Local Attractions & Activities

Come and Play

With our stunning location on some of the most breathtaking stretches of sand in the world, and the tranquil jeweled waters of the Gulf of Mexico right at our doorstep, there is literally an endless list of activities and attractions for everyone to experience.

Whether you’re more of the adventurous type and prefer exploring the undersea wonders with a mask and snorkel, or just want to chill out poolside and spend the afternoon soaking up the Florida sunshine, the options are indeed limitless.

If you’d like to learn more about our unique activities or events, please contact our Recreation Team at 850-424-4421

 

  

Paddle Board Rentals

• Children under the age of 16 cannot rent out Paddleboards without adult supervision. Must be 10 years of age and one life jacket per person must be present at all times.
• Rentals are included with the daily resort fee
• All rentals are to be returned to the Beach Attendant by 5 pm


*Equipment is available on a first come, first serve basis at the beach. Weather dependent.

Kayak Rentals

• Children under the age of 16 cannot rent out Kayaks without adult supervision. Must be 10 years of age and one life jacket per person must be present at all times.
• Rentals are included with the daily resort fee
• All rentals are to be returned to the Beach Attendant by 5 pm

*Equipment is available on a first come, first serve basis at the beach. Weather dependent.

Beach & Beach Set Rentals

Welcome to the world's most beautiful beaches. Our sugar-white sand and emerald green waters beckon all ages to return to this particular patch of Northwest Florida again and again. Whether you choose to enjoy the emerald waters atop a paddle board, kite or kayak; or dive under the surface to snorkel, snuba or scuba… or set sail above it all on a parasail ride, there is surely a watersport adventure waiting just for you.

Beach Set Rentals

One beach set includes: two wooden chairs with foot rests, one umbrella and towels.

  • Full Day (9am – 6pm) $50 per set
  • Half Day (1pm – 6pm) $35 per set

Each additional item (chair or umbrella) is $20.

Unfortunately, we cannot offer reservations for beach sets. Sets are available on a first come, first serve basis.

Please be advised that alcohol is allowed on the Henderson Resort beach, but is prohibited on the neighboring Henderson State Park beach.

Bike Rentals

• Children under the age of 16 cannot rent out bikes without adult supervision.
• Rentals are included with the daily resort fee
• All rentals are to be returned by 5 pm

Bikes are avaiable on a first come, first serve basis. Weather dependent.

Boogie Board Rentals

• Children under the age of 16 cannot rent out Boogie Boards without adult supervision.
• Rentals are inlcuded with the daily resort fee
• All rentals are to be returned to the Beach Attendant by 5 pm

*Equipment is available on a first come, first serve basis at the beach. Weather dependent.

Adult & Family Pools

Relax under the shade of a luxury cabana by the adults only pool, with lounge chairs and poolside beverage service. Or, bring the family and enjoy the active Family Pool with splash pad and lazy river. 


Adult Pool Cabana Rentals

Relax in your lounger inside your Cabana at our adult pool. Rental includes chilled bottled water and a basket of whole fruits. 

Cabana Rentals (at adult pool only)

Full Day (9am - 6pm) $50

To make a reservation, please call the Fitness Center at 850.424.4421. Rentals are weather dependent. 

Fitness Center

You don't have to miss out on your daily workout while on vacation. The Henderson features a full-service sunlit fitness center with weights, machines, and daily classes offered as well. The fitness center is available 24/7, but staffed 7 am to 5 pm.

Fitness Classes

We offer daily classes to resort guests which are updated monthly. Please click here to view our current offerings.

You can also get outside and enjoy a walk on the beach or the hiking trail at Henderson State Park. For questions or more information about our classes, please call our fitness desk at 850.424.4421.

Daily Game Offerings

Stop by the Activities Desk 8:00am to 5:00pm to check out:

• Board games
• Beach toys
• Croquet
• Bocce ball
• Badminton
• Corn hole

Items must be returned by 5:00pm or will be charged to the guest room.

Poppy's Kids Club: Kid's Night Out

Mom and dad can enjoy a night to themselves with our Kid's Night Out program.

Kids Night Out

5pm - 8pm | $45 per child
Dinner, craft, and themed activities included.
Reservation required: 850.424.4421.
(24 hour advance reservation)

Activities Include: 

PIZZA PARTY
Come celebrate with us as we feast on pizza followed by a night of games like Giant Jenga and trivial pursuit! Other food options are available.

SKY’S THE LIMIT
Look up in the night sky! Learn about common constellations, enjoy some planet trivia and paint your own canvas galaxy.

