Are you thinking about visiting The Village of Baytowne Wharf with your family?
There are so many fun places to visit in Destin, but The Village of Baytowne Wharf is one of my family’s favorites!
This kid friendly area offers restaurants, shops, activities, and entertainment.
Because guests can choose from so many diverse experiences, Baytowne Wharf is a great place to spend time with family members of all ages!
In this post, I will review The Village and discuss why it’s a must-visit attraction when you’re in the Sandestin area!
Where Is Baytowne Wharf Located?
If you are looking for directions to The Village of Baytowne Wharf, know that it is part of the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.
This absolutely beautiful resort area is home to many hotels, condos, restaurants, activities, and much more!
Plus, it boasts a gorgeous beach with clear water and white sand! Miramar Beach really is one of the most amazing beaches in the world…and it’s super kid friendly!
The Village of Baytowne Wharf is located on the opposite side of the Sandestin Resort area from the beach. Baytowne Wharf sits on Choctawhatchee Bay and provides its own great views of the water.
When you enter the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort (on the bay side), you will see plenty of signs with directions pointing you to The Village.
If you are looking for beach access from Baytowne Wharf, you would have to drive to the other side of the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort area.
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If you are driving your own vehicle to Baytowne Wharf, you will find plenty of parking spots available.
The Village is connected to a large parking garage that is an easy walk to the main entrance of Baytowne Wharf. They will also open off-site lots during busy times of the year. When this happens, you will find a shuttle to take you from this off-site lot to the main entrance of The Village.
Parking is free unless you choose to utilize the valet services.
Before heading to the Emerald Coast for vacation, I always check the local events scheduled during our planned trip. Most of the beach communities along the Emerald Coast (including Seaside, FL) offer all sorts of special events throughout the year.
This is especially true if you are traveling over a holiday or even during the peak summer season. The Village of Baytowne Wharf hosts many events throughout the year:
Sandestin hosts an annual Gumbo Festival at Baytowne Wharf each February. Here, you will find family friendly activities, live entertainment, and lots of delicious gumbo!
This festival typically takes place over a weekend in mid-February.
Baytowne on Ice occurs annually at The Village, and it usually takes place from the end of October through January. You would want to check the actual even calendar for specific dates and hours.
Visits with Santa
If you are visiting Baytowne Wharf during the holiday season, you can enjoy visits with Santa during the Wednesday night concert series.
In addition to this family friendly photo op, Wednesday nights during December also include a light show that is sure to get everyone in the Christmas spirit!
New Year’s Eve
On December 31 of each year, Baytowne Wharf is the place to be to ring in the new year!
Complete with live music, kids’ activities, and fireworks, this annual event is a family favorite for so many reasons!
Trick or Treat
Spend your Halloween evening at The Village for lots of kid friendly fun!
Baytowne Wharf offers costume contests, live DJ, arts and crafts, and fireworks each Halloween.
Your kids will love strolling through the shops and restaurants to trick or treat as they enjoy all of the live entertainment and activities.
The Village of Baytowne Wharf hosts a beer festival each year during October. Visitors can sample specialty beers from around the country.
Parents can stroll through The Village enjoying their beverages while the kids get to experience kid friendly activities!
4th of July
Each year on Independence Day, Baytowne Wharf goes all out with Fourth of July entertainment.
Guests can enjoy live music, amazing food, fun activities, and lots of fireworks! It’s a great way to spend the holiday with your family!
Things to Do
Depending on the time of year you visit, Baytowne Wharf provides tons of kid friendly activities and entertainment options.
Some of the special activities that The Village offers throughout the year are as follows:
- family movie night
- magic show
- water flight show
Many of these nightly entertainment options take place on the stage in the center of Baytowne Wharf.
There is a large lawn in front of the stage where visitors can sit to watch the nightly entertainment.
At times when the stage isn’t being used, this lawn is a great place for little ones to run and play!
