Hook & Ladder Winery who will present six wines paired with culinary delights aboard this special dinner cruise. The evening begins with
Published on Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Fall is in the air! Perfect temperatures and spectacular sunsets define the season and the great fall events along the Emerald Coast make Autumn one of the most entertaining times of year.
Next up... the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) will host the 18th Annual Festival of the Arts (formerly Destin Festival of the Arts) on Oct. 26-27, 2013. This is one of the Southeast's premier art festivals featuring more than 100 juried artists, competing for cash prizes. W
e're told it is moving to a new location at the recently enhanced Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village
Published on Saturday, October 19, 2013
We're keeping an eye on Tropical Storm Karen, and by all indications she's simply going to give Destin some rain and high surf.
For those coming to visit this week, we're reminded by the lyrical Cat in the Hat that "even though it may be wet and the sun is not sunny, we can have lots of good fun, that is funny." The Destin Seafood Festival has been cancelled, but here's some other the fun activities to entertain and delight until the storm passes:
1. Learn about Destin's History for Free - The Destin History & Fishing Museum
Published on Thursday, October 3, 2013
Labor Day Weekend is here and we want our guests to know about all the family friendly activities taking place in South Walton for those staying in South Walton rentals in Seacrest, Seagrove Beach, Blue Mountain Beach or Santa Rosa Beach along Hwy 30A as well as for our guests in the Sandestin and Miramar Beach areas.
Labor Day Kicks off with an Artwalk (Fri, Sat & Sun) at the Village
of Baytowne Wharf
at Sandestin. This fun three-day event
talented artists with world-class art each evening
Published on Friday, August 30, 2013
Here at Newman-Dailey we're soaking in the last few weeks of summer. We're enjoying lazy days relaxing at the beach and enjoying long walks as the waves roll onto shore. Oh, how we love relaxing days in Destin, Fla.
So today we're highlighting the top 5 most relaxing things to do along the Emerald Coast to make sure your batteries are fully recharged before fall schedules and deadlines kick in.
5. Enjoy an afternoon of coastal retail therapy, strolling between designer shops and boutiques at either Grand Boulevard at Sandestin
Published on Thursday, August 22, 2013
Summer is not over yet! Enjoy one last splash along the white sand beaches of South Walton and Destin, Fla. Our friends at Visit South Walton have created a short, entertaining South Walton video to remind us just how much fun it is to be a kid at the beach. Playing in the sand, swimming, eating ice cream, riding your bike and feeling carefree...Don't let summer slip away without one more summer getaway. And you'll love the late summer savings! Our Destin condos and South Walton rentals are discounted up to
Published on Wednesday, August 14, 2013
While there may be no such thing as a free lunch, when you stay with Newman-Dailey Resort Properties free admission to Destin activities is par for the course. Literally! With the Newman-Dailey Gift Card , guests receive one free round of golf per day at Bluewater Bay Golf Resort, Golf Garden, or Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort's Links Course or Baytowne Golf Club.
In addition to golf, guests receive one free admission for a dolphin cruise and Big Kahuna's Waterpark, as well as one free kayak tour per day, one free snorkel excursion
Published on Wednesday, July 17, 2013
After a fun day out on the beach or the water, many of our guests ask us about things to do in the evening in Destin, Fla.
feature fun family events many nights of the week. On Tuesdays at 8 p.m., catch Pardi Gras, a Mardi Gras style parade complete with beads and family-friendly activities.
Each Thursday at 7 p.m., the Red, White & Blue celebration recognizes a local hero and the Village features kids arts & crafts stations and face painting. Catch the WWI flyover and later
Published on Wednesday, July 10, 2013
July may have started a little soggy but there is still plenty of summertime fun to be had for families vacationing along the beaches of South Walton and Destin, Fla.
The Artists at Gulf Place art workshops
encourage kids and adults to use their imagination and creativity to make their own custom creations. From tie dye shirts and flip flops to metal flowers to kids collage workshops, families will love making their own souvenir as a special memory from your week at the beach.
