Panama City Beach in Florida is considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Thanks to the white sandy beach and some incredible things to do it offers. If you’re looking for some relaxed time and want to just chill on the beach, then heading to Panama City Beach is definitely a good idea.
Here’s a list of some great things to do in Panama City Beach, once you’re here.
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Water Body, Waterfront, Water Park, Golf Course, Observatory, Family And Kids
15412 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach, FL 32413, United States
09:30 am - 04:30 pm
This is one of those very few places in the world where you will get the opportunity to spend time closely with the very intelligent animal- dolphins. You can play, kiss, hug and even swim with these cute creatures in waist to chest high water level.
The whole session is divided into two parts.
First part is when you are taught about these creatures and how to handle them.
Second and the more interesting part is where you are allowed to interact with them in their natural habitat.
Safety is not to be worried about as you will have guides along with you. Children find this extremely fun.
The park was set up in the year 1969. Apart from the dolphin interaction session, they also have other shows such as the sea lion show, dolphin shows, bird show, magic show, reptile show, underwater scuba demonstration, shark and turtle feeding and much more.
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Beach, Water Body, Entertainment, Family And Kids, Water Sport, Boating
Panama City Beach, Florida, United States
12:01 am - 12:00 am
This is a 27 mile stretch of white sugary sand and clear blue waters will enchant your eyes. The beach can be put as one of the top beaches of the world. The fresh air and the sound of the waves here is an excellent mind and body therapy.
The beach will never bore you whatever time you visit it. You can enjoy swimming and snorkeling to your heart’s content. The sea does not have a current and thus it is safe for children and elders alike. The beach is always kept clean and beautiful.
Many of Panama City Beach’s top attractions are nearby, such as the Pier Park shopping mall, and Ripley’s Believe it or Not. At the beach itself, fishing, snorkeling, dolphin-spotting and scuba diving are popular activities.
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4607 State Park Lane, Panama City, FL 32408, United States
12:01 am - 12:00 am
You will find Florida at its natural best in this place. This is a 7- mile stretch of island that runs from the Gulf of Mexico to the St. Andrews Bay from the east to the west. This unexploited piece of land has the most spectacular views and surroundings. You will see sand dunes here that are uncommon in the other parts of the country. The Island also includes the St. Andrew’s State Park where you can go boating, kayaking or just bird watching.
This was once just a peninsula. It was later converted into an island when better communication facilities such as bridges and boats were made available to strengthen trade relations between Port Panama City and the Gulf of Mexico. It is here that the earliest Native Americans and the Spanish explorers came and settled down. This place is also known to have been the hideout of pirates at one point of time long ago.
The number of rare and exotic plant and migratory bird species found here will amaze you. Some of the plants here include scrub forests, pine hammocks, etc. There is also a lovely lake in here. You will also find a large number of beautiful land and sea creatures here that you have not seen or heard of before such as ghost crabs, shore birds, Choctawhatchee Beach Mice, piping plovers, snowy plovers, loggerheads, green sea turtles and so many more. It is simply like stepping into some other world from where you will not feel like coming back!
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8730 Thomas Drive, Panama City Beach, FL 32408, United States
10:00 am - 05:00 pm
This is the home for all kinds of citrus, berry and fruit wines made from the pure Florida harvests. The products of this winery are internationally recognized and awarded for its quality and authenticity. It has been declared as the best winery in the International Indiana Wine Festival.
The winery has now become a must visit for tourists. The stamp and seal on all the containers is a symbol that these are all products of the harvests of agriculture in Florida. This is also the only tropical winery in Bay County. Thus, it is the perfect place from where you can collect all the bottles that you can take back as gifts or souvenirs.
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Observatory, Educational Site, Entertainment, Family And Kids, Exhibition
9910 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach, FL 32407, United States
10:00 am - 07:00 pm
This place is simply magic. The original was a secret laboratory that was located in the Bermuda Triangle. Mysteriously, it is said that after there was an error in an experiment, the whole laboratory was carried down to the city and landed here upside down (the architectural design is such). Yes! You will be surprised to know that this amusement building is set up upside down. Isn’t that magical?
