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Beaches, Adventure, and Things to Do in Fort Walton Beach & Destin

Boredom? Never heard of it. Days full of fun await here in Fort Walton Beach and nearby Destin. Relax on the beach and build an epic sandcastle, rock out to live music, or head off the resort and explore the best local attractions, shopping, parks, festivals, and more. Swim with stingrays. Reel in the big one on a fishing excursion. Play championship golf. Discover rich military history. It’s easy to craft the perfect vacation vibe at The Island Resort.

The Island Resort Events

  • May20

    *Join us at the Billy Bowlegs Torchlight Parade

    Join us at the parade, where our Island Krewe will be participating in the parade! For more info visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1141638336731594/

    Down Town FWB | 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • May21

    *Meet Misty the Mermaid

    Snap a picture with our resident mermaid! Free for guests available to the public with the purchase of a day pass. https://www.resortpass.com/hotels/the-island-resort-at-fort-walton-beach

    Grotto or Cabana Pool | 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • May21

    *Singo! Music Bingo Tuesday-Lounge

    What's Singo? It's like bingo, but with music! Play for in house prizes! Free to play

    Lobby Bar | 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • May21

    *Live Music with Alexa Burroughs

    Enjoy live music from our local artists as you soak in the sun and the view. Weather permitting

    Tripp Tide Bar | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • May22

    *Live Music with Jacob Mohr

    Enjoy live music from our local artists as you soak in the sun and the view. Weather permitting.

    Tripp Tide Bar | 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • May23

    *Yoga

    Meet us on The Island Green to start your day with a refreshing yoga experience overlooking the Gulf.
    Yoga on the Green will be changed to Aqua Yoga at the cabana pool 8am-8:45am 5/9

    The Island Green | 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
  • May23

    *Live music with Alexa Burroughs

    Enjoy live music from our local artists as you soak in the sun and the view. Weather permitting.

    Tripp Tide Bar | 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • May23

    Dive In Movie

    Join us for a fun, family-friendly movie projected onto our giant inflatable screen by the Cabana Pool. Weather permitting

    9th-Tangled

    May
    2- Little Mermaid
    16th- A bugs life
    23- ET
    30-Wonka

    June
    6- Detective Pikachu
    13-Enchanted
    20- Elemental
    27- Light Year

    Cabana Pool | 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • May24

    Nonie’s Animal Encounter

    Meet Nonie and her animal friends

    Oasis | 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
  • May24

    DJ Pool Party

    The volume of FUN turns up at The Island's DJ poolside parties!

    Grotto or Cabana Pool | 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Tripp Tide
    May24

    *Live music with Daniel Boone

    Tripp Tide Bar | 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • May24

    *Singo Music Bingo Friday-Lounge

    What's Singo? It's like bingo, but with music! Play for in house prizes!

    Lobby Bar | 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • May24

    *Full Moon Party

    DJ party, fire poi, balloons, facepaint and more! Free for guests available to the public with the purchase of a day pass. https://www.resortpass.com/hotels/the-island-resort-at-fort-walton-beach

    Grotto Pool | 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Misty Mermaid
    May25

    *Meet Misty the Mermaid

    Stop by the Grotto pool to meet, greet and take photos with Misty herself.
    (Break 12:45-1:15pm) Free for guests available to the public with the purchase of a day pass. https://www.resortpass.com/hotels/the-island-resort-at-fort-walton-beach

    Grotto or Cabana Pool | 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • May25

    Summer Kick off Party

    Kick off the summer with a DJ pool party, balloons, misty the mermaid and a beach ball drop from the grotto at 1:00

    Grotto Pool | 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • May25

    Beach Ball Drop from the Grotto!

    Celebrate the summer kick off with our annual beach ball drop from the Grotto!

    Grotto Pool | 1:00 PM - 1:05 PM
  • May25

    *Karaoke

    Grab a mike and sing the night away! Family friendly!

    Lounge | 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • May25

    *Live Music with Ryan Stroud

    Enjoy live music from our local artists as you soak in the sun and the view. Weather permitting

    Tripp Tide Bar | 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • May26

    *Island Concert Series

    Shenanigans kicks off the Island concert series ,with fireworks at 9pm. Free for quests, available to the public with a purchase of a day pass https://www.resortpass.com/hotels/the-island-resort-at-fort-walton-beach

    Island Green | 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • May26

    Fireworks

    Enjoy Fireworks coming off the pier!

