10 Things to Do in Panama City That You Shouldn't Miss

Panama City is a four-season paradise for water-sports enthusiasts. Kayaking, paddleboarding, sailing and kiteboarding are popular activities on the crystal blue waters of St. Andrews Bay. Numerous charters offer inshore and offshore fishing, scuba and snorkeling excursions. Guided day trips are available for dolphin-watching or you can go shelling on uninhabited Shell Island. Enjoy water views and fresh, locally caught seafood at popular restaurants like Gene's Oyster Bar, a local landmark.

1. Bear Creek Feline Center

8822 Tracy Way, Panama City, FL 32404-5682 Nature & Parks, Nature & Wildlife Areas
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5 based on 247 reviews

Bear Creek Feline Center

Bear Creek Feline Center (BCFC) is home to Florida wildcats and exotic felines located in Panama City, FL. BCFC's mission is one of conservation breeding of selected species, feline rescue/re-homing and public education designed to illuminate the plight of threatened and endangered felines. Much has happened since April 1, 2000, when BCFC was established under the giant oak trees here in the Bear Creek Community. We have logged thousands of hours to obtain five licenses and we now make permanent homes to exotic species of felines including the 3 native species of Florida. We work with the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, the USDA and the Feline Conservation Federation to preserve and "Protect Florida's Wildlife Treasures". "When was the last time you touched a bobcat or an African Serval?" Tours are by Appointment only. BCFC invites you to an up close and personal visit with our Florida Panthers, North American Bobcats, African Servals, South American Geoffroy's Cats, Jaguarundis and Siberian Lynx. Cameras are encouraged. There are no additional charges for great photo opportunities. You'll see extremely rare felines, not normally seen in captivity. The FFWCC and the USDA permit some hands-on contact. Small children must be CLOSELY supervised at all times. Tours are scheduled BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes for your comfort and safety. A $50 donation per adult is customary ($25 for children under the age of 18). These donations are 100% earmarked for the care and feeding of the big cats. Special tour rates for photo ops, families and student groups upon request. BCFC offers internships whereby selected individuals may gain experience preparatory for the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission's licensing process. You may contact us by email for application and interview. You can check our website for an overview of what you can be doing and learning!

Reviewed By KalcSC - South CarolinaSouth Carolina

Amazing Experience!!!

I can not put into words just how awesome this place is!! I never thought I could get so up close and personal with big cats. I am a HUGE cat lover and this visit to Bear Creek was the highlight of our vacation. It is very obvious that Jim and Bertie love

2. Carillon Beach

114 Carillon Market St, Panama City, FL 32413-1099 Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks, Beaches, Beach & Pool Clubs More
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4.5 based on 73 reviews

Carillon Beach

Reviewed By 123Kim2015 - Memphis, TennesseeMemphis, Tennessee

A Fabulous Venue for a Wedding

My daughter chose Carillon Beach for her wedding location. We could not have been more pleased. We rented a few houses and had wonderful experiences with all of the rental agents and owners. The homes we chose were gorgeous and full of extras, particularl

3. Oaks by the Bay Park

2510 W 10th St, Corner of 10th & 9th Streets, Panama City, FL 32401-1407 Nature & Parks
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4.5 based on 39 reviews

Oaks by the Bay Park

Reviewed By WilsonP - Lancaster, New HampshireLancaster, New Hampshire

Go see the 4-headed Palm Tree, huge Heritage Oak, Boardwalk & Beach

Nice small park close to downtown. The 4-headed palm tree is quite a site, but is declining, so go get a glimpse of it before it loses one of it's heads!250+ year old oak tree is impressive. Check out the old cauldron.Nice boardwalk and views of the Saint

4. Museum of Man in the Sea

17314 Panama City Beach Pkwy, Panama City, FL 32413-6038 Museums, History Museums, Specialty Museums
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4 based on 74 reviews

Museum of Man in the Sea

This museum offers exhibits on the history of diving.

Reviewed By Tracy W - Nashville, TennesseeNashville, Tennessee

Better than last time

We had visited once a few years ago. It is now much better organized and labeled. They have also refurbished SeaLab I that is outside. It was a rusting hulk when we visited before. Now it has been restored and there is a guided tour aboard on Thursdays st

5. Panama City Marina

1 Harrison Ave, Panama City, FL 32401-2724 Nature & Parks, Marinas
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4.5 based on 111 reviews

Panama City Marina

Reviewed By Kyrph - Lexington, KentuckyLexington, Kentucky

Nice quiet place to sit and swing.

