You might wonder, why spend time loading up the family, hopping on a boat, and traveling to a beach when I could stay directly on the beach? The answer is simple, there is nothing like Shell Island. This island is an undeveloped 7-mile-long barrier island that can only be accessed by boat. It is a great place for swimming, snorkeling, paddleboarding, etc. It is popular among families because the water is rarely rough and is typically crystal clear. You must hop on a shuttle to get there. Learn more about that by clicking here.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
An activity that is wonderful for the days it might rain on your trip is Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Your kids will love exploring the exhibit and discovering different talents and wild skills. The attraction is home to over 600 wonders and is sure to have you feeling perplexed as you leave. There is also a mirror maze and a 7D Moving Theater. You can spend the entire day learning new things or a simple afternoon if you need a break from the sun.
Gulf World Marine Park
Have you always wanted to swim with dolphins? Now is your chance! Gulf World Marine Park offers guests the chance to swim and interact with this incredible, friendly animal. They also have other interactive attractions including Sea Lion Chats and the opportunity to feed stingrays. This is a great spot to learn more about the wildlife that calls the Gulf of Mexico home as well as animals who inhabit other areas of the world. Make sure to bring your camera to capture the joy and wonder on your children’s faces.
Shipwreck Island Park
Need a break from the sand? Visit Shipwreck Island Park! This water park has attractions, slides, and pools, and more suitable for all ages. Cool off in the wave pool or test your bravery at the Tree Top Drop. The lazy river is one of the best ways to cool off with your kids. Grab a tube float and spend some time sunbathing as your kids swim circles around you. There is a spot to grab a bite to eat so no need to pack food, however, make sure you bring lots of water to stay hydrated!
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Which of these family-friendly activities in Panama City Beach will you check out?