    Beach | 9:00 PM - 9:05 PM
  • May27

    Meet Pirate Mickey

    Photo opp and pirate shenanigans with Mickey! You can find Mickey wandering around the cabana and grotto pool deck! You might even catch him in the lobby or beach patio!

    Cabana and Grotto Pool Deck | 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
  • May27

    *Live music with Jamah Terry

    Live music with Jamah Terry

    Tripp Tide Bar | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • resort
    May28

    Pirate games and balloons with Mickey

    Do you have what it takes to be a pirate? Become an official Island Pirate.

    Cabana | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • May28

    *Live music with Daniel Boone

    Enjoy live music from our local artists as you soak in the sun and the view. Weather permitting

    Tripp Tide Bar | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Aloha island party
    May29

    *Aloha Island Party

    Wednesday nights during summer are a fun and festive evening of fireworks, music and fun on the beach patio!

    Beach Patio, The Island Green | 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • beachside firework show
    May29

    Fireworks

    Join us for Fireworks! Pick your view: Beach, Beach patio or balcony window!

    Tripp Tide Bar | 9:00 PM - 9:05 PM
  • May30

    *Live music with Jacob Mohr

    Enjoy live music from our local artists as you soak in the sun and the view. Weather permitting.

    Tripp Tide Bar | 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • May30

    *Aqua Zumba

    Dive into the Grotto Pool and have a dance party with your new vacation friends.

    Grotto Pool | 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • May31

    Fire Pit and Smores

    Join us at  the fire pit! Make smores and have good conversation! ( While supplies last)

    Tripp Tide Bar | 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Jun1

    *Karaoke

    Get your vocal chords ready and pick your favorite song - every Saturday is karaoke!

    Cabana | 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Jun2

    Live music with Esralie Mack

    Enjoy live music from our local artists as you soak in the sun and the view. Weather permitting

    Tripp Tide Bar | 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Jun4

    *Aqua Zumba

    Grotto Pool | 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Jun6

    *Live music with Second Breakfast

    Enjoy live music from our local artists as you soak in the sun and the view. Weather permitting.

    Tripp Tide Bar | 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Jun7

    Nonie’s Animal Encounter

    Meet Nonie and her animal friends

    Fiji | 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
  • Jun13

    *Live music with Rick Esguerra

    Enjoy live music from our local artists as you soak in the sun and the view. Weather permitting.

    Tripp Tide Bar | 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Jun14

    *Live music with Daniel Boone

    Enjoy live music from our local artists as you soak in the sun and the view. Weather permitting.

    Tripp Tide Bar | 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Jun22

    *Live Music with Rick Esguerra

    Enjoy live music from our local artists as you soak in the sun and the view. Weather permitting.

    Tripp Tide Bar | 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Misty the mermaid
    Jul9

    * Meet Mila the mermaid

    snap a picture with Mila the mermaid at the Grotto Pool )Free for guests available to the public with the purchase of a day pass. https://www.resortpass.com/hotels/the-island-resort-at-fort-walton-beach

    Grotto Pool | 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Everything You Need

Resort Amenities

Pools, play areas, and perfect beaches—all in one place. With ample on-site dining options, daily activities for kids and adults, and accessible spaces, everyone is taken care of when you stay with us.

Local Attractions

  • Island Watersports Company

  • Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park

  • Fishing Charters

  • Indian Temple Mound & Museum

  • U.S. Air Force Armament Museum

Beaches & Parks

White sand. Emerald waters. Captivating nature. Nearby state and county parks offer even more opportunity for beach days, picnics, and great days in the great outdoors.

Shopping

Everything from local boutiques to awesome outlet shopping is just a short drive from The Island Resort. Shop fresh fits, fun souvenirs, and much more.

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Explore Fort Walton Beach

Journey beyond The Island and explore local dining, shopping, festivals, and attractions.

