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Learn a New Skill this Summer - Best Destin Activities & Classes for Kids

 There’s so much more to do than building sandcastles, swimming, and sunbathing when visiting Destin, Florida. This summer, plan to learn a new skill during your beach vacation. From toddlers to teens, there are a variety of fun Destin activities that provide exciting opportunities to learn a new skill this summer.  Explore these fun options with your family and find the perfect activity or sport that will expand your family's horizons and give kids something to talk (brag) about! 


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Fishing Lessons

Fishing is a big part of Emerald Coast culture. Whether surf fishing, near shore or deep sea fishing, there is a charter perfect for families. Florida Boy Adventures offers a family charter inshore fishing, and as a dad, Captain Hunter is great with kids of all ages. There are a wide variety of fishing charters depending on your kids ages and the types of fish you're interested in catching. Check out our blog, “Best Fishing Charters for Families,” for information and details.


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East Pass: Sailing Lessons

East Pass Sailing offers hands-on, private sailing lessons that are taught by a captain and father. Board a 45-foot Bemeteau sailboat that includes two restrooms and room for up to 6 passengers. East Pass can teach kids how to hoist sails in less than 30 minutes, and learn the basics of sailing while enjoying a private sailing yacht cruise. Guests of Newman-Dailey enjoy $40 off with proof of stay. Click here for more details.


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Parasailing (age 6+)

Visitors that are near the Destin area from March to September can parasail over Destin’s Gulf. While there is not a lot of skill required, this fun activity has challenged many to overcome their fear of heights and achieve a new level of confidence from their parasailing experience. Spot marine life, including sea turtles and pods of dolphins, down below during the adventure. Plus, Newman-Dailey guests receive one FREE parasail pass each day of your stay. Check out the link under our parasailing page to get dates and details to book.


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Ride On Surf School: Surfing Lessons (8+)

This premier surf school is located behind Captain Dave’s restaurant on Scenic Hwy. 98 teaches kids of all skill levels to surf. Ride on Surf School offers both group and private lessons, as well as surf camps and surfing parties. Learn to catch waves and enjoy one of the most infamous beach sports. Visit Ride On Surf School website for more information.



Flipper's Adventures: Snorkeling Lessons 

Snorkeling gives kids the chance to see a whole new world beneath the water's surface. While there are many snorkel tours in Destin, guests of Newman-Dailey will Be Rewarded with one free adult pass per day for the Sea Blaster snorkel adventure, which includes the thrill of snorkeling followed by the joy of a snorkel cruise. Snorkeling equipment, life jackets and instruction is included with the Sea Blaster experience. For younger children, the Cattywampus is the perfect vessel for snorkeling adventures. Guests of Newman-Dailey also receive one free adult pass daily for this 3-hour cruise that includes searching for dolphins and a snorkeling stop. Last but not least, Flipper’s Adventures, specializes in kid-friendly snorkel adventures for any skill level, including non-swimmers, first-time swimmers and experienced swimmers. Guests of Newman-Dailey will be rewarded with a buy one, get one 50% off discount on a snorkel adventure tickets.  Learn more on our Rewards Page under Activities. 



Little Adventures: FREE Classes

Destin-Fort Walton Beach invites you to participate in a FREE, expert-led class at an Outpost. Classes range from surf fishing at "Pinfish Pattrol" and learning to throw a net and identify your haul at "Cast Away" to surf lessons and stand up paddle board classes. Check out their calendar of upcoming Little Adventures Programs here


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Book Your Destin Learning Adventure

Is your family ready to dive in and learn a new skill? Start by booking the perfect Destin vacation rental for your family by viewing Newman-Dailey's collection of vacation rentals online or call one of our friendly, local vacation specialists at 1-800-225-7652 to help you plan.  Remember to always book direct with Newman-Dailey for our best rate guarantee. 


See you @ the beach!