If you’re searching for the best of what Florida offers (think sun, sand, family attractions, and nightlife) set your sights on Panama City Beach. Adventures abound on the land and sea, as an afternoon jetskiing gives way to an evening dining on delectable seafood. The “Spring Break capital of the world” comes alive in March, that’s for sure, but it also welcomes visitors the other 11 months of the year. With over 300 sunny days per year, and temperatures hovering in the low 80’s, there’s no bad time to book a trip.

There’s so much to see and do in PCB. So how do you narrow it down? That’s where we’re here to help. We’ve listed 11 of our favorite attractions in the area below. From eateries to events and everything in between, we hope we’ve added some inspiration to your PCB itinerary.

So read on and start planning your next trip — and if you need lodging, book a Panama City Beach vacation rental to save money and gain so much more space & privacy over a traditional hotel.

Top 11 Panama City Beach Activities

Sea Dragon Pirate Cruise

In their own words: Drift back in time to the carefree days of pirates. Sit back and relax as your children laugh and play under the watchful eyes of Capt. “Fearless” Phil and his friendly crew. Join us for an adventure that you and your kids will never forget!

The “Sea Dragon” Pirate Cruise is one of Panama City Beach’s premier vacation attractions. Our 2 hour cruises offer something for everyone in your family. We provide an exceptional sightseeing experience of the waters, shoreline and wildlife near the entrance to St. Andrews Bay. The captain will point out numerous species of birds and fish during the cruise and if you’re lucky he’ll scream out, “There she blows!” as you spot some of our playful bottled nosed dolphins.

In addition to the great sightseeing aboard our ship be prepared to sing along with our amazing soundtrack. Our mix of music is upbeat, fun and cleverly in sync with the activities happening on the main deck. And speaking of activities, imagine the fun your kids will have sword fighting, swabbing the deck, firing the “Kid cannon”, reading a treasure map, finding a sunken treasure and sharing the loot. Plus they’ll have a water gun fight, get their face painted, limbo, have a pirate dance party and get a pirate tattoo. It is literally non-stop activity for the kids!

We like to think that the best part of our cruise is the service and attitude you’ll receive from the captain and crew. We strive to provide good, clean family fun. We believe that we can still provide and outstanding experience at a fair price. We want you to walk away from our cruise happy and excited about your next visit. Arrrrrrhhh!

Capt. Anderson’s Restaurant & Waterfront Market

In their own words: Since 1967, Capt. Anderson’s has innovated many of the Gulf Coast’s classic dishes and has won the loyalty of millions of customers and friends. It is a local tradition to dine early at Capt. Anderson’s Restaurant in Panama City Beach, and watch the fishing fleets unload their catch.

Capt. Anderson’s restaurant is one of those rare “family” restaurants that not only survives, but strengthens and improves through the years. The landmark waterfront restaurant has witnessed remarkable growth without loss of quality. The restaurant has grown to 725 seats and, six nights a week, serves over 250,000 guests during its 8 month season.

Named among America’s Top 50 restaurants, recipient of the “Best Seafood Restaurant” award from Southern Living and Wine Spectator’s “Award of Excellence,” Capt. Anderson’s won Florida Trend’s Golden Spoon Award for 15 years before being inducted into the Restaurant Hall of Fame in 2005. The Hall of Fame is the highest honor Florida Trend can bestow upon a Florida restaurant.

Sharky’s on the Pier

In their own words: Just one visit to Sharky’s and you’ll understand why after 33 years and counting, it has become a Venice-area landmark. Voted the Florida’s Best Beach Bar in 2013, 2018 and 2019, soak in the sunshine and dine in relaxed style while sipping a refreshingly cool beverage. Located in the Shark’s Tooth Capital of the world and nestled at the base of the famed Venice Fishing Pier, our beach-front restaurant offers a stunning view of the Gulf of Mexico.

We truly hope you enjoy our well-loved seafood, fantastic frozen drinks, outstanding service and all that represents the very best of Florida’s Gulf Coast. Experience a fun and festive atmosphere, soak up some sunshine, catch a sunset or savor live music under the star-filled sky at Sharky’s on the Pier. Whether you’re a born-and-bred Sarasota local, visiting family or just vacationing in Venice, FL, we’d love to meet you!

Emerald Coast Cruizin’

In their own words: Emerald Coast Cruizin The South’s Best Blast from the Past family fun event. Thousands of classic cars, hot rods, custom cars and trucks make way to beautiful Panama City Beach, Florida for this week long festival. Panama City Beach’s breath taking emerald green coastline and the famous Miracle Strip gleams with chrome, hot colors, and the deep rumble of power. The new Aaron Bessant Park next door to Pier Park, will host over 3000 hot rods, and cool classics. There will be over 125 + top name automotive vendors on hand, as well as a huge swap meet and Auto Car Corral. Oh we also include a ladies section with great crafts, jewelry, and so much more. Kids will love the kiddy area with fun rides games and more! so much for all to enjoy!.Each night is full of activities from cruising, great bands, and special shows. Even if you’re not a gear head, there is plenty to do for all.

