July is one of the very best times to visit Destin, FL! Boasting beautiful weather and a number of special events, this month is considered peak season on the Emerald Coast. To help you make the most of your vacation, the Henderson Park Inn has put together a guide to the top five Destin Florida activities in July.
1. Smoke on the Coast BBQ Festival
Smoke on the Coast is a beloved Destin tradition! Held at Destin Commons on July 3rd, this epic BBQ competition will feature some of the Emerald Coast’s finest pitmasters. Guests can try all of the delicious smoked meats for just $1 per sample and vote for their favorite dish as part of the People’s Choice Contest. Best of all, the proceeds for Smoke on the Coast go to worthy non-profit organizations, such as the Boys & Girls Club and Toys for Tots. There will be excellent live music throughout the festival and the evening will end with an incredible fireworks display.
2. July 4th Celebration at the HarborWalk Village
No one celebrates Independence Day quite like Destin! The HarborWalk Village will host live music from 7 to 9 p.m. on July 2nd, July 3rd, and July 4th. These concerts are completely free and hundreds upon hundreds of locals and visitors are expected to attend. On the 4th, the festivities will end with a breathtaking fireworks extravaganza over Destin Harbor.
3. Scenic Boat Tours
Taking a scenic boat tour is another one of the most popular Destin Florida activities in July. The Emerald Coast offers a number of wonderful boating trips, including sunset cruises, dolphin tours, and snorkeling adventures. For helpful advice on choosing the right cruise, read our guide to the best boat tours in Destin.
4. Vintage Air Shows and Fireworks Every Thursday
If you’re not able to make it to Destin for Independence Day, you can still enjoy some patriotic fun throughout the rest of July! Every Thursday, the HarborWalk Village salutes America’s heroes with Red, White, and Blue Celebrations from 7 – 9 p.m. These great events include musical entertainment from The Village Belles, airshows from WWII-era planes, and wonderful fireworks over the harbor. Be sure to stick around after the fireworks to see some amazing fire spinning from the performing arts group Just Add Fire.
5. Relaxing on the Beach
With average highs around 89 °F, July is the perfect time to hit the beach! When you stay at the Henderson Park Inn, you will enjoy access to our pristine private beach on the Gulf of Mexico. Located adjacent to Henderson Beach State Park, our exclusive beach features the Emerald Coast’s signature sugar white sand and stunning green water. We even provide chairs, towels, umbrellas, picnic lunches, and sunset happy hours, so you can just sit back and soak up the sun.
Guests at The Henderson will love taking advantage of all the amazing Destin Florida activities in July. To learn more about everything we have to offer, visit The The Henderson's Activities page.