Pier Park#8 in Best Things To Do in Panama City Beach
PCB is first and foremost a beach destination. 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 hub, Pier Park is home to familiar chain restaurants like Olive Garden, Subway and Five Guys, along with popular stores like Charming Charlie, Dillard's and Old Navy, among others. When you need a reprieve from shopping, head to Pier Park Amusements, the on-site theme park (a hit with recent visitors). It features a giant slide, a small roller coaster and a free-fall ride, along with more gentle attractions for young children
Along with the variety of stores and activities, visitors particularly liked how clean and safe the area is.
Pier Park is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. You'll find this sprawling retail complex less than a mile from Gulf World Marine Park. There's no cost to peruse, but you'll still want to bring your wallet if you plan to do more than window shop. You'll also need to pay if you want to ride anything at Pier Park Amusements. Plan to park at Pier Park, which offers more than 4,000 free parking spots, if you want to ride the attractions at the theme park. To see a full store directory, visit the mall's website. To learn more about the theme park, check out its site.
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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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