Spring has sprung along the Florida Panhandle. Hints of warm air kiss our cheeks, and the water clarity of the Gulf is unreal. While many kiddos are still in school, this can be one of the best times to visit – to break away from your stresses back home and sneak in a quick beach trip.

Easter is fast-approaching and running a little late this year, falling on April 17, 2022. We’ve compiled (and will continue to update) all Easter weekend happenings and special dining options. Hope to see you hoppin’ around town soon!

Easter – the most important and oldest festival of the Christian Church, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ and held (in the Western Church) between March 21 and April 25, on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the northern spring equinox.

Easter holiday festivities

Great 30A Easter Race – Choose from one of the two 5K races (“Clean feet” vs. “Dirty feet”) or hop onto the bunny trail for the “Stinky feet” 10K run. All races will start and finish within the Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. With beach views, intertwined with majestic pines and dunes lake, you’re sure to love soaking in these views as you travel the courses. A portion of proceeds will go to Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. Saturday, April 16, 2022 at 7am CT

Run for Joy – Load up the family and your friends and head to Niceville for their 8th annual 5K run/walk benefitting the Ronal McDonald House. You’ll start and end at Church on Bayshore (where you can also find parking). A live band and Easter Egg hunt will follow the race. April 16, 2022 at 8:30am CT

Where to find the bunny

Baytowne Wharf – Bounce around inside the Sandestin® Resort for an Easter Explosion. This family-friendly fun-filled day offers face painting, arts & crafts, live music, and so much more! Keep your eyes peeled for a big white bunny rabbit, too! Saturday, April 16, 2022 from 12-3pm CT

HarborWalk Village – Hop on down to the Destin Harbor and enjoy your FREE 4×6 photo with the Easter bunny! There will be several kids’ activities and even a golden egg hunt! (Head’s up: There is a $10 parking fee to park on the harbor.) Sunday, April 17, 2022 from 2-4pm CT

Where to dine on Easter

Blue Mountain Bakery – Pre-order your Easter brunch/dinner, so you don’t have to lift a finger celebrating the holiday. There are so many options available – you have to check this out! All meals are precooked and packaged with easy-to-follow reheating instructions. Place your order in advance, and pick up on Saturday, April 16, 2022 between 9a-12p CT.

Solaris: Dinner Cruise – Come experience the only dinner cruise on the water in the area. The 125 foot Solaris yacht offers a relaxing three-course dinner that won’t disappoint. Adults $86/head | Children ages 3-10 $48/head | Infants 0-2 $25/head. April 17, 2022, cruising from 5-8pm CT.

“I still believe in Santa, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and true love. Don’t even try to tell me different.” 

— Dolly Parton

Family vacations are more important than ever. Load the kids up and check out these fun kid-friendly activities while you’re in town!

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