Panama City Beach Family Friendly Activities

Panama City Beach is an ideal family-friendly vacation destination. It is packed with outdoor activities, dolphin tours, welcoming nature preserves filled with amenities, mini-golf courses, water parks and much more.

To get the most out of your next family vacation here, you’ll find a quick guide below to a few of the area’s top family-friendly activities that are sure to please everyone in your group.

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St. Andrews State Park

Visiting St. Andrews State Park is a must during any family vacation to Panama City Beach. This scenic oceanside preserve has pristine sugar white sands and clear emerald waters for swimming, wildlife viewing, shelling, snorkeling, beachgoing, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, swimming and more.

Head out with the group on two incredible nature trails for some exercise and bird watching. A picnic pavilion is available for a scenic and relaxing outdoor lunch with your group. You can also pick up snacks, fishing supplies and souvenirs at a concession stand for your convenience.

As one of the top benefits of staying at Dunes of Panama, you will have St. Andrews State Park almost right next door to explore it to your heart’s content. Find it at 4607 State Park Ln, Panama City Beach, FL 32408.

Water Planet

Water Planet offers some incredible opportunities for dolphin swim tours for the family on nearby Shell Island. It is one of the few opportunities to experience dolphins up close during a swim, and the company has been professionally run since 1995.

Water Planet offers the unique opportunity for safe and close encounters with dolphins, and there are multiple tours available including boat tours, swimming opportunities with the dolphins, and even dolphin therapy.

You and your family will receive a full education about what you can and cannot do during the tour. You will also get to see a wide range of other fascinating local marine life.

Many who have tried this experience say that it is thrilling and life-changing. Find Water Planet at 5709 N Lagoon Dr, Panama City Beach, FL 32407, just a few minutes from our Panama City Beach vacation rentals.

Shipwreck Island Water Park

Shipwreck Island Water Park is the ideal fun spot to bring the entire family to cool off and enjoy 11 different rides including a wave pool, several water slides, an inner tube ride, a dueling water plunge and others.

It’s easy to spend an entire day at the park, and it is a fun and safe alternative to outdoor exploration for the young ones. You also will find a wide range of food and beverage options right there for your convenience including BBQ, burgers, pizza, wraps, ice cream, and frozen drinks.

Find Shipwreck Island Water Park at 12201 Hutchinson Blvd., Panama City Beach, FL 32407.

Coconut Creek Family Fun Park

Coconut Creek Family Fun Park is made for family entertainment as the name suggests, with two separate 18-hole miniature golf courses filled with tropical landscaping, waterfalls, bridges, and incredible life-size animal statues of elephants, gorillas, monkeys, zebras and giraffes throughout.

It’s well worth a quick round of putt-putt golf with the family, and there is also a fun giant human-sized outdoor maze to test your navigational skills and find four checkpoints before leaving.

This park has great prices and is sure to be fun for everyone in your group. Daily and annual passes are available and children under the age of 6 can visit for free!

Find Coconut Creek Family Fun Park at 9807 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach FL 32407, also right by our vacation rentals!

What Else is There to Do in Panama City Beach for Families?

These are just a few of the top things to do for families here – from welcoming beaches, to the year-round community and holiday events, shopping at Pier Park, boat and wildlife tours, snorkeling and more, Panama City Beach is the place to go for a thrilling vacation for all ages.

Our Panama City Beach vacation condos are right in the midst of all the action and the ideal home base to explore everything fun that this pristine beach paradise has to offer! Call us today at 800-874-2412 to learn more or plan out your next family vacation here.

July 4th Events in Panama City

Panama City Beach is known for its gorgeous Gulf views and multitude of things to do. The fun is taken to a new level when you visit this beach city over the Fourth of July holiday.

Book a stay at one of our Panama City Beach rentals and have easy access to some of the best holiday events on the Gulf Coast. Below is a quick guide to where to see fireworks in Panama City Beach, as well as some of the many Panama City Beach events and activities.

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The Star-Spangled Spectacular

As far as popular opinion goes, the Star-Spangled Spectacular in Panama City is the biggest fireworks display on the Gulf Coast.

The Spectacular is a joint collaboration between the M.B. Miller County Pier and the city, with the goal of both celebrating our country’s independence and kicking off the summer season.

For something a little different, this year’s event organizers will be offering a playlist of songs timed perfectly with the fireworks. To tune in, visitors can download the Kick’n 103.5 app and let the playlist roll.

