Local Activities

Book your Panama City Beach area vacation activities by checking out the listings below!



Shell Island Express Ferry

Stay for an hour or spend the day! Have one of the large Express Ferries take you from the Grand Lagoon, through St. Andrew’s Bay, over to the dock at legendary Spanish Shanty Cove on Shell Island. Whether you’re looking for dolphins, shelling, or just relaxing on the beach, a trip to Shell Island is the perfect way to spend your beach getaway!

  • See beautiful Shell Island and Bottlenose Dolphins
  • Wade in the water and collect shells
  • Easiest way to get to Shell Island
  • Short walk to Gulf
Location(s): Panama City Beach

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Panama City Beach Sunset Sailing Excursion

Enjoy a relaxing and fun-filled sailing cruise, perfect for couples or families. First we cruise and sight see through the calm waters of Grand Lagoon, past the marinas, state park, and beautiful homes. We’ll then see if the beautiful emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico are calm enough for a leisurely sail. Then we keep our fingers crossed for those romantic red fire sunsets over the picturesque background of the beautiful waters. And while dolphins are usually plentiful, it is a special treat to see them jump out of the water while chasing fish or a baby dolphin briskly swimming by its mom. Even our locally based crew gets excited for those special occasions! If the Gulf is too rough we will sail the vast beautiful waters of the St. Andrews Bay to enjoy an amazing sunset and search for dolphins. The whole cruise is enjoyable with fun music playing throughout and the entertaining crew keeping the fun going after the sun goes down with dancing and games.

  • Great for families and couples
  • Sail the Grand Lagoon and St. Andrews Bay
  • Enjoy the amazing Gulf sunset
  • See dolphins and other marine wildlife

Duration: 2 Hours

Location(s): Panama City Beach

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Blue Sky Charters

Blue Sky Fishing provides both inshore and offshore fishing trips in the Panama City Beach area. Captain Nick has a lifetime of experience on the Gulf and will ensure a great trip for all interest levels from family fun, beginner fisherman, and experienced offshore trips. All fishing license, bait, tackle, and filet services are included in their prices. Bring some sun protection, light snacks, water, and have a great time!

  • Learn the tricks on how to fish for specific fish in season
  • Have a great day out on the water and see occasional turtles and dolphins
  • Have a blast with your friends fishing
  • Bait, tackle, fishing license included

Duration: 4-10 Hours

Location(s): Panama City Beach

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Gulf Coast Photography by Smiles Beach Photo

Smiles Beach Photo specializes in casual and family beach photography. With full-service studios between Panama City Beach and Fort Walton Beach, photo labs provide a variety of services to meet almost any need. From weddings to engagements, headshots, and of course photo shoots on the beach, Smile Beach Photo is there to answer the call. All pictures are “taken today, ready today” and require no sitting fee. Complete with a full satisfaction guarantee, book your session and start a new family tradition today!

  • Professional photography services for family outings, weddings, or casual shoots
  • Daily appointments available from 9AM until sunset
  • Free professional editing and retouching
  • Will travel to your location for free

Duration: 30-60 Minutes

Location(s): Fort Walton Beach, Panama City Beach

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Sunset Dolphin Encounter Aboard Captain Anderson III

Embark on an unforgettable Panama City Beach sunset cruise with the friendly folks at Captain Anderson’s. Travel through the historic Grand Lagoon and St. Andrews Bay to the edge of the Gulf, and watch dolphins play. Being out on the water and watching these graceful, wild animals in their natural habitat is one of the greatest experiences in beautiful Panama City Beach! Book your unforgettable dolphin cruise today!

  • Observe bird and marine life local to the area
  • Largest and most comfortable island boat-seats for all
  • Educational narration by the captain
  • Catch an amazing sunset on the water

Duration: 1.5 Hours

Location(s): Panama City Beach

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Shipwreck Island Waterpark Admission Tickets

Shipwreck Island Waterpark is celebrating the year of Family Fun this summer. This waterpark was designed and opened thirty-six years ago to entertain everyone from wee little ones to the biggest of kids, and moms and dads too. It’s where families spend quality time together playing in the park and taking lunch breaks over the best burgers, chicken fingers, hot dogs, pizza, and ice cream on the beach. Shipwreck Island is the premier family vacation spot on the gulf coast. Book online with TripShock today!

  • Gigantic wave pool with a half million gallons of water and three-foot waves
  • The Great Shipwreck with a zip and a dip
  • The Tadpole Hole features over an acre of kiddy slides, pools, and fun for little ones
  • The coolest and totally unique Rapid River tube ride anywhere
  • Four slides where thrill seekers launch from 65-foot-tall towers
Location(s): Panama City Beach

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Shell Island Eco Sea-fari Tour & Dolphin Encounter

Journey the Historic Grand Lagoon and Shell Island on Captain Anderson’s unforgettable Seafari Eco-Tour! Watch the trawl net bring aboard a variety of aquatic wonders, sea shells, and wildlife. Explore Shell Island and swim, go shelling, picnic, or just relax and enjoy the beautiful, pristine, uninhabited island!

