Top 10 Panama City Beach Things to Do for Kids. This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Visit Panama City Beach. All opinions are 100% mine.
Top 10 Panama City Beach Things to Do for Kids
One thing I love about Florida? There’s always someplace new to discover.
Visiting the Florida Gulf Coast has always been on my Florida bucket list, and a family trip to Panama City Beach is definitely at the top of my list. With spring break here and summer right around the corner now is the time to plan your unforgettable Florida vacation.
Check out my Top 10 Panama City Beach Things to Do for Kids – and see exactly why this vacation spot is a great place for families to explore. Ready to plan your fun today? Let’s do this.
It’s all in the name. Sitting right along the Florida Gulf Coast, Panama City Beach offers kids huge stretches of soft white sand and beautiful turquoise waters for all day fun under the sun. It’s no wonder why so many families love to visit the Real. FUN. Beach.
Love exploring the best that nature has to offer? This town has some of the best state parks for discovering natural wildlife and different ecosystems. Take a hike through St. Andrews State Park or bike through one of the many trails through Camp Helen State Park.
My kids can never pass up the opportunity to get up-close with some of their favorite Florida animals. Panama City Beach offers lots of great places for animal encounters. Gulf World Marine Park is a fun place to swim with dolphins, say hi to sea lions, discover tanks full of fish, sea turtles and sharks, and walk through lush gardens of tropical birds.
Who else loves to collect shells? My kids always love an opportunity to gather beautiful Florida shells. This city is a perfect place to fall in love with shelling. Take a boat ride to Shell Island and discover 7 miles of amazing shell collecting.
If shopping is your vacation style, I love the atmosphere of Pier Park. This 900,000 square foot open air shopping and entertainment area offers a variety of chain and specialty shops, fun eateries and lots of attractions like laser tag, video games and a Mirror Maze to keep the little ones happy.
Is your family up for a little more adventure? PCB is a great place for water sports! Kayaking, snorkeling, swimming, jet skiing, airboat riding, paddle boarding, fishing – there are so many different ways to discover this Florida vacation spot.
Yes, this Panama City Beach activity gets its own category. PCB offers families their very own pirate cruise aboard a the “Sea Dragon” schooner. This pirate themed cruise includes dolphin sightings, pirate activities for kids and lots of pirate talk.
No family vacation is complete without the kid-friendly eats. Panama City Beach offers families lots of places where kids are always welcome. Line up for a famous fresh donut at Thomas Donut & Snack Shop, enjoy homemade ice cream from Kilwin’s Chocolate and Ice Cream or sit down to an all-you-can-eat buffet at Capt. Jack’s Family Buffet. There’s plenty of delicious options for your kids!
Looking for unique ways to keep your kids entertained? There are a wide variety of attractions that are kid-friendly. From mini golf to go-karts at Cobra Adventure Park to splashing at Shipwreck Island Waterpark to zip lining at Beachfront Adventures, fun is just around the corner!
One of the things we love about visiting new places is experiencing special events unique to that city. There are lots of special events throughout the year including music festivals, boat shows and more that are perfect for kids.
Ready for a family vacation? It’s time to Visit Panama City Beach. Learn more about this Florida destination and find more Panama City Beach Things to Do at the visit the Real. FUN. Beach. Your family vacation is waiting. Time to make it yours.
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Melissa Chapman says
Panama City Beach looks so pretty and generally unspoiled. I would love to take my kids to the Gulf World Marine Park to see the sea life up close. Shelling is great and shows the marine life is still going strong in that sea coast
I love this post. Most people think drunken debauchery when they think Panama City Beach, so I’m glad you showed us another family-friendly side.
OMG, thank you for this information/tips. I am hoping we can put a trip to Florida into our summer for a short getaway. I love the wrinkle fingers, which tells me someone been enjoying the water, a lot!
I can’t imagine any kid not wanting to pretend to be a pirate! That looks like a lot of fun!
Bill Sweeney says
What’s not to love about dolphins and sea lions? Collecting sea shells for mementos sounds like a great time.
Panama City Beach does sound extremely family friendly! My kids would love to get up close with the animals, while I’d love to take in the beach and shopping!
Kim Croisant says
I can sure get into the nature part and the shopping part of the city. I’m sure all that fun will really intrigue people to go there – me for sure.
Marcie W. says
You had my kids at beach, but Panama City seems to offer plenty of fun. It sounds like a great family vacation destination for sure!
Sarah Bailey says
Oh wow what some amazing things there seem to do in Panama City around the beaches. I have to admit I REALLY want to go the beach at the moment it has been way too long.
Claudia Krusch says
I love your post so much! I had a completely different idea of Panama City! Thank you for sharing it!
Annemarie LeBlanc says
My kids and grandkids would never let any summer pass without going to the beach. Panama City Beach is quite far from where we live, but it does look like an awesome place to take the family! I love that the place offers other activities too, and of course, yummy, delicious food for every one!
This place looks amazing. I am so going to take the kids here!
Sara Zielinski says
These look like great things to do on Panama Beach
Love the info… where’s the best place to stay?
I have been all over Florida. My favorite is Panama City Beach. I lived there in the late 70’s. Our parents, aunts, uncles always took all the kids to Panama for over 40yrs now. My sons were 2 and 5 when I started taking them. Now 32 and 35, they bring their kids to Panama City Beach. White sand and clear emerald waters are so calming and relaxing. There’s plenty for kids of all ages to see and do. You won’t regret it! Most affordable place and everyone is so friendly just like family. I’m looking forward to our monthly trip in September 2019. You just can’t get enough of Panama City Beach. Visit the shops in seaside and Santa Rosa. Less than 30 min drive. Grayson beach park is a must for everyone to see.