Family vacations create a lifetime of memories and are a key component to bonding with your children! What better way to do that than at the beach in the sunshine? Panama City Beach has an abundance of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy - especially those sweet little kiddos! Check out these things to do in Panama City Beach with kids and what you should bring for your fun-filled day:

Splash Resort

Stay and make a “splash” at this true children’s paradise. The resort includes three pools (one connected to a lazy river) and an extravagant kids’ play area. The colorful décor and fun activities will have your kids wanting to spend as much time here as they will at the beach!

Thomas Donut & Snack Shop

A local and visitors favorite place to stop and chow down, Thomas Donut & Snack Shop delivers tasty treats that aren’t limited to just their delicious donuts. Stop in and try one of their popular Texas Style Kolaches, coming in three varieties, this new staple will have your mouth watering!

Shipwreck Island

If you ever spent time in Panama City Beach as a kid, chances are you spent some of that at Shipwreck Island Waterpark. Now your children can relive the experiences you did in the updated and improved version of the park, which includes water slides, a wave pool, kids play area and a river rapids ride!

David’s Sno-balls

Enjoy authentic New Orleans Sno-balls and beignets at this local hot spot. Kids will love trying their “stuffed” Sno-ball, filled with yummy ice cream in the center.

Sea Dragon Pirate Cruise

The Sea Dragon offers one of those classic Panama City Beach experiences your child will never forget. Helmed by Captain ‘Fearless’ Phil and his friendly crew, this two-hour cruise is a kid’s dream come true– It includes sword fighting, swabbing the deck, firing the “Kid cannon”, reading a treasure map, finding a sunken treasure, a water gun fight, face painting, limbo, a pirate dance party and a temporary pirate tattoo.

Airboat Adventures

Tour the area’s rivers, creeks and marshlands on an Everglades-style airboat. The airboat tour is perfect for those little ones who love to learn about nature. You can expect to search for dolphins, bald eagles, osprey and alligators as the tour guides share facts and fun stories along the way!

Zoo World

Explore the wild side of Panama City Beach by cuddling with a lemur or feeding giraffes and alligators at the zoo. With more than 200 animals on display consisting of lions and tigers, wolves, prairie dogs and monkeys, your little ones will love this smaller yet much more interactive spot on their vacation.

Pirate’s Island Adventure Golf

No vacation is complete with out a round of mini-golf and what better way to enjoy this fun activity than at a themed adventure course? Pirate’s Island Golf will take you through caves, along the shores of a “tidal lagoon”, around waterfalls and over bridges in your quest to be the mini-golf champ!


With many more kid friendly and fun activities to enjoy on vacation, Panama City Beach offers the best and most exciting memories for families and little ones. For more ideas and places to check out, click here.