  • See beautiful Shell Island and Bottlenose Dolphins
  • Historical narration by the captain, wading, and shell collecting
  • Educational and hands-on experiences available
  • Largest and most comfortable island boat-seats for all

Duration: 3.5 Hours

Location(s): Panama City Beach

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24ft Pontoon Rental (12 per. max) in Panama City Beach

A day on the water is guaranteed to please the whole crew! Captain your own boat from the still waters of Grand Lagoon, just minutes from Shell Island, where you can pull up on the beach and have a picnic. Whether you are looking for shells, looking for dolphins, going for a swim, or just relaxing, there is something for everyone! Book your pontoon rental today and experience Panama City Beach in style!

  • Captain your own boat as you cruise to Shell Island
  • See dolphins and other marine wildlife
  • Pet-friendly pontoon boats available
  • 50 horsepower engines on all pontoon boats

Duration: 4-8 Hours

Location(s): Panama City Beach

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Gulf World Marine Park Tickets

Visit Gulf World Marine Park in Panama City Beach for exhibits and live shows featuring dolphins, sea lions, tropical birds, and reptiles. Explore fascinating exhibits showcasing penguins, sharks, alligators, and so much more. Open year-round, Gulf World is open rain or shine.

  • Enjoy live daily shows with various marine life
  • Encounter a live shark and experience a turtle feeding
  • Perfect for families with young children
  • Inside & outside tropical gardens featuring rare birds
  • Optional animal encounters and swims available
Location(s): Panama City Beach

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Coastal Dune Lake Sunset Cocktail Cruise

Enjoy an evening of fine wine and frosty craft beers on the water for you and up to 11 friends and family members with a Sunset Cocktail Cruise at Dune Lake. Head out on a cozy, XL pontoon and cruise to Panama City Beach’s very-own fresh water Dune Lake at Lake Powell where you can enjoy a beverage, paddle board, go swimming, or simply unwind with an evening on the water.

  • Wine and craft beers on the water
  • Paddle boards for swimming and exploring
  • All-inclusive cruise
  • Ideal for families and large groups
Location(s): Panama City Beach

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Dolphin Encounter at Gulf World Marine Park

The Dolphin Encounter is designed for all ages to learn more about dolphins by interacting with them. Practice the “hand target,” and watch as the dolphin jumps to touch your hand. Besides the hand target, behaviors taught include a kiss, hug, handshake, hug, and free time with various activities. Book your Dolphin Encounter and get up close and personal with Flipper today!

  • Have a once in a lifetime experience swimming with dolphins
  • Enjoy live, daily park shows and feeding experience with marine life
  • Full access to the tropical gardens and Stingray Bay
  • All day admission to Gulf World is included with each swim

Duration: 30 Minutes

Location(s): Panama City Beach

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4 Hour Shell Island Dolphin Swim Experience With Water Planet USA

Take advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity to swim with wild dolphins in Panama City Beach. Spend the morning or afternoon with a professional team of instructors that will educate you on the proper way to interact with dolphins. Finish off the tour with a dip in the emerald waters of Shell Island for potential dolphin encounters. Join Water Planet for an experience you’ll never forget, swimming with dolphins!

  • Learn about bottlenose dolphins and see them in their natural habitat
  • Professional and experienced crew who are trained in childhood development
  • Real-life dolphin encounters at Shell Island
  • Morning and afternoon trips available

Duration: 4 Hours

Location(s): Panama City Beach

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2 Hour Snorkel & Dolphin Experience with Wild Dolphin Tours

Embark on an unforgettable dolphin experience with Wild Dolphin Tours in the beautiful Panama City Beach! The adventure begins with a 10 minute boat ride to Shell Island to the clear, aquamarine waters of the Gulf of Mexico. From there, prepare to meet Flipper and swim with wild dolphins. This guided cruise is a fun trip for the whole family, and one they won’t soon forget!

  • See dolphins swim and play in their natural habitat
  • Snorkel the jetties, sand dollar bar, and grass flats in the Bay
  • Explore Shell Island and collect shells
  • Snorkel gear is provided

Duration: 2-3 Hours

Location(s): Panama City Beach

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Dolphin Sightseeing Cruise Aboard The Original Sea Screamer

The Sea Screamer offers exciting day cruises and breathtaking sunset cruises for all to enjoy. Journey along beautiful Shell Island and the State Park jetties and be mesmerized by some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and resorts. From jumping, wild dolphins to the fun and educational Kritter Encounter, an adventure on the Sea Screamer will be the highlight of your vacation!

  • Cruise to beautiful Shell Island & State Park Jetties
  • See wild dolphins jumping and splashing in the waters of Panama City Beach
  • Water blasters available on hot summer days
  • Catch a gorgeous sunset on the sunset cruise

Duration: 2 Hours

Location(s): Panama City Beach

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Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Panama City Beach

Explore the odd and unusual at Ripley’s Believe It or Not in Panama City Beach, FL. This family-friendly attraction is located on Front Beach Road in the heart of the city’s entertainment district. Enjoy several exhibits that you will find extraordinary, unusual, shocking, and possibly true!

