Panama City Beach offers a multitude of exciting attractions for all ages! There are infinite ways to have fun, including many off-beach and indoor activities.
Shipwreck Island Water Park is a tropical-themed 20-acre water park that offers thrilling rides, a 500,000-gallon wave pool, family activity areas for small children, a lazy river and more. For live animal entertainment check out Gulf World Marine Park they are home to dolphins, California sea lions, sharks, reptiles, stingrays, penguins and more. Your family will get carried away learning about these amazing creatures and watching them live in action. The animal lover will also want to check out Zoo World, they have some great opportunities to get up close and personal with the animals.
If you happen to be in Panama City Beach on a rare rainy day, there’s no shortage of indoor attractions to choose from. Catch the latest movie at Pier Park’s Grand IMAX Theater. Let your kids energy run wild at Just Jump. For some odd and unusual exhibits Ripley’s Believe it or Not showcases many incredible displays from around the world. Wonderworks located directly across the street, offers 100 + hands-on science exhibits plus laser tag, a ropes course challenge & a 6D motion ride.
For those wishing to keep their feet firmly on the ground, Panama City Beach offers numerous family-friendly attractions, including Coconut Creek Fun Park where you can play one of two 18-hole mini-golf courses or get lost in the Grand Maze! In the heart of Panama City Beach’s strip, Hidden Lagoon Super Golf and Super Race Track features the longest race track on the Emerald Coast and two 18-hole miniature golf courses. Regardless of your age and budget, there is an attraction in Panama City Beach for everyone.
Panama City Beach is home to a huge variety of exceptional golf courses, each with its own character and challenges and all located in spectacular settings. Expert or novice, Panama City Beach is undisputed a year-round golfer’s paradise. All courses are convenient to Treasure Island Resort Condominium.
Signal Hill Golf Club is located close to North Lagoon on Thomas Drive, and is Panama City Beach’s oldest golf club. Designed on original powder-white dunes, this public course features wide-open, well-maintained fairways and dazzling greens. This 18-hole course is relatively flat offering confidence boosting holes as well as some tantalizing tricky ones which makes it ideal for beginners, families, or pros seeking a relaxing round. The kind, attentive staff have delighted guests for years and the club is well known for its reasonable rates.
Semi-private golf clubs in Panama City Beach include the Marriott’s Bay Point Resort, featuring both the Nicklaus Course and The Meadows. The award-winning Nicklaus Course is the only Nicklaus Design golf course in Northwest Florida. It features lush fairways with generous plateaus and uncharacteristic elevation changes unique to the Florida Panhandle region. A few holes also offer stunning panoramic views of the Grand Lagoon and St. Andrews Bay. The Meadows course provides a classic country club style and stretches for 6,913 yards. This Florida resort golf course has the length to test the best golfer’s distance and offers several tight fairways, along with numerous bunkers and lakes which provide an ever-changing set of challenges.
A few miles away on Panama City Beach Parkway, Holiday Golf Club is a semi-private, 18-hole par 72 Championship Course. Holiday Golf Club’s broad lake-lined fairways and elevated greens are protected by bunkers of powder-soft white sand, and this Panama City Beach golf course has been described in national golf publications as among one of Florida’s most enjoyable yet challenging tracks. Holiday Golf Club provides Bay County with the only lit Par 3 course that you can enjoy during the day or at night.
Fishing & Diving
There’s nowhere better than Panama City Beach for fishing thanks to its calm, crystal-clear waters and wealth of fish species. The Gulf and Bay waters surrounding Panama City Beach truly offer some of the finest sport fishing in the world. Along with the Gulf waters there are also inland, spring-fed creeks, and bay flats which offer a rich bounty. Test your angling versatility by fly casting for red fish in St. Andrews Bay, or troll the emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico for a blue marlin.
There are also numerous wrecks and artificial reefs that are perfect for fishing in the Panama City Beach area. Head out on a deep-sea charter or with a guide, and spend a fun-filled day with the family on the Gulf of Mexico. Cast a line off the pier in nearby St. Andrews State Park, or off the new Russell Fields Pier at Pier Park. Panama City Beach is home to one of the country’s largest sport fishing fleets, and visitors can choose from 16-foot-skiffs to million-dollar yachts. Get your divers certification at the Divers Den to experience the feel of the Gulf like no other!
