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“A must visit for a first time visitor to Destin”

Destin History & Fishing Museum
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Ninety Minute Destin Segway Tour
Ranked #18 of 69 things to do in Destin
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Owner description: Experience the historic and educational exhibits detailing early Destin life from the 1830s. Witness the birth and evolution of a fishing industry that has become the heritage of the "World's Luckiest Fishing Village". View over 60 mounts of fish caught by anglers in Destin waters and learn about local fish and fishing. See the restored "Primrose", Destin's last seine boat and the original first post office building that served the early pioneers.
Pittsburgh, PA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“A must visit for a first time visitor to Destin”
Reviewed 6 April 2011

This is a small museum but packed with information about the history of Destin and the fishing industry there.
There is a large display of the local fish - all stuffed and mounted behind glass. Very informative to see the actual size of some of these fish!

Lots of photos and info about sport fishing and fishing contests - some still ongoing, some no longer in existence, such as a shark fishing contest that was discotinued due to concerns of extinction.

The museum personell were friendly and so informative. Answered all of our questions, including "Why are there no shells on the beaches here?" You'll have to visit the museum to find the answer to that question!

I would say allow a minimum of one hour here. We spent 1 1/2 hours. Not interactive for children. Lots of reading required.

Visited March 2011
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English first
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Enjoyed this little gem”
Reviewed 12 July 2008

Very informative overview of Destin's history with lots of interesting artifacts, pictures and articles about Destin and the surrounding area. The curator was very friendly and informed. Very glad we visited this little gem of a museum.

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Apple Valley, MN
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Hidden Treasure worth the trip”
Reviewed 20 May 2008

05/16/2008 -It was a rainy morning and I thought the perfect type of weather to visit a museum in. There was a tour group there. I followed along with the group and was treated to a guided tour. I heard tales of the early net fishermen and the history of the area which dated back to pre-historic times. There was a nice Native American point collection. I learned that before electricity and therfore no ice, the fishermen built pens to keep their fish fresh until they caught enough to fill a schooner to sail to Pensacola and sell. There was an exhibit depicting an early 1900’s kitchen where I learned the locals made mops from palmettos. They would strip the palmettos with a fork to make them soft and they scrubbed the floors with them. This and the wash boards along with the wood stove and oil lamps made me appreciate electricity and my swiffer sweeper. This trip to the museum was refreshing and educational. It is hard to leave the beautiful beaches in Destin but I don't think you should wait until a rainy day to tour this museum. -Jane J.N.

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