This is where you get educated through entertainment. The question now arises of how to walk inside a building that is already turned upside down. The answer is simple. You will be realigned to place yourself in proportion with this building to explore it. I know it sounds mind boggling but that is where the fun is. For this you need to pass through the magical inversion tunnel that will turn you upside down with your feet up and heads down.
The many sections in here include:
The natural disasters: This is where you will find scientific experiments and models of natural disasters. So very unconventional yet so educative.
Physical Challenge Zone: This is by far the most interesting, especially for the little ones. Also known as the Indoors Rope Challenge, here you will be challenged to perform various physical activities such as rope climbing, maze clearing, etc.
Light and Sound Zone: Enter the world of graphics and audio visuals. You will be turned into a robot in here with the big blue buzzers that make different sounds and produce mystifying lights. This includes the very interesting Laser Tag Arena in this also.
Space Discovery: Turn into young astronauts in space and understand how gravity works. The emptiness of space and the costumes look and feel just so real.
Far Out gallery: This is a lovely art gallery with photographs and facts about famous scientists and great men.
This place has something that makes us feel like staying there for a few hours more. There is so much to keep you busy throughout your visit that you will not even get a chance to get bored!
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Beach, Water Body, Waterfront, Entertainment, Family And Kids, Water Sport, Boat...
3605 Thomas Drive, Panama City, FL 32408, United States
09:30 am - 06:30 pm
Get ready to experience the beauty of Panama! This is a golden opportunity to enjoy an excursion along the Emerald Coast. The ride is in the spacious boat powered by a twin turbo engine. The captain and the crew are extremely friendly and have lot of knowledge about the coasts and the city. A part of the excursion is where they narrate the history and tales of the islands and the coasts. The sweet tropical tunes and the spectacular view of the sunset is the most deadly combination that can enchant you in seconds.
The cruise takes you along all the interesting places around the Emerald Coast including the St. Andrew’s bay where you can catch hold of crabs. Getting and insight into the beauty of the surroundings is really a beautiful experience. The playful dolphins and snorkeling are added attractions. There are also stream machines water launchers here are the favorites of the children on board. So you can scream out in happiness and bask in the beauty of nature in these couple of hours.
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Amusement Park, Observatory, Performance, Theatre, Family And Kids, Adventure
284 Powell Adams Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32413, United States
12:00 pm - 08:00 pm
This is an amusement theme park that was first opened in the year 1963. It was known mainly for its Wooden Starliner Roller coaster. The rides here are meant for all age groups divided in sections. The specialty is that the rides are modified with 3-D and 4-D additions such as the music, shivers, smoke, ice falls, etc.
The main rides among the numerous here are:
Abominable Snowman: Earlier on this was in an igloo shaped dome, the entrance of which was guarded by a long legged snowman. Beyond this entrance is a room full of mirrors on all sides. Later on these technical parts were removed but the dome with the mirror room inside still exists.
Dante’s Inferno: This is similar to the snowman one but for the fact that you will have to walk inside the mouth of the devil. There you will be seated in a vehicle that will start with screeching sounds of breaks and move to and fro very fast with spooky lights and sounds.
The train: This is a diesel engine multiple passenger train that takes all from one station to another inside the park. The stations are the rides inside the park.
The Paratrooper: This is a tilt and turn ride that looks like parachutes and runs very fast to give the riders a butterfly in the stomach feeling.
The other rides are equally exciting and some others are the remains of the former ones that are not in use anymore. They are there to remind the tourists of the original and bigger version of the park that was demolished. The other attractions in here include the ring toss, water pistol games, bumper cars, haunted houses, shooting games, etc.
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Observatory, Entertainment, Family And Kids, Observation Deck
9907 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach, FL 32407, United States
10:00 am - 07:00 pm
This is a franchise formed by Robert Ripley. It deals with bizarre events, unbelievable happenings and other strange and unusual facts. All these make every one confused of whether what they see is actually true or not. This became very popular and was then started in a range of different formats such as radio, television, comics, museums and book series.
The collection of this organization is spread worldwide and claims to have a stock of more than 20000 photographs and other 30000 facts and comics. The chain of museums belonging to this Believe It or Not group has a unique design in each place and the Panama Beach City one finds its niche among these.