While the event is totally free, bring some cash to buy a snack at the concession stands, which will be open throughout the day as chairs and tables are set up to accommodate the many expected visitors.

Parking may be hard to find, especially in the days leading up to the show. Instead, opt for the Bay Town Trolley in order to enjoy the event without the stress of fighting your way through traffic and vying for limited parking spaces along the water.

The fireworks will be held at the M.B. Miller County Pier, located at 12213 Front Beach Rd., Panama City Beach, FL. The show begins promptly at 9 p.m.

The Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater Summer Concert

Music will erupt from the Aaron Bessant Park every Thursday evening over the summer.

Here in Panama City Beach, you can enjoy one activity after another. One of the most popular Panama City Beach events, the summer concert series gives you the opportunity to listen to great music outside in one of the community’s lush parks.

All of the events in the series are free, and are located 600 Pier Park Dr., Panama City Beach, FL. They feature an array of family-friendly activities, as well as close proximity to the Pier Park shopping area. Through the event is free to attend, be sure to bring blankets, a drink cooler, and lawn chairs. Pets are also welcome. The show is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

Only July 5th, the concert series will offer and a special treat for guests: fireworks to further celebrate Independence Day – the day after. Stay after the show for a fireworks encore to make the Independence Day spirit even brighter.

Light Up the Gulf

Light Up the Gulf is one of the most-awaited holiday events in the area – and, like many others, it all ends with fireworks.

The Boardwalk Beach Resort Hotel & Convention Center is hosting a grand beachside show at 9600 S. Thomas Dr., Panama City Beach, FL.

Both hotel guests and the general public are welcome to attend. There is no cost for admission; simply bring your own beach gear and hang out for the day. The fireworks are set to launch at around 8:30 p.m. on July 6.

The Veteran’s Memorial Event

Before the fireworks are launched high into the sky on the evening of July 4, thousands gather to reflect on American history and remember those who fought to make this country what it is today.

The event takes place at 600 Pier Park Dr., Panama City Beach, FL, on the morning of July 4, around 9 a.m., and continues into the afternoon. Local politicians, businesspeople, and community leaders are expected to make an appearance.

For more information about our available Panama City Beach rentals, call us today at 800-874-2412. We can not only help you find the perfect home away from home, but help you decide which holiday events and activities you’d like to take the kids to.

Get in touch with our team for information on things to do, events, and activities this summer in Panama City Beach.

Shopping in Panama City Beach

Sure, Panama City Beach has some of the most stunning beaches on the gulf coast. The family attractions are numerous, and events are hosted month that rally the community together for a great cause.

But as a vacationer taking a break from the sun, it is time to treat yourself to some shopping time. Thankfully, you have plenty of excellent places to go for shopping in Panama City Beach. Below is your guide to getting the most out of the local boutiques.

Visit the Pier Park Shopping Center

The Pier Park Shopping Center in Panama City Beach is like your one-stop shop for all things “beach.” It is 1.1 million square feet of shopping, dining, and entertainment.

You can dig up just about anything that you can take to the water in the many local boutique shops here as well as conveniently located retail stores that you are familiar with in this fun shopping area. You can also grab a quick bite and take it to the beach.

You have many quaint and unique local places you won’t find anywhere else. For example, Avenue Sea has some awesome accessories, tableware, and home decorations that you could look to add to your collection.

The center also has a lot of niche apparel providers. You won’t go wrong stepping into Chico’s or Francesca’s for some modern apparel designs with premium quality. These shops offer sleek quality clothing that will dazzle.

Find some stylish home decorating items at Footprints. Shimmering Seas and Synchronicities are both local-centric places to shop for cute tops, local-made sundresses, jewelry, and other items you will feel comfortable in.

You got will find plenty of dining, deals, and even a Ferris wheel to explore. The shopping plaza is celebrating its 10-year anniversary, and the buys are better than ever. It is located at 600 Pier Park Dr., Panama City Beach, FL 32413.

A few more of some of the most popular local stores in Panama City Beach are highlighted below, but there are plenty more to explore and cater to your unique interests.

Coastal Casuals

Coastal Casuals is also located in Pier Park, and it is a blast. You can find some of the most colorful beachwear in the city. It is also completely local. The team will help you accessorize your choices with some hand-crafted handbags, shoes, and free fabrics.
The shop is at 800 Pier Park Dr # 115, Panama City Beach, FL 32413 if you want to head directly there. It is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. with hours from noon to 7 p.m. on Sundays.

