Panama City visitors and natives are never more than a hop, a skip, and a parasail away from aquatic amusement, thanks to Adventures at Sea’s more than 60 locations, most stationed behind Panama City Beach's hotels and condos. The staff rents out pontoon boats for trips to Shell Island and pulls up to six riders on inflatable banana boats with a speedy jet ski. Experienced crews captain charter fishing trips and give fishers everything they need to catch trophies such as king mackerel, red groupers, and Stanley Cups that got away. After action-packed days filled with sunny memories, visitors can rent a lounge chair and soak up the sunset.
Unlike easily pigeonholed artists, The Marshall Tucker Band blanketed the rock, country, and gospel charts with instantly memorable hits and a sound that still eschews boundaries. Nearly 40 years since their self-titled debut album helped sire the genre of Southern rock, founding singer Doug Gray and his seasoned highwayman keep crafting music that comforts hungry ears like a beef-jerky pillow. In its live show, the band appeals to inner ramblers and lovelorn outlaws with multiplatinum classics such as “Heard It in a Love Song” and “Fire on the Mountain.” Special guests Charlie D. and the Things add an extra dose of rock and soul to the evening, and concertgoers recharge their finger-snapping batteries with beer ($5), mixed drinks ($3.50+), hot dogs ($1.85+), and pizza ($2.50).
At their studio in historic Riverside, the artists of Old School Electric Tattoos adorn bodies with both ink and piercings. Helmed by a master tattooist, body-art professionals possess experience in an array of styles, such as East Coast, West Coast, portraits, and illustrations. They also apply their experience in custom designs, helping guests develop original images or dynamic renderings of their social security number. Beside the tattoo team, piercers work under the direction of several master practitioners who studied with renowned body-modification artists such as Fakir Musafar and Steve Haworth. Each member of Old School Electric Tattoos' staff complies with certified sterilization standards and biohazard practices.
311 crests on waves of chugging rock and sauntering reggae, coating the coast in good vibes on its fall tour. Known for hits such as “Down” and “Don’t Tread on Me,” 311 inspires legions of fans to bob their heads, nod their feet, and jam city switchboards with reports of dance-induced potholes. Touring behind its latest album, Universal Pulse, 311 provide a rhythm-heavy soundtrack for the holiday season, stuffing the Thanksgiving weekend with pie-filling-sweet jams, pogo-stick anthems, and thick bass lines. Keeping the party free of harshed buzzes and misanthropic aardvarks, former Phunk Junkeez frontman DJ Soulman rocks the crowd with one-size-fits-all party grooves and funky beats that raise the roof and make the rafters shudder with glee.
The Murder Mystery Company's talented troupe of improv actors performs live-action murder mysteries at public and private events to sharpen guests' latent detective skills. Throughout the play, the cast drops hints and misdirects blame, inviting audience members to get involved in a web of intrigue and hilarity. Besides public dinner parties, murder mysteries can unfold during corporate events, team-building exercises, and birthday parties for aging Sherlock Holmes impersonators.
Part club and part sushi bar, Vue takes its name from its 19th-floor lodging in the Bank of America building, where it provides stunning vistas of the surrounding skyline and waterfront. However, there's plenty to see inside--the sushi dining area boasts a shaded outdoor patio, flatscreen TVs both indoors and out, and a menu of hand-crafted sushi rolls and specialty martinis. Behind the sushi bar, chefs seal seaweed wrappers around the skyway spicy tuna roll with roe cheese or the white tiger salmon roll with avocado and asparagus.
In the club, DJs spin tunes and alter beats as guests dance on the rooftop patio or spacious, blue- and pink-lit dance floor. Should dancers require sustenance, the bar also serves some of the sushi treats, such as lobster California and volcano krab stick rolls, from its sister restaurant.
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