On Monday and Thursday afternoons, TieDyeKris
Published on Tuesday, July 9, 2013
There is no better place to celebrate our nation's independence than at the beach in Destin, Fla.! Nearby military bases allow us to honor our troops and military personnel who protect our freedoms while the beauty of our beaches and coastal parks are the perfect backdrop to enjoy time with family and friends. We welcome the many families arriving for the Fourth of July and have compiled a quick round up of Destin Fourth of July events. Enjoy!
Smoke on the Coast at Destin Commons
Published on Tuesday, July 2, 2013
A popular evening activity in Destin, Fla. is enjoying live music under the stars. With so many great outdoor venues including HarborWalk Village, the expanded Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village, Sandestin's Village of Baytowne Wharf and expansive greens along Scenic Highway 30A, live music is easy to find near your South Walton or Destin vacation rental.
On Wed., July 3, Concerts in the Village will join the Emerald Coast in celebrating our nation's independence with an "American Patriotic Tribute" by David Seering. In this special performance
Published on Thursday, June 27, 2013
We have been learning about so many great South Walton and Destin summer camps. If your kids love to stay active, they may be thrilled with a half day session to learn a new skill. Here's a link to the
Summer Camp round-up.
There are several Surf Schools/Camps on the list. Today, we're highlighting one of the newest three-day surf camps, which is being held at Topsail Hill State Preserve, located east of Sandestin off Hwy 98 on Scenic Hwy 30A. Kids will learn to surf, skim and stand up paddle board!
Published on Tuesday, June 25, 2013
This week we're gearing up to celebrate Dad! For our many guests who will bringing Dad to beaches of South Walton and Destin, Fla. for a Father's Day week of fun, we're highlighting some of the fun activities that we think will make Dad smile.
Our friends at
will be offering a Father's Day Brunch cruise aboard the Solaris on Sunday, June 16 from 1-3 p.m. (boarding begins at 12:15 p.m.). This special Father's Day cruise in the Choctawhatchee Bay comes complete with a 3-course meal, and entrees range from
Published on Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Are you bringing Dad to the beach for Father's Day? If so, you may be looking for fun things to do in Destin to show Dad how much you appreciate him.
Our friends at
will be offering a Father's Day Brunch cruise aboard the Solaris on Sunday, June 16 from 1-3 p.m. (boarding begins at 12:15 p.m.). This special Father's Day cruise in the Choctawhatchee Bay comes complete with a 3-course meal, and entrees range from a seared beef filet to fresh gulf shrimp to the fresh catch
Published on Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Don't let a little rain or double red flag day get you down. You're on vacation after all and there are LOTS of fun things to do on a rainy day in Destin, Fla.
Here's our Top 5 fun ideas for Destin activities beyond the beach:
#5. Emerald Coast Science Center
A child’s fantasy museum of science, it stimulates the imagination with exhibits such as a reflecting Castle of Mirrors, "adult-sized" bubble makers, a literally hair-raising Vandergraph generator, an electrifying Illuma Storm and more. 139 Brooks St (850
Published on Thursday, June 6, 2013
We love hearing our guests' favorite Destin activities when they make their regular trip to the beach. So it was our pleasure to watch Shane O's " Top 5 Things to Do In Destin " segment on the Travel Channel. The best part is that many of these activities are discounted through the Newman-Dailey Gift Card or via special offers through our partners. Check out the video and w e've summarized the highlights (and the Newman-Dailey Advantage) below: #5. Fast paced attractions, including Big Kahuna's Water Park (one adult admission per day with the
Published on Tuesday, June 4, 2013
After a day of family fun at the beach, Mom and Dad may enjoy a night out. If you're looking for fun things to do (activities) for kids in Destin, consider the new interactive camp at the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park in Destin, Fla.
Beginning in June, Gulfarium will host Sunset Camp for
children ages 6-14. The super fun and educational evening is available select evenings from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Activities include a dockside dolphin interaction, with the opportunity to feed and give behavior signals to an Atlantic
Published on Friday, May 31, 2013
Are you looking for things to do in Destin, Fla. for your upcoming visit to the beach? We're excited to announce the addition of Destin Snorkel as one of our many Newman-Dailey Gift Card amenities. As part of your stay at Newman-Dailey, you'll receive one adult all day snorkeling tour or one 3-hour snorkeling and shelling tour per paid night stay. Destin Snorkel will take you out on a 49-passenger boat that leaves the harbor at 9 a.m. and stays anchored at the east jetty until 3 p.m. Stay out as long as you like and enjoy
Published on Tuesday, May 14, 2013
A day at the beach always makes us appreciate nature's masterpiece. This weekend, we're looking forward to enjoying art on the beach and off at the 25th Annual ArtsQuest Arts and Music Festival.
