What to do in Panama City, FL

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Florida Panhandle featuring a coastal town, a sandy beach and general coastal views

Panama City Attractions

Panama is a 360 degree destination. Aquamarine water laps at the shore beneath your feet. Cloud forests envelop the mountains towering above your head. Travelers head out on horseback riding adventures on all sides, and rivers, and lagoons dot every available bit of landscape. When it comes to things to do in Panama, the options literally surround you.

The best Panama excursions conjure a certain remote charm, and you’ll find this undiscovered atmosphere in nearly every tourist area. Bocas del Toro is by far the most bustling, but the Panama activities in this region focus on the serene natural wonders. Explore the diving and snorkeling spots here, and then head to Bastimentos Island for a surfing adventure. When you're looking for must see places on the Panama map, these are the areas you simply can’t miss.

If you’re yearning for a more urban getaway, however, make a beeline for the local attractions in Panama City. Home to the internationally famous Panama Canal, this Central American metropolis offers an array of top sightseeing opportunities. Stroll the streets of the historic Casco Viejo district, explore the ruins of the Panama Viejo, or climb to the top of Miraflores for a stunning view. City-loving travelers will also fall in love with the charming village of El Valle de Anton and the spa-studded central Cocle, but adventure seekers may want to head straight for Boquete this cloud-forested city is situated just outside the Volcan Baru and Quetzal Trail, and it’s one of the best spots to witness the unspoiled landscape. Book one of the Panama tours through the area for the full experience. You won’t want to miss a bit of the area’s beauty.


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What to do in Panama City

Free Things to Do in Panama City

Touring on a tight budget in Panama City? Spend time instead of money on terrific experiences.

Florida State University Panama City - Admire the design and ingenuity of this fantastic example of modern architecture.

Panama City Marina - This vibrant location is a popular hangout for both visitors and locals.

Ascension Sacred Heart Bay - Widely known among the locals, this place is worth dropping by.

Oakland Terrace Park - Refresh your mind and soul by spending a little time with Mother Nature.

Things to Do in Panama City with Kids

There's no excuse for the kids to complain they're bored in Panama City. Take them along to these family friendly experiences that guarantee a good time for all:


 

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Frequently asked questions

What should I not miss in Panama City?
You’ll want to put these attractions high on your must-see list to get the most out of your trip:

  • Pier Park
  • St. Andrews State Park
  • Tyndall Air Force Base Visitor Center
  • Gulf World Marine Park

Are there cheap things to do in Panama City?
There are plenty of tours and activities here that’ll catch your eye if you’re traveling on a tight budget:


What can you do in Panama City for free?
You’ll barely have time to pull your wallet out of your backpack with so many wonderful free things to do:

  • Pier Park
  • Panama City Mall
  • Panama City Marina
  • Carillon Beach


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