We love to visit the marina. The views of St. Andrews are gorgeous and it's very peaceful place. There are swings behind the store to sit and swing and watch the boats come and go. The shop owners are super friendly and they have a good selection of drink

6. Marina Civic Center

8 Harrison Ave, Panama City, FL 32401-2724 Sights & Landmarks, Civic Centers
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4.5 based on 46 reviews

Marina Civic Center

Reviewed By SentMe - Lynn Haven, FloridaLynn Haven, Florida

From Stars to Star Wars

The Marina Civic Center creates a venue to attract everyone of all ages. From Tony Bennett and the Goo Goo Dolls, to conventions that attract an audience of all kinds, this place has it all. They have comfortable seating, drinks and great acoustics. The d

7. The Panama City Publishing Company Museum & Visitor Center

1134 Beck Ave, Panama City, FL 32401-1457 Museums, History Museums, Specialty Museums
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5 based on 12 reviews

The Panama City Publishing Company Museum & Visitor Center

The Panama City Publishing Company building was constructed by George Mortimer West around 1920 on a prominent corner in the heart of historic St. Andrews. He was a writer, promoter, economist, horticulturist, publisher, and entrepreneur. He is credited as the "founding father" of Panama City, building it into an economically viable city and port on the shores of St. Andrews Bay. In the late 1800'

Reviewed By atravelerden - Parker, ColoradoParker, Colorado

St. Andrews Historic District Walking Tour

We recently did the St. Andrews Historic District walking tour, which originates from the Museum. The tour takes about an hour. There's quite a bit of history and scenery packed into a few blocks, as well as some beautiful southern homes in the neighborho

8. St. Andrews Waterfront Farmers Market

1201 Beck Ave, Panama City, FL 32401-1458 Shopping, Food & Drink, Farmers Markets
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5 based on 8 reviews

St. Andrews Waterfront Farmers Market

Hey everyone! In case you haven't heard, we have been voted Reader's Choice once again by the Panama City Living Magazine for Favorite area Farmer's Market5 years in a row! Ranked 4th in the Top 20 America's Favorite Farmers Market by American Farmland Trust in the medium category in 2011 Come see why! We're here every Saturday on Beck Ave. from 8-1.

Reviewed By Tciwater - Stuart, FloridaStuart, Florida

Cute little market, great settimg

We were passing through on Saturday so we decided to stop and take this in. The setting is great, right at the waterfront!! There were several vendors, fruits and vegetables and some other crafters. Was not huge, but neat and great little break for our tr

9. Panama City CENTER for the ARTS

19 E 4th St, Corner of Harrison Avenue & 4th Street, Panama City, FL 32401-3106 Shopping, Museums, Art Galleries
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5 based on 15 reviews

Panama City CENTER for the ARTS

The Center for the Arts has three galleries located within the historic 1926 City Hall/Police Station/Fire Department and Jail. Located in downtown Panama City, Florida, we provide visitors and our community with cultural awareness through creative enrichment, sculpture, music, film and fine art. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter @center4artsPC

Reviewed By FifiMayreee - Panama City Beach, FloridaPanama City Beach, Florida

A Downtown Panama City Must See!

Beautiful historic building with unique "glass tabby" exterior. The newly renovated interior is just as beautiful. The exhibits are of high quality. In addition to paintings, photography and a unique gift gallery, they offer a variety of classes and more.

10. Destination Panama City Visitors Center

1000 Beck Ave, Panama City, FL 32401-1455 Traveler Resources, Visitor Centers
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5 based on 12 reviews

Destination Panama City Visitors Center

Welcome to the Destination Panama City Visitors Center, a Visit Florida certified tourist information center. Located in the heart of historic St. Andrews, the Visitors Center is housed in a historic bank building with stunning architecture and vaulted ceilings. The friendly staff provides free visitors guides, area maps and trip itineraries to help you get the most of out of your visit.

Reviewed By ashmc94 - Vicksburg, MississippiVicksburg, Mississippi

Welcome with hostory

This building used to be the town bank. They have restored it completely to resemble the original building. Bouts of history throughout the building are interesting to look at and read. Staff was very helpful and friendly to talk to. Definitely stop here

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