Destin - Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS)
Fly into town and be at our resort in just 20 minutes. The Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport offers more than 50 flights daily from leading airlines to cities across the nation.
Just Chute Me - Parasailing
Soar 400 feet above emerald waters with this award-winning parasailing company that uses state-of-the-art equipment and exacting safety standards.
Wet N Wild Watersports - Parasailing
Soak in epic views of Crab Island while spotting dolphins from hundreds of feet in the air. Safe and unforgettable, don't miss their early bird deals.
Southern Star Dolphin Cruise
Set out in search of dolphins on an ecotour cruise, or a stunning sunset cruise with prices affordable for the whole family.
Buccaneer Pirate Ship
Be a pirate for the day on a fun-filled cruise aboard a pirate ship with snacks, souvenirs, and plenty of scallywags!
Fly The Beach
Fly above Destin in this sleek two-seater with an experienced pilot for a VIP experience, or book in for some flying lessons.
Destin Seaplane
Seablaster Sunset Cruises
These oversized speed boats offer snorkeling and dolphin cruise combination trips, afternoon beach dolphin cruises, and relaxing sunset dolphin cruises, and Destin Harbor firework cruises.
Timberview Helicopters Destin
See Destin from a fresh perspective with a helicopter tour to spot dolphins, take in fireworks, and more.
Destin Helicopter tours
HarborWalk Charters
Set out from HarborWalk Village on deep sea excursions in the Gulf in modern vessels with air conditioning for rookies and avid fishers alike.
Boat Charter Destin
Cast your line for fun times with Boat Charter Destin, offering fishing charters, Crab Island cruises, and Girls Night Out trips.
Charter Fishing Destin
Make memories to last a lifetime with a family deeps sea fishing excursion. Cruise in a comfortable 53’ G&S Sportfish boat and grill your catch onboard!
AJ's Destin
What began as a small oyster shack on Destin Harbor in 1984 is now one of the Emerald Coast's most popular destinations for fresh seafood, cold drinks, and live music.
Red Door Saloon
Down-home vibes and good times await at this local favorite bar offering drinks, hot dogs, steamed sandwiches & more with outdoor seating and fantastic harbor views.
McGuire's Irish Pub
This lively pub serves hearty Irish classics and in a unique 'Turn of the Century Irish Saloon' atmosphere.
Boathouse Oyster Bar
Happy hour is every hour at this local favourite bar serving up fresh oysters, cold beer and live music every day of the week.
Coyote Ugly
Famous for a certified good time, head to Coyote Ugly for dancing bartenders, buckets of beer and awesome live entertainment.
Coaster's Downtown FWB
Play pool and darts, catch the game on TV and enjoy exciting live acts at local-favorite Coasters.
The Island Resort
Fish Destin
Learn why Destin is known as "the world's luckiest fishing village" with deep sea fishing boats as well as inshore & light tackle bay charters.
The Track
Ride single and double go-karts around an awesome three-level track. Enjoy two mini golf courses, rides, and an arcade for a big day of family fun.
Big Kahuna's Water & Adventure Park
The biggest water park on the Emerald Coast welcomes all ages for endless fun, from relaxing lazy rivers to thrilling speed slides.
Henderson Beach State Park
This protected strip of the Emerald Coast features 30-foot, powder-white sand dunes, fishing, camping, hiking, picnicking, and more.
The Village of Baytowne Wharf
Explore boutiques, eateries, galleries and nightlife on the shores of Choctawhatchee Bay. Spend a fun afternoon strolling the boardwalk, taking in festivals and farmers markets, and more.
HarborWalk Village
Shop, dine, listen to live music, and get out on the water all from this iconic Destin destination.
Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park
Dive into America's second-oldest marine park and explore 14 marine exhibits and up close experiences like stingray snorkeling, to connect, respect, and preserve wildlife.
Air Force Armament Museum
Tour 29 different aircraft from the WWII era to the present, plus bombs, missiles, and more that explore the nation's military history.
Silver Sands Premium Outlets
Get the best deals at 110 designer and name-brand outlet stores including Tory Burch, Coach, Kate Spade New York, Michael Kors. Stroll shaded covered walks, dine at a number of restaurants, and more.
Destin Commons
A family-friendly al fresco shopping experience awaits with over 85 stores and restaurants, with a monthly market at exciting seasonal events.
Downtown Fort Walton Beach
The vibrant downtown area is home to a variety of unique shops and restaurants, Heritage Park & Cultural Center, Emerald Coast Science Center, and much more.
Destin Harbor Boardwalk
Enjoy activities including parasailing, jet-skiing, pontoon boats, charter fishing, dolphin cruises and tours, snorkeling, scuba diving, and more.
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