Poppy’s Kids Club: Daytime Activities

Kids Crew, family activities and crafts. The perfect combination for your yearly excursion to paradise. From scavenger hunts and beach games to fun in the pool, your kids will love getting to spend the day on their terms, with their friends, while you get to do the same. 

Daily Activities

9 am - 1 pm | $55 per child
Lunch, craft, and themed activities included.
Children ages 4-11, must be fully potty trained.

Reservation required: 850.424.4421.
(24 hour advance reservation)

Activities Include:

INVESTIGATORS
Join us as we explore the property on our quest to find native animals and learn about the local ecosystem!

SPORTS MADNESS
Team up and compete in fun lawn games as this is the perfect time to let loose!

PIRATES DESTINY
A day of creativity, maps and the search for buried treasure.

Kids Night Out

5pm - 8pm | $45 per child
Dinner, craft, and themed activities included.
Reservation required: 850.424.4421.
(24 hour advance reservation)

Activities Include: 

PIZZA PARTY
Come celebrate with us as we feast on pizza followed by a night of games like Giant Jenga and trivial pursuit! Other food options are available.

SKY’S THE LIMIT
Look up in the night sky! Learn about common constellations, enjoy some planet trivia and paint your own canvas galaxy.

Picnic in the Park

Make a memorable family experience by picnicking with a customized keepsake picnic basket. Choose from a selection of lunchtime menu items and picnic at Henderson State Park, the beach or anywhere in the area.

Please allow 24-hour notice and call Primrose at Ext. 4453 to reserve your basket. Please be advised that no alcohol is allowed in the State Park.

Henderson Beach State Park

Guests of the Henderson receive complimentary day pass access to Henderson State Park.

Pristine white sugar sand beaches and more than 6,000 feet of natural scenic shoreline border the emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Natural features of the park include sand pines, scrub oaks, and dune rosemary. Boardwalks provide access to the beach for swimming, sunbathing, and fishing. Four large and two small pavilions allow for picnicking and grilling. A playground is the first stop on our nature trail and is sure to be a success with the kids. The nature trail provides visitors a rare glimpse of the coastal dune ecosystem and abundant wildlife and is pet-friendly. Henderson Beach is A.D.A accessible and includes beach wheelchair availability. Visitors can enjoy truly breathtaking sunsets while relaxing by the warm crystal clear water of the Gulf of Mexico. Learn more.

Please note that alohol and pets are not permitted at the state park. 



Glass Works with Russ Gilbert

Visit the studio of Russ Gilbert and take a class in fusing, bead making, or glass blowing. Students who take the fusing classes will make a piece that they can take home (or be shipped for your convenience).

Class times vary. Please visit www.gilbertglassworks.com to view available classes. 

Russ' glasswork is featured throughout The Henderson. To learn more about him, visit our Featured Artist page by clicking here.

Artist Galleries

Every aspect of The Henderson has been meticulously planned and the art displayed throughout the property is no exception. After a long and rigorous selection process, 13 local Destin artists and artisans were chosen to create custom pieces, specifically for The Henderson. The artists include Melody Bogle, Melissa Mercer Brown, Lori Drew, Barbara Flowers, Justin Gaffrey, Donni Galli, Russ Gilbert, Mary Hong, Veila Lala, John Maher, Arturo Mennillo, Jeff Waldorff, and JoAnn Williams Walker.

Each piece has been thoughtfully placed throughout the resort to add both beauty and ambiance. The result is a stunning coastal resort with an inspired sense of place. Please click here to learn more about our local artists, watch videos of them creating the artwork throughout the resort, visit their websites or visit their galleries. 

Mary Hong's Shard Shop

Introduction to ShardWorx: Art with Glass and Resin on Painted Canvas

Participants choose from 13 designs using art kits to complete an 8 x 10 piece of art on canvas.  The class is led by an experienced artist and lasts about an hour.  This is a make-n-take class so guests will be taking their finished art piece with them at the end of class.  It will need to dry in box (think pizza box) provided and will be ready to hang after 12 hours.  All supplies and materials provided and all skill levels are welcome. 

Cost is $75/per person. Visit ShardShop.com for more info.

Make-Your-Own Art Boutique

Visit the Mary Hong’s “Shard Shop", located just two blocks from The Henderson Beach Resort and make any size art using glass and resin on painted canvas.  All tools and materials are provided. 

Cost starts at $85 for adults and $40 for kids.  Visit ShardShop.com for more info.

To learn more about Mary Hong and her artwork featured at The Henderson, visit our Featured Artist page by clicking here.

Live Music

The Emerald Coast features live music at many area restaurants and venues. Click here to upcoming performances.

