The climate in Panama City Beach makes it a perfect destination year-round, from sunny and hot summers to sunny and mild winters. But no matter how great the weather, everybody likes to take the vacation indoors every now and again. No worries. Panama City Beach boasts abundant indoor recreation options for those days when you need a break from the sun or a stray shower is rolling through.
Imagine a top-secret laboratory in the Bermuda triangle where an experiment gone wrong lands it intact — but upside down — in Panama City Beach. Impossible? Not at WonderWorks, where you enter through the roof and move through the inversion tunnel to begin your adventure. WonderWorks is a four-story fun house filled with over 100 highly interactive virtual, physical and mental challenges for the whole family.
If you cannot find something to tickle your fun bone at Rock’it Lanes, you might need a medic. With 24 bowling lanes, 10 pool tables, an 8,000-square foot skating rink and a 16,000-square foot mega arcade, there is literally something for everyone at this indoor recreation mecca. Or if you want to chill while the kids go wild, you can head over to the sports bar and indulge in some food and beverages while enjoying wall-to-wall high-def TVs.
This unique amusement palace offers four challenging, family friendly games. The Mirror Maze is 2,300 square feet of mirrors, complete with a light and sound extravaganza that will blow your mind. Can you make it through the entire maze without touching a single mirror? This fun house on steroids is great for the whole family. Did you ever fancy yourself an international jewel thief or double-0 spy? Test your skills in the Laser Challenge, where every move you make means points or penalties. Dodge a constantly shifting array of laser beams to see who racks up the highest score. Looking for cutthroat competition? Check out the Pirate’s Quest Laser Tag arena and compete with other players across 1,800 square feet of laser tag battlefield.
Bounce into safe family fun at the Just Jump Trampoline Park, which features 30,000 square feet of open jump area. Featuring a tumble track, two Soc-Air courts, dodgeball, basketball, a double trapeze and a gladiator pit, Just Jump is the place to go to take your vacation higher. A dedicated kiddie area for jumpers age 6 and under features a play structure, separate trampolines, foam pit, climbing wall and a basketball goal.
Ripley’s Odditorium brings a taste of the weird and strange to Panama City Beach. Unusual exhibits, art and artifacts from around the world challenge your imagination and expand your horizons. For a one-of-a-kind immersive experience, Ripley’s 7D Moving Theater combines a 3D movie with moving seats, interactive gaming and special effects that rock your senses as you experience every bump, drop and turn with a motion simulator. It’s great fun for ages 8 to 80. This place is for real — believe it or not.
For interactive education and family fun featuring dolphins, sea lions and tropical birds, pay a visit to Gulf World Marine Park. Interact with stingrays and sea lions, or take a swim with the dolphins. Daily educational shows and fascinating indoor and outdoor exhibits showcase the excitement of penguins, flamingos, sharks, sea turtles — and much more.
One part sports bar, one part restaurant and one part arcade, Dave & Buster’s has a little something for everyone. After having a bite, charge up your Power Card and play all the video games you want — without the hassle of cash or coins. Along with daily specials, Dave & Buster’s also features an event space for your favorite get-together or private celebration.
Life might not be all games, but we can still have fun. The Man in the Sea Museum explores the history of undersea diving. Learn about the evolution of dive equipment, from antique equipment to the latest hi-tech gear, and explore treasures recovered from sunken ships dating back to the 1500s. The Man in the Sea Museum is also home to SEALAB-I, the United States Navy’s first underwater habitat, and features a submarine you can explore with the family. Open Tuesday–Saturday.
The Grand Theatre at Pier Park is the only IMAX movie theater in the area. With an all-digital projection and sound system, stadium seating and high back rocking chairs, The Grand screens first-run blockbusters and IMAX specialty films. Stop by the specialty café and pay a visit to the arcade for fun and games before or after the movie.
Panama City Beach is home to the region’s only indoor go-kart facility. Featuring eco-friendly, all-electric karts, Kartona also provides helmet-mounted GoPro cameras to record your race, a spectator area for your fans, a concession bar for snacks and drinks and private party rooms for your special event. Rent the track, race your friends and record it all with their Go-Pro race cams to take the experience home with you. Kartona offers kart rentals for visitors and casual racers and league competitions for more committed need-for-speed demons