Best Family-Friendly Activities in Panama City Beach ~ Southern Vacation Rentals

Spring Break is just around the corner, and visitors are busier than ever planning their Spring Break trip to the Gulf Coast. If you’re among them, are you excited? Spring Break kicks off vacation season and the Gulf Coast will be full of families flocking to the beach for a week or a few days of fun. The best part of a beach vacation is, of course, all of the fun things you can do at the beach. One of our favorite places to stay for Spring Break is Panama City Beach, an area that is quickly on the rise as a family-friendly vacation destination. With new developments, upscale shopping, and adventure for everyone, you’ll want to mark Panama City Beach as the place to be. Check out some of the best family-friendly activities in Panama City Beach for Spring Break, including dolphin charters, waterparks, and more!


For the family that craves adventure on vacation, you’re in luck! Panama City Beach is an exciting locale to visit for year-round fun. No matter what type of adventure you’re looking for, Panama City Beach can make it happen!

Do you have aspiring anglers in your family? Take them out on a fishing charter where they’ll learn how to spot their catch, cast a line, and have an overall great time. Jubilee Fishing in Panama City Beach offers an enjoyable fishing experience for the whole family. This spacious double-deck boat lets you choose between a full or half-day fishing trip. Choose from either the Jubilee Fishing Boat or the Treasure Island Fishing Boat, depending on the needs of your party.

For more fun under the sun, check out Zoo World. Take a tour through the zoo and feed the animals, pet a sloth, frolic with flamingos, and more! Shipwreck Island also offers more family fun under the sun. Atractions like the Ocean Motion Wave Pool, White Knuckle River, and the Raging Rapids keep visitors coming back each summer.


Are you looking for something a little more slow-paced on vacation? Panama City Beach has that, too! Get in some retail therapy at Pier Park, one of the area’s largest shopping destinations with over 120 stores. You can easily spend a whole day here shopping at some of your favorite stores and discovering exciting new restaurants. A day at Pier Park is truly among some of the best family-friendly activities in Panama City Beach! Families will also love the large outdoor play area complete with a bungee jump, bumper boats, a passenger train, and more.

Or, explore Coconut Creek Family Fun Park. Here, you’ll find two 18-hole mini golf courses and a Gran Maze, the first American-designed giant maze. The mini golf courses feature a tropical setting and even have a lake filled with bass, brim, and carp. Even the occasional turtle pops up to make an appearance! The Gran Maze is sure to be fun for the older kids; they’ll love the challenge of finding all four checkpoints before exiting the maze. It’s an adventure for all ages!

Where to Stay

For some of the best vacation rentals in Panama City Beach for Spring, we’ve got you covered! From beachfront resorts to comfortable homes for the whole group, our inventory knows no bounds. Splash is known to be one of the most popular family-friendly vacation condos in the area; choose Splash 1106 East and experience beach bliss like no other! This two-bedroom condo can easily sleep six guests. Plus, kids will love the range of amenities including a lazy river, splash pad, and interactive play pool.

Or, if you need a home with a lot of space, check out Shimmering Sands. A four-bedroom beachfront home with enough space for eight, the kids will love running out onto the sand to enjoy the beach every morning. Plus, this home is removed from the hustle and bustle of the beach while still remaining close to all of the fun vacation attractions in Panama City Beach.