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Top 8 Destin Hangout Spots for Teenagers

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 to hang out around Destin, Florida: (west to east)

Fudpuckers Teen NIght

Fudpucker’s Tuesday Teen Night (Destin)

Looking to dance the night away with local DJs and enjoy non-alcoholic beverages at one of the most popular hangout spots? The Fudpucker’s Beachside Bar and Grill's Tuesday teen night is perfect for you! With entry for only $20, anyone 13 through 17 can enjoy a night of prize-winning competitions, hanging out with friends, and staying safe while still having a blast. Plan to be there on Tuesday between 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. to enjoy the fun.




Destin Commons

Destin’s largest mall is bursting at the seams with opportunities to chill. Watch the latest movie at the AMC movie theater, enjoy a bite (or two or a few) at the City Food Hall, or look around at the various shops with brands such as Steve Madden, American Eagle, Sephora, and Lush. Explore the local boutiques to find that perfect beach outfit or return home with some new room décor from Earth Bound. In addition, artist murals make a cheery backdrop for selfies and Instagramable spots. Check out one of the most popular gathering and shopping spots in Destin. 



Hurricane lanes

Hurricane Lanes 

Hurricane lanes has it all for anyone looking for a group hangout spot; especially teens. Bowling, concession food, an arcade and their joint venue (Club LA) even hosts some family-friendly concerts. This sets them apart from other bowling alleys. Play pool, Mario, then bowl all in the same building! Make sure to check concert dates, ticket costs and other details beforehand. 



Big Kahunas waterpark

Big Kahuna’s Water and Adventure Park (Destin)

If you are around during summer months and want some fun in the sun, our water park is more your speed. Try out Big Kahuna’s water park, adventure park, and plenty of in-park eateries along highway 98. Big Kahuna’s is absolutely a check on the bucket list for chills and thrills alike. So whether you go on the “Honolulu Half Pipe” or just want to wade in the lazy river, Big Kahuna’s has something for everyone. Want to stay dry? The Adventure Park, featuring mini golf or Skycoaster is open from 2 p.m. – 8  or 9 p.m. depending on the day of the week. One adult ticket to Big Kahuna’s is available daily when you stay with Newman-Dailey. For additional tickets, purchase them in advance to get sweet deals and save.



The Track

The Track Family Fun Parks (Destin)

A nearby activity that doesn’t involve the water is The Track. Complete with attractions including go karts, a spinning coaster, an arcade, mini golf, and a handful more, The Track is an awesome destination. Upon arrival, simply purchase a card with any number of desired points and go! You will swipe each card for each ride, so there is less stress and even a discount when you order in advance online. For friendly go-kart competition or to compete for the lowest score on the mini-golf course, The Track is a hole-in-one! 




Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin

Located along the banks of the Chocatawhatchee Bay, Village of Baytowne Wharf is a cool place to hang out paired with daring activities at Baytowne Adventure Zone. With fun activities including a zipline course, an escape room, a bungy trampoline, an arcade, and more, groups walk the path around the lake and stop at shops for ice cream or arcade time. Baytowne also has plenty of eateries, places to shop and events certain nights of the week. Follow the sidewalk to the boardwalk and travel over the marina or out on the peer for a view of the yachts board at the marina. Hours may vary depending on the activity, so follow the link below to plan your group outing. 



Silver Sands

Silver Sands Premium Outlets 

Another mall that has so many well known brands like Adidas, Disney, Banana Republic and so much more. Not only do they have an array of clothing stores, but places to dine as well. Here you can find Auntie Annie’s pretzel shop, Häagen-Dazs ice-cream, and Carrabba’s Italian Grill. This location is perfect for those in the Miramar Beach area or just those who want to shop till they drop




Seaside (30A)

The location of the Truman Show with Jim Carey, this movie set town is has become a lit hangout on 30A. This beautiful community that prioritizes preservation and walkability has plenty of shops, including sportswear, swimwear, toy store, and weekend Farmer’s Market. Walk the town to discover gourmet food trucks and pop-up stands. No matter where you go, there is a selfie spot or iconic building or mural perfect for posting. During peak spring and summer seasons, Seaside is teaming with teens.



Big Chill

The Big Chill - Formerly The Hub (30A)

This hangout is a cool spot for foodies or anyone looking for some shops centered around panhandle fashion. This center hosts plenty of local clothing stores, bike shops, and the ever-vibrant sugar shop. This candy store is truly a work of art, with shelves lined with the latest and greatest in sweets as well as many classics. On the savory side, there are plenty of local seafood delicacies, classic burgers, and tasty tacos. The best part is that you can enjoy all of this on their faux grass lawn, where they often host live music and so many exciting events! Drive on over here if you want the perfect post-worthy pics or just enjoy perusing.




Walton County Skate Park  

 If you’re looking to fine-tune your skating or looking for an outdoor activity that won't cost you a dime, try out the local skate park. Walton County skate park has a deep bowl as well as rails, ledges, and flat paths, making it great for all skill levels--beginners and novices alike. Bring your board (or buy one at Plus Skate Shop in Fort Walton Beach or LIV Adventures Skate & Surf) and to shred on. 



Book A Stay

With so many hidden gems for all ages, a Destin vacation is a win for the entire family.  View our collection of Destin Vacation Rentals online including condos, villas and cottages at Hidden Dunes Resort to reserve your home away from home at the beach. Remember to always book direct with Newman-Dailey for our best rate guarantee and no third-party fees.

See you @ the beach!