Located in northwestern Florida on the Panhandle and Gulf of Mexico, Miramar Beach offers dreamy white sand beaches and warm, clear waters. This vacation destination is sure to keep every member of your family happy for a long weekend or extended trip. Frolic on the beach, go shopping and dining, and kayak on the water. Easily find affordable and upscale Miramar Beach vacation rentals along the scenic coast, and book a stay today. Here’s a quick look at the top 12 things to do with your kids in Miramar Beach.

1. Buccaneer Pirate Cruise

Ahoy matey! Schedule a trip out on the sea with Buccaneer Pirate Cruise. Choose a day or night cruise, and enjoy watching your little ones cheer on their favorite pirates during the entertaining sword fights. You can also take part in the water gun fight. In addition to the battles, there’s singing and dancing on the ship. You can also listen to stories about the legend and lore of pirates in the area.

2. Paddling

Miramar Beach sits on one Florida’s barrier islands, so there’s a sound on one side and the Gulf of Mexico on the other. This makes paddling on the water easy, regardless of your skill level. Bring your kayaks or paddle boards from home, and store them in your vacation rental’s garage. You can also rent paddling equipment from La Dolce Vita or another local outfitter. Paddle along Choctawhatchee Bay’s coastline for calm waters and beautiful scenery.

3. Sandcastle Lessons

Have you always wondered how stunning sand castles and sand figurines are made? Experts from Beach Sand Sculptures can come to the beach and spend two hours teaching your family how to build items with sand. This group shows up with all the tools necessary to build a 3.5-foot-tall sand sculpture. Learn all the tricks and tips necessary to make a real masterpiece.

4. Big Kahuna’s Water & Adventure Park

Take the kids to Big Kahuna’s Water & Adventure Park to enjoy water slides and other water rides. This park offers more than 40 water attractions, including a dedicated area for your tiny tots. Monkey River gives your adventurers a wild ride, while the Cobra Twister offers just the right amount of fun for less adventurous family members by dumping them into the lazy river.

5. Biking

Enjoy the gorgeous year-round weather in Miramar Beach by renting bikes and exploring the town. Coastal Cruisers rents bicycles and small scooters by the day, so you can keep these rentals for the length of your stay. When you get tired, stop at one of the locally-owned restaurants or cafes for a snack or lunch. In town, you can lock up the bikes and check out the eclectic assortment of shops to find great souvenirs.

6. Mini Golf

Enjoy a little friendly family competition with a few games of mini golf. Throughout Miramar Beach, there are several places to play mini golf. Big Kahuna’s Water & Adventure Park has three separate mini golf courses, and each has its own tropical theme. After the winning shots, pack up the family and stop for ice cream at one of the many local shops.

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7. Charter a Boat

Several companies in the Miramar Beach area offer boat charters for a day of deep-sea fishing or an afternoon watching dolphins. Pack a picnic lunch before leaving your vacation rental, and hop aboard. If you’re visiting the area during the winter months, you might catch sight of the manatees that live in the area during this season. Your kids will love watching dolphins frolic in the surf.

8. Cubby Caboose Mini Express Train

HarborWalk Village is a downtown hot spot with abundant shopping and dining. While partaking in a little retail therapy, take your smaller children for a ride on the Cubby Caboose Mini Express Train. This train navigates the shopping area, and your kids will enjoy waving at all the shoppers they pass by.

9. Destin Helicopter Tours

See the Gulf’s Emerald Coast from an entirely new vantage point with Destin Helicopter Tours. Just a short drive from Miramar Beach, this company offers flights that last anywhere from 10 to 45 minutes, depending on how far you want to go. The 45-minute flight offers the best views of the Emerald Coast and beautifully shaded green waters.

10. Destin Snorkel

Let Destin Snorkel help you get up close and personal with the underwater world. Snorkeling experts take your family to a remote coastal location, where you have access to the clearest water while snorkeling. Schedule a half-day tour, or spend an entire day away from your vacation rental. This company also offers sunset cruises and dolphin tours.

11. Destination Segway Tours

Hop in the car for the short drive to the Destin neighborhood, and enjoy an afternoon with Destination Segway Tours. Hop on one of the cool stand-up scooters, and navigate the area as a tour guide leads the way. After a brief demonstration on operating the Segway, you’ll get to see the original site of Destin and zoom through the HarborWalk area. Your guide shares local history throughout the tour.

12. Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park

Snorkel with stingrays and small sharks at the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park. This park lets children help with feeding the penguins and offers views of a variety of sea critters. Everyone in your family will enjoy watching a dolphin or sea lion jump through hoops during the scheduled show.

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