Panama City Beach offers a wide variety of sports programming and activities. Frank Brown Park, the heart of the activities, features nine softball/baseball fields, a T-Ball field, a Miracle League Special Needs field, four batting cages, three full-size soccer fields, four multi-purpose rectangular sports fields, four tennis courts, two outdoor basketball courts, two shuffle-board courts, an indoor gymnasium, the state-of-the-art Olympic size PCB Aquatic Center, and a 20-acre festival site. On the grounds, you'll also find large picnic pavilions, a freshwater youth fishing pond, a state-of-the art playground, a fenced dog play area, and 1.5 miles of greenway and trails.
Across the street from Frank Brown Park is Aaron Bessant Park, featuring a new amphitheater, a paved walking path, and three new multi-purpose athletic fields. The park is adjacent to the 1,000,000 square foot outdoor mall, Pier Park.
Panama City Beach offers a variety of conservation area and state parks for the eco-minded. Connected to Frank Brown Park is the 3,000 acre Panama City Beach Conservation Park. The park features paved biking/walking trails, and 24 miles of unpaved trails and boardwalks perfect for walking, biking, bird watching, or just enjoying the wonders of nature. The park area also features an information center, outdoor classroom, family picnic pavilion, and restrooms. If you choose to ride or walk the paved trails, Gayle's Trails will provide a 20 mile round trip in wooded areas and along Highway 79. Trail heads are located at the Conservation Park, Frank Brown Park and at Gulf Blvd.
A wonderland for the water enthusiasts and landlubbers alike, Panama City Beach has won several national awards including being named one of "America's Top Three Golf Towns" by Golf Digest, and the "Third Best Diving Location in North America" by Rodale's Scuba Diving Magazine. Golfers can take advantage of several championship courses, including the Hombre Golf Club (its 27 holes are home to the 2nd stage PGA Q-school), Holiday Golf Club, Signal Hills Golf Course and the Bay Point Meadows and Nicklaus Course (the Nicklaus Course is the only Nicklaus Design course in Northwest Florida).
Panama City Beach is also home to one of the country's largest sport fishing fleets. The clear emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico and St. Andrew Bay are home to blue marlin, red snapper, mackerel, trout, pompano, cobia and others. For the serious angler, several fishing tournaments are held annually.
Community and visitor's programs are available for seniors at the Panama City Beach Senior Center. For ages 50 & up, activities, classes, wellness fairs/festivals and day trips are part of the programming. Experience why "Quality of Life" is one of the most attractive features of Panama City Beach. Visit www.visitpanamacitybeach.com/sports for sports-related information, or contact the Panama City Beach Parks and Recreation Department for information about sports facilities.