5 Parks, Countless Fun Outdoor Experiences in Panama City Beach
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Looking for a change of scenery and some great outdoor adventure? We knock it out of the park (literally), here in Panama City Beach. Here are our picks for the top five parks to visit while you’re in town:
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Andrews State Park: Lets start with the park located in the heart of Panama City Beach! This nationally ranked beach offers an unlimited list of activities you can enjoy with the whole family: sunbathing, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, snorkeling—you name it, chances are they’ve got it. It’s also superior in camping, offering 176 sites complete with electricity, water, picnic tables, and grills. We’d also encourage you to partake of one of the nature trails that wind through the coastal plant communities, great for bird-watching. In addition to the long list of activities this park has to offer, there are ferries to Shell Island daily and pontoon boats available for rent to voyage out to the seven-hundred-acre island, home to many critters such as deer, turtles, pelicans, sandpipers, gulls, and piping and snowy plovers. With all this adventure, St. Andrews State Park should rank high on your list of places to visit in PCB! Find out more at FloridaStateParks.org.
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Econfina River State Park: Whether you’re there to take in the scenic beauty and relax or to paddle your way down Econfina Creek, one thing’s for sure—this is Florida’s most spectacular canoe trail. Nestled along the northern Gulf Coast, nature lovers can explore this stunning creek by canoe, foot, off-road bicycling, or even horseback on 14.8 miles of wooded trails. At the end of the trail, you’ll find a breathtaking panoramic view of coastal Florida, featuring lush vegetation, white sand dunes, and crystal-clear water perfect for swimming. Interested? We thought you’d be. Get more info at CanoeEconfinaCreek.net.
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Panama City BeachConservation Park: Hidden in plain sight, this park is a gem for outdoor activities and is a hit with locals and tourists alike, as it offers a wide assortment of outdoor recreation. PCB Conservation Park stretches across about 2,900 acres and offers 24 miles of trails, split into 12 different routes ranging from 0.6 miles up to 11 miles, with over a mile of boardwalks that lead through Cypress domes. This park is one you can enjoy with the whole family, including your dogs, as long as they are kept on leashes. So gather up your family and grab some binoculars while you’re at it, because this park was made for bird and wildlife watching! Read more about the PCB Conservation Park at PanamaCityBeachParksandRecreation.com.
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Camp Helen State Park: Located in the west of Panama City Beach, this historic site is rich in natural and cultural resources. This gorgeous park sits between the Gulf of Mexico and Lake Powell, one of the largest dunes lakes in Florida, and was believed to be colonized around 4,000 years ago. It was also a popular resort for employees of Avondale Mills, an Alabama textile mill that operated from 1945 to 1987. Today, this 180-acre park is for day use only and offers amenities such as beaches, bird-watching, beachcombing, boating, canoeing, fishing, hiking, kayaking, picnicking, swimming, and wildlife viewing. Learn more about Camp Helen at FloridaStateParks.org.
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Frank Brown Park: Encompassing 200 acres dedicated to outdoor fun, Frank Brown Park is definitely not your ordinary park! There’s something for everyone. The park is enriched with playgrounds, picnic areas, a saltwater fishing pier, a freshwater fishing lake, greenways, a dog park, and “Gayle’s Trails” running/walking paths. The park is open to the public all year round and also offers an indoor gymnasium, tennis, baseball, softball, soccer, and basketball facilities, as well as the state-of-the-art aquatic center and Splash Park for everyone. With so much to do, this park definitely rates as king. Visit their website for events and activities. So, what are you waiting for? Start making your checklist of outdoor activities for your Panama City Beach vacation!