Ron Jon Surf Shop

Ron Jon Surf Shop is located in the Pier Park Shopping Center at 16150 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32413. If you have never heard of it, this classic surf spot is the quintessential beach extravaganza.
It is all things beach-themed, including surfboards, apparel, kids’ toys, beach blankets, souvenirs and trinkets, safety gear, scuba equipment, and even hermit crabs. The shop is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and closes at 7 p.m. on Sundays.

Hy’s Toggery

Hy’s Toggery is also located in Pier Park at 700 S Pier Park Dr # 165, Panama City Beach, FL 32413. It is known for high-quality and fashionable apparel, including outerwear, casual clothing, and high-end modern classics built to last.
This modern and premium shop competes by making things classy but not “suits and ties” classy. The outfits are slick, well-fitting, and well-built without losing that casual and laid-back energy.
This apparel-focused outlet is a top spot to shop for visitors looking for a contemporary and classy look. It is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day, with limited hours from noon to 7 p.m. on Sundays.

Alvin’s Island

Alvin’s island has a few locations in the city, but the one near our Panama City Beach vacation rental homes is right against the coast at 4200 Thomas Dr, Panama City, FL 32408.
Alvin’s Island makes sure you are ready for the beach with an affordable range of sometimes necessary beach buys. Forget your suntan lotion? You have nearly a whole aisle of options. How about beach gear, such as toys, towels, and umbrellas? Alvin’s Island has you covered.
The shop is also clean and a different vibe from some of the tourist-trap beach shops. Items are made with long-lasting quality in mind, including swimsuits for men and women, games, and a variety of unique souvenirs you can take back – from alligator toy heads to bottle shaped bottle openers with toy fish inside, candy, magnets, shells, key chains and more.

Alvin’s Island is open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day.

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Biking in Panama City

Resting right along the Gulf of Mexico, Panama City Beach is home to subtle wetlands, maritime woodlands, vibrant wildlife, and sprawling beaches.

The community embraces a real Floridian lifestyle by adopting a bike-friendly atmosphere. This includes bike paths along the major streets like Thomas Drive and Front Beach Road, the beaches (with a special beach cruiser bike), and multiple dedicated paved and mountain cycling trails.

Forget a rental vehicle (at least for some part of the vacation) if you can manage it. It is expensive and cumbersome, especially when you have the alternative of seamlessly gliding in and around the sights of your beachfront Panama City Beach rental.

Panama City Beach is extremely bike-friendly. Spacious biking trails line the major streets, and biking is allowed on virtually any beach area. This includes the private beach area outside the Dunes of Panama beachfront Panama City Beach rentals. Cruiser bikes with special tires can be rented to make sure you glide over the sands smoothly.

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Where are the Biking Paths?

There are at least a few major dedicated Panama City Beach biking trails, and even more, if you get creative with your adventuring.

Gayle’s Trails

Gayle’s Trails are a group of linear paved trails that begin at Frank Brown Park and head up to the massive Panama City Beach Conservation Park (6200 Panama City Beach Pkwy, Panama City Beach, FL). Gayle’s Trails offer cyclists the choice of three routes with a round trip of up to 19.5 miles. Gayle’s Trails are part of a growing network of bike trails in Panama City Beach.

Conservation Park

Conservation Park (100 Conservation Drive, Panama City Beach, FL) is also a rewarding place to traverse on bike or foot once you arrive, with wide hiking trails and an incredible 24 mile off road mountain bike trail. You’ll find a variety of opportunities for outdoor recreation here and can easily spend several hours, with hours of operation going from dawn to dusk.

The Watersound Trail

The Watersound Trail (530 Pathways Dr, Panama City Beach, FL) is a new 5-mile trail which connects the Watersound Origins community to Conservation Park. This old logging road biking journey carries you through gorgeous cypress domes, scattered wetlands, and blooming purple Liatris flowers during the fall. The 5-mile trail doesn’t take much time to complete and offers bountiful natural views at every turn.

The extensive biking trails of Panama City Beach are always evolving and growing. What began as a few straightforward bike paths in city streets has grown to incorporate parking rest stops, dedicated picnic areas, clubhouses on Watersound Trail, and scenic boardwalk pathways into natural areas. The paths continue to expand to give you full access to different terrains and territories of this beachside city escape.

With traffic being minimal during early morning hours, even the streets are very bikeable, including both Front Beach Road and Thomas Drive which have dedicated bike paths much of the way.

Where Can You Rent a Bike on Panama City Beach?