This museum was opened here in the year 2006 and forms the meeting point of three most important roads here- The Front Beach Road, Middle Beach Road and the Thomas Drive. The unique design of this museum is of a 1950’s time cruise ship that belonged to the city itself. Apart from all the common galleries, action movies and the bizarre hands on activities, this museum also has a moving 7-D theatre!
The Moving 7-D theatre is rarely found. In this you the bumps, turns and speed along with the two superb movies.
Impossible Laser Race- In this, you have to make your way through the laser rays to get the best score and beat others.
Mirror Maze Challenge- There are many mirrors and you will never look the same in any two. There are infinite reflections that challenge you to find your way out.
A floating Fiat car.
An original Vampire killing kit and the best part is the Mexican Vampire woman.
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Water Body, Waterfront, Observatory, Entertainment, Family And Kids, Adventure, ...
5325 North Lagoon Drive, Panama City, FL 32408, United States
08:00 am - 05:00 pm
Come in with Captain. ‘Fearless’ Phil and enjoy the cruise excursion along the Emerald coasts and to the St. Andrew’s bay and much more. This is a 2 hour excursion that will feel like you are riding a time machine. The pirates all around you will transfer you to around a couple of centuries back.
The captain and his crew are extremely friendly and will keep you occupied throughout. Not only will you be able to relax amidst the beautiful surroundings, but also spot a number of exotic fishes and marine creatures playing under the clear sea waters. You will also enjoy the sight of playful bottle nosed dolphins if you are lucky enough.
The children on board have the best time with the treasure hunt activities, the loot sharing, water gun fights, dressing up as pirates and sword fighting and the best part is when they get their pirate tattoos done. The music is fun and goes with the flow of the journey. This is altogether the ultimate holiday experience that you can dream of.
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Park, Wildlife Safari, Observatory, Performance, Family And Kids, Lake
9807 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach, FL 32407, United States
10:00 am - 05:00 pm
This is an awesome spring and summer attraction amidst the beautiful sugary sand beaches and emerald blue waters. This family theme park consists of two 18- holes mini- golf courses and the unique Gran Maze that is found only here in the whole continent. The golf Course is themed on an African Safari.
The kids prefer the Gran Maze while the elders like keeping themselves busy with the Mini golf games. This maze is themed after the famous explorer Captain Cook who discovered many of the South Pacific islands. It is here that your navigation skills will be challenged. So be at your best and clear all challenges before the others can.
Apart from these there is also a lovely lake known as the “Good Luck” Lake and well maintained gardens with colorful flowers. It is thus a perfect afternoon and evening destination.
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Water Body, Waterfront, Observatory, Entertainment, Performance, Play, Family An...
12201 Hutchison Boulevard, Panama City Beach, FL 32407, United States
10:30 am - 05:00 pm
This is a tropical theme water park that is one of the best attractions in the city. It has the friendliest group of staffs who are also trained professionals. The quality and service of everything in here is well praised of. It has also been awarded the "Attraction of the Year" award quite a number of times since its establishment 25 years ago.
There are well maintained gardens with shady trees, children parks, etc. The main portion of the whole place is the shipwreck area with shallow pools surrounded by large artificial rocks. This is to give the place an authentic look. The number of rides and the adrenaline rush will keep you hooked to everything throughout your stay here.
Ocean Motion Wave Pool: This pool has a capacity to hold 500000 gallons of water but is kept shallow. The pool generates short waves every few minutes. These waves are nothing but clear blue fresh water that is again purified in a cycle before it is let out as another wave.
White Knuckle River: This one is even more amazing. It is a tube ride through which gushes out water and along with the water is you and your family together! Yes the tubes are so wide yet look like normal tubes.
Tree Top Drop: This adventurous ride includes two tubes from high platforms on two sides. Among this one is a dark one through which you will gush out along with the water and fall in the pool and the other one is the swirly one where you will go round and round before landing in the pool with a splash!
The Pirate’s Plunge Racing Slide: You will be let down from a high tower to fall into the pool and there will be a race among you the other people left in the same way to falls down even faster. This can surely raise your adrenaline rush.
The Zoom Flume: This is the oldest attraction here. it is a combo of 3 flumes that come up to become one and finally come together with a splash.
