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Top 10 things to do in the Fall in South Walton and Destin

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As locals, we know the fall is one of the best times of the year along the Emerald Coast. But we were recently asked why? Here's our top 10 things to do in the fall along the beaches of South Walton and Destin:

1. Toast the Coast

Beer, food and wine festivals are plentiful in the fall. Click here for a list of fun fall events.

2. Sip and Shop

With Silver Sands Premium Outlets, Shops at Grand Boulevard, Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin and Destin Commons filled with designer brands and boutique stores nestled between award-winning restaurants and sidewalk cafes, sipping and shopping has never been more fun. Click here to learn how to receive your free $30 gift card to Silver Sands Premium Outlets.

3. Savor the Sunset

Autumn sunsets are some of the most vibrant and colorful of the year. Grab a seat on the beach, at your favorite waterfront restaurant or from the balcony/porch of your vacation rental and sit back and savor the show.  Click here for our top sunset spots.

4. Unite with Nature

With cooler temperatures, local wildlife is active in the fall. From deer to foxes to bald eagles, this is the perfect time of year to catch a glimpse of our natural inhabitants. State parks as well as nature certified outfitters offer guided tours through the area’s natural lands and waterways. 

5. Meander with the Monarchs

Did you know that the Emerald Coast is a stop on the Monarch Butterfly migration to Mexico each year? It is a special sight to see the glitter of golden butterflies along the beaches and dunes.

6. Discover Dragonflies on the Dunes

Fall also ushers in a proliferation of dragonflies who enjoy dinner over the dunes at sunset, creating another beautiful moment in which to pause and appreciate the beauty of our coastal environment. 

7. Pedal the Paths

Cooler temperatures are an invitation to explore our paths beyond the beach. From the paved bike paths along Scenic Gulf Drive and Hwy 30A to trails winding throughout Point Washington State Forest, it is fun to go exploring on two wheels during the cool, crisp autumn months. 

8. Dine at Dusk

With the fresh Gulf seafood and an incredible selection of South Walton and Destin restaurants, the brilliant hues of sunset combined with the delectable cuisine of the Emerald Coast creates a blissful evening that is unforgettable.

9. Celebrate Art

The wonderfully slower pace of the Gulf coast creates the perfect time for reflection and creativity. With a variety of art classes and workshops, including those by glass artist Mary Hong, vacationers can create a special memento of their stay. Or celebrate and enjoy others creativity by attending the annual Festival of the Arts, Oct. 24-25.

10. Enjoy Healthy Competition

Destin is known as the World’s Luckiest Fishing Village for good reason. And during the month of October, visitors can fish for dinner and a chance to win cash and prizes during the annual Destin Fishing Rodeo. Be a spectator or get in the game, catching snapper, grouper, mackerel and amberjack, for a chance to weigh in and win!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

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