13 Things To Do Indoors in Panama City Beach, FL
April 21st 2021
Panama City Beach, FL, is one of the top beach destinations on the planet. Known far and wide as the “Spring Break Capital,” Panama City Beach has evolved in recent years as a trusted family-friendly vacation spot. But sometimes even the sunniest days can be overshadowed by bouts of Florida’s famous afternoon showers.
The one thing you can’t plan for is rain, but wet weather isn’t a vacation death sentence! There are plenty of things to do in Panama City Beach, FL, both indoors and out for all-ages and interests. Keep reading for 13 Things To Do Indoors in Panama City Beach, FL.
Table of Contents
- Gulf World Marine Park
- Indoor Arcade
- The Sea Maze at Race City
- Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!
- Seaside REP Theatre
- Blacklight Mini Golf
- The Grand Theatre
- Movie Rentals & Board Games
- Panama City Beach Winery
- Go Shopping
- Experience the Nightlife
- Emerald Coast Mirror Maze and Laser Craze
Gulf World Marine Park
Pictured above is a Panama City Beach traveler experiencing a dolphin swim at one of the top aquariums in PCB, Gulf World Marine Park
Located in the heart of Panama City Beach directly off Front Beach Road, Gulf World Marine Park features exciting animal exhibits, shows, and up-close encounters including dolphin swim tours (one of the only places in Florida where you can swim with dolphins). The park’s star marine animals include fascinating dolphins, sea lions, and exotic birds, and they are happy to entertain your family with feats of intelligence and agility. Gulf World Marine Park is open year-round and welcomes all ages from children up to great-grandma and grandpa!
Playing air hockey at an indoor arcade is one of the top things to do on a rainy day in Panama City Beach! Image from Wikimedia
With several world-class arcades to choose from, a trip to the arcade takes on a whole different meaning in Panama City Beach, FL! With games for children, adults, and everyone in between, Panama City Beach arcades offer an entertaining indoor escape from grey skies. Hit any of the following arcades for a guaranteed good time:
- Funland Arcade: 14510 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach, FL, 32413
- Race City Indoor Arcade: 9523 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach, FL, 32407
- Dave & Busters: 15701 LC Hilton Jr. Drive, Panama City Beach, FL, 32413
One of the top places for toddlers in Panama City Beach, WonderWorks grabs your attention from the very beginning as soon as you see this unique and interesting upside-down building
Experience mind-boggling exhibits highlighting the fascinating science of the human mind, body and physics. With optional add-ons including laser tag and the Space Fury 360 attraction, WonderWorks has something for all ages and interests. WonderWorks is open year-round with late hours on the weekend.
The Sea Maze at Race City
Pictured above is just one of the many attractions Race City in Panama City Beach has to offer! Image courtesy of http://racecitypcb.com/
Head under the sea for a one-of-a-kind adventure! Best enjoyed with friends and family, Sea Maze is a unique group activity that allows participants to use their wits and senses to escape a virtual underwater maze. Sea Maze is located at Race City on Front Beach Road in Panama City Beach.
Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!
Pictured above is a family enjoying all of the interesting sights there are to see at the marvelous and mysterious Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!
Everybody knows the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! books and TV shows, but now is your chance to experience the phenomenal stories first-hand! With dozens of exhibits demonstrating the fascinating, cool, and downright weird, Ripley’s is a museum that’s a bit more mesmerizing than the rest! This family-friendly attraction also offers a Laser Race and a Mirror Maze for some mind-boggling and fast-paced fun! According to a recent Traveler Story, Ripley’s truly has something for everyone.
Seaside REP Theatre
Pictured above is a group of performers during a show-stopping Panama City Beach event
With daily entertainment and all-ages training camps, the Seaside Repertory Theatre is a great destination for rainy days in Panama City Beach. Magic, comedy, drama, and live music are just a few of the amazing shows types available at the Seaside REP Theatre. Located in the heart of 30A, just a short drive from Panama City Beach, the Seaside REP Theatre plays host to both local and national acts.
Blacklight Mini Golf
Take mini golf to the next level and test your skills at blacklight mini golf
This indoor activity takes the competition of putt putt and the thrill of adventure, and mixes them into a black-lit mini golf maze! This 3D experience takes you through 9 holes of outer space, under the sea, and ancient destinations. Fun for the whole family, Blacklight Mini Golf is located at Race City Amusement Park in Panama City Beach, FL.
