Home\Blog\Things To Do

Things To Do Blog Posts

Browse by Date Browse by Tag

Top 8 Destin Hangout Spots for Teenagers

Published on Thursday, March 28, 2024

We know that teens have long loved taking a Destin beach vacation. The freedom of the beach and swimming in the Gulf of Mexico is a popular teen (and family) activity in the Destin, Florida area. With our powder-white sand beaches as your playground, hanging out, working on your tan, and keeping an eye out for baddies is expected. Looking for the best place to hang out when you’re not at the beach? Here’s our teen suggestions for places Continue reading

Destin’s New Adventure Packs Help Families Create the Best Beach Vacation Ever

Published on Friday, May 7, 2021

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 Continue reading

Best Yoga in Destin

Published on Tuesday, April 20, 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 gathered our staff’s top picks for Yoga in Destin. We’ve divided our list by coastal community (east to west) to help you find the yoga experience that is near your vacation rental home. We hope you enjoy exploring Continue reading

Top 8 Things to Do in Crystal Beach, Florida

Published on Monday, April 5, 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, Continue reading

5 Things You Can Do in Destin, FL That Will Make Your Trip Special

Published on Monday, March 22, 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... Continue reading

Escape Rooms in Destin

Published on Thursday, July 5, 2018

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 Continue reading

The Best Mini Golf Courses in Destin

Published on Tuesday, June 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 Continue reading

Pedego Electric Bikes Hello Fun!

Published on Thursday, May 17, 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 Continue reading

Destin, South Walton and Grayton Beach Among the Best Spots for Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Published on Monday, March 19, 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 Continue reading

FREE Activities with Newman-Dailey Destin Vacation Rentals

Published on Friday, February 23, 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 Continue reading

Top Destin Bucket List Adventures for 2018

Published on Tuesday, January 2, 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 Continue reading

How to Plan Your Beach Vacation

Published on Monday, October 9, 2017

  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 Continue reading

Best Sandcastle Builder in Destin

Published on Monday, October 2, 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 Continue reading

New in Destin - Rock Climbing Gym

Published on Friday, July 7, 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 Continue reading

Fun Summer Things to Do in Destin

Published on Friday, June 9, 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 Continue reading

Hidden Dunes Resort Beach Bonfire Experience

Published on Monday, May 22, 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:  -         Continue reading

Tips for Destin Snorkel Tours

Published on Monday, May 15, 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 Continue reading

Tips for Stand Up Paddle Boarding in Destin

Published on Monday, April 10, 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 Continue reading

Best Live Music Venues in Destin

Published on Thursday, April 6, 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 Continue reading

What to do in Destin on a rainy day? Visit Destin Fishing Museum

Published on Monday, March 13, 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.   Continue reading

EO Wilson Biophilia Center, A Naturally Fun Break During Summer Beach Vacation

Published on Monday, March 6, 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 Continue reading

Horseback Riding near Destin at Arnette's Gulfside Trail Rides

Published on Monday, November 21, 2016

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... Continue reading

Vacation Like An Olympian in Destin

Published on Friday, August 12, 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 Continue reading

Best Family Attractions in Destin

Published on Friday, July 8, 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 Continue reading

Best Places for Karaoke in Destin and South Walton

Published on Tuesday, June 21, 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 Continue reading

Top 3 Places for Trivia Night in Destin

Published on Friday, May 27, 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 Continue reading

What’s New in Destin, Florida for 2016

Published on Tuesday, April 5, 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 Continue reading

Top 5 Ways to Enjoy a SOLARIS Cruise

Published on Wednesday, September 30, 2015

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 Continue reading

10 Things to Do in Destin on a Rainy Day

Published on Monday, September 28, 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 Continue reading

South Walton Beaches Best Bet for Fall Break

Published on Monday, September 21, 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 Continue reading

The Gulfarium Turns 60 & Celebrates With 60% OFF

Published on Tuesday, August 11, 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 Continue reading