You can rent a bike from nearly every corner by the beach. Rental providers offer cruiser rentals, family-friendly equipment, high-end mountain bikes, and other accessories as needed. You can find a whole new list of things to do just by visiting a few of the major rental providers in the city, and they often offer equipment rental for other sports.
Below are three main city providers that offer rental opportunities.

Bike the Beach PCB

Location: 15812 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32413
Bike the Beach PCB caters to the family audience looking for something simple and affordable as they cruise the soft sands. Rentals include trikes, kid bikes, cruisers, and carrier for a pet or young child. Rates vary but average about $10 a day or $55 for a week.
The team at Bike the Beach PCB can also guide you to the closest bike trails and other tips for families. You can find them open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Barley’s Bike Rentals

Location: 169 Griffin Blvd #113, Panama City Beach, FL 32413
Barley’s Bike Rentals is popular for their thorough biking knowledge and stock of many top brands. If you want a bike built to endure the longer biking paths and tough trail conditions, Barley’s can get you set up right.
They are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The rentals vary from mountain bikes to trikes and beach cruisers.

Peddlers 30A

Location: 10343 E County Hwy 30A #115, Panama City Beach, FL 32413
This bike rental provider is open a little late, so you can rent a bike for a late trip along the quiet north side of Panama City Beach. Weekend deliveries are also available. Visit Peddlers 30A from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Our Panama City Beach vacation rentals are located in one of the most exclusive areas, offering unique access to the beach for biking when you wish, as well as several nearby trails.

Our resort is family-oriented, with spectacular views and close proximity to the city attractions. Enjoy a fitness room, tennis and basketball courts, private beach access, and more with our assortment of breathtaking beachfront Panama City Beach rentals. Explore the area by bike, over sand, streets, and biking trails. Give us a call today at 800-874-2412.

Best Place To Get A Bathing Suit in Panama City Beach

You have plenty of places to see and things to do on your vacation getaway to Panama City Beach. But you have to save just a little time to check out the shops, especially if you are in pursuit of a brand new bathing suit.

Fortunately for you, there are places to go at every turn. What are some of the best places to get a bathing suit without ever heading far from the Panama City beaches? Take the opportunity to shop the day away and watch the hours rush on by.

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Big Willy’s Beach Company

Location: 9703 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32407

The name is no coincidence – the place is utterly massive. Swimsuits are lined on extended racks throughout every square foot of this beach-themed shop. Choose from hundreds of pairs of sunglasses to complement your swimsuit.

Visit the glass counters for some quality beach jewelry – perfect for an afternoon by the water. Don’t forget to equip yourself right with snorkel gear, beach towels, sandals, sundresses, and a whole lot more.

You can get lost in the endless shuffle of stuff to see. Of course, take some time to find the perfect bathing suit. You have huge dedicated sections for men, women, and children. The place is affordable, giving you the best in-road to find a bathing suit that is both cost-friendly and will actually last more than a few years.

To top it all off, Big Willy’s is only a few blocks back from the beach. You might even be able to manage to walk there from the coast.
This beach warehouse is open from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. with an extended opening hour to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Ron Jon Surf Shop

Location: 16150 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32413

Ron Jon Surf Shop is a beach gear and surfing retail chain that was founded in 1959, with a location in the Pier Park Shopping Center in Panama City Beach. It is surrounded by dozens of other shops, but few can compete with the sheer scale of beach equipment and apparel found here.

Ron Jon Surf Shop is known for having affordable ocean sport gear, clothing and equipment, from snorkeling gear to surf gear, beach towels and other accessories. If you managed to forget anything beach-related for your vacation away, (especially a bathing suit) stop here.

The styles range from traditional and safe to some of the funkiest and most niche-oriented suits anywhere. If you ever wanted a Spongebob Squarepants or Dragonball Z bathing suit, come on in. Grab some surfing gear while you’re there.

Ron Jon Surf Shop is, above anything else, a really fun time. The shop is massive and fun to just explore and see what you can find in the shelves and hanging high up on the walls.
The shop is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. It closes at 7 p.m. on Sundays.

Shipwreck Ltd.

Location: 10570 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32407

You can’t go wrong with buying your bathing suit at Shipwreck Ltd. This retail shop is an adventure all of its own. It embodies the pirate spirit – always energetic and often loud, with apparel that showcases your sassy side.
Find fun bikinis for women, fanciful trunks for men, and cozy beachwear for all. Though you will never run short of eccentric bathing suit designs for men and women, you will also find hats, belts, shoes, and other accessories.
It’s open every day from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. in a popular little plaza.


