Things to Do

panama city beach sports complex

The ultimate “play-cation” experience! The Panama City Beach Sports Complex represents a premier sports tourism and community recreation venue, unlike any you’ve ever seen. Our state-of-the-art, sports complex is surrounded by the beautiful white sand beaches and turquoise waters.

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Beach Ball Drop Party

Come to Panama City Beach on December 31st to enjoy not one but two great opportunities to welcome in the New Year. The streets of Pier Park are closed off to traffic as thousands of revelers enjoy free live music, entertainment, fireworks, and good cheer.

For those too excited to wait until midnight, or for those fans of New Year’s Eve who want to conduct the countdown twice, there are separate Beach Ball Drops at both 8:00 p.m. and midnight. Families with young children and adults looking to stay up until after the calendar page actually turns both have options about how best to celebrate the New Year with thousands of other revelers close to Panama City Beach’s pristine waterfront and many amenities.

On the way to midnight, bands perform for the gathering crowd, anticipating the countdown to 2022 when a huge, glowing beach ball is lowered to signal the start of the New Year, and another great fireworks display. Time Square has nothing on this Panama City Beach NYE party!

Family Fun

GULF WORLD MARINE PARK

Visit Gulf World Marine Park in Panama City Beach! Open daily rain or shine. Live the experience of a lifetime by swimming with dolphins! Interact with stingrays, sea lions and Rough-toothed Dolphins! Experience great family fun featuring dolphins, sea lions, tropical birds and much more with daily educational shows. Explore our fascinating indoor and outdoor exhibits showcasing penguins, flamingos, sharks, sea turtles and many more!

PIER PARK

Pier Park is a Simon “Signature Project” serving as the premier shopping destination for the Panama City Beach market and the entire Emerald Coast. Pier Park is an approximately 1.1 million square foot open-air regional lifestyle center, bringing unique shopping, tourist attractions and dining to the Panama City Beach area. Located on Front Beach Road in the heart of Panama City Beach, Pier Park is ideally located to serve the area’s growing residential community, exploding condo market and over 7 million tourists that visit each year.

Race City

If you are looking for FUN things to do in Panama City Beach, family and kid-friendly attractions, and even things for little one’s – Race City is the place to be!

Race City is Panama City Beach’s largest amusement center with the fastest, tallest, and steepest go cart tracks on the beach!

Come and experience the thrills of the tallest, fastest, and steepest go kart tracks in Panama City Beach, FL. Play in the areas only black light indoor mini golf, or get spooked in Panama City Beach’s only haunted house!

With lots of other great family friendly entertainment including a full indoor arcade with prizes, bumper boats, and an awesome Sky Coaster – everyone in the family will want to come back for more!

Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium

Celebrate 100 years of Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Discover Hundreds of fun and weird exhibits at Ripley’s Panama City Beach. See eye-catching artwork, try fun interactives & more! There’s something for everyone at the Believe It or Not! Are you curious for more?

Let your senses run wild as you experience every bump, drop, and turn in the Ripley’s 7D Theater. The theater offers three high-impact 3D movies.

Find the hidden treasure chest in the Mirror Maze! Embellished with LED lights and infinity mirrors which contain authentic pirate artifacts;

Breathtaking Beaches

Camp Helen Beach

Camp Helen State Park Beach is one of the most popular and picturesque beaches in Panama City Beach. It features sugary white sand and sparkling cerulean water. There are many fun things you can do on your getaway to Camp Helen State Park Beach. For example, you can go beachcombing and look for shells, swim in the pristine water, try saltwater fishing, and activities like kayaking, canoeing, boating, and paddleboarding.

St. Andrews Beach

St. Andrews State Park Beach is a stunning coastline surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico and Saint Andrew Bay.

Go on a fun-filled adventure at St. Andrews State Park Beach with your friends, family, or partner. Here, you can do a multitude of fun activities in the crystal clear emerald water, such as scuba diving, snorkeling, canoeing, kayaking, surfing, paddleboarding, and so much more.

Shell Island

The natural environment at Shell Island lends itself to more than just playing in the water. You can walk around the island and explore the habitat to search for ghost crabs, deer, and endangered green sea turtles.  It is important to observe the markers surrounding the nests and appreciate their natural emergence as they head to the nests to lay eggs.

You can also find an array of seashells and sand dollars on the beach and the occasional conch shell. While the primitive and undisturbed environment of Shell Island is what makes it appealing, you will need to bring everything with you for the day. You will want to pack drinks and food and take trash with you when you leave, as there are no concession stands or trash receptacles.