  • A vast collection of unusual and rare relics
  • A great attraction for rainy days
  • Educational and exciting family fun
  • 7D moving theater movie available with the combo ticket

Open 9am – 9pm

Location(s): Panama City Beach

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Sunset Dolphin Sail Aboard The Privateer Catamaran

Sail into the sunset aboard the Privateer Catamaran! This 2-hour sail along the Gulf of Mexico offers a great opportunity to relax and leave your worries behind. Listen to tropical music and enjoy a complimentary glass of wine, Sangria, cold beer, or non-alcoholic beverage aboard Panama City Beach’s best sunset cruise. Don’t forget to relax on the deck and look for Flipper and his friends!

  • Cruise the beautiful waters of the Grand Lagoon at sunset
  • Encounter wild dolphins playing in their natural habitat
  • Enjoy one complimentary beverage and cash bar for additional refreshments
  • Relaxing live tropical music onboard

Duration: 2 Hours

Location(s): Panama City Beach

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Small Group Dolphin & Snorkel Tour

Take a cruise around Shell Island in search of wild, bottlenose dolphins. This guided cruise is a fun trip for the entire family! Not only do you get an exciting dolphin tour experience, but snorkel gear is available for those wanting to park the boat and cool off. Grab your sunscreen and hit the water Panama City style!

  • See dolphins swim and play in their natural habitat
  • Snorkel the area to see the beautiful nature and wildlife
  • Daily departures through Spring and Summer
  • Great activity for the entire family

Duration: 2 Hours

Location(s): Panama City Beach

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Skywheel Panama City Beach

Treat yourself to a spin on the Panama City Beach SkyWheel, a luxury Ferris Wheel experience located in the heart of Panama City Beach at Pier Park. A private Gondola ride that soars as high as 187 feet or approximately 20 stories, this is one ride you have to see to believe.

  • Relaxing gondola ride with sweeping views of the Gulf Coast from 20 stories in the sky
  • A new luxury spin on the classic Ferris Wheel experience
  • Ideal for date night or family outings
  • Enclosed climate controlled gondolas

Open from 11am-10pm daily

Duration: 10-15 Minutes

Location(s): Panama City Beach

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Adventure Tour With Inflatable Waterpark Aboard The Privateer Catamaran

Enjoy an exciting and relaxing adventure sail along the beautiful beaches of Panama City Beach! Sail to the world famous Shell Island and play on the inflatable water slide, jump on the inflatable trampoline, try your hand at kayaking and paddleboarding, or go for an exciting banana boat ride. Guests can also swim, snorkel, and take in all of the beautiful surroundings. The Adventure Tour aboard the Privateer Catamaran has something for everyone!

  • Snorkel and cruise the beautiful waters of Shell Island
  • Encounter wild dolphins playing in their natural habitat
  • Paddleboard, kayak, banana boat rides, and inflatables are included
  • Enjoy 1 complimentary beer, wine, or non-alcoholic beverage

Duration: 3.5 Hours

Location(s): Panama City Beach

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Panama City Beach Jet Boat Thrill Ride

Get ready for a full hour of sea, sun, and spray! Experience the adrenaline rush of a 650HP, 23-passenger jet boat, reaching speeds of 55MPH. This is the only true Jet Boat in the Panhandle! Cruise the coast and see all the sights of all the other tour boats, just much much faster! Let Gulf Coast Jet Boats put a smile on your face, book today!

  • Tour Shell Island and St. Andrews Park while looking for dolphins
  • Experience the “Hamilton Spin,” an awesome 360-degree spin
  • Adrenaline rush like no other tour in Florida
  • Safe for ages 3 and up

Duration: 1 Hour

Location(s): Panama City Beach

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Shell Island Dolphin Tour on Waverunners

Join FUNPCB and zoom on over to Shell Island aboard a speedy jet ski to play and swim with bottlenose dolphins! A family-friendly adventure to explore the beaches and waters of St. Andrews Bay, this dolphin tour brings you face to face with these incredibly intelligent and social species. Premium jet skis are nimble and easy to use. Book today for the experience of a lifetime!

  • See dolphins play in their natural habitat
  • Guided tour to nearby Shell Island
  • Up to 2 riders can ride on one waverunner
  • Waverunners are easy to maneuver and operate

Duration: 2 Hours

Location(s): Panama City Beach

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Panama City Beach Helicopter Tours

View the beautiful Panama City Beach coastline from above on a thrilling helicopter tour. This activity is great for a first date or a fun family outing. There are 6 exciting tours to choose from so you can customize your trip! So “get to the chopper!” and book this incredible tour for an amazing trip you’ll never forget.

  • View PCB from a birds eye view
  • Exciting 5-36 mile helicopter tour
  • Professional and experienced pilots
  • Noise-reduction headsets with voice-activated microphones

Duration: Varies

Location(s): Panama City Beach

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