Seabreeze Jazz Festival

In their own words: Named a “Top 10 Jazz Festival in the USA” by JazzIZ Magazine and recently nominated as “Best Jazz Festival” at the Oasis Smooth Jazz Awards, the Seabreeze Jazz Festival in Panama City Beach combines the top national smooth jazz artists with a full weekend of fun, sun, great beaches, and good times – all on the west end of Panama City Beach. The event now attracts over 20,000 fans from the USA, Canada, and Europe for the ultimate performance-packed weekend of jazz.

Panama Pizzeria

In their own words: Panama Pizzeria welcomes you to it’s family of fun! We are a locally owned family run business that takes pride in all we do for our customers.

We are always trying to bring smiles to everyone who walks in the door. From the fun, laid back atmosphere to our friendly staff that always try to go the extra mile to making sure your visit is always nothing short of excellent.

We want Panama Pizzeria to be a place that you frequent often, whether you live here locally with us or are one of our guests in town. We welcome you to come hang with us for years to come!
We want Panama Pizzeria to be a place that you frequent often, whether you live here locally with us or are one of our guests in town. We welcome you to come hang with us for years to come!

Schooner’s

In their own words: Locals claim it’s the “best place on the planet,” and they call Schooners the Last Local Beach Club. They come early and stay all day to play volleyball, watch the kids splash in the surf or just watch the waves roll in.

Schooners’ menu is not fancy — just perfect casual ‘beach food’ — fresh, full of flavor and served up with a friendly smile and a spectacular view!

It’s a local tradition to gather on the beach behind Schooners every night to celebrate Sunset — the crowd counts down and, just as the sun dips below the horizon, they blast an old cannon and the real fun begins!

For years, Schooners has been voted the best place for live music… and best bar… and best place to go dancin’… and best local flavor! The bands start early, so people are up dancin’ before the sun goes down, and they stay till the wee hours.

Schooners is on the historic East End of Panama City Beach, right on the beach. The Last Local Beach Club is open year ’round for lunch, dinner and brunch on weekends. Schooners Live Cams are legendary.

Panama City Beach Winery

In their own words: We are the home of citrus, berry & fruit wines. All of our wines are made in Florida and are award winners. Our wines have won national and international recognition at the number one fruit wine judging contest in the United States — the Indiana State Fair.

Our wines proudly display the Florida Department of Agriculture’s seal. This seal indicates that our wine is an authentic Florida product, produced in Florida from Florida agricultural products.

We are proud to be the only tropical winery in Bay County, Florida. Please don’t miss our daily wine tasting (during all hours of operation) and be sure to make Panama City Beach Winery one of your “Must See” destinations in Florida.

Rock’It Lanes

In their own words: If you are looking for the best entertainment on Panama City Beach, you have just found it! Where else can you find Bowling, Roller Skating, A Mega Arcade, Sports Bar and Grille?

With a 50,000 square foot facility and total renovation that includes all new lanes, approaches, scoring, shoes, balls, pins and custom leather seating, plus a Mega Arcade and a self serve redemption store that is the largest on the beach. Rock It Lanes remains the premier Family Entertainment Center and now the largest in the Florida Panhandle.

The locals continue to vote Rock It Lanes as the News Herald’s “Best of Bay” award over the years in the Entertainment and Leisure category. Panama City Living Magazine readers have voted Rock It Lanes as the “Best Place to take your kids”.

Island Time Sailing

In their own words: The Island Time Sailing Catamaran, on Panama City Beach, has been making great family memories, since 1999. We’re known for our famous “Rum Punch,” great music and a wonderful crew where you can see dolphins at Shell Island or snorkel St. Andrews Bay.

Spacious and stable, our 50-foot long, 30-foot wide Coast Guard certified catamaran is an affordable adventure for your family to experience the paradise of Panama City Beach! We’re equipped with 2 restrooms and a snack bar filled with cold refreshments and tasty snacks.

Island Time is also perfect for private charters, corporate outings, weddings, receptions, birthday parties, anniversaries, or just any excuse to get all your friends out on the beautiful waters of the Gulf of Mexico!

Science & Discovery Center

In their own words: The Science and Discovery Center of Northwest Florida will educate and inspire children and adults through hands-on, interactive exhibits and programs that promote discovery of science, technology, and history.

As we celebrate 50 years, we give heartfelt thanks to all the dedicated and determined pioneers who, equipped with a passion to make learning fun, poured their hearts and lives into turning a dream into reality for our children.

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