Explore Destin’s Rich History at the Destin History & Fishing Museum

Published on Monday, July 27, 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 Continue reading

South Walton Artificial Reef Brings Fun Underwater

Published on Friday, July 24, 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 Continue reading

New Newman-Dailey Gift Card Amenity- Barefoot Pirates Treasure Quest

Published on Friday, July 17, 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.   Continue reading

Wild Willy’s Adventure Park Opens in Destin with Jurassic Theme

Published on Thursday, June 25, 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 Continue reading

Gulfarium Opens Renovated Stingray Exhibit

Published on Wednesday, June 17, 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 Continue reading

30A Adventure Camps & Kids Nights Out

Published on Monday, June 1, 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 Continue reading

8 Things to do in Destin on check-in day

Published on Friday, May 22, 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 Continue reading

Welcoming a New Baby in Destin

Published on Wednesday, May 20, 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 Continue reading

Art Workshops in Grayton Beach

Published on Thursday, April 30, 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 Continue reading

Destin Snorkel Offers Fun Things to Do in Destin

Published on Monday, April 27, 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) Continue reading

9 Fun Things To Do on a Rainy Day in Destin

Published on Monday, April 13, 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 Continue reading

Best Golf in Destin

Published on Monday, March 30, 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 Continue reading

Things to do for Teenagers in Destin

Published on Wednesday, March 11, 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 Continue reading

2015 Seaside Half Marathon, Feb. 27-Mar 1

Published on Thursday, February 19, 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, Continue reading

Top 5 Activities for Family Learning Vacations in Destin

Published on Wednesday, January 14, 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 Continue reading

5 Tips for Enjoying 30A Songwriters Festival

Published on Friday, January 9, 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 Continue reading

Gulfarium Senior Discounts

Published on Tuesday, January 6, 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 Continue reading

Order Tickets Now for the 30A Songwriters Festival

Published on Friday, December 26, 2014

  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 Continue reading

Celebrate the Holidays & New Year's Eve in South Walton

Published on Tuesday, December 9, 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 Continue reading

Where to Watch Football in Destin & South Walton

Published on Thursday, November 13, 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.   Continue reading

2014 November Food & Wine Festivals

Published on Friday, October 24, 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 Continue reading

2014 Festival of the Arts is Next Weekend!

Published on Friday, October 17, 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 Continue reading

Fall Break for Families in Destin

Published on Monday, September 29, 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 Continue reading

Top Destin Activities According to TripAdvisor

Published on Friday, September 26, 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 Continue reading

It's Beer & BBQ Season on the Emerald Coast

Published on Friday, September 19, 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 Continue reading

Things To Do on a Rainy Day in Destin

Published on Monday, September 8, 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 Continue reading

Destin - The World's Luckiest Fishing Village

Published on Tuesday, September 2, 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 Continue reading

Destin Surf School-Fun for Kids at the Beach

Published on Monday, August 18, 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 Continue reading

Things To Do Along Hwy 30A

Published on Tuesday, July 8, 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 Continue reading

Celebrate Father's Day in Destin Aboard the Solaris

Published on Friday, June 13, 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 Continue reading

Ahoy Matey! Billy Bowlegs Festival, June 5-7

Published on Thursday, June 5, 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  Continue reading

Fun, Sun, Sand & Music in Destin

Published on Monday, June 2, 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 Continue reading

Gregg Allman to Perform Memorial Week Concert, May 28

Published on Wednesday, May 14, 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.). Continue reading

Military Discount Extended to Greg Allman Concert, May 28

Published on Thursday, May 8, 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 Continue reading

Mother’s Day Beach Vacation & Brunch Aboard the Solaris

Published on Thursday, April 24, 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 Continue reading

Gregg Allman Coming to Santa Rosa Beach, May 28

Published on Thursday, April 3, 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 Continue reading

Sunset Camps for Kids in Destin

Published on Tuesday, March 25, 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 Continue reading

