Children Activities on the Emerald Coast

Children Activities on the Emerald Coast
The Emerald Coast, in northwestern Florida, spans west to Pensacola from Port St. Joe in the east. According to Frommer's the Emerald Coast, or the "Redneck Riviera," is designated as one of the top destinations in 2010. Frommer's says the Emerald Coast is one of the most affordable family vacation spots.

Big Kahuna's Water & Adventure Park

From young splashers, surfers, daredevils and lazy river floaters, Big Kahuna's Water & Adventure Park includes activities for the whole family. The Honolulu Half Pipe water park ride is a continuous wave, enticing the surfer in your family. Crocodile Flats gives young splashers a surprise at the end of the twirling slide. The daredevil of the family will enjoy Hammerhead slide starting at the top of the Temple of Doom heading straight down into the splash zone. If floating leisurely on a tube in a river is your idea of a good time, you are a good candidate for Lazy River.

The Adventure Park includes miniature golf courses, go-kart tracks and rides such as Cyclone and Sky Coaster.

Admission for ages 2 and under is free. Half-day admission is three hours before closing. Season passes, daily admission for 48" height and below, and 48" height and above, three-day passes, senior admission, discounted military and local residents' admission is available.

Big Kahuna's Water & Adventure Park
1007 Highway 98 E
Destin FL 32541

Destin History & Fishing Museum

A collection of fish caught in the waters near Destin is available for viewing in the Destin History & Fishing Museum. You will also find a collection of antique rods and reels and Ernest Hemingway's Penn Reel. View The Primrose, a 1925 seine fishing boat, and old photographs of beach scenes and boat captains, plus more.

An admission is nominal, and children under age 6 are admitted free.

Destin History & Fishing Museum, Inc.
108 Stahlman Ave.
Destin FL 32541

Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier

Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier juts out about a quarter of a mile from shore, 1,262 feet. Fish caught off the pier include tarpon (100 pounds-plus), tuna, cobia, and king mackerel (42 pounds), redfish, Spanish mackerel, bluefish and pompano.

The pier is set up with pier rigs for children to catch bait fish, with no hooks. A tackle shop is on the pier for tried and true bait for fishing from the pier, rental tackle, ice, snacks and sodas. Also, people come to the pier for the sunsets and to watch dolphins.

Daily fishing rates are good from the time of paying until midnight, and you can come and go all day long. Little fishermen ages 5 and younger can fish for free. Spectators not fishing are charged a nominal pier fee.

Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier
1030 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE
Fort Walton Beach FL 32548

Article Written By Cheryl McCann

Cheryl McCann writes for online publications and has edited two books and more than 700 business articles for magazines and newsletters. She has been a professional in the information system industry for more than four years and has developed applications using LotusScript as well as @Formula language and JavaScript.

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