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Fun Things to do in Destin, Florida When it Rains

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You’ve been planning for months, every detail of your trip is all but written in stone, but the weather man didn’t get the memo. Our family has had this happen more than once: a perfect ski vacation thwarted by an unexpected freak blizzard and dreams of building sand castles on the beach shattered when three days in a row it rained and rained and then rained some more.

This happened last year on our family vacation to Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. Fortunately the hotel had a game plan in place for this occurrence and helped us find several fun things to do in Destin, Florida to save our rained out vacation.


While you would think that our vacation to the beach would be ruined, the incredible staff at Hilton Sandestin saved the day. The Kids Club provided indoor crafts and games and even set up the ballroom like a movie theater with popcorn and drinks. We also used this idea in the privacy of our own guest room with pajamas, room service and a pay per view movie.

Fun things to do in Destin Florida - Kids Night Out

Hilton Sandestin’s Kids Night Out is one of the fun things to do in Destin, Florida when it rains.


We utilized the hotel shuttle one afternoon to avoid driving in the rain and visited the local shopping mall for souvenirs and ice cream. You’d be surprised how empty a shopping mall can be on a rainy day when locals don’t want to head out in the weather.


We asked the concierge for recommendations on a fun family activity and among the many options available in the area, we learned that the South Walton area was comprised of 16 beach neighborhoods, each with their own hidden gems. We chose the community of Seaside, Florida which was a very short, easy drive and visited Fired Up, an art studio where you paint your own pottery. We laughed and made not only family memories, but made art pieces that we were able to bring home.

Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa was the perfect choice for our beach vacation, rain or shine.

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Marti resides in rural northeastern Oklahoma where she works with corporate, association, and government clients as a meeting planner. She enjoys traveling, whenever possible, with her husband,…

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