Destin Family Resorts

by Mary Freeman

Destin is a tourist destination and city on the Emerald Coast in Florida. It is known for stark-white beahes, green waters and fishing opportunities, as well as shopping and dining. These attractions are showcased in the many resorts in Destin, as many of them are beach-front and centrally located. However, not all resorts in Destin are family-friendly, so if you are traveling with children and a spouse, research carefully before booking with a resort.

Pelican Beach Resort & Conference Center

The Pelican Beach Resort is home to more than 100 rooms of 19 stories. Swimming pools of the indoor, outdoor and kiddie variety are all located in the resort. Two tennis courts sit atop the parking garage. For younger members of the family is the PlayZone, which provides babysitting and child-oriented activities, including crafts and sandcastle building. A video game room is open on the ground floor all day. The Beachside Tiki Bar and Cha's Market Cafe serve food and drinks every day to guests of the resort.

The Palms of Destin Resort

The Palms of Destin Resort is made up of one-, two- and three-bedroom units, each with full kitchens, baths, balconies and flat-screen TVs. Although the resort is not within easy walking distance to the beach, shuttle buses take guests to the coast daily, and Destin's shopping and dining areas are close by. The resort is home to a large lagoon pool, heated pool and a kid's pool area -- complete with dancing waters and waterfalls -- and a hot tub. A large playground is located on the grounds of the hotel to entertain toddlers.

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort

The Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is essentially a small city, with more than 1,600 forms of accommodation in 2,400 acres. The resort is located in Emerald Bay, eight miles from Destin. More than seven miles of beach line the resort, and it is home to 19 swimming pools and 15 tennis courts. The resort accommodates small children with supervised child activities, junior golf, sailing and tennis lessons, and junior play areas. Four member-only golf courses punctuate the resort, as do a day spa and salon, fitness center and shopping areas.

Silver Shells Beach Resort and Spa

Located directly on the Destin beachfront, Silver Shells Beach Resort is 30 acres in area and is composed of villas, condos and penthouses, each with full kitchens, private balconies, and washers and dryers. The resort organizes water sports, including riding wave runners, sailing and parasailing. A kid's pool, waterfall pool and indoor pool are located within the resort's grounds. Tennis and basketball courts, as well as equipment, are made available to all guests. A spa, fitness center and steakhouse are other amenities offered at Silver Shells Resort.

About the Author

Mary Freeman is a freelance writer. She has held several editorial positions at the print publication, "The Otter Realm." She traveled throughout Europe, which ultimately resulted in an impromptu move to London, where she stayed for eight months. This life experience inspired her to pursue travel writing. Freeman received a degree in human communication from California State University.