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Things To Do

In Panama City Beach

Plan ahead for your Panama City Beach getaway by checking out all the things to do in Panama City Beach! From marine life encounters to waterparks and premier golf, Sugar Sands By The Sea Resort is near some of the area's biggest attractions. Discover everything there is to do in Panama City Beach below.

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Barefoot Hide A Way Bar & Grill

Located between Beachbreak By The Sea Resort and Legacy By The Sea Resort in Panama City Beach, Barefoot Hide A Way Bar & Grill serves up gulf-front favorites like po boys, oysters on the half shell, seafood platters, and much more! Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, this gulf-front spot also boasts stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico.

(850) 249-2031 | 15405 Front Beach Rd. |Panama City Beach, FL

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Barefoot on the Beach Bar & Grill

At Barefoot on the Beach Bar & Grill, you don’t need a shirt or shoes to enjoy a delicious meal by the Gulf of Mexico! Located across from Ocean Breeze By The Sea Resort, Barefoot on the Beach Bar & Grill serves a wide selection of delectable options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including signature flatbreads, burgers, fresh oysters, and much more.

(850) 249-2442 | 11073 Front Beach Rd. | Panama City Beach, FL

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Barefoot On The Bay

Located on St. Andrew’s Bay in Panama City Beach, Barefoot On The Bay is a popular spot for American-fare and seafood classics like mouthwatering burgers, shrimp tacos, and fish and chips. Live music is nightly. Barefoot On The Bay is open for lunch and dinner.

(850) 215-3061 | 1201 Beck Ave. | Panama City, FL

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The Shrimp Boat Restaurant

The Shrimp Boat Restaurant has much to offer including steaks, seafood, pasta dishes, and appetizers. Creations at this waterfront restaurant are chef-driven, and guests have the option to sit on the outside deck along the dock or by an open fire pit.

(850) 785-8706 | 1201 Beck Ave. | Panama City, FL

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Beachcomber

Grab some delicious light appetizers and a refreshing cocktail at the Tiki-Bar, located at Beachcomber By The Sea Resort.

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Gulf World

Swim with dolphins, meet a penguin, and much more at Gulf World Marine Park. This popular family destination features some of the ocean’s most famous sea creatures with daily educational shows and fun interactive programs.

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Shipwreck Island

For thrilling rides and family fun excitement, head to Shipwreck Island in Panama City Beach! Rides not for the faint of the heart include the 65-foot tall Tree Tall Drop and the 660-foot twisting White Knuckle River. There’s plenty of fun for the little ones, too, including The Tadpole Hole, Ocean Motion Wave Pool, and The Zoom Flume.

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Beachfront Adventures

Beachfront Adventures is a favorite in Panama City Beach with tons of activities and excitement from go-karts to mini golf and zip lines.

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Coconut Creek

Open year-round, Coconut Creek boasts two 18-hole safari themed mini-golf courses and a giant, outdoor human size maze! Coconut Creek is an affordable way to enjoy your time in Panama City Beach. The park offers discounts and children 5 and under play free.

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Race City

For thrills and family fun, visit Race City in Panama City Beach. This amusement park boasts the area’s only rollercoaster, the Hurricane. All ages will have a great time with classic fairground rides for the younger ones, go karts, and the Mega Arcade.

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Ripley's Believe it or Not Odditorium

Including the thrilling 7D moving theater, the heart-stopping laser race, the mirror maze, and the odditorium, Ripley’s Believe It or Not has tons of fun and excitement for all ages.

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Just Dance

Make a dancing scene at one of Panama City Beach’s most popular nightclubs. Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge serves up delicious bar bites, cold drinks, and live music. Or visit Ms. Newby’s for signature drinks, weekly live entertainment, and more. Or put on your dancing shoes for a night at Club La Vela.

Music Festival

Feel the Rhythm

Panama City Beach has some of the biggest music artists and performers visit annually. From country to rock and jazz, there is something for all musical tastes and interests. The Sand Jam Music Festival and the Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam includes some of the best rock and country performances, while the Seabreeze Jazz Festival has included some of the globe’s best jazz artists.

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Live Music

Enjoy laid-back live music as you enjoy a cold drink at one of Panama City Beach’s many restaurants and lounges. Schooners, Spinnakers, and the Barefoot Restaurants at By The Sea Resorts offer great live music performances on a nightly or weekly basis.

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Signal Hill

Signal Hill Golf Course is Panama City Beach’s oldest golf course. This course is rich in history and boasts demanding, yet rewarding greens and precise fairways. Enjoy a bite to eat at the snack bar and get some new gear or rentals at the Pro Shop.

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Holiday Golf

Known for being one of the best-conditioned courses in Panama City Beach, the Holiday Golf Club‘s 18-Hole Par Championship Course features a forgiving layout and demanding greens, making for a great option for any level of golfer. Looking to get in some practice swings? The lighted driving range and putting area are perfect for warm-ups and practice.

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Camp Creek Golf

Featuring nearly 7,200 yards of lush fairways and greens, Camp Creek is a perfect spot for a day of golf. The course has held several first-round US Open Qualifiers and has received numerous awards and recognitions throughout the years.

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Bay Point Golf

The Nicklaus Course at Bay Point Golf Club is northwest Florida’s first and only Nicklaus Design golf course. This course features several memorable rounds and challenges, great for any skill level, and stretches over 7,000 yards.

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Nature Walk Golf

Located at the intersection of Highway 390 and Transmitter Road in Lynn Haven, Florida, Nature Walk Golf has maintained a reputation as being one of the area’s favorite golf courses. The course features well-manicured greens and fairways, making for a fun and challenging day on the course for any level of golfer.

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Shark's Tooth Golf

Designed by Greg Norman, Shark’s Tooth in Panama City Beach is located along the shores of Lake Powell, Florida’s largest dune lake. Fairways are flanked by beautiful oaks and pines, as well as protected wetland areas. The course has been recognized for its environmental excellence.

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Pier Park

Pier Park is home to popular brands like Old Navy, Forever 21, and Hollister. With over 120 stores, there’s something for any shopper’s taste or interest. Hungry? Grab a bite to eat at one of the many on-site dining options. Enjoy a day at Dave & Buster’s or laster tag at Emerald Coast Mirror Maze & Laser Tag.

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Coastal Decor

Take Panama City Beach home with a piece of coastal decor from a shop or market along the gulf coast. Beach House Market is home to 22 vendors that offer unique find and coastal interior items. Pieces on the Beach is home to antique artwork and coastal chic decor. Shoppers will find a selection of custom furniture and styles at Beach Bums Decor.

Beach Essentials

Beach Essentials

For beach basics at bargain prices, Panama City Beach has several beachwear stores along the gulf coast with everything you need for a perfect day on the beach. Looking for a special gift for the entire family? You’ll find many souvenir shops stocked with gifts and nick-nacks.

Deep Sea Fishing

Deep Sea Fishing

Panama City Beach is a great place for charter and inshore fishing. Blue Water Connection includes overnight trips with opportunities to catch wahoo, king mackerel, and other trophy fish. Blessed Moon Charters is perfect for inshore fishing along the calm waters of St. Andrew Bay. Whatever option you choose, it will be an unforgettable time out on the water.

Pier Fishing

Pier Fishing

Russell-Fields Pier and M.B. Miller Pier are the two longest fishing piers in the Gulf of Mexico, and they’re both located in Panama City Beach. Fishing is $6 and includes a daily fishing license. Extending 1,500 feet into the water, each pier provides fantastic fishing opportunities.