If you’re looking for a break from the sun, sand, and surf, Panama City Beach has a number of family friendly activities for you to enjoy.
Gulf World Marine Park
Live the Experience of a lifetime! Come to Gulf World Marine Park and see daily live shows featuring dolphins, sea lions, reptiles and tropical birds. Explore the indoor and outdoor tropical gardens, and see penguins, flamingos, sharks, alligators, sea turtles and more.
Gulf World Marine Park is one of the few places nationwide where you have the opportunity to swim with, high five, hug and kiss a dolphin! Interact with dolphins like you’ve never imagined! Don’t forget to stop by the sting ray petting pool to get up close to these fascinating creatures.
Shopping at Pier Park
Welcome to Pier Park, a Simon \”Signature Project\”, the premier shopping destination located in the heart of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Among the approximately 1.1 million square foot open-air regional lifestyle center, Pier Park features unique and popular shopping choices, as well as many dining and entertainment options. Located on Front Beach Road in the heart of Panama City Beach, Pier Park is ideally located to serve the area\’s growing residential community, exploding condo market, and over 7 million tourists that visit each year.
St. Andrews State Park
Located at the southeastern tip of Panama City Beach, St. Andrews State Park is probably one of the more beautiful places you will ever visit. This pristine 1,260-acre park offers a peek at what the entire beach area looked like before hotels, restaurants, and homes took over most of the 27 mile stretch of sugar white sands and emerald green waters.
If you are a water sports enthusiast, you can enjoy swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking and canoeing. Two fishing piers, a jetty, and a boat ramp provide ample fishing opportunities for anglers. If hiking is more your style, there are two nature trails that wind through a rich diversity of coastal plant communities, offering the perfect opportunity for bird-watching. Those wanting to relax can sunbathe on the beach or enjoy a leisurely lunch under the shade of a picnic pavilion.