Location: 17292 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32413

Sunsations is a staple of Panama City Beach. With multiple locations, most of them right up against the coast, Sunsations is a main place to find fitting beachwear with a little attitude. The suits are often colorful and patterned, giving you a little pep on the sands.

Beach apparel includes bikinis, sundresses, beach hats, cute sandals, sunglasses, and big castle-making kits for the family.
Sunsations’ hours vary, but the locations are typically open from 8 a.m. to midnight. Sunsations is open late so you can pop on in after getting an unexpected invite to a beach party.
Panama City Beach is a place where you can find some incredible apparel to wear on vacation and a variety of gifts you can take home for a friend.

Vacation Rentals on Panama City Beach

Our rentals sit right on the gulf so that you can explore the beaches here to your heart’s content. Get exclusive balcony views overlooking the ocean. Wake up in the morning with a cup of coffee and the tender glow of the sun. We deliver the amenities you want and need, from complete beach-themed furnishings, beach access, multiple pools, a fitness room, and events for the kids. Give our team a call at 800-874-2412 to learn more.

Memorial Day Activities and Events in Panama City

If there was an official start to the summer season, it would be Memorial Day. For millions of Americans, this weekend initiates a reinvigorating new stage. It represents the closing of the early months of the year and the refreshing air of newness that the summer season brings.

If you landed on this page here with us, you are probably already exploring a Memorial Day vacation getaway. There may be no matter better place to do it than the attractive, affordable, and scenic beaches of Panama City Beach.

Stay at any of our top beachfront vacation rentals on Panama City Beach and choose from dozens of events, activities, dining destinations, and ocean sports to celebrate the start of summer.

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Memorial Day Weekend Activities

Panama City Beach is your oyster this Memorial Day weekend (May 26th – 28th). You can find several events, thrilling water activities and adventures to enjoy for all skill levels.

Take a trip to Aaron Bessant Park (600 S Pier Park Dr, Panama City Beach, FL 32413) for the afternoon and early evening festivities. The park typically features live music, local vendors, and overall 70-acres to walk and explore. It’s a popular hangout throughout the holiday weekend.

Around Memorial Day, several free Panama City Beach summer concert series also start to kick off, including the PCB Summer Concert Series which is held in the Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheatre from 7 to 9 p.m. each Thursday from early June through August.

Get more details on Memorial Day events and the upcoming PCB concert series as the date approaches on the Panama City Beach Parks and Recreation website.

Little Village in Panama City

Head inland to Panama City to explore what Little Village has to offer in the way of Memorial Day things to do. Little Village is located at 2808 W 12th St, Panama City, FL 32401. It is home to some splendid and rustic shops, great local food, and live outdoor music.

On May 27th, KC Phelps is performing in the village. May 29th is a fun and frantic trivia night, and Brian Muth will be following up the festivities on May 30th.


You can grab a delectable Memorial Day lunch at Barefoot Hideaway Grill (15405 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32413). The boisterous and colorful deck and the surrounding beach is the perfect backdrop to dine in. The restaurant will be open at 7 a.m. and closes at 10 p.m. Dine right on the water, with some local music to ring in the season.

Capt. Anderson’s (5551 N Lagoon Dr, Panama City, FL 32408) is ranked as one of the best seafood restaurants from Southern Living. It’s a radiant building with an accomplished menu of fine dining delights. This is another go-to Memorial Day dinner option among several in Panama City Beach that we can inform you about by calling 800-874-2412.

Water Sports

Take a snorkel cruise with an informative local guide with Dolphin and Snorkel Tours (3824 Hatteras Lane, Bay Point Marina, Panama City Beach, FL). Head out on trips of about 1.5 hours, which leave from the Bay Point Marina. All equipment is included.

You can also rent a jet ski from Emerald Surf WaterSports (20723 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32413) or take a dolphin-themed cruise with the aptly titled Jet Ski Dolphin Tours (5711 N Lagoon Dr, Panama City, FL 32408).

Both providers deliver the kind of water-bound experience you may want for Memorial Day. But that’s only the beginning. You can parasail the waters with Paradise Watersports (5711 N Lagoon Dr, Panama City Beach, FL 32408) or grab a bike and ride along the shores with Beachside Motorsports (12500 Front Beach Rd, Panama City, FL 32407).