If you are looking for some extra adventure for your vacation check out Adventures at Sea they offer charter fishing trips to meet your every fishing need. They also offer some of the best dolphin tours and snorkeling fun, these guys will show you the best parts of the Gulf.
Calendar of Events
Grand Lagoon Waterfront Market
Location: Capt. Anderson’s Marina
5550 North Lagoon Drive
Panama City Beach, Florida
Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday
Time: 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Grand Lagoon Grand Slam
August 10 – 12
Location: Grand Lagoon Coalition
5325 North Lagoon Drive
Panama City Beach, FL
This offshore fishing tournament is limited to outboard powered fishing boats (including center consoles, walarounds, cuddy cabin boats, catamarans, etc). Three species will be targeted by teams: tuna, wahoo and dolphin, with a special optional billfish category added for 2017!
Summer Concert Series
June 15 – August 10
Aaron Bessant Park
Panama City Beach, FL
Come out and join us for a FREE concert in the park every Thursday at Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy the sounds of summer music! Coolers, food and pets are welcome. 2017 lineup coming soon.
September 11 – 17
Location: 5121 Gulf Dr. Scooners,
RIGHT NEXT DOOR!
Schooners, The Last Local Beach Club, will host the 28th Annual Lobster Festival & Tournament September 11th-17th, 2017: the biggest 7-Day lobster festival in Florida. With huge Local Lobsters on the weigh-in scales, fresh lobster prepared every mouth-watering way you can imagine, and the 18th Annual Schooners Sand Sculpting Contest, it is a HUGE event that draws thousands of divers and lobster fans from all over the Southeast. Lobster Tournament divers will be competing in a variety of categories including Spiny Lobster, Shovelnose Lobster and Big 6.
Bloody Mary & Music Festival
Location: 3605 Thomas Dr
Panama City Beach, FL
Event Information: Sample and vote for the best BLOODY MARY
from over 25 vendors! Full bar and food also available!
Things to do with Pets
The following areas are places you can take your pet so they can enjoy themselves as well.
City of Panama City Beach Designated “Pet Friendly”Areas Sunrise to Sunset
Pier Park Beachfront “PCB Dog Beach” (400ft West of City Pier)
Aaron Bessant Park (Amphitheater & PCB Greenways & Trails)
Frank Brown Park (Dog Play Area & PCB Greenways &Trails)
PCB Conservation Park (Boardwalks, Greenways & Trails)
Please use these designated areas at your own risk and obey all rules and regulations
Owners are responsible and liable for the actions and behavior of their dogs.
Owners must clean up after their dog(s) by placing waste in the proper disposal stations.
Make sure your dog is current on its shots and wears I.D. tags.
Do not bring female dogs in season or dogs younger than 4 months old.
Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times.
Dogs and owners creating a problem must leave when requested.
Dogs with history of inflicting injury in public parks must wear a muzzle or will be prohibited.
No food in bowls or long-lasting chew toys
Never leave your dog unattended or with children. Adult supervision required at all times!
City of P.C.B. Ordinance #1857, #1216,Resolution 07-09 Report Concerns to PCB Parks and Recreation Department (850) 233-5045
The Conservation Park integrates two fundamental principles which remain a continuing focus for local government and community. The desire to protect and balance our natural resources while providing outdoor recreational opportunities is the driving force in establishing the Panama City Beach Conservation Park. The 2,900 acres of the West Bay Ecosystem is being protected by the management and utilization of the City’s reclaimed water to rehydrate wetlands. The natural water balance in these wetlands was altered many years ago as tree “farming” became predominant in the area.
Dog Beach at Pier Park. When standing in front of the city pier (on Front Beach Rd), the dog beach is located on the right side of the pier. Dogs must be kept on-leash. This is a great spot to allow your dog to enjoy the worlds most beautiful beaches also. Please do keep in mind that this is the ONLY PET FRIENDLY BEACH in Panama City Beach. If you do bring your pet with you to vacation you are not allowed to bring it to the beach located behind Treasure Island.
The Frank Brown Dog Park (new and improved June 2015) with 2 fenced in off-leash dog playgrounds, one for the high energy larger dogs and one for the older, slower big dogs and smaller dogs.
We also have more than two miles of dog-friendly green-ways and trails, which serve as the trail-head for Gayle’s Trails.
Get out there to the park with your pups! Please be aware that you must clean up after your doggie, waste stations are available. Please be considerate of others and if your puppy make a mess, pick it up ! There’s always other dogs to play with if your animal gets along with others!