8 things to do in Panama City Beach anyone would enjoy doing. Keep reading to discover where to go kayaking, where to go see animals and more.White beaches in Panama City Beach


We were stationed near Panama City Beach for a few years and really enjoyed the area. There are all kinds of stuff to do there. Here is a list of 4 things to do in Panama City Beach that we enjoyed.

8 Fun Activities Near Panama City Beach

Visit Bear Creek Feline Center

Take a tour of the Bear Creek Feline Center: home to six species of lessor felines, including Jaguarundis, Florida Panthers, Bobcats, African Servals, African Caracals and Siberian Lynx.

Pump It Up

Take the kids to Pump it Up to burn off some energy. This is an indoor inflatable play place. Mon – Wed they have a toddler time for 2 – 6 year old from 10-11:30 for $6. Every Mon – Wed they also have elementary time from 3:30 – 5 for kids 6 and up.



St. Andrews State Park

Drive over to St. Andrews state park where there is an area enclosed by rocks making the a safe place for children to swim. The kids can swim and play and not worry about big waves, because it is shallow and calm! There is an entry fee of $5 a car to go in the park.  St. Andrews State park is also a wonderful place to take family beach pictures. You can also catch a cheap boat shuttle out to Shell Island here.

Shell Island

Shell Island

Hang Out on Shell Island

Shell Island is an uninhabited island right off the shores of Panama City Beach. It’s a great way to spend a day. You can rent a boat and drive yourself out there or take a shuttle.

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Kayak on Ecofina Creek

Go canoeing/camping/hiking at Econfina Creek. And while you are up that way, be sure to check out Pitt Spring. It’s a great way to see the beautiful fresh water springs without having to buy or rent a canoe. There is a shallow end of the spring for the kids to play and wade around in. There is also a beautiful nature walk that leads to another very shallow place where even babies can play. Some people even snorkel there. FYI – There is not a lot of parking.

mini golf at Pirate's Island Adventure

Mini golf at Pirate’s Island Adventure

Mini Golf

There are lots of places to go play mini golf in Panama City beach. They are all good, so no matter which one you decide to go to your family will have lots of fun. One of our favorite ones is Coconut Creek, because they also have a fun maze.

Be sure to check out some of our favorite Panama City Beach restaurants while you are in town.

go karting at Cobra Adventure Park in Panama City Beach

Go-karting at Cobra Adventure Park in Panama City Beach

Go Karting

There are lots of go-kart places in Panama City Beach. Our favorite is at Cobra Adventure Park. One thing to keep in mind is if it’s been raining, then they won’t be running. All the tracks have to be drive in order for people to be able to go kart.

Gulf World Panama City Beach

Gulf World Panama City Beach

Gulf World

To see some interesting birds and dolphins spend a few hours on Gurf World. They even have some shows you can watch including a bird show and a sea lion show. This is a great place to go if it happens to be raining.

Have you been to Panama City Beach? What is your favorite thing to do while you are in town?
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