Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast

by Jennifer Wieland
Emerald Grande at Harborwalk Village - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

 

 

Planning a family trip to Florida’s Emerald Coast will leave your family with memories of sun, surf, sand and a whole lot of fun if you head to these five fun, family friendly places to visit in the Emerald Coast. These five locations will have your meals and entertainment covered. 

Emerald Grande at Harborwalk Village  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

Gulfarium

The Gulfarium  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

The Gulfarium is a marine adventure park that will have not only the kids oohing and aahing but the adults as well.This park is very hands on and you are able to get very close and in some cases touch marine life.

The Gulfarium  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

 

This is a place that any age will delight in. From their silly sea-lion show to the utterly adorable baby dolphin born earlier this year your family will enjoy themselves all while getting in a little education.

The Gulfarium  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

The Gulfarium boasts a whopping 12 interactive encounters that you can add-on to your general admission. This is a great way for any adult or child to get a really unique experience that most people will never be able to enjoy. 

The Gulfarium  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl & Grill 

Uncle Buck's  Fishbowl & Grill  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl & Grill was a very pleasant surprise for me! I wasn’t sure what to expect when I found out I would be going here, a place that’s part of the Bass Pro Shop family.

Uncle Buck's  Fishbowl & Grill  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

I have to say that when I walked through the doors and took a look inside it was simply, beautiful! It has all the fun and whimsy that any child or child at heart would look for in a family vacation spot to grab some food and fun. 

Uncle Buck's  Fishbowl & Grill  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

When you enter it’s like being inside a fishbowl with the feel of being in water. It has a full service bar and restaurant along with a bowling alley complete with shark and alligator ball returns. A vast array of fish are suspended from the ceiling to give you the idea of them circling about the fishbowl. 

Uncle Buck's  Fishbowl & Grill  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

Lucy Buffet’s LuLu’s

Lucy Buffet's LuLu's  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

Lucy Buffet’s LuLu’s has been steadily expanding and has finally made its way to Destin, FL. LuLu’s is a fun, open and airy restaurant where you can dine on the beach or indoors. The stage in the middle of the restaurant hosts bands to keep your dinner experience entertaining.

Lucy Buffet's LuLu's  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

Have some kids with you? Don’t worry at all. There is an area on the beach just to keep the kids occupied and having fun. 

Lucy Buffet's LuLu's  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

 

The food and drinks at Lulu’s are phenomenal. As a Midwest girl it was great getting to have unbelievably fresh seafood that made we want to come back again and again. The wait staff is also incredibly nice and helpful which is always a plus with kids. Plus they have rolls of paper towels at each table instead of napkins. You ever dine out with kids? Rolls of paper towels can make or break a meal!

Lucy Buffet's LuLu's  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

Wild Willy’s Adventure Zone Dino Island

Wild Willy's Adventure Zone Dino Island  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

Photo credit: Kari Scott

Wild Willy’s Adventure Zone Dino Island is a place that would have my kids smiling from ear to ear. It would be one of their ideas of a perfect day.

Wild Willy's Adventure Zone Dino Island  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

Photo credit: Kari Scott

Wild Willy’s attractions:

  • Redemption Arcade – Over 65 games to be enjoyed.
  • T-Rex Island Adventure Golf – 18 hole fully animatronic mini golf course.
  • Hatchling Haven Adventure Golf – 9 hole, mini golf course with baby dinosaurs. (No animatronics)
  • Tree Tops Challenge – A 5 level ropes course. 
  • 4D Movie Exxperience – Several different, short movies are shown in 3D with motion and special effects.
  • Raptor’s Revenge – A laser maze that requires concentration and skill.
  • Ptero Jump – Trampoline jumping on a whole new level.
  • Spin-o-Saurus Coaster – A roller coaster with cars that spin in circles.
  • Inflatable Zone – Kids will jump for joy in this dinosaur themed inflatable zone.
  • Boat Battles – Go head to head with others when you take the helm of a remote control Military themed boat.
Wild Willy's Adventure Zone Dino Island  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

Photo credit: Kari Scott

Wild Willy’s Food Options:

  • Salvati’s Pizza Factory – Pizza, wings, paninis and salads are all good and reasonably priced.
  • Yogo Mogos – Frozen yogurt to ensure a sweet end to your outing. 
Wild Willy's Adventure Zone Dino Island  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

Photo credit: Kari Scott

This place definitely has some sort of fun for every family member. I liked that it was clean and well maintained. It even boasted a charging station in case your device’s battery was starting to dwindle. That  way you can make sure you do miss a chance to capture pics of your family fun.

Emerald Grande at Harborwalk Village

Emerald Grande at Harborwalk Village  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

Emerald Grande at Harborwalk Village is the place to stay and play on your visit to the Emerald Coast in Destin, FL. This beautiful resort boasts spacious condos that have multiple bedrooms, bathrooms, living room and kitchen. It makes it easy to leave home behind when you can access the comforts of home all while enjoying the sights and sounds of a new locale. 

Emerald Grande at Harborwalk Village  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

Destin Harbor is a breathtaking site to see while escaping the everyday for some fun and relaxation. Whether you are taking it in from your balcony or while strolling along the Harborwalk Village you will know your vacation has arrived and is waiting for you. 

Emerald Grande at Harborwalk Village  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

Harborwalk Village boasts a plethora of shopping, dining and adventure options. The 30+ stores offer up something for the youngest to oldest of shoppers to enjoy. The dining at one of the nearly 20 food shops, restaurants and bars while enjoying a one of a kind view and briny air will leave you wanting to linger well after your meal. 

Emerald Grande at Harborwalk Village  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

No fear of heights or speed? Then take a zip across a zip line or hop on a jet ski. Want something with a slower pace then try Snuba, paddle boarding or quiet ferry ride to Crab Island. If none of those are to your liking, don’t worry. There are nearly 30 attractions and activities that await your family.

Emerald Grande at Harborwalk Village  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

Visiting the Emerald Coast will leave you rested, refreshed, with a smile and many fond memories!

Emerald Grande at Harborwalk Village  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

 

Have you ever been lucky enough to enjoy a trip to the Emerald Coast? If so what are your favorite places to stay and things do while soaking up the fun and sun?

 

 

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Jennifer is a mom to 5 boys, 1 girl and 1 husband. Her kids range in age from 4-20 so things are always crazy with everything from preschool, to autism, to college. She tries to bake, craft and blog her way through all of the craziness that life throws her way.

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