Panama City offers sunshine, sea and surf with many activities occurring on, near or under the water. Here you can swim, dive, look for dolphins and tour a historic waterfront district.
Go to Capt. Anderson’s Marina to book a deep sea fishing charter or a dolphin sightseeing tour. Take a boat trip to nearby Shell Island. Surf, snorkel and dive off the coast or sunbathe on the beaches.
In Panama City, visit St. Andrew’s Bay to stroll around the marina and browse small boutiques. Sample some of the fresh fish at a waterfront restaurant. Alternatively, try the “Hook and Cook” experience; go out on a fishing boat and one of the restaurants will cook your catch.
Explore the historic downtown area, an interesting collection of antique stores, art galleries, coffeehouses and bookstores. View the work of local, national and international artists at the Visual Arts Center of Northwest Florida.
Take a self-guided history tour of the area. See the Gideon marker commemorating a landmark court judgment that established the public defender system in the United States. Stroll past late 19th-century historic homes. Note the mixture of architectural styles at the John Christo (Senior) Home. Stop by the Saltworks marker noting Panama City’s vital salt production during the Civil War. Round off your visit by sitting in the shade of a tree in McKenzie Park.
From February through October, enjoy food, fun and entertainment at Friday Fest, a large street festival on the first Friday of each month. Restaurants and shops stay open until late, market stalls line the streets and free live music fills the air.
Reach the area by flying into Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport. Get around by rental car, taxi or public transportation. The Bay Town Trolley Bus System operates several routes, but has no service on Sundays.
Panama City’s pleasant subtropical climate makes it a year-round vacation destination. Visitors often explore neighboring Panama City Beach to enjoy its many family attractions.
Beaches, Sea and Sunsets
Shop for bargains, have hair-raising fun on thrill rides and enjoy fine dining at this seaside shopping and entertainment hub.
Spend some time in a Florida state park that excites with its rugged coastal landscapes, undersea adventures and gorgeous beaches.
Swim with dolphins, get splashed by sea lions and touch stingrays at this interactive marine park in Panama City Beach.
If you are looking to unwind before dinner or a night out on the town, take a romantic sunset sail on the 65 Passenger Privateer with Paradise Adventures! This 2-hour sail along the Gulf of Mexico offers a great opportunity to relax and leave your worries behind as you sip tasty beverages aboard the boat.
Hop aboard the 78 passenger Privateer Catamaran and skirt around the coast to an island in the sun where you can have a blast playing on a variety of inflatable water toys. Feel the wind in your hair as the boat sails effortlessly through the calm waters and watch for dolphins as they skip through the water in your wake.
Enhance your time in Panama City Beach with a dolphin swimming experience that's a real dream come true. Dolphin Discovery Gulf World offers a special opportunity for the whole family to make friends with these regal creatures of the sea.
Enter Dolphin Discovery at Gulf World Panama City Beach and explore the beauty of marine life with the whole family. Experience a dolphin encounter and live out your dreams of splashing, playing, and swimming with these joyful and social creatures.
Visitors from across the Southeast come to experience a fun snorkeling experience that Panama City Beach has to offer. Whether this is your first time to Panama City Beach or you've been here before, you have not truly appreciated the underwater beauty that Panama City Beach and Shell Island has to offer until you have gone snorkeling with us.
The Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium is home to a vast collection of remarkable relics and mind-boggling galleries. Embark on a self-guided tour through rare and bizarre objects, one-of-a-kind exhibits, and interactive displays that leave you astonished and amazed.