Things To Do in Panama City Beach

Where sand meets the surf, Panama City Beach is a Gulf Coast destination with things to do that extend beyond the 27-mile stretch of sand, though you’ll want to spend your days hanging out on the beach too. 

From catamaran adventures around Shell Island to shopping for beachside treasures, and enjoying the many diverse restaurants in Panama City Beach, there are plenty of things to do at the World's Most Beautiful Beaches. 

Hit the Beach & Water

The fun starts on our beaches and in the water.  

Hit the sandy shore year-round and experience true Gulf Coast livin’ as you sunbathe or build sandcastles along the resort-lined coast. There are nearly 100 access points in Panama City Beach, plus secluded spots within state parks like St. Andrews and Camp Helen

In the water, partake in relaxing and thrilling aquatic activities. Try kayaking, paddleboarding, jet skiing, or diving, and while you’re at it, you may come across local wildlife. Cruise the waterways on a boat tour and explore the untouched beach of Shell Island, where you may encounter bottlenose dolphins. 

Another way to enjoy the waterways is on a fishing trip. Whether you go out on a deep-sea fishing charter or find a spot on one of our state-of-the-art piers, there’s always something biting, like snapper and Spanish mackerel, year-round. 


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Family Fun

Panama City Beach is brimming with attractions and entertainment for the entire family.

Play a round of mini-golf at Cobra Adventure Park or spend the day at Shipwreck Island Waterpark. For a bird’s-eye view of Panama City Beach, hop inside one of the SkyWheel gondolas, and afterward, hit up the ropes and mini-golf courses on-site.

Go hiking, biking, and wildlife watching at local and state parks, where you can also indulge in water activities like snorkeling and paddleboarding. And depending on when you visit PCB, there may be an event to check out, like the Seabreeze Jazz Festival or the Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam.

Out On the Town

Day or night, there’s fun to be had in Panama City Beach.

During the day, hit the town for a shopping at Pier Park or follow along with the Decor By The Shore trail featuring 15 shops and boutiques, from The Beach House Market to the Coastal Cottage Emporium. Find souvenirs, nautical décor, vintage items, and more. Be sure to grab a passport, which you can get stamped at participating stores for a free souvenir.

Beach bars and live music venues make up the nightlife scene. Happy hour and a sunset cannon ritual await at Schooners Last Local Beach Club. The nightlife scene isn’t just for adults. The whole family can enjoy day/night hotspots like Dave and Buster’s and The Grand Theatre with IMAX at Pier Park, home to restaurants, bars, and shops.

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With so many diverse things to do, Panama City Beach is a place where you can let loose and have fun your way.

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