Throw yourself into the celebrations to kick off the summer season. Indulge in the frantic fun of all the many things to do, from shelling along the radiant beaches, listening to talented live musicians, snorkeling through colorful reefs, soaring across the sky in a parasail, or just lounging on the beach outside the best beachfront vacation rentals on Panama City.

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Give us a call at 800-874-2412 for information on the nearby attractions, events, things to do, and more information on how you can call Panama City Beach your home for the holiday.

Spring Events in Panama City

The weather is getting warmer and you’re eager to plan your next vacation. It is time to get out there and see what is happening in Panama City and Panama City Beach this spring.

Your visit to Florida’s scenic panhandle might be filled with several lovely afternoons on the beach. But the city is bustling with events of all kinds, from kid-friendly western-themed events to motorcycle rallies.

It is quite the place to be. Read below for some of the most exciting things to do when visiting Panama City this year.

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Seabreeze Jazz Festival – April 18-20, 2018

The Seabreeze Jazz Festival at Aaron Bessant Park is a perfect example of the wide variety of events you can participate in while visiting Panama City Beach this spring. Sure, you can see the motorcycles or jeeps, but for many, it’s all about the smooth jazz of some iconic greats.

The Seabreeze Jazz Festival has hit its 20th anniversary this year and is sure to bring out some crowd-pleasing jazz elites to celebrate it.

You can see headliners, like the Commodores and Kool and the Gang, perform their pop perfections. Other headliners include Brian Culbertson, Boney James, and Gerald Albright. A full list of lesser-known but highly talented jazz artists include Rachelle Ferrell, Spyro Gyra, Peter White, Richard Elliot, and Ragan Whiteside.

You can purchase admission for a single day for about $90. Admission for the entire four-day event is about $250 per person. The event begins April 18th and ends April 22nd.

 It will begin at 2 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. It is expected to end around 11 p.m. You can park for free at Pier Park.

The event takes place at the Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater at Pier Park Dr. Panama City Beach, Florida. This is a classic jazz event. They just don’t make them like this anymore.

Kid’s Fishing Rodeo – April 28, 2018

This free event takes the fun of the rodeo to the water. It’s quite simple. Bring your kids out to the park to experience some fun old-school fishing.

All equipment will be provided to participants. The goal of the event is to promote local fishing as a hobby as well as teach sound and safe fishing practices. Kids will be educated on how to unhook a fish, what sizes to look for, and other fishing tips.

This event is entirely free and open to ages 16 and under. Lunch is provided for all.

The event is April 28th 2018, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. It takes place at the Frank Brown Park, located at 16200 Panama City Beach Pkwy, Panama City Beach, FL. You can contact (850)-233-5045 for more details.

Thunder Beach Spring Rally – May 2-6, 2018

The Thunder Beach Spring Rally is a roaring good time. It’s all about the growl of the motors and the fun of the noise. The event features an array of rip-roaring events, revolving around the Thunder Beach Bike Show. Participants bring the best motorbikes and motorcycles out for display, fully tuned and primed with accessories.

The event features a bike parade, a tattoo contest, and a contest for Miss Thunder Beach. The Thunder Beach Spring Rally is a blast and runs May 2nd to May 6th 2018. The event is located at 550 Pier Park Dr. Panama City Beach, Florida.

Jeep Beach Jam – May 15-20, 2018

Jeep enthusiasts all over the country have migrated to Panama City Beach for the annual Jeep Beach Jam. Frankly, it’s an easy sell. The event showcases collector jeeps for display and brand new models fully accessorized for your viewing pleasure.

The Jeep Beach Crawl is the most popular event. But don’t forget the intercoastal races, various rock and mound obstacles courses, and more. Visitors can even find some free music in the park and a slew of vendors will offer some of the finest Jeep merchandise.

The event is May 15th to May 20th. The event, like many in Panama City Beach, is located at Frank Brown Park (16200 Panama City Beach Pkwy, Panama City Beach, FL).

Registration is about $50, and it gives you access to every part of the event, including the Poker Run, parking, scavenger hunt, the drive-in movie, the welcome dinner at Bonfire Luau’s, cash raffle, surf school, and more.

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Contact us at 800-874-2412 for information about our comfortable beachfront rentals in Panama City Beach. You can find your own perfect vacation home to explore the many energetic and entertaining events of Panama City Beach’s spring season.

Easter Activities and Events in Panama City Beach

It’s another spring in Panama City Beach, and that means another calendar of seasonal Easter events to appreciate. Make your way over to Panama City Beach this Easter for your next family-friendly vacation getaway to enjoy a plethora of events next to some of the most pleasant beach scenery you’ll find anywhere.

