Top Panama City Beach Attractions & Things to Do

Ready for a break? Then you’re ready for a getaway to Panama City Beach, Fla., one of the top family vacation destinations in the world. And here’s why: the true beauty of this location reflects from the emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico that lap onto the 27 miles of powder-perfect beaches, plus two state parks for outdoor recreation on and off the water, fishing charter opportunities, rounds of golf, and the best in festivals, dining, nightlife and fun, family-friendly attractions. We’ve put together a list of the top things to do in Panama City Beach at night and day for families and couples, young and old.

1. Catamaran Sailing & Snorkeling

Paradise Adventures has mastered the ultimate adventure tour on the water. Their 3.5-hour boat trip to the bay side of Shell Island, with dolphin sightings and music along the way, ends with a paradise of water attractions and vessels to choose from: catamaran rides, kayaks, snorkeling, paddle boards, banana boat rides, inflatables, a trampoline and waterslide off the boat.

Catamaran Sailing and Snorkeling

2. Shipwreck Island Waterpark

This adrenaline-pumping waterpark features more than 3 million gallons of water attractions for the entire family, from kiddie area Tadpole Hole to family slides like the Zoom Flume, the lazy river, wave pool and more slides with speed, like Tree Top Drop, The Free Fall and more.

Shipwreck Island Waterpark

3. Sea Screamer Dolphin Cruise

Considered the Best Dolphin Cruise on the Beach, the twin turbo-powered 73-foot Sea Screamer boat offers two-hour daytime and sunset cruises, which could be a top choice in Panama City Beach things to do for couples. The 10-mile ride tours the Shell Island waters and jetties near the state park, with plenty of dolphin sightings along the way.

Sea Screamer Dolphin Cruise

4. Sea Dragon Pirate Cruise

Arrgh you ready to explore the waters of Panama City Beach, pirate-style? Climb aboard the Sea Dragon for a two-hour cruise that offers wildlife sightseeing near the entrance to St. Andrews Bay, along with music singalongs, dancing, face painting and kids’ activities.

Sea Dragon Pirate Cruise

5. Gulf World

This marine park lets you get up close and interactive with marine life through its encounters and meet-and-greets with sea lions, dolphins and sting rays, plus their daily shows and shark and turtle feedings.

Gulf World

And when you’re ready for a night’s rest after a busy day of activities, choose to check into any
Panama City Beach condo rentals by Condo-World. Gulf front and picture-perfect, these resorts feature the best Gulf views, outdoor pools, fully equipped kitchens, on-site restaurants and more for families, large groups or parties of two (even pets). Plus, they’re all close to top beachfront dining that makes Panama City the “Seafood Capital of the World” and tons of shopping options.

Panama City Beach Condo