Silver Sands Premium Outlet Shopping

Silver Sands Premium Outlets® is home to 110 designer and name-brand outlet stores including Coach, Kate Spade New York, Michael Kors, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store and Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th. Visitor's can find a variety of shops ranging from women's apparel and accessories to housewares and sporting goods. Renowned as the premier shopping destination along Northwest Florida's Emerald Coast, the outlet mall serves the nearby communities of Destin, South Walton, Panama City and Pensacola. The outlet mall is conveniently located off US Highway 98, one mile west of Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. This beautiful outdoor mall features covered sidewalks, lush landscaping, and a children's play area. There are also a variety of enticing dining options from sit down venues including Carrabba's Italian Grill to fast casual and grab-and-go options such as Panera Bread and Auntie Anne's Pretzels. Learn more.

Grand Boulevard Shopping

Nestled amid Florida’s renowned stretch of pristine sugar-white beaches and gulf coast communities where the affluent both vacation and reside, Grand Boulevard is the premiere destination where people of discerning tastes shop and play. With exclusive boutiques, renowned retailers and specialty shops, exquisite casual and fine dining options, and a thriving professional community, this $250 million lifestyle Town Center retail development generates a sense of excitement and demand from locals and visitors alike. Learn more. 

Destin Commons Shopping

The premier open-air lifestyle center offering the best in shopping, dining, and entertainment on the Emerald Coast. With favorites like Bass Pro Shops, Belk, H&M, Charming Charlie, Express, AMC Theaters, Uncle Buck's FishBowl & Grill, Chipotle and World of Beer, Destin Commons currently offers 90+ stores and restaurants with something for everyone. Learn more.



Harbor Walk Village

With so many things to do in Destin, HarborWalk Village is at the center of it all.

Come out to HarborWalk Village where restaurants, activities and entertainment will please each and every taste on your next Destin family vacation. With so many things to do in Destin; here you can find waterfront shopping, paddle board and kayak rentals, pontoon and jet ski rentals, parasailing, glass bottom boats, world class fishing, pirate ship excursions, dolphin cruises, concerts and live music, weekly fireworks, weekly Fat Tuesday parades, live entertainment, and an array of restaurants, including Jimmy Buffets Margaritaville and Harry Ts, to satisfy all tastes.

HarborWalk Village is home to the Destin Fishing Fleet, the largest charter fishing fleet in the country. Here you can experience the Worlds Luckiest Fishing Village aboard one of Destins finest charter boats or stroll along the docks and witness the catch of the day. And where there is great fishing, there are great seafood restaurants, HarborWalk is no exception. Here you’ll find an array of cuisine that is fresh, local and delicious. For more information, click here. 

Regatta Bay Golf

Regatta Bay - Designed by esteemed course designer and former lead architect for Arnold Palmer, Robert C. Walker, Regatta Bay Golf Course is located in the beautiful city of Destin, in the heart of Florida’s Emerald Coast. This par-72 course offers a golf experience for players of all skill levels.  Learn More>


Kelly Plantation Golf

Kelly Plantation Located along the Choctawhatchee Bay in Destin, Florida, Kelly Plantation Golf Course is one of Destin’s premium golf experiences. Designed by Fred Couples and Gene Bates, this semi-private par-72 Destin Golf Course features 18 holes. Learn More>

Paddle Board Classes

Join instructors with YOLO (You Only live Once) for stand up paddle board classes offered on a variety of days and times throughout the week. Choose from Paddle Board 101 to YOLO Yoga. Click here to see offerings. 

YOLO Bike Adventures

Join YOLO (You Only live Once) bike enthusiasts for area outdoor adventures offered on a variety of days and times throughout the week. Choose from Paddle Board 101 to YOLO Yoga. Click here to see offerings. 

Timpoochee Bike Trail

There’s no better way to get “up close and personal” with South Walton than a bike ride along the Timpoochee Trail. The 18.6-mile trail, named after an influential Euchee Indian Chief, winds past dune lakes and state parks and beach access points through several charming beach neighborhoods. It’s a perfect day trip for the family, an ideal way to get some exercise, and a whole lot of fun.

The trail parallels the entire length of Scenic Highway 30A from Dune Allen to Inlet Beach and is safe, wide, and relatively flat. Rental bikes are available from several shops along the length of the trail. You can rent bikes by the day, but if you’re staying somewhere along 30A you might want to rent them for the entire week. After one ride along the Timpoochee, your bike may become the preferred mode of transportation at the beach. Learn more.

Water Sports

Whether you want to be in the water or on the water, Destin offers nearly any water sports you could imagine. We have partnered with a local vendor to provide water rentals including jet skiing, boat rentals, parasailing, and more. If you're looking for an outdoor water adventure, click below to learn more.

