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Things To Do

In Panama City Beach

Panama City Beach is home to several family-friendly attractions, including mini golf, go karts, and thrilling rides! The area is also home to waterfront dining, live entertainment, annual music festivals, and much more. Explore the most popular things to do in Panama City Beach, FL below.

Exciting Attractions

Mouthwatering Restaurants

Lively Entertainment


Barefoot Hide A Way Bar & Grill

Located between Beachbreak By The Sea Resort and Legacy By The Sea Resort in Panama City Beach, Barefoot Hide A Way Bar & Grill serves up gulf-front favorites like po boys, oysters on the half shell, seafood platters, and much more! Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, this gulf-front spot also boasts stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico.

(850) 249-2031 | 15405 Front Beach Rd. |Panama City Beach, FL


Barefoot on the Beach Bar & Grill

At Barefoot on the Beach Bar & Grill, you don’t need a shirt—or shoes!—to enjoy a delicious beachfront meal for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Located across from Ocean Breeze By The Sea Resort, this laid-back eatery serves options like wings, fresh oysters, crisp salads, fish and chips, and juicy burgers.

(850) 249-2442 | 11073 Front Beach Rd. | Panama City Beach, FL


Barefoot On The Bay

Enjoy a bite at Barefoot On The Bay, located waterfront on St. Andrew’s Bay in Panama City Beach. Open for lunch and dinner, and serving a selection of signature drinks, Barefoot On The Bay is the spot for tasty food, refreshing drinks, and beautiful views of the bay. Every seat in the house has a water view so you can listen to live music and watch the sunset over the bay as you dine.

(850) 215-3061 | 1201 Beck Ave. | Panama City, FL


The Shrimp Boat Restaurant

For a romantic evening out or just a unique dining experience, visit The Shrimp Boat Restaurant, located along St. Andrew’s Bay in Panama City Beach. Select from seafood options like Scallops and Shrimp and Grits, Ribeye and Prime Rib from the grill, and pasta options like Shrimp Scampi. As you dine, enjoy breathtaking views of the sunset over St. Andrew’s Bay.

(850) 785-8706 | 1201 Beck Ave. | Panama City, FL



Enjoy a specially-crafted cocktail and some light appetizers with a view at the Tiki-Bar, located at Beachcomber By The Sea Resort.

Smiling dolphin doing the backstroke. Blue water background.

Gulf World

Gulf World Marine Park is a one-of-a-kind experience for all ages. This family destination features some of the world’s most recognizable marine creatures including California sea lions, penguins, and bottlenose dolphins. Gulf World holds daily educational shows and performances, as well as once-in-a-lifetime interactive programs.

Lazy River

Shipwreck Island

Since 1983, Shipwreck Island has been the premier waterpark for Panama City Beach. Boasting thrilling rides like The Raging Rapids, Tree Top Drop, and White Knuckle River, this thrilling park is perfect for all ages. If you’re hungry, Shipwreck Island serves hot dogs, barbecue, cold drinks, and tasty treats!

Go Karts

Beachfront Adventures

For exciting go-karts, off-road buggies, an aqua maze, and mini golf visit Beachfront Adventures. This Panama City Beach destination has something for all ages to enjoy.

Mini Golf

Coconut Creek

Coconut Creek is the perfect spot for family-friendly fun and light-hearted competition. Practice your short game at either of the two 18-hole mini golf courses or test your navigational skills at the Gran Maze, a football field-sized outdoor maze.

Arcade Game

Race City

Family friendly fun and excitement for all exists at Race City in Panama City Beach. Ranging from classic fairground rides like the Sea Dragon Pirate Ship and the Scrambler to the area’s only rollercoaster, Race City has it all.

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Ripley's Believe it or Not Odditorium

Ripley’s Believe It or Not offers a unique experience for all ages with several attractions and exhibits on display. Take a ride on the 7D moving theater, navigate your way through the mirror maze, and visit the odditorium with shrunken heads and strange artifacts.

