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Panama City Beach: Gulf World Marine Park Entrance Ticket

1. Panama City Beach: Gulf World Marine Park Entrance Ticket

Enjoy and explore a world of underwater animals at Gulf World Marine Park. Enjoy a fun day out for all the family, with educational tours and animal encounters abound. Learn more about your favorite animals and experience them up close. Explore the indoor and outdoor gardens and see tropical birds. During your visit, get the chance to watch 3 daily educational presentations. You will also get up close and personal with the park's friendly stingrays and even pet them. It takes an average of 3 to 4 hours to enjoy the shows and explore the exhibits, however, you’re welcome to linger longer and wander around the grounds.

Panama City Beach: Sunset Catamaran Cruise

2. Panama City Beach: Sunset Catamaran Cruise

Admire the sunset as you cruise around the Gulf of Mexico aboard a catamaran. Unwind with a drink as you marvel as the blue sky transforms into a spectacular light show. Check in with plenty of time, then take a 5-7 minute walk down to the dock where you will board "Footloose," your catamaran for the evening. Set sail to explore the Gulf of Mexico and admire some of the best sites Panama City Beach has to offer with the sea breeze in your hair. Listen to tropical music as you sail and enjoy a complimentary glass of wine, Sangria, cold beer, or a non-alcoholic drink. You can buy additional drinks and snacks at the fully stocked onboard bar, which takes cash or credit cards. Keep a sharp lookout for dolphins as these majestic creatures are often more active in the late afternoon. Enjoy the company of family and friends as you admire the western horizon turn every color imaginable in a breathtaking show.

Panama City Beach: Airboat Ride

3. Panama City Beach: Airboat Ride

Upon arrival, check-in and feel free to grab a snack at the gift shop, or check out the only albino alligators on the bayou. Picnic tables are available where you can relax before your airboat departure. Climb aboard a unique airboat to explore Florida's wetlands in a truly unique fashion. Discover some of the most beautiful and secluded areas of Florida. Spoot a variety of wildlife such as alligators, turtles, and various bird species. Keep an eye out for rare species as you nip down small canals hidden deep in the swamp.

Shell Island: Water Park and Dolphin Watching Boat Trip

4. Shell Island: Water Park and Dolphin Watching Boat Trip

Embark on a boat trip from Panama City Beach to Shell Island, including a complimentary drink and a variety of water activities to make your day memorable. Have fun at the inflatable water park or try out kayaking or snorkeling. End your day sailing into the Gulf of Mexico for dolphin sightseeing.  Your day begins with a scenic trip through Grand Lagoon and over to Shell Island. Once at Shell Island, enjoy an inflatable water park, paddleboards, kayaks, and snorkeling. Have a go on trampolines, a water see-saw called the “rockit,” and other inflatables. If you’re looking for something a little more slow-paced, explore the waters on a kayak, take a paddleboard ride, or give snorkeling a try. Get plenty of time to take in all of the natural beauty that Shell Island has to offer. If just hanging out is your plan, relax and listen to music on the boat or in one of the two sunning nets located at the front of the boat while you sip on a refreshing beverage. All activities and inflatables are all-inclusive with unlimited use during your trip. The last portion of the trip will be spent sightseeing and dolphin watching before making a round-trip return to Panama City Beach.

Panama City Beach: Dolphin Watching Trip by Catamaran

5. Panama City Beach: Dolphin Watching Trip by Catamaran

Head out to sea to meet the resident Panama City Beach dolphins. Enjoy informative commentary from your captain and crew, and sip a complimentary drink as you go. Board the “Footloose” Catamaran and head out into shimmering waters of the Gulf of Mexico near Shell Island. Partake in a beer, wine, or soft drink as you head out from the dock. Watch the dolphins as they swim, play, and feed in their natural habitat. Learn all about these beautiful creatures with informative commentary from your captain and crew. Take advantage of an onboard bar during your trip. Keep your eyes out for encounters with the bottlenose dolphins as you voyage through the turquoise waters.

Panama City Beach: Snorkeling Trip by Boat

6. Panama City Beach: Snorkeling Trip by Boat

Enjoy a snorkeling trip by boat as you look out for dolphins and other sea creatures. Treat yourself to a complimentary drink on board as you cruise through the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Depart into Historic Grand Lagoon for a 15-minute relaxing cruise out to the Shell Island snorkeling area. Along the way, keep your eyes out for sea animals in their natural habitat. Take in the views as the vessel drops anchor. Plunge into the waters to snorkel for seashells and to catch a glimpse of the underwater world. As well as snorkeling, treat yourself to time to relax, float, and take in the sun. Sip on a complimentary drink on board. Wade through the shallow water onto Shell Island to hunt for more shells. Before returning home, the boat will ride out further into the Gulf of Mexico to search for more dolphins and sight-see along the way.

Northwest Florida Beaches Airport: 1-Way Transfer to Panama

7. Northwest Florida Beaches Airport: 1-Way Transfer to Panama

Enjoy a convenient one-way private transfer from Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport to your destination in Panama City Beach. Relax knowing that you are traveling safely in a licensed vehicle. Your driver will be waiting for you outside the airport terminal. Experience a comfortable journey in an air-conditioned vehicle directly from the airport. Travel conveniently without having to worry about last-minute searching.

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What people are saying about Panama City Beach

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 111 reviews

Absolutely beautiful cruise. The crew was knowledgeable and fun! Even saw some dolphins playing that night. Thank you for making my one night in Panama City so enjoyable!!

Cap is super awesome, he extremely knowledgeable on the nature and the animal . It was super fun and I look forward to next vacation to do it again thank you Cap

Enjoyed the catamaran sunset sail very much. The crew was very friendly. Will definitely do it again

So much fun and the crew is amazing!!! Got to see dolphins up close

Cap was fun, professional, and clearly cares about the wildlife.