Fishing

Known as the World’s Luckiest Fishing Village, Destin is a premier fishing destination with the potential to catch all types of fish. Charter boats are available throughout the Destin area. Some recommended charters are Big John Charters or Silver King Charters.  Click here to learn more about the local fishing spots and where to find bait and tackle. 



Cultural Arts Alliance Art Classes

The Walton County Cultural Arts Alliance offers over 200 afforable art classes for artist of all ages and skill levels. Please click here to check their calendar for current class offerings, days and times. 

South Walton Events & Activities

Just a few miles to the East of Destin, South Walton offers events and activities for the whole family. Check out the links below for local listings. 

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Walton County Cultural Arts Alliance Events

Visit South Walton Events

SoWal Events

Alys Beach Events

Rosemary Beach Events

Seaside Events

Destin Area Events & Activities

Destin offers many local activities for the whole family. Click here to see the most recent offerings. 

Destin Fishing Museum

The Destin History & Fishing Museum is a Non-Profit run by a Board of Directors. The museum is a tourist destination and key historical repository for the Destin area. The exhibits present the history of Destin and journey from a small fishing village to a major tourist attraction.

The museum includes:

  • 5,500 sq. ft. of exhibit space in the main building covering early Indians through development and growth of the village.
  • Exhibits in the outdoor Museum Historic Park Complex including the historic seine boat "Primrose", mullet boat "Lil Jimmy", seine net reel, and the original Old Post Office as well as the "Footprints in the Sand" memorial walkway.
  • Over 75 mounts of locally caught fish.
  • Historic photographs, artifacts, fishing equipment and documents of early Destin and the Fishing industry. 
  • Mike Long Memorial Fish Wall featuring many fish mounts on a mural showcasing the science why the local fishing is so good.
  • Science of "Why Destin Sand is White".
  • Historic and genealogical data on the founding families and those that shaped the growth of early Destin.
  • Destin Fishing Rodeo Gallery featuring "all things" Rodeo in videos, photos and artifacts.


Ways to Experience the Museum:

  • Scavenger Hunts for the "young" and "young at heart".
  • Self-guided on your own.
  • Staff and/or volunteer lead personal tour.
  • Self-guided tour with MP3 Player and headset.
  • Personalized tour utilizing QR codes downloaded on your phone.


Group Tours Available:

  • Student tours available with focus on specific objectives.
  • Group tours with overview in the Rodeo Gallery, door prizes, and guided tour throughout the museum.


Hours and Admission:
Hours: The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Admission Costs: Adult $5; Seniors & Military $4; Children/Students (Age 7 Through College) $3; Children under 6 & Members are Free. 

Click here to learn more. 

Air Force Armament Musem

The Air Force Armament Museum is the only museum in the world dedicated to the collection, preservation, and exhibition of artifacts and memorabilia associated with Air Force Armament and its platforms of delivery.

The museum was conceived and approved in 1974 but there was no suitable structure available on Eglin Air Force Base until 1976. In the spring of that year, an old Enlisted Club facility became available and the Armament Museum became a reality. To help fund and perpetuate this Museum, the Air Force Armament Museum Foundation (AFAMF), a philanthropic non-profit organization, was established.

From 1976 through 1981, the artifact collection grew, and the Museum averaged nearly 80,000 visitors per year. But, in 1981, the building housing the Museum collection was condemned, and the Museum closed that October.

The AFAM Foundation then began what became a lengthy effort to find a new home for the Armament Museum. After a slow start, funding effort began in 1984. By mid-1985, $1.2 million in private and corporate donations had been raised and construction of a new 28,000 square foot Museum was underway and in November of the same year, the new Museum was deeded to the United States Air Force and opened to the public.

Admittance to the Museum is free of charge and the Museum is closed on Sundays and federal holidays. Over two million people have now visited and enjoyed this Museum. Numerous significant, military-related ceremonies such as promotions, reenlistments, retirements and meetings occur within the Museum each month. Visits by school, church and veterans groups are now almost daily occurrences and the Armament Museum has become an important educational, cultural and social landmark. Learn more.

Topsail State Park

Topsail Hill offers a wide variety of natural resources including 3.2 miles of secluded, white sand beaches with majestic dunes over 25 feet tall. Three rare coastal dune lakes provide excellent freshwater fishing. Although boats are not allowed, fishing from the shoreline yields bass, bream, panfish, and catfish. Lakes, pristine beaches, old-growth longleaf pines, sand pine scrub, and a variety of wetlands offer a bird-watching and hiking paradise. Visitors may bike, walk, or enjoy a quick ride to the beach on our timely tram service to swim, fish, sunbathe, or beach comb. A camp store offers souvenirs and rentals. Learn more.



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