Things to Do in Destin this Spring

Published on Friday, February 28, 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 Continue reading

South Walton Beaches Wine and Food Festival, April 24-27

Published on Thursday, February 20, 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 Continue reading

Spring Break in Destin

Published on Monday, February 17, 2014

Spring is in the air! With the warmer temperatures, families are ready to get back to the beach to celebrate spring break in Destin, Florida. Jade East Condos is a great choice for families for spring break. When you stay at Jade East in the heart of Destin, you'll enjoy:  A Private Beach Access The number one thing to look for when booking a beach vacation is how easy is it to access the beach from your hotel or vacation rentals. At Jade East Continue reading

Winter Fun in Destin

Published on Tuesday, January 28, 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 Continue reading

Destin 5K, 10K & Half Marathon, Jan. 25

Published on Wednesday, January 15, 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 Continue reading

Christmas Along the Coast in South Walton

Published on Wednesday, December 4, 2013

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 Continue reading

Black Friday Deals in Destin

Published on Monday, November 25, 2013

We're 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 Continue reading

Things to Do in South Walton, Solaris Wine Dinner Cruise

Published on Tuesday, October 29, 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 Continue reading

Fall Events in Destin - Festival of the Arts, Oct. 26-27

Published on Saturday, October 19, 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, Continue reading

A Rainy Day in Destin More Fun Than a Good Day at Work

Published on Thursday, October 3, 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 Continue reading

Things to Do in South Walton for Labor Day

Published on Friday, August 30, 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 Continue reading

Summertime & the Livin' Is Easy Top 5 Relaxing Things to Do in Destin

Published on Thursday, August 22, 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 Continue reading

One Last Splash This Summer in South Walton

Published on Wednesday, August 14, 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 Continue reading

Free Activities in Destin

Published on Wednesday, July 17, 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 Continue reading

Things to Do at Night in Destin

Published on Wednesday, July 10, 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. HarborWalk Village events 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 Continue reading

Activities for Families in South Walton & Destin

Published on Tuesday, July 9, 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 Continue reading

Celebrate Fourth of July in Destin!

Published on Tuesday, July 2, 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 Continue reading

Concerts in the Village - Live Music in Destin

Published on Thursday, June 27, 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 Continue reading

Summer Camp Fun in South Walton & Destin

Published on Tuesday, June 25, 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 EmeraldCoast.com 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 Continue reading

Father's Day South Walton Solaris Brunch Cruise

Published on Tuesday, June 11, 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 SunQuest Cruises 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 Continue reading

Father's Day Solaris Brunch Cruise in Destin

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 SunQuest Cruises 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 Continue reading

Things to do on a Rainy Day in Destin

Published on Thursday, June 6, 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 Continue reading

Travel Channel Top 5 Things to Do In Destin by Shane O

Published on Tuesday, June 4, 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: Continue reading

Gulfarium Adds Sunset Camp for Kids

Published on Friday, May 31, 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 Continue reading

Snorkeling in Destin

Published on Tuesday, May 14, 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 Continue reading

It's ArtsQuest Weekend in South Walton!

Published on Friday, May 10, 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,” Continue reading

SoWal Wine Contest Winner's Winning Weekend

Published on Thursday, May 9, 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 Continue reading

Destin Concerts in the Village Kicks Off Thursday

Published on Tuesday, April 30, 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 Continue reading

SoWal Wine Festival - This Weekend!

Published on Thursday, April 25, 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 & Continue reading

More Things to Do In Destin

Published on Thursday, April 18, 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 Continue reading

Things to do in Destin this Spring

Published on Tuesday, April 16, 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 Continue reading

Spring Seaside Performances

Published on Monday, April 1, 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 Continue reading

Browse by Tag

(800) 225-7652

© 2024 Newman-Dailey Resort Properties, Inc.
12815 Highway 98 W Suite 100, Miramar Beach, FL 32550 US
Florida Seller of Travel Registration #ST36398.
Website design by Scurto Marketing