Panama City Beach is famously home to 27 miles of sugar-white sand beaches, but also offers fun-filled attractions for guests to enjoy off the beach. From thrill rides and putt-putt to the whirling waters of Shipwreck Island Water Park, there is a lot to discover in Panama City Beach.
Attractions in Panama City Beach include:
Amusement Parks, Arcades and Mini-Golf:
· Coconut Creek Family Fun Park Whether getting lost in the Gran Maze, a one-of-a-kind labyrinth about the size of a football field, or playing 18 holes of mini-golf, Coconut Creek offers a beautiful landscape and fun challenges to its visitors. Open all year round, guests to the park can explore its cascading waterfalls and lakes full of native fish. Children under six can play for free and the fun begins at 9:00am daily.
9807 Front Beach Rd.
· Emerald Falls Family Recreation Center Enjoy altitude with an attitude at The Vortex, the original four-story wooden track, for the ultimate thrill in go-kart racing or get wet and wild on the bumper boats. Emerald Falls also has 36 holes of Fantasy Mini Golf and hundreds of arcade games including the Max Flight Simulator, a virtual roller coaster. 8602 Thomas Dr.
· Fun Land Arcade is PCB’s classic arcade, featuring over 150 new and vintage arcade games and a great snack bar and ice cream parlor. Patrons have been winning prizes and making memories here since 1954.
14510 Front Beach Rd.
· Goofy Golf Since it’s opening in 1959, Goofy Golf has remained a landmark of the Miracle Strip. Golfers can aim for the hole-in-one by dodging course obstacles like dinosaurs, a castle, an alligator, a Sphinx, and various monsters. Created by the man who invented this genre of golf, Goofy Golf is a must do in Panama City Beach.
12206 Front Beach Rd.
· Hidden Lagoon Super Golf & Racetrack is one of Panama City Beach’s top family attractions with big thrills and fun for all ages. At almost a mile long, the Super Racetrack Go-Kart track is the longest on the Emerald Coast and is a fun way to indulge the inner speed demon and challenge family and friends. Super Golf features two beautifully landscaped, 18-hole miniature golf courses that are open year round. Players have the option to choose from the kid-friendly Fountain Course, or the ever-so-challenging Waterfall Course.
14414 Front Beach Rd.
· Pirate’s Island Adventure Golf Open year round, the entire family can enjoy the Caribbean atmosphere reminiscent of when ruthless pirates ruled the seas. Offering two of the most challenging 18-hole courses and the largest greens, Pirate’s Island is fun for all ages, including President Obama, the First Lady and their daughter Sasha. Watch Sasha make a hole-in-one on the very first hole: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwmegbLS8G4.
9518 Front Beach Road
· Race City is one of Panama City Beach’s premier amusement centers with the fastest, tallest, and steepest go cart tracks on the beach. The amusement park is also home to the area’s only black light indoor mini golf course and haunted house.
9523 Front Beach Rd.
Aqua Parks and Animal Adventure Zones:
· Gulf World Marine Park Guests can cool off by swimming with the dolphins or get up close and personal with sea lions, tropical birds and reptiles by becoming a trainer for the day. The park also has exhibits that showcase sharks, penguins, alligators, flamingos and much more. Daily shows begin at 9:40am and feature bottlenose dolphins, sea lions, rough toothed dolphins, feathered friends, stingrays, sharks and turtles.
15412 Front Beach Rd.
· PCB Aquatic Center Cool off at the state of the art facility that features a heated/cooled 50 meter Olympic pool with a one meter springboard diving well and a 5,000 square foot Splash Park. In addition to the fantastic pools, the center offers spacious locker rooms with heated showers, a large community classroom, convenient gift shop and a great concession stand. It also offers a variety of exciting programs and events year round for swimmers and non-swimmers of all ages.
16200 Panama City Beach Parkway
· Shipwreck Island Water Park is home to three million gallons of water that one can slide down, splash under, swim in, float down, or raft through. Featuring a huge wave pool and everything from the Raging Rapids to the Lazy River, guests will find plenty of rides to choose from, plus great food, refreshing beverages, and a full day of fun in the sun at one of Florida’s best water parks.
12201 Hutchison Blvd.
· ZooWorld Come experience the thrill of meeting exotic wildlife right in Panama City Beach. Kids will love strolling through seven acres filled with some of nature’s most amazing creatures. ZooWorld, home to over 200 animals, offers daily shows, personal encounters and a petting zoo.
9008 Front Beach Rd.
Education & Entertainment:
· Man in the Sea Museum Dedicated to preserving the history of diving, this museum has a large collection of one-of-a-kind exhibits and antique diving equipment. Learn about past and present dive advancements, including commercial and naval equipment, vehicles and habitats. Guests can also climb through a submarine and discover treasures recovered from sunken ships dating back to the 1500’s.
17314 Panama City Beach Pkwy
· Wonderworks Scientific principles and fun come together is an unrivaled educational experience known as Wonderworks. This four-story interactive fun lab offers over 100 exhibits and challenges where eager participants can compete with friends and family.
9910 Front Beach Rd.
Outdoor Parks & Shopping:
· Aaron Bessant Park is one of the beach’s newest and most manicured parks. Its centerpiece is a state-of-the-art amphitheater which hosts world famous musicians as easily as local community performances. The dog-friendly park is located adjacent to Pier Park and also features a veterans memorial, three looping trails and an open, grassy area that is perfect for watching concert performances or enjoying a family picnic.
600 Pier Park Dr.
· Camp Helen State Park is bordered on three sides by water, the gulf to the south, and Lake Powell to the north and east, and offers over 180 acres for daily recreational use. Activities include swimming, beachcombing, bird watching, nature study, hiking and biking on the trails, and both freshwater and saltwater fishing. History tours are given the first Saturday of every month at 10:00am and are free with paid park admission.
23937 Panama City Beach Pkwy.
· Pier Park Take a break from the beach by enjoying the open-air regional lifestyle center that brings unique shopping, tourist attractions and dining to the heart of Panama City Beach. Pier Park offers department stores, one-of-a-kind boutiques and specialty shops such as Dillard’s, Ann Taylor Loft, Hollister Co, and Target. Shoppers can also enjoy movies at The IMAX Theater or dine at one of the diverse restaurant options.
600 Pier Park Dr.
· St. Andrews State Park Once used as a military reservation, St. Andrews State Park now serves as an adventure’s escape with over one and a half miles of beaches on the Gulf of Mexico and Grand Lagoon. Water sport enthusiasts can enjoy swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking and canoeing. There are also campsites, and ample fishing opportunities for anglers.
4607 State Park Lane
For information on Panama City Beach and its attractions, call 1-800-PCBEACH or visit the official website of the Panama City Beach CVB at http://www.visitpanamacitybeach.com.