It’s beach vacation season (but really, when is it not?) in Panama City Beach, Florida, and it’s calling your name! Can you hear it? Best known for the emerald-green waters and the pure white sand, Panama City Beach ranks as one of the most desired vacation destinations in the country. Full of activities, shops, and the best eateries around, PCB easily racks up seven million visitors each year, especially during the peak summer season.
Join in on the summer fun! Other than spending a few days on the beach—of course—here is a checklist of some fun things to do this summer in Panama City Beach:
Visit Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
With 200 fun and wild exhibits from all around the world, be prepared to “take your imagination to uncharted territory” at Panama City Beach’s newly renovated Ripley’s Believe It or Not! In addition to the exhibits, entertain the whole family with four fun attractions such as the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium, a state-of-the-art 7-D Moving Theater, a Marvelous Mirror Maze, and an Impossible LaseRace that will give you and your family a unique, fun experience.
Image Courtesy of Dolphin and Snorkel Tours/ Kevin Novak Photo
See Dolphins in The Wild
This should be a given. Our boundless Gulf of Mexico waters are a natural habitat for the wild bottlenose dolphins and other species that roam the area, so it makes sense for you to get a glimpse one or two. All you have to do is keep an eye out at dawn from your private balcony or the beach. These friendly flippers tend to make frequent appearances. Or, you can take it up a notch and go on a Dolphin Tour from Dolphin & Snorkel Tours—get $30 with your Resort Collection Rewards Card.
Try a Watersport
This is another given. You’re at one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, after all. It wouldn’t be a beach experience without immersing yourself in Panama City Beach culture with a fun-filled watersport activity. Go your own pace with any one of the fun-filled options. From snorkeling to WaveRunners and parasailing to paddleboarding, we have something for the whole family. Get 10–20% off at Sunjammers Watersports when you stay with Resort Collection.
Sea Dragon Pirate Cruise
It’s not everyday you get to live a pirate’s life. Climb aboard and sail with some buccaneers on one of Panama City Beach’s premier vacation attractions the Sea Dragon Pirate Cruise. This two-hour cruise travels to the beautiful shoreline of St. Andrew Bay and offers an exceptional wildlife sightseeing experience. Keep your eye out for numerous species of birds and fish, and an ear out for “There she blows!” from the captain of the ship as a sure sign of dolphin spotting. Great for adults and kids of all ages!
Go on a Food Adventure
We’re rich in culture—and flavor—when it comes to food in Panama City Beach. Indulge in the freshest and tastiest seafood ever, whether you have a taste for some Southern classics served with hushpuppies or for some amazing sushi, we’ve got a little bit of everything to satisfy those taste buds. Who could resist a delightful burger at Ocean’s Bar and Grill, a fish sandwich from Montego Bay Oyster House, or one or two (or most likely many) rolls of sushi from Firefly? That’s just the start of it. Check out our Resort Collection Rewards for great discounts at local eateries!
Take a Bike Ride through PCB
Want to explore on land? Roll through Panama City Beach on a beach cruiser with Bike the Beach. They make it easy to ride around with the whole family, offering bikes, trikes, tag-a-longs, and covered trailers for the little ones! With so many parks and bike trails around and tons of things to see, this is the perfect way to travel.
Celebrate 4th of July at Pier Park
Parades, food, live concerts, a summer fair with amusement rides, and—of course—fireworks at the beach! These things make up the recipe for a perfect Independence Day celebration. Get your red, white, and blue on and celebrate America in the best way at Pier Park, Panama City Beach’s premier shopping and entertainment destination.
Rock On at Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam
What’s better than a music festival? A music festival on the beach! Packing up the most talented country music artists in their lineup, the Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam event always brings the adrenaline and is nothing short of amazing. If you’re into country music, this this surely is your jam! This year’s lineup features Brad Paisley, Jake Owen, Eric Church, The Band Perry, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and many more. Get your room and Preferred Lodging Ticket packages with Resort Collection!
Build a Sand Castle
We may not have any real castles, but we can build them! Come on, you’re at one of the most beautiful places in the world with access to beautiful, sugary white sand. Plus, no visit to the beach is completed without building a sand castle! Bring back those fun childhood memories and give it your best shot, or even book a professional sand castle lesson with Beach Sand Sculptures! Don’t forget to take photos!