Things to do in Panama City Beach

Things to do in  Panama City Beach

Talk to the sand

It’s nearly always beach weather in Panama City Beach. Sugar-white sands and the calm waters of the Gulf of Mexico are the year-round draws to this Emerald Coast town. Families come for affordable beach vacations, spring breakers come for legendary parties, and outdoorsy types come to hike St. Andrews State Park and go fishing or scuba diving (dozens of offshore reefs attract some of Florida’s best marine life).

Top 3 attractions in Panama City Beach

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Gulf World Marine Park

Gulf World Marine Park

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A mostly open-air aquarium, Gulf World Marine Park is located on the Gulf of Mexico in Panama City Beach, Florida. The park is home to rough-toothed and bottlenose dolphins, sea lions, stingrays, flamingos, sharks, turtles, penguins, alligators, and reef fish.More
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Shipwreck Island Waterpark

Shipwreck Island Waterpark

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The beaches of Panama City Beach aren't the only places to go to get wet. Water and amusement park combine at the city's Shipwreck Island Waterpark.Shipwreck Island Waterpark has been a Panama City Beach institution for more than three decades, with exciting water slides, kid-friendly pools, and plenty of places to relax. There's a huge wave pool, giving guests an ocean feel in completely clear water. There's a lazy river for a relaxing float or the “White Knuckle River” for a thrilling ride. There's a zipline from which guests drop into a big pool. There are several water slides, two of which are over 60 feet tall.The family-friendly water attractions include “Tadpole Hole” and “Skull Island,” both of which have kid-sized slides and water activities the whole family can do together.More
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Ripley's Believe It or Not

Ripley's Believe It or Not

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From the curious to the strange to the grotesque, oddities abound at Ripley's Believe It or Not in Panama City Beach. Find items you're unlikely to see anywhere else, such as shrunken heads, as well as family-friendly activities, such as 7D interactive movies, a mirror maze, and laser race games—under one roof.More

Top activities in Panama City Beach

Shell Island Snorkel and Dolphin Catamaran Cruise with Island Time
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Sunset & Dolphin Catamaran Cruise with Island Time
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Cypress Springs Eco Adventure
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Cypress Springs Eco Adventure

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Area Z51-Zombie Escape

Area Z51-Zombie Escape

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AXE Throwing

AXE Throwing

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Wreck and Bridge Span Dive Charter for Certified Divers
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The Forbidden Tomb Escape Game

The Forbidden Tomb Escape Game

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Scuba Certification

Scuba Certification

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Small Group Guided Shore Dives in St. Andrews State Park, Florida
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Swim with the Dolphins Boat Tour in Panama City Beach
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All about Panama City Beach

When to visit

It should come as no surprise that one of the best times to visit Panama City Beach is in the summer. (This is Florida, after all.) A summer concert series stretches the full season, offering free shows at Aaron Bessant Park. The snowbirds will insist that the holiday season is extra special in PCB, especially when Aaron Bessant Park kicks off the festivities with the Beach Home for the Holidays festival and concludes with the New Year’s Eve Beach Ball Drop.

Getting around

Technically, you don’t need a car to get around Panama City Beach—especially if you’re sticking close to the beach. Even if you want to venture slightly farther into Panama City to sites like the Science & Discovery Center of Northwest Florida, cabs aren’t expensive. However, a rental car is helpful for those flying into the Panhandle. Many visitors love exploring the coastal towns along the Gulf, so having your own car offers maximum flexibility since intercity travel is difficult via public transport.

Traveler tips

Panama City Beach is one of the most popular spring break destinations in the Panhandle, so plan accordingly if you’re trying to join (or avoid) a party. Regardless, you can find solitude hiking the nature trails at St. Andrews State Park. There’s a cost to get into the park, but the sunset views are worth it. If you want to do and dine as the locals do, grab a sub sandwich from the Florida-founded grocer Publix for your beach picnic.

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People Also Ask

What is Panama City Beach best known for?

Panama City Beach is regularly named one of the top beaches in the country, and it’s arguably the most popular beach on the Florida Panhandle. Clear emerald waters and white sand beaches set the stage for fun in the sun, afternoons spent fishing, and amazing sunsets painted across the coastline.

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Can you drink alcohol on the beach in Panama City Beach?

Yes, but only from April through February. Even though Panama City Beach is a popular spring break destination, adults 21 years of age and older can only drink on the beach for 11 months of the year. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted on the beach during the month of March.

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What is the prettiest beach in Panama City?

Panama City Beach, a town separate from Panama City, has 27 miles (43.5 kilometers) of white sand beaches. One of the prettiest is located on the eastern end of the shoreline at St. Andrews State Park. Nature trails in this dog-friendly sanctuary lead to great sunset views at the pier and jetties.

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What is the best month to go to Panama City Beach?

June is a wonderful time to visit Panama City Beach: The heat isn’t at its highest and hurricane season is not yet in full swing. The four-day Gulf Coast Jam music festival and Tuesday night Summer Concert Series mix melodies with the warm summer breeze.

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How much does it cost to walk on the pier in Panama City Beach?

There are two piers on Panama City Beach. Russell-Fields City Pier has a daily fee of US$4 and a daily fishing license fee of $7. M.B. Miller County Pier has a daily fee of $3 and a daily fishing license fee of $6.

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What can you do for free in Panama City Beach?

Most free activities in Panama City Beach are outdoor activities. There is no cost to enter or spend time on the beach. Pier Park offers hours of window shopping and people watching that doesn’t cost a penny. The dog-friendly Conservation Park has miles of trails to explore for free.

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