Summer Activities in Destin & 30A ~ Southern Vacation Rentals

Did you know that right now, being outside is one of the best things you can do for yourself? By spending at least 30 minutes outside each day, you’re getting your daily recommended dose of vitamin D – whether you’re going for a walk or just hanging out at the beach, you’re doing yourself a favor. And, with summertime in full swing here on the Gulf Coast, it’s a great time to get out and enjoy the sunshine. If you’re looking for an excuse to be at the beach, this is it! In addition, it’s also a great time to try your hand at some summer activities in Destin & 30A. From paddleboarding to kayaking, there are tons of great ways to enjoy your time out on the water! You can also rent kayaks and paddleboards through our Southern Perks partners as well as book your next summer activity. There truly are so many ways to make the most out of your time the beach!

Summer Activities in Destin & 30A
Summer Activities in Destin & 30A


Kayaking is one of the numerous summer activities in Destin and 30A that you can do since these areas have access to some quieter waters. 30A is home to rare coastal dune lakes that make kayaking fun for all ages – especially the little ones! You can find the coastal dune lakes at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, Grayton Beach State Park, and Deer Lake State Park. And, over in Destin, the Choctawhatchee Bay is the perfect place to try out kayaking if you’re looking for something a little calmer. Make sure you have a life jacket and some sunscreen before heading out!


Did you know that you can surf in Destin? That’s right! Ride On Surf School offers lessons for all ages. If you’re looking for something for the kids to do this summer, then their Billabong Surf Camp is a perfect choice! Camp runs Monday – Sunday from 9 AM until noon and includes a surfboard, leash, and rash guard or wet suit. In addition to surf camp, they also offer private and group lessons, surf parties, and mini lessons. Ride On Surf School only runs until August 27th, so don’t miss out on the fun!


You don’t have to be a pro to try out paddleboarding. In fact, it’s an activity that anybody can try! Stand-up paddleboarding is a popular activity among visitors and locals. Combining kayaking with surfing, paddleboarding involves standing on a long surfboard while you use a paddle to push yourself across the water. This activity is relatively low impact but still a great exercise for your core and legs. And, since you need to focus on not falling off the board and getting yourself across the water, it’s also incredibly relaxing. Our waters are beginner-friendly too – you can paddleboard on the Gulf, the dune lakes, or Choctawhatchee Bay. Plus, the you can’t beat the scenery!


Have you always wanted to try snorkeling but have never had the chance? You’re in luck! The crystal clear waters of the Gulf make for an ideal setting to try snorkeling. Plus, with white sand at the bottom of the water, you can easily spot marine life. If you’re lucky, you’ll see anything from large schools of fish, sea turtles, and maybe even spot some dolphins in the distance! Book your snorkeling trip through our Southern Perks program and you’ll be guided out onto the water by a local crew who will take you to the best spots for snorkeling. The Destin Jetties and Henderson Beach State Park are great spots for snorkeling in Destin.

For the pros, the beaches of South Walton have 16 artificial reef sites for snorkeling and diving, most within a mile of the shore. Some reefs are even in the shape of marine life, including:

  • A dolphin, located off Miramar Beach
  • A seahorse, off of Topsail Hill State Park
  • A sea turtle, off of Grayton Beach
  • A cobia, located off of Inlet Beach

Learn more about snorkeling and the artificial reefs through the South Walton Artificial Reef Association.

We hope you have a great time planning your summer activities in Destin and 30A – or anywhere else you may be staying along the Gulf Coast! Be sure to visit our Gulf Coast Guide for more inspiration when planning your vacation. We’ll see you at the beach!