Our museum is a 501 C3 Non-Profit run by a Board of Directors. Since our founding in 2005 the museum has preserved and taught our city’s history. The museum features the history of the early pioneers from the 1830s and the history of the fishing industry from seine boats to the boats that you see in the Destin Harbor today.
We’ve Got Something for Everyone
The Destin Fishing Rodeo exhibit focuses on telling the story of how the Rodeo got started and what it means to the Destin community today. The Rodeo is one of the longest running fishing tournaments in the US. Anglers travel from all over the world to compete in the Rodeo. The tournament is a multi-species, 31-day event held annually the month of October.
Diving in Destin
Our newest exhibit focuses on the history of Diving in Destin. The first divers moved to Destin in the 1950’s. Since then diving, snorkeling, and scuba have become popular pastimes in Destin, for not only tourist but locals as well.
Mike Long Memorial Fish Wall
The museum is home to over 100 fish mounts. Every fish in the museum was caught in Destin waters. Several of these mounts are displayed on our fish wall. The wall also displays the Destin peninsula and the depths of water surrounding it.The mural helps explain why Destin is the closest port in the panhandle to every depth of fishable water for all Gulf of Mexico species.
Destin History & Fishing Museum is full of fun and exciting events for visitors of all types.
37th Annual Destin Boat Parade
December 10, 2023
Holiday on the Harbor Boat Parade. Free to attend as a viewer.
Public viewing from docks and restaurants between Harbor Docks and HarborWalk Village.
Fireworks finale at end of parade sponsored by HarborWalk Village.