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Henderson Beach State Park

Escape the hustle and bustle of Destin, while retaining all the conveniences of its close proximity, at this scenic state park on the Gulf of Mexico.

The first thing you notice at Henderson Beach State Park is its sand. Stretching for 6,000 feet (1,800 meters) along the Gulf of Mexico, the shoreline looks like it has been covered with tons of pure white sugar. Spend a relaxing day on the beach or explore the park’s winding nature trails.

From the parking lot, follow the boardwalk over the dune to the beach. Spread out your beach towel and enjoy the soft sand and warm Florida sun. Go for a swim in the sparkling blue-green water, which remains temperate throughout the year.

Cast your fishing line in the water for flounder, catfish, pompano and more. Stop at the convenience store at the edge of the park to purchase bait and tackle.

Take a break from the sun in one of the park’s six pavilions. Grill outdoors or pack a picnic lunch. Freshen up in the bathhouse, which has restrooms and showers. Children gravitate toward the beachside playground.

Walk along the park’s nature trail. At less than 1 mile (1.2 kilometers) long, it is manageable for people of most fitness levels. Examine the unique dune ecosystem along the shore.

Watch for the varied wildlife in the area. Bring binoculars to see all the beach’s birds, from pelicans to plovers. Watch dolphins diving offshore and turtles swimming in the surf. Walk among scrub oaks, dune rosemary and sand pines.

If you want to stay for more than a day on the beach, reserve a campsite. Choose from 60 sites, ranging from tent areas to RV spots with water and electric hookups.

The admission fee to the park varies depending on your mode of transportation. The beach is wheelchair accessible. Bring your dog on the trails, but keep them leashed at all times. Pets are not allowed on the beach or at the playground.

Visit Henderson Beach State Park any day of the year. Stay until dusk or overnight if you have reserved a campsite. The town of Destin is less than 20 minutes away by car.


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SummerPlace Inn Destin $178
SummerPlace Inn Destin

SummerPlace Inn Destin

14047 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin, FL
     
    2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in the heart of Destin, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of The Track Family Recreation Center and Big Kahuna's Water and Adventure Park. Destin Harbor Boardwalk and Henderson Beach State Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

    Home2 Suites By Hilton Destin $174
    Home2 Suites By Hilton Destin

    Home2 Suites By Hilton Destin

    14060 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin, FL
       
      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated by the ocean, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Morgan Sports Center and Henderson Beach State Park. Big Kahuna's Water and Adventure Park and Destin Commons are also within 3 mi (5 km).

      Best Western Sugar Sands Inn & Suites $155
      Best Western Sugar Sands Inn & Suites

      Best Western Sugar Sands Inn & Suites

      4415 Commons Dr E, Destin, FL
         
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Crystal Sands Beach and Destin Commons. Henderson Beach State Park and Big Kahuna's Water and Adventure Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

        Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Destin $189
        Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Destin

        Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Destin

        19001 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin, FL
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in the heart of Destin, this golf hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Gator Beach and Henderson Beach State Park. Destin Commons and Big Kahuna's Water and Adventure Park are also within 2 mi (3 km).

          The Henderson, a Salamander Beach & Spa Resort $349
          The Henderson, a Salamander Beach & Spa Resort

          The Henderson, a Salamander Beach & Spa Resort

          200 Henderson Resort Way, Destin, FL
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            This family-friendly Destin resort is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Crystal Sands Beach and Destin Commons. Henderson Beach State Park and Big Kahuna's Water and Adventure Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

            Hampton Inn & Suites Destin $164
            Hampton Inn & Suites Destin

            Hampton Inn & Suites Destin

            1625 Hwy 98 East, Destin, FL
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in the heart of Destin, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Big Kahuna's Water and Adventure Park and within 3 mi (5 km) of Henderson Beach State Park and Destin Harbor Boardwalk. HarborWalk Village and Destin Commons are also within 6 mi (10 km).

              Condo, 6 Bedrooms, 6Baths, Sleeps 6
              Condo, 6 Bedrooms, 6Baths, Sleeps 6

              Condo, 6 Bedrooms, 6Baths, Sleeps 6

              Destin, Florida
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Destin, this condo building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Gator Beach and Henderson Beach State Park. Big Kahuna's Water and Adventure Park and Destin Commons are also within 2 mi (3 km).

                Days Inn by Wyndham Destin $90
                Days Inn by Wyndham Destin

                Days Inn by Wyndham Destin

                1029 Highway 98 East, Hwy 98 And Airport Road, Destin, FL
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of The Track Family Recreation Center and Big Kahuna's Water and Adventure Park. Destin Harbor Boardwalk and Henderson Beach State Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).