Ripley's Believe It or Not!#10 in Best Things To Do in Panama City Beach
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 7-D moving theater, the LaserRace Challenge and a mirror maze, if you're willing to pay extra.
Reviews were a bit mixed on this PCB location. Some said it was a fun way to spend an hour or two if you need a break from the beach, while others said the museum had a tired feel and was expensive compared to the area's other attractions. If you're not traveling with kids, this may not be worth your time and money, according to recent travelers.
You'll find Ripley's Believe It or Not! within walking distance of the downtown area. Single tickets, which do not include the site's other attractions like the mirror maze, the 7-D moving theater or the LaseRace Challenge, cost $17.99 for adults and $12.99 for children. For more information, visit the museum's website.
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#1 St. Andrews State Park
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 Shell Island, a 7-mile long undeveloped barrier island. Additionally, the park provides a concession stand with snacks, souvenirs and fishing supplies.
Recent visitors described the park as beautiful and praised the clean beach and facilities. Reviewers said the park can get quite crowded on the weekends and advised visiting during the week if your itinerary allows. And keep your eyes peeled for plenty of wildlife: travelers said there was a lot of activity in and out of the water from local animals like alligators, heron, ibis and white tail deer.
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