Panama City Beach offers a splendid mix of smaller and more intimate Easter activities next to some big and celebratory get-togethers. Below is a look at some of the area’s staple events that happen every year. Make the most out of your trip by coming on down and seeing what is in store.

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Schooner’s Egg Hunt

Schooners Restaurant has hosted their youth beach Easter event for many years each Easter weekend Saturday. It is called the Little Locals Beach Easter Egg Hunt, and it is likely one of the most popular Easter activities for families that you will find.

Kids of all ages can receive prizes of candy, gift certificates, and more for their spirited collecting. Hunts are divided by age, including 0-2, 3-4, 5-6, and 7-9. This gives all ages a chance to find as many eggs as possible with friends.

Registration for the event begins at 8:30 a.m. The event this year will feature a massive Easter-themed sandcastle. It takes place outside Schooner’s at 5121 Gulf Dr, Panama City, FL 32408 on March 31st.

The 2019 dates for the event are April 19 to the 21st. You can even pop on by to the city again in 2020 from April 10 to the 12th for similar Easter excitement at Schooners.

The Furry 5K

The Humane Society is tying in their special Furry 5K event around the Easter festivities. This April 7th at 8 a.m., you can bring the whole family along for a casual 5K run to support the ongoing mission of finding homes for the homeless animals.

Your energy will support the organization. Bring your dog along. Pet some animals in need of love. Surround yourself by love-filled dogs and cats following Easter weekend.

A single person is $30. Team rates are also available. The event will take place at the Frank Brown Park, located at Panama City Beach Pkwy, Panama City Beach, FL.

Easter Brunch Buffet at Boars Head Tavern

You can take the kids to the Easter egg hunt, get up early for the pet run, or just lounge on the beach for the holiday. But, at some point, you have to eat and may as well eat big.

The Easter Brunch Buffet at Boars Head Restaurant and Tavern brings out the most enthusiastic big brunch eaters for the holiday.

Find fresh shrimp, steak omelets, char-grilled fish fillets, and seemingly everything in between for one of the city’s most bombastic Easter brunches.

The restaurant is located at 17290 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32413. Brunch is the entire mid-day of Easter Sunday, April 1st. You can call the restaurant at (850) 234-6628 for further details on prices, what dishes to expect, and reservations.

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Our condo rentals are conveniently located in Panama City Beach at 7205 Thomas Drive, near all of the best Easter and post-Easter events and activities – giving you the perfect home base to experience it all, right on the beach!

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The 3 Prettiest Dining Views in Panama City Beach

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Stunning Beach Views, and Nothing Less:

Dining in Panama City Beach means the chance to watch the sun go down over the Gulf of Mexico while you indulge in the catch of the day.

Take advantage of Florida’s beautiful northern coast, with a water view while on vacation.

The three Panama City Beach restaurants below offer some of the most stunning views you can possibly find in the area. With food to match the scenery, these restaurants are must-visits during your stay at one of our Panama City Beach vacation rentals.

Hook’d Pier and Grill

Location: 16201 Front Beach Rd., Panama City Beach, FL

Hook’d know they have a premier location on the water. The website even includes a page for photos, a celebration of its sensational coastline views frequently snapped from the outdoor seating area.

This uninterrupted water view is complemented by a nearby pier and a walking path, where locals and visitors gather to fish, jog, and play. The restaurant’s ocean-inspired décor ties together perfectly laid-back atmosphere and casual food.

The menu includes all a variety of specialty dishes, such as a cheesesteak covered in melted provolone and sautéed peppers and fish and shrimp tacos smothered a tropical mango-pico blend sauce – and much more. It is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day.

Sharkey’s Beachfront Restaurant

Location: 15201 Front Beach Rd., Panama City Beach, FL

Sharkey’s is big, bombastic, and open almost all the time. From 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day of the week, you can grab a meal and a mean margarita – all overlooking the crystal blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Some menu highlights include a mango salad, the Hawaiian tuna poke, the famous Shark Bites, and the Seafood Mac and Cheese – the likely candidate one of the most desirable local delicacies – made with Tasso cheese, Bay scallops, crawfish, shrimp, and Panko breadcrumbs.

Not only a feast for the eyes and mouth, Sharkey’s has live music almost every night of the week. When there is no live music (most Sundays, for example), you’ll find a fun social event, such as trivia or bingo.