As you walk around, you will find so many things to do at The Village.
Some of the family friendly fun offered in the Adventure Zone is:
- zip line
- ropes course
- tower climb
On our last trip to The Village, you could find a ticket stand to purchase your tickets for the activity you wanted to try.
The prices were really reasonable and there seemed to be activities that appealed to toddlers and teenagers alike.
Even if you don’t choose to participate in these adventurous activities, it’s super fun to watch others take on the challenge!
If you have smaller kids who are too small to take part in some of the Adventure Zone activities, Baytowne Wharf offers other fun options!
On my family’s most recent visit, we found numerous carnival style games that my two little ones could enjoy. There is also a carousel that your kiddos can ride.
The playground pictured above is another example of a toddler friendly feature of The Village. My kids both exhausted themselves running, climbing, and sliding in this super cute, fenced in area.
The Village of Baytowne Wharf even has you covered if the weather isn’t cooperating. This arcade is full of fun games for kids (and adults) and is a great option during rainy weather.
Overall, there are so many different things to do that it might be difficult to fit them all in to one evening.
This is why we often visit Baytowne Wharf on more than one occasion during our trip!
Restaurants and Bars
If you are searching for places to eat or even a good Happy Hour deal, you will find that there isn’t a shortage of restaurants or bars at The Village of Baytowne Wharf.
Whether you are in the mood for oysters, pizza, or burgers, the dining options at Baytowne Wharf have you covered.
Some of the popular dining options you will find at Baytowne Wharf include:
- Another Broken Egg Cafe- serves breakfast ALL DAY
- Cannery Lane Cantina- Mexican/Caribbean style food
- Fat Tuesday Daiquiri Bar- frozen adult beverages
- Hartell’s Village Diner- 50’s style diner with full menu
- Marlin Grill- upscale dining specializing in steak and seafood
- Poppy’s Crazy Lobster- offering seafood and amazing water views
- Roberto’s Pizzeria and Sports Bar- pizza/Italian food
- Slick Lips Seafood and Oyster House- seafood and oysters
- Village Door Dockside Restaurant- Bar-B-Que/seafood with great views
- Hammerhead’s Bar and Grille- outdoor seating/pet friendly/live music
- Rum Runners- dueling piano bar with restaurant (Kids are welcome until 9:00 PM)
In addition to options for sit down meals, The Village also offers several options for dessert.
- Candymaker- Watch candy being made right in front of you.
- Moo La-la Ice Cream and Desserts- ice cream/chocolates/pastries
- Seaside Sweeteries- gelato/espresso
- Tony Larue’s- cotton candy/popcorn/snacks
If your kids are anything like mine, they love getting a sweet treat after dinner, especially in the form of ice cream or gelato.
The good news is they can burn off the sugar by trying out some of the fun activities you will find at The Village of Baytowne Wharf!
While visiting The Village of Baytowne Wharf, we love to stroll around the quaint paths. The walkways are all stroller friendly, which is nice if you have little ones with you.
Some of the stores and boutiques you will find at Baytowne Wharf include:
- Barefoot Princess- features Lilly Pulitzer
- Coconut Kids- children’s boutique with clothing and toys
- Dolls and Friends- American Girl type dolls and accessories
- Gemesis Expressions- specialty shop with great gifts
- Sandestin Clothing Company- beach apparel
There are often vendors set up along the paths where you can purchase drinks (including adult beverages) and snacks to enjoy as you stroll around.
Final Thoughts on The Village of Baytowne Wharf
Whenever we are in the Miramar Beach area with kids, The Village of Baytowne Wharf is a must-do for us.
I love the atmosphere and adorable shops that they have. My kids could spend hours on all of the children’s activities offered.
To read about more destinations that are fun for the whole family, click here to see my post on Grand Boulevard Towncenter in Sandestin.
What is your favorite part of The Village of Baytowne Wharf in Sandestin?
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