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Guide To Panama City Beach Outdoors

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Panama City Beach offers just about every outdoor adventure possible, all framed by 27 miles of white sand and clear, emerald green waters. Whether you are up for a day at the beach or something a bit more extreme, you will find no shortage of outdoor experiences to pique your interest. Have fun!

Good for
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

10 Places

3 City Tips

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10 Places

Beach at Panama City

Beaches

Miracle Strip Amusement Park

Theme Parks

ZooWorld Zoological Conservatory

Zoos

Airboat Adventure

Boat Tours

Gator Country Alligator Park

Shipwreck Island Waterpark

Water Parks

Paradise Watersports

Parasailing & Paragliding

M.B. Miller County Pier

Piers & Boardwalks, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Goofy Golf PC

Game & Entertainment Centres

Aaron Bessant Park

Parks

Angela A's City Tips

  • One of the nicest times to visit for mild weather is in the late spring.
  • Panama City Beach has a sub-tropical climate and an average temperature of 74 degrees F (23 degrees C).
  • Panama City Beach always has tons of festivals in the calendar, so be sure to check for things that may either be of interest, or a reason to visit at another time.
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    Beach at Panama City
    Beaches
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    Angela A Says:

    The Beach at Panama City is the major draw to Panama City Beach, with its miles of white sand and crystal waters. There are plenty of restaurants, shopping opportunities, hotels, and amenities just steps away.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Try to arrive early to beat the crowds and to secure the perfect place on the sand!
    • Always be mindful of your personal belongings.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 72 things to do in Panama City Beach
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful White Beaches 17/11/2017
    • Still super white and nice Beach 16/11/2017
    • Beach at Panama City
    Phone:
    +1 850-233-5070
    Other:
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    Miracle Strip Amusement Park
    Theme Parks
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    Angela A Says:

    The Miracle Strip Amusement Park is the ideal outdoor adventure for families. The park offers thrilling rides ranging from a roller coaster to a carousel, with plenty of twisting and turning attractions in between.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    Tips
    • Check out the "early bird" ride specials.
    • Be mindful of height restrictions.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 things to do in Panama City Beach
    • Fun but pricey but fun! 04/07/2016
    • Sad to say goodbye! 01/07/2016
    • Miracle Strip Amusement Park
    Address:
    284 Powell Adams Dr
    Panama City Beach, FL 32413-2449
    Phone:
    +1 850-230-5200
    Other:
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    ZooWorld Zoological Conservatory
    Zoos
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    Angela A Says:

    ZooWorld is one of the highlights of most visits to Panama City Beach. Don't walk in expecting a large, metropolitan zoo however, because this is so much better! You will have experiences here, like feeding animals and interacting with the babies, that you could never have at a larger zoo!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • ZooWorld is the perfect outing if you want to spend some time outdoors, but aren't up to anything strenuous, and don't want to get wet!
    • Be sure to ask the employees any questions that you may have during your visit. They are so friendly, and it is obvious that they really care about the animals!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 72 things to do in Panama City Beach
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lots of fun 18/11/2017
    • Awesome experience... 11/11/2017
    • ZooWorld Zoological Conservatory
    Address:
    9008 Front Beach Rd
    Panama City Beach, FL 32407-4235
    Phone:
    +1 850-230-4839
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:30 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Airboat Adventure
    Boat Tours
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    Angela A Says:

    An Airboat Adventure is an adrenaline-packed way to really come face-to-face with the outdoors! On this 45-minute ride across West Bay, keep a look out for alligators and other wildlife, and hold on tight!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Alternatively, try a tour on a 24 foot Carolina Skiff, accommodating six passengers.
    • Reservations can be made online.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 89 Tours in Panama City Beach
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Better than I thought... 13/11/2017
    • Epic airboat adventure 05/11/2017
    • Airboat Adventure
    Address:
    6523 Highway 79
    Panama City Beach, FL 32413-9337
    Phone:
    +1 850-230-3822
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 19:00
    Other:
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    Gator Country Alligator Park
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    Angela A Says:

    The Gator Country Alligator Park offers fascinating ways to get up close and personal with these intelligent, intriguing reptiles. You can even get to hold a baby alligator and pose for a picture!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • A visit to Gator Country Alligator Park is included with any reservation at Airboat Adventure next door.
    • Check out their gift shop for unique souvenirs.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #31 of 72 things to do in Panama City Beach
    • MEET BUBBA THE ALLIGATOR! YOU JUST WON’T BELIEVE YOUR EYES! 01/08/2017
    • Beautiful sunset ride--did see gators from the airboat!! 13/07/2017
    • Gator Country Alligator Park
    Address:
    6523 Highway 79
    Panama City Beach, FL 32413-9337
    Phone:
    +1 850-230-3822
    Other:
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    Shipwreck Island Waterpark
    Water Parks
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    Angela A Says:

    Shipwreck Island Waterpark offers plenty of wet fun for the entire family! Experience a large children's play area, multiple slides ranging from mild to wild, and a lazy river. There are even plenty of places to simply relax and work on your tan!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    Tips
    • When hunger calls, there are plenty of tasty food and snack options available onsite.
    • Arrive early to avoid the larger, midday crowds.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 72 things to do in Panama City Beach
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Family Fun 13/11/2017
    • Water Are You Waiting For 09/11/2017
    • Shipwreck Island Waterpark
    Address:
    12201 Hutchison Blvd
    Panama City Beach, FL 32407-3424
    Phone:
    +1 850-234-3333
    Price range:
    US$34 - US$34
    Other:
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    Paradise Watersports
    Parasailing & Paragliding
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    Angela A Says:

    Paradise Watersports offers an exciting way to see Panama City Beach from up in the air and out over the shimmering, emerald Gulf of Mexico. If you have never gone parasailing, do it at Panama City Beach!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There are weight restrictions, and the minimum age to parasail is five years old.
    • Paradise Watersports also offers exhilarating Banana Boat Rides.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #28 of 84 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Panama City Beach
    • "Fantastic Time" 20/09/2017
    • Great time 15/08/2017
    • Paradise Watersports
    Address:
    5711 N Lagoon Dr
    Panama City Beach, FL 32408-3737
    Phone:
    +1 850-249-7245
    Price range:
    US$65 - US$65
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 19:00
    Other:
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    M.B. Miller County Pier
    Piers & Boardwalks, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Angela A Says:

    The M.B. Miller County Pier is a fun-filled place to walk, fish, or merely watch all of the excitement of the local fishermen hauling in their catch. The pier stretches 1,500 feet over the Gulf of Mexico, and the views are postcard perfect!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There is a small fee to enter the pier for the day.
    • Daily fishing licenses are available for purchase.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 72 things to do in Panama City Beach
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fishing 19/11/2017
    • Easy parking 16/11/2017
    • M.B. Miller County Pier
    Address:
    12213 Front Beach Rd
    Panama City Beach, FL 32407-3407
    Phone:
    +1 850-236-3035
    Other:
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    Goofy Golf PC
    Game & Entertainment Centres
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    Angela A Says:

    Goofy Golf has been around for over fifty years, and the two 18-hole courses offer eclectic fun! And these are no 'hands off' miniature golf courses, because patrons are urged to use the statues for climbing — just for fun, or to get a good view of the next hole.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • When you visit at night, the statues light up with glowing eyes!
    • If you want to take a little something home to remember your experience, look out for original postcards from 1959, which are on sale at the front desk.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 21 Fun & Games in Panama City Beach
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Part of my Childhood 08/11/2017
    • Goofy fun times witht the family 24/10/2017
    • Goofy Golf PC
    Address:
    12206 Front Beach Rd
    Panama City Beach, FL 32407-3400
    Phone:
    +1 850-234-6403
    Other:
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    Aaron Bessant Park
    Parks
    Angela A Says:

    Aaron Bessant Park is one of Panama City Beach's newest, and it offers three trails that are great for walking or jogging, plus an open common area that can be used for all sorts of outdoor fun!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The amphitheater hosts concerts with national acts, as well as community theater.
    • Dogs are welcome, but must be kept on a leash.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #28 of 72 things to do in Panama City Beach
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Emerald Coast Cruzin' 16/11/2017
    • Emerald Coast Cruizin' 13/11/2017
    • Aaron Bessant Park
    Address:
    600 Pier Park Dr
    Panama City Beach, FL 32413-2169
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