Panama City Beach Parks

Northwest Florida is often referred to as “The Undiscovered Florida Coast,” due to the abundance of natural environment to explore. The Panama City Beach area is a key region where diverse and rare species flourish, and where visitors and locals can explore natural wonders and enjoy outdoor adventures. Panama City Beach is home to two state parks: St. Andrews State Park on the east end, and Camp Helen State Park on the west end. North of Back Beach Road, the 3,000-acre Panama City Beach Conservation Park is more than 3 times the size of New York’s Central Park, and offers nearly unlimited opportunity for exploration.

The region’s fantastic year-round weather has also given rise to a variety of more manicured parks, where visitors can spread a blanket for picnicking, throw a Frisbee, or just relax with a book and watch the day go by.

At our area parks, outdoor enthusiasts can hike and bird watch along scenic trails; camp along the shore; enjoy unparalleled boating, fishing, and diving; take kayaking tours; go off-road cycling; stand up paddleboarding (SUP) and more. 

Additionally, Panama City Beach provides distinctive wildlife viewing opportunities.  From bottlenosed dolphins and large schools of baitfish in the Gulf of Mexico to alligators and egrets in the marshes and dune lakes, wildlife thrives in this area. And, with everything from airboat adventures to eco-"seafari" tours and marine rescue programs, there are many ways to experience and observe the surrounding wildlife.

Even the new Northwest Florida International Beaches Airport was developed in conjunction with the creation of a new nature preserve – the West Bay Preservation Area – offering travelers more outdoor options to explore.