As you enjoy all that your Destin vacation home has to offer, be sure to visit the city's fine art and cultural offerings as well. Destin is a city located in Okaloosa County, Florida; and people come to the area to enjoy activities such as fishing, swimming, sun bathing and boating. Since it offers so many fun activities, Destin is a popular vacation spot.
Destin History and Fishing Museum
Since the city's nickname is "The World's Luckiest Fishing Village," the Destin History and Fishing Museum is dedicated to preserving and showcasing why Destin has that name. The museum has a large collection of antique fishing rods and reels; this collection includes a bamboo reel that belonged to Ernest Hemingway. Also on exhibition is the Primose, which is the oldest seine fishing boat in existence. A 100-foot wall lined with examples of fish caught in Destin is on display. The museum also dedicates many of its exhibitions to Destin's history. One exhibit showcases what Destin life was like before the arrival of electricity. Senior, military and children's discounts are available. Children six and under have free admissions. A visit to this museum would be a nice day trip from your Destin vacation rental.
The Abreu Fine Art and the Northwest Florida Ballet
The Abreu Fine Art Gallery is the largest art gallery on Florida's Emerald Coast. The gallery permanently display's the art work of 40 national and international artists. This art work includes paintings, drawings, videos and short films. All of the artists are critically acclaimed and all of the art work is contemporary.
The Northwest Florida Ballet is 12 miles east of Destin in Fort Walton Beach. The NFB moved to its current location in 2002 and has been in existence since 1969. Each season begins in November and ends in March of the following year. Though the ballet performances change season to season, the NFB always performs "The Nutcracker" every Christmas season. Individual performance tickets as well as season tickets are available.
Air Force Armament Museum
Also in Fort Walton Beach is the Air Force Armament Museum. As its name suggests, this museum is dedicated to the role of the U.S. Air Force in all of the country's wars. The exhibits are divided by time periods and wars. The museum has exhibits dedicated to the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Gulf war as well as the role of the Air Force in general. Other exhibits include full-sized aircraft, bombs, missiles, rockets, guns and other types of armament. The museum is open daily, except for federal holidays, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free.
Indian Temple Mound Museum
The Indian Temple Mound Museum is another cultural offering found in Fort Walton Beach. With a 20,000-piece exhibit, the museum has the largest collection of Southeastern Indian ceramics in the United States. All of the ceramic pieces in this collection were found within a 40-mile radius of downtown Fort Walton Beach. Another exhibit is a temple mound that was once used by Southeastern Native Americans and is located outdoors on the museum's grounds. This mound was used during religious and political ceremonies. The museum charges a small admissions fee; it is open daily.
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