If you didn’t come to Panama City Beach to spend every and all day on the sand and in the blue Gulf waters (though no one would certainly blame you if that was your entire itinerary), you’re in luck! There are plenty of attractions to keep you busy at this top Florida vacation destination!
There are two state parks where you can picnic, hike, bird-watch, paddleboat and so much more. Love diving? You’ll find a diving museum at Panama City Beach, with displays of submersibles, diving suits and even underwater living facilities. Like strange stuff and oddities? There’s a Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum in this waterfront town as well.
But if you’re vacationing at Panama City Beach between the end of April and Labor Day weekend, one of the places to see and experience for the entire family is Shipwreck Island Water Park.
Enjoy the water without the sand! Lots of fun ways to get wet, stay cool and just have a blast. Find out why Shipwreck Island Water Park absolutely needs to be on your To Do list during your Panama City Beach vacation.
Waterpark Rides & Slides
Take a 65-foot free-all plunge down an open slide or choose the twisting, enclosed slide, both offered at the Tree Top Drop. Get the whole family into an inner tube and twist and wind your way down the 660-foot White Knuckle River. Competitive? Race down the duel 60-foot slides at Pirate’s Plunge Racing Slides–two small drops along the way rather than a straight plunge, but rest assured, this is no slow-poke ride.
Weave and turn on the popular Zoom Flume, swing out on a cable from the Great Shipwreck the theme park is named for and free-fall into the cool blue waters of the lagoon the ship resides in, or grab the next available tube and swish down the tubes of Raging Rapids.
Want to get wet without getting your heart rate pounding? There’s a 2,000-foot lazy river, a fun wave pool, and a tipping bucket that’s ready to dump 750 gallons of refreshing aqua on the heads of you and your loved ones in the redeveloped Skull Island portion of the park.
For the kiddies (many rides have a height restriction of 48″), there’s Skull Island, a family-oriented pool with a kiddie slide, as well as Tadpole Hole, with colorful animal-themed slides, a fort and a rope climb in just a foot or so of water.
Things to Know About Shipwreck Island Water Park
The park is open every day during the months of June and July, from 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Some days in May and August see hours of operation from 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The last day the park is opened is Labor Day.
Season passes are offered at a discount.
Hot dogs, burgers, pizza, wraps and salads along with sweet stuff like funnel cakes and ice cream are found at seven eating establishments located around the park. There’s also a souvenir shop!
Birthday parties can be reserved during the months of operation.
By now you realize that Shipwreck Island Water Park is one of THE places to see when you visit Panama City Beach. There’s a reason why TripAdvisor rates the park 4.5 out of 5 and that a whopping 87% of reviewers rate the park as Excellent or Very Good!
So come ahead and dive in and have one the best days of your vacation!