It’s no secret, that Destin, Florida is known for its world-class deep-sea fishing. The Historic Destin Harbor hosts the country’s largest charter fishing fleet, which is truly a sight-to-see as they navigate the East Pass at daybreak heading out to the Gulf of Mexico each morning. The Harbor and Harborwalk Village serve as the main attraction for just about any trip to Destin but it wasn’t always the exciting family-favorite leisure spot that it is today. While down at the harbor, be sure to skip across the road to the Destin Fishing Museum for a fascinating tour detailing the town’s rich history and the story of how the harbor, and Destin itself, came to be!
Upon arrival, there’s no missing the historic “Primrose” fishing boat. This fully restored, 36-foot seine boat was built in 1925 and was part of Destin’s original fishing fleet! As you enter the museum, you’ll find hands-on activities for the little ones as well as an up-close look at a mounted bull shark! As your guide walks you through the museum you’ll be guided through the history of Destin from start to finish. Whether regaling tales of President John F. Kennedy’s visit to our sandy shores or telling the story of how Ernest Hemingway’s fishing rod came to rest in Destin, this tour is packed with fun stories and facts that would otherwise be lost to the ages. You’ll see historic photos of some of Destin’s record-breaking catches, including many pictures from the Destin Fishing Rodeo! Hosted each October, This 31-day fishing tournament offers events for kids like the free movie nights on the outdoor big screen at AJ’s - Destin’s most well-known harbor front restaurant, as well as Halloween festivities! Each night of the rodeo there are weigh-ins to determine who caught the biggest fish and will be awarded the daily, weekly, and monthly prizes! All of these records are kept and celebrated right at the Destin Fishing Museum! So if you partake in a private charter fishing tour during the month of October, you just might end up in a museum exhibit! Need a charter contact? Visit Radiant Resort Properties Resources and book with our business partner, Kitchen Pass.
Conveniently located just north of Destin Harbor, on Stahlman Avenue, The Destin Fishing Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. Adult admission is $5, and children aged 7 through college (their words, not mine!) pay $3 for entry. Children 6 years old and under are free. The whole tour takes about 45 minutes and the knowledgeable guides are happy to answer any questions you and your party may have. Next time you and your family visit Destin’s sugar white beaches and emerald green waters, be sure to stop by the Destin Fishing Museum and find out how this town millions have come to know and love came to be!
For more information on the Historic Destin Fishing Museum head over to www.destinhistoryandfishingmuseum.org