Getting Here

Emerald Coast Convention Center

1250 Miracle Strip Parkway SE

Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548

With four nearby airports and easy access to Interstate 10 and scenic U.S. highway 98, travelling to the Emerald Coast is a breeze. The centrally located Emerald Coast Convention Center makes a convenient point of arrival to navigate the rest of your trip.


These handy instructions will help you navigate a drive from nearby states or airports. Wherever you’re coming from, this information will get you where you’re going.

Mileage from Major Cities

Atlanta, GA - 368

Birmingham, AL - 265

Chicago, IL - 927

Cincinnati, OH - 731

Dallas, TX - 623

Indianapolis, IN - 742

Jackson, MS - 285

Little Rock, AR - 651

Louisville, KY - 628

Miami, FL - 651

Mobile, AL - 100

Montgomery, AL - 172

Montreal, Canada - 1,458

Nashville, TN - 453

New Orleans, LA - 248

New York, NY - 1,112

Orlando, FL - 422

St. Louis, MO - 801


The Emerald Coast Convention Center offers plenty of free parking once you’ve arrived. Covered and uncovered spaces are available, including 154 spots in a parking garage. Even better, shuttle service can be easily arranged to get you to your hotel.

Air Travel

The Emerald Coast is serviced by four nearby airports and several major airlines, assuring convenient access to the convention center and all the best beachside attractions.

  • Destin - Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) is a short drive from the Emerald Coast Convention Center.

  • Destin Airport (DTS) serves private and small charter aircraft and is only moments away.

  • Northwest Florida International Airport (ECP) is an hour’s drive to the east near Panama City.

  • Pensacola International Airport (PNS) is just an hour to the west.

Rental Cars

Emerald Coast is serviced by several major rental car providers. Make a reservation with any of these agencies to get where you’re going.


Whether you’re travelling to a convention center event with colleagues or family, there are many buses, shuttles, taxis, and limousines readily available. Book your rides to and from the airport and convention center as well as around the region to explore all Emerald Coast has to offer.

Where to Stay

Event attendees in need of places to stay in Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Okaloosa island will find a wide variety of accommodations options near the convention center. Choose from hotels, resorts, spacious condominiums and vacation homes with every amenity, was well as scenic campgrounds and RV parks.

What to Pack

Expect sunny skies and warm weather when packing for your conference, meeting or event at the Emerald Coast Convention Center. Even in the winter months of November through February, averages highs range in the mid-60's, with lows bottoming out in the 40's typically at night. So, pack a jacket for the evenings but expect pleasant days. The same can be said for early spring but by mid-April temperatures are in the high-70's during your days and mid-60's at night. The summer, which lasts through October around here, is hot! If you plan to step out and enjoy all the things to do in Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Okaloosa Island, pack shorts and light tops.

You will need a bathing suit year-round, as many accommodations heat their pools during the cooler months and the Gulf warms up enough to swim from May through October. And, no matter when you visit, be sure to pack and wear plenty of sunscreen.