Yes, you read that right – we said Panama City Beach! We spend so much time talking about all of the events and hot spots in South Walton that it’s easy to forget that Panama City Beach is just a hop, skip and a jump away! Especially for those that live or are vacationing on the east end of 30A, you are just a quick drive away from lots of family fun. There has been a lot of positive growth and development in and around the Panama City Beach area, and there are a lot of unique opportunities for family fun – educational fun, at that! So, let’s dive in and talk about some of the family fun activities that Panama City Beach has to offer.

Sea Dragon Pirate Cruises dragon-238931_1920

Have you ever met a kid who didn’t love pirates? Well, here’s your opportunity to become the greatest parents in the world by letting your kids actually become pirates for the day, with Sea Dragon Pirate Cruises. Captain Fearless Phil and his crew of sea dogs are waiting to take the family out on their beloved vessel, The Sea Dragon – a replica of a cargo ship, straight out of the 1700’s.

  • The Sea Dragon takes daily dolphin cruises that typically last around 2 hours, and for a fair price!
  • There are PLENTY of activities to keep the kids entertained on-board – treasure hunts, firing canons, sword-fights (safety first), etc.
  • There’s also plenty of cocktails and brew for mom and dad to sip on while enjoying the cruise. That’s a win-win, right?
  • Oh, and one last thing – your kids are guaranteed to be completely exhausted by the end of the cruise!


Have you ever beelooping-louie-1105056_1920n to an upside down house? No? Well, here’s your chance! Panama City Beach is home to an awesome upside down house, known as WonderWorks. It’s as exciting on the inside, as it is on the outside. They have countless interactive, hands-on exhibits, experiments, and rides to keep the kids (and you!) entertained. This is a great place to have some educational fun with your kids, and they will be having way too much fun to even recognize it as a learning experience. There is plenty of fun for kids of all ages –

  • Vertical G-Force Ride
  • Bed of nails
  • Swim with virtual sharks
  • Stand in a hurricane wind tunnel
  • Lazor Tag
  • 3 story ropes course
  • And much more!

Trust us, you won’t regret taking a day to beat the heat and give this place a try. The whole family is sure to have some fun!

Escape Zone 60

You won’t find a more unique way to have some family fun, than at Escape Zone 60. Ages 9 and up can enjoy a trip to the escape room, where you have to work as a team to solve the puzzles necessary to complete your task and escape before times runs out! The escape room will challenge your abilities to work as a team, to think outside the box and work under pressure. Is your family willing to accept the challenge?

Miracle Strip Amusement Parkfair-988849_1920Now located at Pier Park, you literally can’t miss this place – and your kids won’t let you, as soon as they spot the giant, brightly colored Ferris Wheel. Many of the original rides from the beloved original Miracle Strip Amusement Park have been restored and new ones have been added. The bonus? Pier Park is full of fun for the entire family, so everyone wins!


Don’t count out Panama City Beach when considering a location for your dream vacation home. Melissa Clements is a seasoned real estate agent with years of experience in all areas of real estate. Contact her today and schedule a meeting – she is happy to answer your questions and help you with any real estate needs that you may have. Your journey to buying or selling a home can start today!