The Grand Theatre
Catching a movie is one of the top things to do when visiting Pier Park in Panama City Beach, FL
The Grand Theatre at Pier Park features all the top Hollywood hits in IMAX, D-BOX, and 3D! The perfect rainy day activity, The Grand Theatre is one of the largest on the Emerald Coast with 16 theaters, stadium seating, and wall-to-wall screens. The Grand Theatre is located at 500 South Pier Park Drive in Panama City Beach, FL.
Movie Rentals & Board Games
Pictured above are just a few of the many board games that are perfect for spending a day indoors
Sometimes a day spent inside with family and friends is just what a vacation needs! Many beachfront resorts in Panama City Beach offer movie rentals on-site, and most convenience stores and big-box retailers like WalMart and Target are fitted with movie rental vending machines. Board games should always be packed in the event of a rainy day. Keeping a variety of games at hand can prove useful if the “rain delay” lasts more than just a day, so make sure to pack multiple games for all ages and interests!
Panama City Beach Winery
For a full list of wines that Panama City Beach Winery has to offer, click here: https://panamacitybeachwinery.com/
Panama City Beach has been recognized worldwide for its sun, sand, and pristine waters. But since the founding of the Panama City Beach Winery, the popular beach town now gives visitors one more reason to head to the coast! Stop into the Panama City Beach Winery, the coast’s top wine retailer, gift shop, and wine tasting headquarters. The winery specializes in citrus, berry, and fruit wines made in Florida.
From small boutiques to name-brand stores, Panama City Beach is a shopper’s paradise
Panama City Beach is home to a variety of awesome shops, boutiques, and galleries that are perfect for when the wind and rain roll through town. Pier Park, for example, is the local mall and is home to a long list of national clothing and gift shops. Also available are a variety of standalone shops and one-of-a-kind offerings. One of our local favorites is Hy’s Toggery, which specializes in beachy styles and versatile activewear from premium vendors like:
- North Face
For those that like bargain hunting, try the Great American Garage Sale. Another beach bazaar but at a steep discount, you can thrift and sift through an endless selection of beach styles as well as furniture, home goods, and more. Finally, last and certainly not least, Barking Divas is a dog clothes boutique with everything Scruffy, Lucky, and Buddy need to look extra cute for events and social gatherings!
Experience the Nightlife
From hilarious comedy and dinner shows, to clubs and bars that will have you dancing until early morning, there is something for every type of party-goer in Panama City Beach
When the weather outside is frightful, why not meet up with some friends and family and head out for a show, a drink, and perhaps even some dancing? Panama City Beach has a ton of bars, beachside bungalows, and clubs that are perfect for great friends and great times. A few of the more popular destinations for nightlife and entertainment include:
- Club La Vela
- Fishale Taphouse & Grill
- Dave & Busters
A couple of our favorite spots for after-dark shenanigans are Ms. Newby’s and Newby’s Too. A PCB mainstay, the Newby’s chain of restaurants and bars has been an important part of the community for over 30 years. Enjoy karaoke, sweet live entertainment, and their famous “Hunch Punch” AKA a proprietary blend of fine spirits that will have you smiling ear to ear!
Emerald Coast Mirror Maze and Laser Craze
One of the amazing tourist attractions in Panama City Beach, the Emerald Coast Mirror Maze and Laser Craze is sure to create family memories that will last a lifetime! Image by heipei via Flickr
Action and excitement awaits you at the Emerald Coast Mirror Maze and Laser Craze. A sweet option for any age and a great idea for things to do in Panama City Beach on a rainy day, this laser zone is unlike anything you’ve seen! Come on by and experience one of several featured activities like:
- Classic Laser Tag
- The Mirror Maze
- Laser Challenge
- Bazooka Ball
The Laser Challenge, for instance, is a Mission Impossible-like laser maze race that demands creative problem solving and flexibility to make it to the end. Challenge your friends and family to see who can finish first!
Meanwhile, the Bazooka Ball attraction is super cool and probably the one we enjoyed the most. Think of the perfect fusion of Nerf guns, paintball, and laser tag! Incredibly accurate and fast-paced, get ready for a battle royale that is not only one of the best kid-friendly attractions in PCB, but will have your heart-pumping and your mind wondering when you can come back for more!
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