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.
36th Annual Destin Boat Parade
Holiday on the Harbor Boat Parade
December 11th, 2022
- Entertainment along the Harbor
- 6 PM Lighted Boat Parade
- Judging from Margaritaville
- Public viewing from docks and restaurants west of Grand Harbor Condominiums
- Fireworks finale at end of parade sponsored by HarborWalk Village
Register your boat using the form below.
Haunted Historic Destin Tour
Oct 21, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Destin, Destin, FL 32541, USA
Spooky and Mostly True Ghost Stories told by the Destin History and Fishing Museum. This event includes a walking tour through Leonard Destin Park, Clement Taylor Park, and the Marler Cemetery.
Friday, Oct 21 5:30 – 6:30 PM
Sunday, Oct 23 5:30 – 6:30 PM