Have a cold beer or a frozen drink against the backdrop of a beautiful water view. Listen to local artists jam out as the sun rolls over the horizon. It doesn’t get much better than this. Contact Sharkey’s at (850) 235-2420 for information.

Captain Anderson’s Restaurant and Waterfront Market

Location: 5551 N. Lagoon Dr., Panama City, FL

Captain Anderson’s is somewhere between a restaurant and a fish market – perfect for visitors who want to live like locals.

Visitors can order top-tier scallops, shrimp cocktails, calamari, mushroom caps, and more from the dinner menu. This marketplace offers takeout, so you can carry items back to your Panama City Beach vacation rentals.

Visitors expect a beach view while dining at Panama City Beach restaurants, and at Captain Anderson’s the view is particularly unique. This eatery offers a front-row seat to the local fishers who sail the gulf for fresh seasonal catches. They can be seen throughout the early evening unloading their fishing boats, charters, and yachts – usually full of Gulf delicacies.

While you can venture to the dock any time of year to watch the daily fishing routine unfold, please note that the restaurant is only open seasonally. Give them a call at (850) 234-2225 for 2018 dates and hours.

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Here at Panama City Beach, you can not only dine with a breathtaking water view, but you can also live with one. Contact us at 800-874-2412 for our available Panama City Beach vacation rentals, many of them right on the beach.

We feature top-of-the-line amenities in relaxing, family-style condos of 2 to 3 bedrooms each, accommodating 6 to 10 people easily!

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Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in Panama City Beach

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A collection of tiny people, eccentric animals, one-of-a-kind talents, seemingly impossible feats, and everything in the book of bizarreness, Ripley’s Believe It or Not is a celebration of all things weird.

What makes Ripley’s special is that it is all real – and ready for visitors to see for themselves. Ripley’s Believe It or Not has challenged our conception of the possible for decades, offering insight into some of the most fascinating stories of extraordinary feats and human weirdness.

The Ripley’s Believe It or Not in Panama City Beach is one of the best family-friendly attractions to explored during any trip here. Below is a guide to Ripley’s Panama City Beach. But words can’t describe the oddities, so be sure to take a brief beach break and see it firsthand.

Ripley’s: Believe the Unbelievable

The museum’s main hall, the Odditorium, features many of Ripley’s permanent exhibits. The Odditorium is filled with shrunken heads, car-part sculptures, and an authentic vampire killing kit, as well as multimedia stories of crazy achievements and many games and activities for the whole family.

Visitors can venture off to the Titanic Room to see the peculiar history of the doomed vessel. Both adults and children can dip their hands in wax, play maze games, and measure themselves against the tallest man on earth. Floating cars, a jungle gym, and some absurdly ambitious art are all included in the museum. Be sure to take lots of pictures!

General admission to the museum is $18 for adults and $14 for children. There is ample parking in the museum lot. The museum suggests you allot about two hours to explore the sights and attractions.

Extra Attractions

While Ripley’s has some universal objects and exhibits, it also has a few unique, location-specific experiences. At the Panama City Beach location, there are three extra attractions – must-sees for all visitors:

  • The 7D Moving Theater: The 7D Moving Theater is a thrilling experience. Slap on your 3D glasses to see dinosaurs and other crazy, life-like creatures popping out of the screen. Curious where the extra four dimensions come in? Take a seat, hang on, and feel the dips, bumps, and jolts as you experience one of the three films.
  • Impossible Laser: Channel your inner Tom Cruise and attempt to get from one side of the room to the other, without getting hit by the green lasers. This might actually Mission: Impossible. This challenge costs $11 for adults and $10 for children.
  • Mirror Maze: The mirror maze plays tricks on the mind and challenges perception. Find your way out the maze avoiding hundreds of “yous.” Admission to the maze is $11 for adults and $10 for children.

All of the above extra attractions can be purchased as combination packages or individually. Combos vary from about $30 to $15 per person, depending on the attractions. All packages including entrance to the Odditorium, and one or two extra experiences.

The Ripley’s Believe It or Not Panama City Beach is located at 9907 Front Beach Rd., Panama City Beach, FL. Hours of operation are Sunday to Thursday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday & Saturday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, call the museum at (850) 230-6113.

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Call us at 800-874-2412 for information on our nearby Panama City Beach vacation rentals, rates, and availability at the Dunes of Panama resort. You’re sure to find a home away from home to suit your family’s needs. Whether you’re looking for proximity to the water, outdoor adventures, or local attractions like Ripley’s, we have the perfect vacation rental for you.