Shipwreck Island Water Park

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Shipwreck Island Panama City Beach FL

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Shipwreck Island – The only Waterpark in Panama City Beach FL

Unlike the Sandpiper Beacon Beach Resort, many hotels in Panama City FL do not have an indoor lazy river ride, multiple indoor/outdoor (seasonally heated) pools, and waterslides for guests to enjoy during their vacation. So, many vacationers staying at these other hotels have to leave the property to seek some fun family entertainment elsewhere. That’s where attractions like Shipwreck Island come in handy…

Shipwreck Island Waterpark: a 20-acre Panama City Beach attraction, and popular destination for thousands of families for the past 30 years. As Panama City Beach’s ONLY Waterpark, Shipwreck Island pretty much has the monopoly. Shipwreck is only open during the height of the season: May through August, so prepare to be disappointed if you are visiting outside of these months :-(

Two iconic images of Shipwreck Island have to be the huge Tipping Bucket, and the large Tree Top Drop waterslide, that is visible from Front Beach Road, and Middle Beach Road. The Tipping Bucket was added in 2011, and is a huge 750 gallon bucket that gradually fills, and once it reaches capacity, tips its contents on anyone standing below!


 To Shipwreck, or Not to Shipwreck?

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Giant Tipping Bucket at Shipwreck Island

The difference between an average and a GREAT waterpark is the amount, and variety of rides. In this regard, Shipwreck Island is no slouch… Offering rides that are sure to satisfy the bigger kids and thrill-seekers, as well as a special area within the park dedicated to smaller riders, adorably known as the “Tadpole Hole“.

The Tadpole Hole is it’s own little world of gigantic children’s activity pools featuring brightly colored, animal-themed slides, a rope climb, a fort, and a yellow submarine known as “The Silly Sub.” Located between the lazy river and the wavepool, Shipwreck’s Tadpole Hole is a perfect spot to hang out if you’re a family with small children.

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Kiddie-safe area: The “Tadpole Hole”

Adrenaline junkies, Tweens, teens, and bigger kids (yes, that includes dad) will be kept entertained by;

  • Skull Island
  • The Great Shipwreck
  • Ocean Motion Wave Pool
  • Lazy River
  • White Knuckle River
  • Pirate’s Plunge
  • Raging Rapids
  • Zoom Flume

Discounts, Coupons and Savings

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Ways to Save at Shipwreck Island Waterpark

Here are a few tips on how to save some money on your trip to Shipwreck Island;

  1. Follow the official facebook and twitter page for any special posts about early booking discounts or coupons.
  2. If you plan on coming to Panama City Beach multiple times throughout the year, it could be cheaper to purchase an annual season pass.
  3. Check the tourist guides and brochures in hotel and condo lobbies, as well as the Panama City Beach Visitor’s Center.

 Shipwreck Island Ticket Prices

  • Guests 50 inches and above: $33.00 plus tax per person
  • Guests between 35 and 50 inches : $28.00 plus tax per person
  • Guests UNDER 35 inches : FREE
  • Senior Citizen Admission Fee : $22.00 plus tax per person

 Hours of Operation

Shipwreck Island Waterpark Opening Times


 Shipwreck Island Waterpark

Address: 12201 Hutchison Blvd, Panama City Bch, FL 32407
Phone:(850) 234-3333


Sandy Piper

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Sandy has a wealth of local knowledge about the Panama City Beach area. From fun, family-friendly accommodations, to restaurants, attractions and more. Specializing in Family-travel, Sandy has been writing about Panama City Beach and the Gulf Coast for several years.



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