Panama City Beach Travel Guide

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Best Things To Do in Panama City Beach

Panama City Beach's sugar white sand is what primarily attracts families, couples and spring breakers year after year. But this vacation haven isn't just for beach bums. Outdoor adventurers will have plenty of land to explore at Conservation Park and the undeveloped Shell Island, while animal lovers can hop aboard dolphin sightseeing cruises or learn more about the area's various sea creatures at the Gulf World Marine Park. Those traveling with kids in tow will have plenty to do, too. When little ones aren't busy building sandcastles on the beach, they can marvel at the oddities at Ripley's Believe It or Not! or swoosh down water slides at Shipwreck Island Waterpark.

How we rank Things to Do
  • #1
    Things to do in Panama City Beach
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    #1 in Panama City Beach
    Beaches, Hiking, Parks and Gardens, Recreation
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Beaches, Hiking, Parks and Gardens, Recreation
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    St. Andrews State Park has enough attractions and activities to keep every member of your family happy. Along with a nearly 2-mile-long white sand beach, the park also boasts paved bike trails, marked hiking trails, water sports equipment rentals (including canoes, kayaks and snorkeling gear) and shuttle boat tours to

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  • #2
    Beaches
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    #2 in Panama City Beach
    Beaches, Sightseeing, Free
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    Beaches, Sightseeing, Free
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    Half Day to Full Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    With 27 miles of beaches and nearly 100 access points, PCB is a beach bum's paradise. You won't have a difficult time finding a stretch of sand to park your towel; in fact, you may have a harder time deciding on what shoreline to relax.

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  • #3
    Dolphin Tours
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    #3 in Panama City Beach
    Sightseeing, Tours
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Sightseeing, Tours
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    Though you can see and interact with dolphins at theGulf World Marine Park, locals and visitors will tell you: there's nothing like observing them in the wild. Dolphin tours are a popular to-do in Panama City Beach, and often described by travelers as their favorite experience in PCB.

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  • #4
    Shell Island
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    #4 in Panama City Beach
    Beaches, Hiking, Recreation
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    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Beaches, Hiking, Recreation
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    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    If you need a break from the crowds in Panama City Beach, consider making the short trip to Shell Island. This 7-mile-long barrier island runs east to west between the Gulf of Mexico and the St. Andrew Bay. Because it's undeveloped, you'll find plenty of coastal creatures and untouched vegetation,

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  • #5
    Conservation Park
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    #5 in Panama City Beach
    Hiking, Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Hiking, Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    When you're ready to explore more of PCB's nature, head to Conservation Park. As a safeguard for wetlands, wildlife and pine forest, the park is a natural filter, balancing treated water before it travels to the St. Andrews Bay. This nearly 3,000-acre park features 12 different trails of varying difficultly

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  • #6
    Shipwreck Island Waterpark
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    #6 in Panama City Beach
    Amusement Parks, Swimming/Pools
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Amusement Parks, Swimming/Pools
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Consistently described by visitors as a great place for families, Shipwreck Island Waterpark is a 20-acre facility that features a wave pool, a lazy river, several water slides and flumes, and two shallow pools perfect for novice swimmers. True to its name, it's also home to a replica of a

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    Fishing Charters
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    #7 in Panama City Beach
    Recreation, Tours
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    Recreation, Tours
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    As with other coastal Florida cities, Panama City Beach is a prime spot for both avid and novice anglers to cast a line. Though you can fish from the piers along the beach and at St. Andrew Bay or directly from the shore (with the proper fishing license), there are

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  • #8
    Pier Park
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    #8 in Panama City Beach
    Amusement Parks, Shopping, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Amusement Parks, Shopping, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    PCB is first and foremost abeachdestination. But when you need a break from the sun and surf (or if some clouds thwart your plans), the area has a bevy of attractions to keep you entertained away from the shoreline. Case in point: Pier Park. An outdoor retail, dining and entertainment

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    Gulf World Marine Park
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    #9 in Panama City Beach
    Zoos and Aquariums
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Zoos and Aquariums
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    If you love dolphins, you'll want to schedule a stop at Gulf World Marine Park. Though the park houses several other species, including sea turtles, stingrays, sharks and sea lions, dolphins are the main attraction here, and one of the major reasons visitors recommend spending a few hours at the

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    Ripley's Believe It or Not!
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    #10 in Panama City Beach
    Museums, Sightseeing
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Museums, Sightseeing
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Though Ripley's isn't unique to Panama City Beach, it is a favorite rainy day activity among families with young kids. Inside, you'll find oddities like shrunken heads, one-of-a-kind artwork and other interesting artifacts synonymous with the Ripley name. Along with the hands-on displays, this outpost is also home to a

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