We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Panama City Beach - Family Fun in the Sun

White beaches, mazes, and more will keep your family busy outside all day long!
id_2554541
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: Multiple days
Family Friendly

Overview :  Panama City Beach, Florida is a popular college spring break destination but that does not mean that families aren't welcome. There... more »

Tips:  A great time to visit Panama City Beach is either late spring or early fall. It is still warm enough to enjoy water activities, walks... more »

Take this guide with you!

Save to mobile
Get this guide & thousands of others on your mobile phone
EveryTrail guides are created by travelers like you.
  1. 1. Download the EveryTrail app from the App Store
  2. 2. Search for the Panama City Beach - Family Fun in the Sun guide
  3. 3. Enjoy your self-guided tour
Get the app

Points of Interest

When your family tires of playing at the beach, visit Shipwreck Island for some waterpark fun. You will still be out in the sun and splashing in the water. There are slides and pools to please all ages. A favorite in our family is the Ocean Motion Wave Pool. Parents can relax in a beach chair while the children splash in the waves that come at... More

Miracle Strip Amusement Park closed several years ago but a few of the rides were given a second chance at life. These rides are still entertaining children at Pier Park, a gigantic shopping and entertainment center. After you have finished shopping, treat the family to a few rides at the Miracle Strip at Pier Park. You can buy individual... More

The Coconut Creek Family Fun Park offers both mini golf and a chance to find your way out of a maze that is the size of a football field. Wander through the maze while looking for four stations where you punch a card. Once you find all four stations, make your way out of the maze. There are several exits around the outside of the maze so if you... More

St. Andrews State Park offers a beach away from the touristy area where you can swim or snorkel. Enjoy a picnic lunch and go hiking or biking on the trails. If you want to spend more time here, reserve a camping spot. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, you can take a shuttle from St. Andrews State Park to Shell Island for a fee. There is a good... More

5. Frank Brown Park

Besides the different ball fields, tennis and volleyball courts, Frank Brown Park also has a large playground, walking trails, and an aquatic center. There is a children's splash area with a play structure. Spend the morning at the pools, have a picnic lunch and then go for a walk one of the trails.

Address: 16200 Panama City Beach Parkway
... More

The kids won't believe their luck when they find out that they will be riding on a pirate ship! The 2 hour pirate ship cruise sails most days of the week (weather permitting) from March to October. They will keep the kids entertained and you might even see dolphins and other sea life. Check the website for a coupon before you purchase your... More

Ordering a pizza is a great way to save a few dollars when you are traveling as a family and Angelina's serves up some delicious pizza. If you aren't in the mood for pizza, try one of their pasta dishes or calzones. It is a family friendly environment and my kids love the pizza!

Address: 3212 West 23rd Street
Phone: 850-747-0086
Hours of... More

If you are looking for a family friendly restaurant on the beach, Pineapple Willy's is a good place to start. This restaurant is not only popular with the tourists, but also with the locals. There is a children's menu with several choices. When you are finished eating, take a walk along the beach.

Address: 9875 South Thomas Drive
Phone: 850-235... More