Summer Fun at Destin Commons

June 27, 2016 by Audrey Johnson

Destin Commons is the place to see and be seen. The lifestyle center has been serving our community for over 10 years, and it's only growing in size and reputation. That’s why we put together a Summer Fun guide to fill you in on what’s new and notable at the Commons, as the locals call it. So whether it’s girl’s night, date night, or family night, you’ll find a little fun for everyone.

Date Nite

Destin Commons is a fun place to bring your honey should you get a night out on the town. Catch the latest flick at AMC Theater and remember to swing by It’s Sugar first to sneak in a bag of your favorite candy.

Craft beer tavern World of Beer is the place for pints, bites and live music with 50 craft beers on tap and over 500 in the cooler. And you can drink, bowl and dine at Uncle Bucks Fishbowl.

Kids Club

Summertime brings little people in swim trunks and bathing suits to the pop up fountain at Destin Commons in search of respite from the heat. If you forget your swim trunks, pop into locally owned children’s boutique Pink n Blue Avenue right next to the playground. They also carry unique toys and adorable clothes.

Little ones love bringing a friend to life at Build-A-Bear Workshop, then heading over to Kilwin’s for some ice cream. Top off your day with a ride on the colorful miniature train down South Street and Center Plaza. All aboard!

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Let’s face it. Malls were built for girls. And Destin Commons caters to women like no other lifestyle center in our area. If the words Sephora, MAC and Aldo mean anything to you, then you’ve come to the right place.

Get pampered at Aveda Avantgarde Salon. Shop local at boutiques like Destin Stars and Blu Spero. Visit national brands you love, or shop beauty and fashion in one stop at places like Luxe Apothetique and Belk.

Get Outdoors

Whether you’re prepping for a backpacking trip through Europe or a day at the beach, Destin Commons has the gear you need. Everything but Water and Swim-n-Sport are up to their gills in swimwear for ladies. And Maui Nix has everything you need to get out on the water, with a wide selection of surf boards, surf accessories and apparel.

Pick up hunting, camping and fishing gear at Bass Pro Shops. Selections range from pocket knives to a 28 ft. offshore fishing boat. And get the rest of your camping and hiking gear at Trailside Outfitter.

Feeding Frenzy

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ve likely heard Whole Foods is open at the Commons. And if you’ve already paid a visit, then you know you can grab beach-ready food to go, brick oven pizza, a growler of beer, or just sit and enjoy a bite at the café.

Zoe’s Kitchen is another healthy eating option the whole family is sure to love, and their chicken kabobs are delish. If you’re into juicing and superfoods, swing by locally owned Formula Fresh for guilt-free snacks and drinks.

Williams Sonoma has every gadget, cookbook and specialty item you could ever need in your kitchen. While The Spice and Tea Exchange carries more fine spices, seasonings, loose-leaf teas and accessories than you’ll find anywhere, all in one place.

Destin Commons is located on Legendary Drive, at the intersection of Hwy. 98 and Mid Bay Bridge Road. The open air lifestyle center currently offers 90+ stores and restaurants with something for everyone. Enjoy events year round, like the annual Smoke on the Coast BBQ and Fireworks Festival that happens every Fourth of July weekend.

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Special Event! Sunday July 3 - Smoke On The Coast

Kick off the Fourth of July holiday weekend at the 6th Annual Smoke on the Coast BBQ and Fireworks Festival on Sunday, July 3 at 6 pm. Twenty area restaurants and BBQ aficionados will light up their grills to prepare their best dishes. For $1 per sampling, you get to vote for People’s Choice winners with proceeds benefiting local charities.

Starting at 5 pm, take in the live entertainment from local favorites Heritage and Continuum.

Enjoy festive street performers, and kid’s activities.  BBQ sampling is from 6-8 pm. Be sure to cast your votes for $1 per BBQ sample to benefit Building Homes for Heroes, Children in Crisis and Food For Thought. The event will conclude at 9:15 with the best Independence Day firework extravaganza on the Emerald Coast.  


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Upon realizing that life is too short not to follow her dreams, Audrey moved to the beach and became a writer. SoWal’s pristine beaches inspire her to explore further, look deeper, and do better.

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