Located in the heart of South Walton at WaterColor Inn & Resort, ArtsQuest will feature more than 130 exhibiting artists complemented by a weekend of art workshops, live demos, “ImagiNation - Where kids rule,” "Songs on the Lawn" evening concert (Sat. night), WineQuest and more.
Hope you'll be in town
Published on Friday, May 10, 2013
We were thrilled to hear from our New Orleans Magazine contest winner about her South Walton Wine & Food Festival Weekend experience. Thanks for the note Debra. We look forward to welcoming you back to the beach soon! "Sending a big, heartfelt thank you for the wonderful vacation! We had an amazing time! The condo and grounds of Hidden Dunes Resort were beautiful!Our dinner at Tommy Bahama restaurant was delicious. If you get the chance, be sure and try the ahi tuna tacos appetizer. The highlight of the trip was the wine and food fest. Excellent
Published on Thursday, May 9, 2013
Summer is right around the corner, which means it is time for the annual Concerts in the Village. Our friends at the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation never disappoint us and the 2013 concert line-up looks fantastic!
Every Thursday evening at 7 p.m., during May and June, as well as a concert finale on Wednesday, July 3rd, Concerts in the Village will light up the night with live outdoor concerts in Destin, Fla. The 10-week series features a variety of genres and is fun
Published on Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Each day the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival is feeding us news of another celebrity chef and vintner, which will be participating in this weekend's wine festival near Destin, Fla.
From Peter Mondavi to Chuck Wagner many of the who's who in the wine world will be right here in Miramar Beach, Florida at Grand Boulevard at Sandestin. The best part is we've created a special offer for a stay at
Hidden Dunes Beach & Tennis Resort
There is still time to book the
Hidden Dunes Beach & Tennis
Published on Thursday, April 25, 2013
It's been great reconnecting with so many friends of Newman-Dailey lately. Thanks for all your well wishes and letters of support as we celebrated our 28th Anniversary! Wow, hard to believe it's been that long!
We hope you continue to feel our passion for ensuring you have the most amazing beach vacation year after year! In an effort to keep things exciting, we're always looking for the best things to do in Destin, Fla. to share with you. As such, we want to highlight another of our new amenities as part of the Newman-Dailey gift card
Published on Thursday, April 18, 2013
There are many exciting things to do in Destin, Florida! Did you know that a stay with Newman-Dailey Resort Properties comes with a Newman-Dailey Gift Card , good toward area activities and unlimited movie rentals? If you answered "yes," you are correct! And we've added new experiences to the card for 2013.
One of our most exciting additions to the Newman-Dailey Gift Card is Destin Parasailing! Parasailing is serene and peaceful as you glide through the air and enjoy incredible panoramic views of the Destin beaches and Emerald Coast
Published on Tuesday, April 16, 2013
April Fool's Day brings out the performer in many of us as we try to trick friends and family for an April Fool's Day "Gotcha!" At Newman-Dailey, we like to leave the performances to the pros and the Seaside Repertory Theatre is serving up some serious springtime fun for the whole family this April. Throughout the month, these fun performances are one of the many things to do in Seaside, Florida and surrounding South Walton beach neighborhoods.
Tonight (and every Monday night through April 8), the cast hosts a free performance
Published on Monday, April 1, 2013
We are loving this springtime weather in Destin, Fla. With the beautiful blooming azaleas, we're reminded that this is the time of year for relaxation and rejuvenation.
For total R&R in South Walton and Destin, Serenity by the sea spa is the place to go.
The spa offers the ultimate relaxation experience along the Emerald Coast. The full-service spa, salon and fitness center provides guests with a wide range of amenities and treatments. With separate men's and women's lounge areas, everyone in your group can take part
Published on Monday, March 18, 2013