Woman Dancing

Just Dance

Enjoy signature drinks, special events, and great live entertainment at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, Club La Vela and Ms. Newby’s in Panama City Beach.

Music Festival

Feel the Rhythm

Panama City Beach has a music festival for all tastes and interests. The Seabreeze Jazz Festival features some of the top jazz performers in the industry. The Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam has featured artists like Toby Keith, Eric Church, and Florida Georgia Line, and the Sand Jam Music Festival has included Fitz and the Tantrums, Incubus, and many more!

Live Music

Live Music

Let the good vibes and great tunes of local live music put you in a laid back mood. Panama City Beach features several restaurants and lounges that offer great live music, including Schooners, Spinnaker, and the Barefoot Restaurants at By The Sea Resorts.

Men on Golf Cart

Signal Hill

Take your best swing at Signal Hill Golf Course in Panama City Beach. This historic course boasts 18 holes of challenging greens and fairways. Need some new gear? Visit the Pro Shop for golf gear and rentals. Enjoy a delicious meal for breakfast or lunch at the on-site snack bar.

Couple Golfing

Holiday Golf

Recently renovated, the Holiday Golf Club‘s 18-Hole Par Championship Course boasts generous fairways and lush greens that are great for every level of golfer. The Holiday Golf Club also features practice facilities including putting areas and a lighted driving range, and the Lighted Par 3 Course.

Father and Daughter Golfing

Camp Creek Golf

Having been home to several first-round US Open Qualifiers, Camp Creek is a unique course in Northwest Florida. The course is surrounded by natural beauty and sits next to the emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The course has received many awards and accolades and is a fun challenge for any experience level.

Friends Golfing

Bay Point Golf

Stretching over 7,000 yards, the Nicklaus Cours at Bay Point Golf Club is the area’s first and only Nicklaus Design golf course. The course features memorable rounds for all skill levels, with beautiful Florida foliage surrounding the course.

Men Golfing

Nature Walk Golf

Nature Walk Golf has been an area favorite since it first opened in 1997. Located at the intersection of Highway 390 and Transmitter Road in Lynn Haven, Florida, this luscious course stretches over 3,500 yards and is surrounded by native foliage like oak trees and Florida pines. Get some practice swings in at the on-site driving range or practice bunker.

Golf Shot

Shark's Tooth Golf

Shark’s Tooth is nestled along Florida’s largest dune lake, Lake Powell, making for an exceptionally unique outing of golf. The course stretches over 7,200 yards with several fairways providing breathtaking views of the lake.

Pier Park Panama City Beach

Pier Park

Find the perfect gift or the latest style at Pier Park in Panama City Beach. This shopping, restaurant, and family fun destination boasts 124 shops, dining options ranging from fast to special occasion, and many exciting attractions like the XD Darkride Experience.

Coastal Decor

Coastal Decor

Find coastal decor and unique gifts at shops and markest like Beach Bums Decor, Beach House Market, and Pieces on the Beach, each specializing in their own coastal decor selections including furniture, local art, and more. It will feel like you never left Panama City Beach!

Beach Essentials

Beach Essentials

The gulf coast is home to many beachwear stores and souvenir shops so you won’t have any trouble restocking on sunscreen or beach toys. If you’re in search of the perfect gift, the gulf coast also has several souvenir shops with gifts for everyone in the family.

Deep Sea Fishing

Deep Sea Fishing

Home to beautiful emerald green waters, Panama City Beach offers some of the best offshore and inshore fishing along the gulf coast. Catch king mackerel or mahi-mahi with an overnight trip with Blue Water Connection or if you’re looking for something easier on time, book a charter with Blessed Moon Charters providing exceptional inshore fishing in St. Andrew Bay.

Pier Fishing

Pier Fishing

Enjoy the views and the fine fishing at either the Russell-Fields Pier or M.B. Miller Pier in Panama City Beach. Each pier extends 1,500 feet into the Gulf of Mexico, making each the longest fishing piers in the Gulf of Mexico! Each pier is a popular spot for spectating and fishing.