The Great Shipwreck: This is the symbol of the park. It is a replica of a 17th century wreck ship from where cables are suspended for you to hang on and then fall into a beautiful lagoon pool.
The Lazy River: This is an artificial, slow moving river that makes the coolest spot of the park where you can let your hair down.
Skull Island: This is a family spot with a pool and racing slips and there is also the giant bucket that pours a heavy amount of water on you every few minutes.
The Tadpole Hole: This place is only for the little ones with a variety of slips in the shapes of animals.
These are not the only attractions here of course and then the café and restaurant will provide you with the yummiest fuel for your hunger. So, do not miss the opportunity to bask yourself in the sunlight and cool waters of this fun park.
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Garden, Golf Course, Observatory, Entertainment, Performance, Play, Family And K...
9518 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach, FL 32407, United States
08:00 am - 05:00 pm
The mission is “To Make the World a Better Place” and this they have been doing for the past four decades. The revival of the Mini Golf sport was in itself a huge success and thus they have always worked towards family enjoyment, beauty of the nature and nature conservation.
The large area of lush greenery consists of themed gardens and parks with colorful exotic flowers and well maintained soft grass. The name itself talks a lot about the main activity here, but it is of course done in a different way. You may have played golf in a number of other places and mini golf as well, but have you ever come across the term of adventure golf? This is exactly what happens here and the pirates are the best friends of adventures. This is because you will be challenged with a number of odds while playing the game. You will have to clear this all and play the game. So enjoy your stay here and make the most of it while you are enjoying the sport in the most beautiful settings.
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Wildlife Park, Educational Site, Entertainment, Family And Kids, Exhibition
9008 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach, FL 32407, United States
09:30 am - 04:00 pm
This is a non–profit organization running on public donations. The main purpose of this organization is the conservation of rare, endangered and exotic animal species along with the regular zoo species. The zoological park covers quite a large area of lush greenery and the beautiful ‘Swan Lake’ enhances the beauty of the place. You will find domestic animals roaming around in the open and a different section for wild animals. Some animals are of course known but there are some about whom you might have never heard of. They are also not easily seen or found.
The big cats are the talking point of the park. They cover much of the park area along with lions, jaguars, white and yellow Bengal Tigers, giraffes, goats, llamas, kangaroos. There are also three islands that are home to a number of lemurs, orangutans and siamangs.
The unknown or rare species mostly include spectacled bears, kinkajous, mandrills, colobus, capuchin and Diana monkeys. The African wild cats are also a sight to behold. There are quite a number of migratory birds as well.
Animal shows are a huge success in this park since it was opened in 1992. The park’s popularity has increased every year with an annual footfall of more than a million. The number of shows including “Parrots of the World”, “Going Wild”, “Wolf Encounters”, “Zoobilee”, etc are hits.
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Water Body, Waterfront, Observatory, Dine In, Entertainment, Family And Kids, Wa...
3605 Thomas Drive, Panama City Beach, FL 32408, United States
08:00 am - 06:00 pm
If you want to escape the crowd and yet get the best experience of snorkeling and underwater swimming with the dolphins and other sea fishes, then this is exactly where you will find satisfaction. This tour company organizes personalized tours in speed boats. They have 4 identical boats and they allow not more than 6 people thus keeping away too much crowds like most other larger cruises.
As you will be sailing, the captain will keep giving you instructions as of what and when to do. He will make sure that you are in the water before the dolphins arrive thus not making them run away from you. They will teach you how to swim along with the dolphins rather than swimming towards them.
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Island, Observatory, Food And Drinks, Performance, Family And Kids
3901 Thomas Drive, Panama City Beach, FL 32408, United States
10:00 am - 08:00 pm
This is the most exciting way to celebrate togetherness, be it in any occasion or parties or just in a family outing. You will be taken on a private cruise excursion along the emerald waters and sugary white beaches to enjoy the beautiful settings and sceneries.
As you are on board you will be taken to the playground of the waters which is known as the ‘Paradise Island’. Here will be waiting a number of exciting and challenging activities and games for you. This includes slides, climbing walls, trampolines, kayaks and many more. What is more exciting is that there will be a lot of food and drinks for you on board as well.