So to give you a little history about myself - I have 5 children - yes 5. So when it rains, and it does do that here, people first and foremost forget how to drive. The traffic will be insane, so plan on taking your time to get pretty much anywhere (including the secret locals back roads). The things we do when we are going a little stir crazy is not a huge list, but I hope it helps someone.
BOWLING! We have Bowling Alleys in Destin, the newest on is located at the Destin Commons and it is the nicer of the two - Uncle Bucks Fish Bowl and Grill it haas the fun atmosphere and if there is a wait, you can poke around the commons and shop. The other is Hurricane Lanes - it has been around for awhile and it does the trick. Lines are shorter and its probably cheaper if you have a crowd because they charge per person per game. Uncle Bucks charges per hour. Either way it is family fun.
INDOOR MINI GOLF! We go to Destin Laser Tag they have mini golf, an indoor arcade and laser tag. Lots of things to choose from and it is located right next door to...
FAT DADDY's!!! Fat Daddy's which is yet another arcade - family friendly, actually pretty decent pizza and it is inside!!!
BAYTOWN WHARF! If you are closer to Sandestin, Baytown is a great option, visit Baytown wharf for the most up to date activities, but there is yet another arcade PLUS shops and restaurants and during the summer there is always something fun happening. They do have parking but sometimes they make you catch a shuttle from the front gate, but it is worth the trip. Some of my favorite restaurants are located at Baytown, if it's just a drizzly day this is perfect year round!
SPA DAY! If you do not have little ones - we have some awesome spa's! Here are a few I recommend. Serenity by the Sea it is a full service salon, for both men and women (these all are) but it is a great atmosphere and why not you are on vacation. The other really nice spa is located at the Emerald Grande Spa this is perfect when it is raining because you can look out over the pass out to the gulf and watch the storms roll in.
MOVIES! Now with this said - everyone will be going, so my advice is to get your tickets online first! 2 theaters that I recommend are AMC DESTIN COMMONS 14 located at the Destin Commons or BOULEVARD -10 in Miramar Beach.
SHOPPING! Shopping with a caveat - all of our shopping is oout doors, but we have some great places to shop! The Commons, is a large retail venue and that is also where one of our movie theaters is and bowling alley and we also have Bass Pro which my boys love the aquarium! They can spend hours in Bass Pro - it is located on the opposite end of the mall of Uncle Bucks. Also Emerald Grand at Harborwalk Village which also has Starbucks, places to eat and fun places just for the kids like the fudgery (they sing when they make fudge) and the popcorn store! Going back towards 30A we have the Silver Sands Premium Outlets and that is pretty easy to stay in the underhangs and make it from shop to shop. We also have the shops at Grand Boulevard which has again places to eat, one of the movie theaters I mentioned movie, they also have a new Vineyard Vines. Lilly Pulitzer and Anthropologie. Then of course our quaint shopping along 30A The Merchants of Seaside and Watercolor!
These are just a few quick ideas - I will add to this list as we grow and as people suggest things, but hopefully if it rains, you can find some fun things to go besides the beach we have quite a bit going on especially during the summer!