Upcoming Events


Meet our local wildlife and enjoy the scenic views of the bayou on an interpretive guided tour with Park Ranger Bruce & friends.
Kayaks, life vests and paddles will be provided for a fee of $25 per person. Bring your own kayak and join in on the fun for only $5! Pre-registration is required. To pre-register, visit https://checkout.square.site/merchant/9PSKJSKBMD1TD/checkout/ZWGVAIZNOSJ7J5Q75YPSDOPL
This beginner-level tour will last 2 hours and is open to anyone 10 or older. Children 10 to 17 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Registrants must arrive 10 minutes early and meet at the kayak area, which is located in the day use area.
Located at: 4281 State Road 20, Niceville, FL 32578 | (850) 833-9144
Park Entrance Fee Separate | $5 Per Vehicle (up to 8 people)


Now in its 9th year, Paddle at the Park Sponsored by Destin ER, formerly known as Paddle at the Porch, will hit the beaches on Aug. 21, 2021. After a one-year absence, our annual standup paddle board race is back, and we have exciting news. The event is moving to Henderson Beach State Park and getting a name change – Paddle at the Park Sponsored by Destin ER! Formerly known as Paddle at the Porch, will be held on Aug. 21, 2021. It features 1- and 3-mile recreational races and a 6-mile elite race, to be followed by awards, food & fun! Also, we are welcoming two new categories in the 3-mile race: kayaks and inflatables. The event is open to the public, and it is being held in partnership with BOTE and Henderson Beach State Park.
Race Start Times:
9 a.m. – 3/6-mile races start
10:30 a.m. – 1-mile race starts
11 a.m. – kids’ fun race (for ages 12 & under only) starts
Awards for all races will begin directly after the last race.
Registration is open on Paddleguru.com
1-Mile Beginner – $35 until Aug. 20 / $45 on Aug. 21
3-Mile Recreational – $40 until Aug. 20 / $50 on Aug. 21
6-Mile Elite – $55 until Aug. 20 / $65 on Aug. 21
Kids’ Fun Race – $12 (This price does not include a race shirt.)
Racer Welcome Party & Gift Card Giveaway:
BOTE is welcoming racers with a party from 5 – 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 20, at the Destin headquarters, located at 383 Harbor Blvd. Catch up with racers old and new, and enjoy food, and cold BOTE beer from Destin Brewery. One lucky racer, participant or sponsor will win a $100 BOTE GIFT CARD! The giveaway will take place at the end of the event, and you must be present to win.
Race Packet Pickup:
Packets are available for pick up at the Destin Chamber, located at 4484 Legendary Drive, Suite A, in Destin, on Friday, Aug. 20, from 9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. They may be picked up the day of the race beginning at 7 a.m., at Henderson Beach State Park.
Email cassy@DestinChamber.com or call (850) 837-6241 for details.

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