Taking the family to Panama City Beach sounds like a great idea. There’s gorgeous, sugar white sand beaches, emerald waters, and many exciting things to do on the water. From boat tours to parasailing, water adventures are endless!

But what about when the weather’s bad, or everyone’s exhausted and has had too much fun in the sun? That’s when you need to know about kid friendly Panama City Beach. There are a number of attractions and museums in the area that cater to kids without boring adults to tears. Have you heard of these places?

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Odditorium

At Ripley’s, this sometimes gross, sometimes fascinating, always awesome museum, you and your kids can see shrunken heads, an authentic vampire killing kit, and an 8 ft tall sculpture of Captain America that was made from scrap car parts. While you’re there, check out the Mirror Maze, Laser Tag, and the Moving Theater. Kids under 5 get into the museum for free.


Nothing bores kids more than being told “don’t touch that, you’ll break it.” At Wonderworks, kids are encouraged to look with their eyes and their hands, exploring the different zones so that they can learn about and experience light, sound, space exploration, and more. The attraction also offers an indoor ropes challenge, an authentic Army experience, and laser tag, so that your kids can get their energy out, even if they can’t be outside.

Race City PCB

Want a day at the amusement park? Race City is well known for its roller coasters, thrill rides, and that perenial Florida classic, Go Karts. The Go Kart tracks at Race City are the tallest, fastest, and steepest in PCB. The park also does birthday parties, so if you’re in Florida during someone’s special day, check out their rates for a special adventure.

Shipwreck Island Waterpark

Adults love relaxing on the beach with the occasional dip into the waves to cool off, but kids may be bored after a few days of building sand castles. If they’re looking for a more exciting water experience, Shipwreck Island Waterpark may be just what you’re looking for. From the lazy river to the great shipwreck, the park offers water rides for those hot days when you’re just not ready to go back to the beach. The hours at Shipwreck Island Waterpark are seasonal, so check their website before you make plans.

Zoo World

Whether your kids don’t have access to a zoo at home, or they just love zoos (and who doesn’t!), Zoo World is a fantastic way to spend a day. The zoo is home to over 260 animals, including exotic and endangered species, and offers animal encounters, birthday parties, and kids 10 years old and older can be “Keeper For a Day,” a fantastic learning experience for anyone who loves animals, nature conservation, or wants to know more about these things.

At Pelican Walk, we know how important your family is to you. Whether you need help finding out more about kid friendly Panama City Beach, discovering a restaurant that has a great kid’s menu, or just getting assurance that you’re going to get some restful sleep at night, we’ll help you out. We cater to families and long term rentals, which means that when you visit, we do everything possible to make sure that you enjoy your stay. If you’re looking for a condo rental while you’re in Panama City Beach, contact us today.

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