Things To Do in Panama City Beach Fl With Your Family for Under $20

If you’ve visited Panama City Beach before, you already know; the beach isn’t the only thing we have to offer! Sometimes the kids have that extra burst of energy, or you just want a change of scenery… Whatever the case may be, here are some great, and inexpensive ideas to help keep the good times rollin’ without burning a hole in your wallet!

The XD Darkride Experience in Pier Park

Part video game, part interactive movie, part ride. This is a one of a kind attraction that will remind you of the rides at places like Universal Studios! Fasten the seatbelt of your motion seat, pick up your laser gun, and shoot the bad guys on the screen as the movie plays. You’re competing for the high score the whole time, so accuracy is important! Teenagers and gamers in your group will love this. Rides last around 15 minutes, and there are different movies to choose from.

Coconut Creek and Grand Maze

Offering 2 different 18 hole mini golf courses, and a human-size maze, Coconut Creek is a great way to spend some family time together! As you are trying to find your way out of the huge maze, you also have to find four hidden zones and get your card stamped before you exit. It’s a race against the clock! You can enjoy unlimited maze and golf ALL DAY for only $18, and best of all, kids six and under go for FREE!



Let your imagination run wild

Indoor fun for the whole family!  This place is unreal! The building looks like it has fallen out of the sky and landed upside down, but the wackiness doesn’t stop there! Once you are inside you are literally surrounded by dozens of exciting hands-on ‘experiments’. With each different activity your kids will interact and not even realize they are learning! “Let your imagination run wild” at WonderWorks. 🙂 Tickets for children aged 5-12 start at just $18.99!

Emerald Coast Mirror Maze and Laser Craze

This is an exciting and one-of-a-kind attraction that the kids will be talking about for weeks! Go get lost in the Mirror Maze and then find yourself in the future in the Laser Tag arena! Located in Pier Park, this is a great way to cool off, and beat the heat for only $9.50 for each attraction!

St. Andrews State Park

Explore the East end of Panama City Beach for only $8 per vehicle. There is so much to see with this top-rated State Park, from Alligator Lake to the jetties that line the beach. St Andrew’s State Park is a great way to see Florida’s natural wildlife…

Rock-it Lanes

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Rock It Lanes

Bowling, arcade, pool tables, food, bar, roller skating…all under one roof! You can pay separately for each activity, so you’re in complete control of how much you spend. Located in the Shoppes at Edgewater, Rock-it-Lanes has it all! Enjoy a cheeseburger while you watch your children skate in the indoor rink or teach them some trick-shots in a game a pool! Just be sure to wear fun shirts so you’ll glow in the black light bowling!

The Grand Theater

Watch a larger than life IMAX movie at the Grand, in Pier Park. Locals Tip: catch a matinee or visit on Super Saver Tuesday to save a few extra bucks on the movies your family has been itching to see. Share a large popcorn while you and your family enjoy the latest flick, and the refill is FREE!

Race City

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Race City – Panama City Beach Fl

Enjoy the most fun and extreme Go Kart racing in Panama City Beach! Decisions, decisions, decisions… There are FOUR different Go Kart tracks to choose from, so whatever kind of race you want, they have it! Once you have finished up on the tracks, stop by the indoor Arcade, Roller Coaster, or Bumper Boats. Take a look at the Unlimited Armbands as a way to get the biggest bang for your buck.

Waves 2 You

Have you ever wanted to learn how to surf? Here’s your chance… W2U is a great way to catch a few waves while you are on vacation in Panama City Beach. They will drive to a location on the beach with all the equipment provided. Group rates for an hour start at $45 for three or more. Don’t let that alarm you though, once you split it three ways its only $15 per person! So grab your friends and hang ten! 🙂 You’ll be pro’s in no time.

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Learn to Surf in Panama City Beach!

Still, the most inexpensive way to relax on your vacation, while keeping the family happy, is going to the beach. 27 miles of beautiful soft white sand and clear water is all yours to explore. Just grab your towel and sunscreen and hit the beach 🙂

Of course, if you’re a guest staying at the Sandpiper Beacon, then you don’t even have to leave to have fun and keep the family entertained! We bring the fun to your doorstep, after all… We are the FUN Place! Our daily activities range from Polynesian fire dancers to craft hour, there is even a hula lesson or two in there. Plus, with all of the indoor/outdoor pools, inflatable water slides, and on-site mini golf, there are lots of great ways to have a great time at no extra cost!

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