Things To Do in Panama City Beach For Free

things to do in panama city beach free

Things To Do in Panama City Beach For Free

Panama City Beach is home to some amazing attractions. Magic Shows, swimming with dolphins, interactive museums, mini golf, go kart tracks, and lots more… But, if you’re looking for some awesome things to do in Panama City Beach for free – you’re in luck, because there’s plenty of those too! Here’s some of our favorites, including some you might not know about already…

Take Selfies at the Welcome to Panama City Beach Sign!

panama city beach signYou’ve arrived at the World’s Most Beautiful Beaches – all that’s left to do is post lots of photos on facebook / instagram and make all your friends and co-workers jealous! Located at the intersection of Highways 79 and 98, the Visitor Information Center has a large sign on the corner, making it the perfect photo-op.

Tip: Stop inside too, and grab some brochures, coupons and info on local restaurants, attractions, hotels and condos.

Go To Race City

race city pcbRace City is home to the fastest, tallest, and steepest go kart tracks in Panama City Beach. Not to mention the largest indoor arcade, thrill rides, a haunted house, and more.

Admission, parking, and WiFi is completely FREE! All day, and all night.

Go To the Miracle Strip

miracle strip panama cityThe original Miracle Strip of Panama City Beach has gone, but at Pier Park, they have tried to recreate the same fun and retro feel with rides and amusements.

Admission is FREE, and you can park for free in Pier Park too.

Walk Along the Beach at Sunset

panama city beach sunsetsYou can’t come to Panama City Beach, and NOT spend some time on the sugar-white sandy beaches. :-) One of the most spectacular times to do this is at sunset.

You can’t beat making some magical memories, and taking some fun family photos together.

Go Window Shopping at Pier Park

pier parkPier Park is Panama City Beach’s largest outdoor shopping mall.

Parking is completely free, and between the large national stores you’ll recognize, there’s also some fun beachy boutique shops selling unique souvenirs and trinkets.

Play Beach Volleyball

panama city beach volleyballGreat exercise, and great fun – there are several volleyball nets located on Panama City Beach.

Sure, you’ll need the volleyball first to play, so it’s “kinda-sorta” free – but there’s no charge to play :-)

Catch Crabs at Shell Island

catch crabsYou will need to pay a small fee to get into Shell Island (price varies by vehicle and time of the year).

However, it’s a beautiful part of Panama City Beach, and once you are in, parking is free, and exploring is free :-)

Collect Sand Dollars

sand dollarLook closely, and you’ll find beautiful sand dollars strewn all along Panama City Beach’s shores.

These beautiful, delicate coin-like treasures make a great souvenirs for your family and friends back home.

Pier Park Summer Concert Series

pier park concertsIf you’re in Panama City Beach during the summer, you can take advantage of Pier Park’s free summer concerts.

Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets, coolers and food. You can even bring your pet with you!

Walk or Run Gayle’s Trails

gayles trails panama city beachPanama City Beach’s Conservation Park, also known as Gayle’s Trails are a great way to spend a few hours with the family, without spending any money. Perfect for bikers, hikers, and nature lovers, the conservation park has 24 miles of trails, and one mile of boardwalk area.

Great for spotting wildlife, there are public restrooms and drinking water stations.

Drive around 30A / Seaside

seaside 30aSeaside was the main filming location for Jim Carrey’s blockbuster movie, the Truman Show. Just a short drive from Panama City Beach, this idyllic beach community.

So you can literally walk around a real-life movie set from a hollywood blockbuster, completely free!

Play Sports at Frank Brown Park

frank brown parkEnjoy over 200 acres of outdoor recreation space completely free, at Frank Brown park. There are playgrounds, picnic areas, a saltwater fishing pier, greenways and trails as well as tennis courts and basketball courts.

There’s even a pet-friendly, enclosed dog park so you can take your 4 legged family members too!

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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.

6 Responses to “Things To Do in Panama City Beach For Free”

  1. Author Image Brenda` says:

    My mother and three sisters are coming the first of September. Is there anywhere that we can rent scooters or hoverounds there. My morher is 85 and one of my sisters just had knee surgery.

    • Author Image Sandy Piper says:

      Hey Brenda – There are plenty of places that rent scooters for the road, but we’re not sure if there’s somewhere that also has hoverounds or something similar.

      We’d suggest calling the Visitors and Convention Bureau at 1-800-PCBEACH (800-722-3224) Or visit:

      They should be able to help you more :-)
      Good Luck, and have fun!

  2. Author Image Sharon says:

    We are not coming till September. It will probably be 4 adults, 2 children and a 15 lb. dog. We stayed in your establishment about 29 years ago. Are your beds more comfy? Look forward to your reply.

    • Author Image Sandy Piper says:

      Hi Sharon,

      Thank you for contacting us, we always like to hear from past guests.

      We have made numerous major upgrades and improvements since your last visit. We think you’ll be very impressed.

      In fact, we constantly improve throughout the year.

      With regards to your dog, unfortunately our insurance carrier restricts the weight of dogs we can accommodate to 10lbs.

      We’d still love for you to stay with us and see all the improvements we’ve made since your last stay, however, if you need other pet-friendly hotels, then this might help you: Pet Friendly Hotels in Panama City Beach

  3. Author Image Robert Bennett says:

    I highly recommend the Sandpiper Beacon Beach Resort :-)

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