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Things To Do With Kids in Panama City Beach

If you’ve got kids, then it can sometimes seem like a constant struggle to keep them occupied. Luckily, there are plenty of things to do with kids in Panama City Beach, so parents on the Gulf Coast shouldn’t have to worry as much about how they’re going to stay sane on a day when there’s no school.

Best Panama City Beach Kids Activities for a Rainy Day

It’s a free day, and you’ve got a great afternoon with kids planned on Shell Island or Panama City Beach. Then suddenly, the skies open up and, upon looking at the weather radar, you realize it’s going to rain all day long. Don’t freak out. Instead, grab an umbrella, and try one of these indoor kids activities for a rainy day in Panama City Beach:

  1. They’ll forgot whatever you originally had planned once you let ‘em go nuts at Dave & Buster’s, the part-restaurant and part-monster arcade.
  2. Catch a flick...but see it on the really big screen by snagging tickets for the the IMAX theater at Pier Park’s Grand Cinema.
  3. Explore what’s inside the upside-down mansion at WonderWorks. Your kids’ll marvel at this entertaining museum of oddities with a glow-in-the-dark ropes course and a laser-tag arena.
  4. Head down the road to Destin and its superb Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl & Grill, a kid-friendly restaurant beloved for its underwater-themed bowling alley.

Spotlight On: Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl & Grill

Imaginative decor makes diners at Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl & Grill feel kinda like they are eating inside a fishbowl. You’ll eat (or bowl) amid a shipwrecked boat and all sort of sea creatures. And if you do decide to bowl, you might notice the paint-job on each bowling ball is aquatically themed as well. Here’s what a few read customers said:

“We had a great time ... Cashiers, waitress and bartender were very nice, attentive and patient with our needs, especially since kids kept messing up with the scoring and screen. Would definitely go again, great experience worth your money!” - Veronica D.

“Great family fun environment! It was a hit for my family during a rainy day or time needed away from the heat of the beach.” - Erika H.

“My Family and I had a blast! The place was so pretty on the inside! We have been telling our friends about how much fun we had there.” - Elizabeth P.

Best Museums & Attractions for Kids in Panama City Beach

Visitors from around the country and the world frequently make the Gulf Coast their vacation destination or winter home. So it makes sense that there are numerous museums and attractions for kids in and around the area. So if you’re searching for educational things to do with kids in Panama City Beach, take advantage of the area’s cultural attractions. Here are four great options:

  1. Dig for dinosaur bones and meet scaly reptiles at the Science & Discovery Center of Northwest Florida.
  2. Marvel at what lies under the sea (think stingrays, dolphins, sea lions, and even penguins) at Gulf World Marine Park, which has daily shows and demonstrations.
  3. A great complement to Gulf World, the Man in the Sea Museum documents the history of deep-sea diving, displaying experimental U.S. Navy living facilities and historical diving suits.
  4. The cats at Bear Creek Feline Center might not meow like your tabby at home, but your children will still love seeing the pumas, cougars, and lynxes up close.

Things to Do With Active Kids in Panama City Beach

Are you the kind of parent who wants to make sure their kids have a lifelong habit of regular exercise? Good news: there are plenty of kids activities that double as a great workout. Check out these four ideas:

  1. Throw a party at Fusion Fitness, where your kids and their friends can play football, basketball, and soccer, and slide around on a bouncy castle.
  2. Take the shuttle over to Shell Island, rent some kayaks (a tandem one if you want to share with your kid), and explore the Gulf Coast scenery. You might even see a sea turtle!
  3. Delve into Panama City Beach’s restored wetlands with a peaceful bike ride through Conservation Park.
  4. Let your child show off their climbing skills on the SkyTrails ropes course at Aerial Entertainment in Miramar Beach.

Best Panama City Kids Activities for Sports Lovers

Did you raise your kid to love sports as much as you do? If so, they probably love the idea of spending a free day playing a game or imagining themselves making the game-winning score. To indulge that spirit, find your child’s favorite sport below for a great related kids activity in Panama City Beach.

  • Golf: Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort’s mini-golf course offers the chance for your kid to show off their putting skills.
  • Basketball: Your kid can hone in their dribbling, shooting, and defensive skills at a basketball camp from Simona’s Journey Cancer Foundation.
  • Auto Racing: They might be too young to own a driver’s license, but your kids don’t have to be 16 to enjoy the go-karting at Race City.
  • Watersports: Uh, are you aware of the beach part of Panama City Beach? For the best watersports, we recommend St. Andrews State Park, which is great for kayaking and canoeing.
  • Horse Riding: Head down the coast to Santa Rosa Beach and Arnett's Gulfside Trail Rides to gallop along the coastline.