Family vacations create a lifetime of memories and are a key component to family bonding. 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:


An amusement park for the mind, this 29,000 square foot upside down building combines education and entertainment with more than 100 hands-on, interactive exhibits that challenge the mind and spark the imagination. What once was a top-secret laboratory located in the Bermuda Triangle now sits upside down in Panama City Beach after an "experiment gone wrong." Luckily, all exhibits remain in tact for the whole family to explore!

Dave & Buster's

When your day calls for some winning, Dave & Buster's offers fun for everyone! Eat, drink, watch your favorite sports team, or score big on hundreds of arcade games. 

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!

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.

Gulf World Marine Park

Take part in interactive education and family fun featuring dolphins, sea lions, tropical birds and more. Pet a stingray or sea lion, swim with dolphins, or partake in one of the daily educational shows. There are a plethora of fascinating indoor and outdoor exhibits showcasing the excitement of penguins, flamingos, sharks, sea turtles and more!

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.