The beautiful beaches of the Emerald Coast are some of the most pristine in the world and because of that, our warm waters are home to wide variety of marine life including the ever popular dolphin.
Dolphins are one of the smartest animals on earth, and science is just beginning to understand just how intelligent they are. Thought to be one of only a couple of animal species on the planet that use tools, make art and are even self aware, able to recognize themselves when looking into a mirror. Researchers are also beginning to realize that these marine mammals have an extensive language that they use to communicate, and that it appears as if each ‘Flipper’ even has its own name which other members of the pod use to refer to specific animals.
One of the most popular ways to spot these famous cetaceans is by visiting our amazing Gulfarium, where your family can get up close and personal with our native sea creatures. Watch a dolphin show and marvel at their unbelievable high flying acrobatics and astounding wit. Or enjoy the humorous performance of the resident sea lion as he works through his act with one of his skilled trainers. There’s also a petting zoo of sorts, where your family can touch sting rays and sea stars.
Another fun way to see dolphins and other marine animals in their natural habitats is by spending the afternoon on board a dolphin excursion. Besides dolphins, your family will see manatees, sea turtles and maybe even a shark. Glass bottom boats, also, provide the perfect opportunity to see some of the sea life that is a little harder to see from the surface, without having to get wet!
After your back on shore, you’ll be tickled as pink as one of our unmatched sunsets to be going back to the awesome Palms of Destin to relax and unwind. Our suites are designed to be unmatched in luxury, affording our guests a cozy beach hideaway complete with fine furnishings, sumptuous beds dressed in fresh linens, and oversized, modern bathrooms combined with a marvelous view of our charming coastal landscape from the private balcony where you can watch one of our stellar sunsets!
Time lounging around our lagoon inspired pools, one of which is a zero entry and the other is heated, surrounded by lush tropical foliage and fragrant flowers, is time well spent at the Palms of Destin. Also awaiting our guests leisure are our lighted tennis/basketball courts and state of the art fitness center, where you can work up an appetite for our unbelievable onsite restaurant!
Besides those activities and our wonderful beaches, other nearby area attractions, from shopping at our enormous Silver Sands outlet or Destin commons, to a round of golf at some of the best courses in the country, will have you and your family wondering what to do first! Call today to get started, learn more or book your stay at the Palms of Destin and get away this Labor day weekend to bid farewell to summer in style!