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If you’re spending the holidays on The Emerald Coast, you may be looking for something to do on Thanksgiving! Not to worry – We’ve got you covered! Check out our list of local restaurants that are open and serving a turkey day feast, as well as some fun activities to enjoy when you're in town!
Marina Café
Hours: 11am-7pm
Buffet-style Thanksgiving meal, reservations recommended!
The Henderson Resort
Hours: 11am-5pm
Thanksgiving Day Buffet Style Feast + To Go Options!
790 on the Gulf
Hours 11:30am – 5pm
Annual Thanksgiving Buffet
Solaris Lunch / Dinner Cruise
Hours: Lunch Cruise 12-2:30pm & Dinner Cruise 6-8:30pm
Reservations are required for each cruise!
Harbor Docks
Hours: 11am-7pm
Annual Thanksgiving Buffet, to go only. No Charge, but donations are accepted for a good cause.
Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Hours: 11am-3pm & 5pm-9pm
Special Thanksgiving menu along with their regular menu
Hours: 11am-3pm & 5pm-9pm
Special Thanksgiving menu 

Local Activities 

If you are looking for fun, local activities to enjoy during your Thanksgiving Break, we have you covered! The Fall weather is still beautiful and sunny in the Destin area, and there are far fewer crowds, making for a fantastic twist on a traditional holiday break!

Hit the Beach!

The gulf does get a bit colder in the Fall and Winter months, however, you can certainly enjoy the beach still! The beach is always a great way to enjoy your vacation, whether you want to lay out and catch some sun, go for a stroll, or catch a sunset! 

Enjoy a Pool Day

Nearly all of our rentals at Compass Resorts offer seasonally-heated swimming pools and hot tubs as an amenity! A heated pool or hot tub is just the trick for those who want to enjoy the Florida sunshine and make a splash in warmer water!

Dolphin Cruise- Southern Star

A great activity that you can still enjoy during the off-season months is a dolphin cruise! The Southern Star is an 80-foot narrated cruise that accommodates up to 149 passengers.  The cruise ship is equipped with two restrooms, a climate-controlled galley, a covered upper deck, and snacks available for purchase! This is a fantastic way to spend a few hours out on the water, getting educated, and spotting all of the adorable dolphins in their natural habitat! For more information, check out their website!

HarborWalk Village

The Destin Harbor offers exciting events, festivals, and activities all year long! This is a great place to do some shopping, enjoy local restaurants, hop on a dolphin cruise, catch some live music, and so much more! For additional information on upcoming events and more, check out their website!

Baytowne on Ice

Dust off those skates and get in the winter spirit at The Village of Baytowne Wharf's Baytowne on Ice. For those visitors who miss the cold and ice, our seasonal ice rink is the perfect opportunity to share some of your favorite holiday traditions. The ice rink is open from October 31st-February 6th. Hours vary daily.