Top 6 Things to Do For Your Thanksgiving on the Emerald Coast

Ah, Turkey Day—it’s a time of year filled with friends, family, food, and fun. This year, why not try something different with your loved ones? Ditch the cold this fall and experience a Thanksgiving on the Emerald Coast of Florida! Here, the weather is mild, the beaches are beautiful, and time seems to slow down. 

Below, we’ve compiled all of our favorite things to do near Destin during the holiday. For a complete list of everything that makes our area so special during any time of year, be sure to claim your complimentary 30A and Destin Vacation Guide


Best Things to Do for Thanksgiving on the Emerald Coast

1. Start Your Day With a Race

Save your spot in the annual 30A 10K, 5K, and 1 Mile Fun Run. The event is directed by the Cultural Arts Alliance and raises money for charities in Bay, Walton, and Okaloosa counties. The Thanksgiving Day run is noted as one of the top races in America by Southern Living Magazine and Active. Tickets sell out each year, so be sure to snag yours today! 

2. Indulge in a Delicious Dinner

Whether you prefer to create a culinary masterpiece on your own, utilize the talents of a private chef, or dine out on Thanksgiving Day, you’ll find that your holiday dinner is a cinch when you stay in Destin! There are countless Destin and 30A restaurants perfect for serving incredible, festive dinners. 

Looking for a home-cooked meal without the stress of actually cooking? Let us arrange your private chef in 30A! Every Your Friend at the Beach vacation rental comes with the option of adding Concierge Services. Utilizing our private chef (or grocery service) is the perfect way to sit back, relax, and enjoy an artisan meal with your family without the stress of cooking, serving, and cleaning.

3. Build a Beach Bonfirebeach bonfire

In addition to swimming, sunning, and simply relaxing, did you know that 30A beach bonfires are a fantastic way to enjoy our scenic white-sand shore? There’s no better time to gather around a warm fire with your loved ones than the holiday season. If you’re staying in a Your Friend at the Beach vacation rental, you’re in luck! Add our exclusive Beach Bonfire package to your stay. As a part of this bundle, you’ll receive access to:

  • A 2-hour bonfire on the beach
  • 10 beach chairs for your group
  • One table for entertaining
  • Tiki torches to light your path
  • Music via an iPod

4. Enjoy an Unforgettable Black Friday

If you have a shopaholic in the family, you’ll find that Destin is a fantastic place to do some Black Friday shopping! As opposed to the hustle and bustle typically associated with Black Friday, Destin’s local shops provide a more laid-back and approachable take on the retail industry’s biggest day of the year.

If you’re searching for brand-name deals, check out Silver Sands Factory Stores. The outlets open at midnight after Thanksgiving allowing the early birds to get a jump on their Christmas shopping. Keep in mind—the earlier you arrive, the better the deals!

5. Go for a Family Bike Ride

Another fantastic way to spend time together during the holiday season in Destin is to check out one of the best 30A bike trails! Our region is packed with scenic, winding bike trails past 30A dune lakes, through quaint beach communities, and underneath maritime forest canopies. Since our weather is beautiful year-round, the holidays are a perfect time to embark on a two-wheeled adventure. 


6. Stay with Your Friends At the Beach For Your Thanksgiving on the Emerald Coast

Adagio C205Whether you’re celebrating with a few family members or traveling to the Emerald Coast with the entire crew, a Your Friend at the Beach vacation rental is the best lodging choice you can make this Thanksgiving. 

Our Villa Coyaba condos are located in Destin’s Crystal Beach area, which is an incredible, family-oriented place to spend the holidays. These luxurious, spacious properties are not only close to everything Destin has to offer, but also ideal for hosting holiday dinners! You’ll love your Villa Coyaba condo’s fully stocked kitchen packed with everything you need to create a culinary masterpiece. In fact, all of our Gulf-front condos feature spacious, gourmet kitchens and countless more premium amenities found nowhere else. Browse them today and start planning your Thanksgiving on the Emerald Coast!