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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.

Things to Do in Panama City with Kids

There's no excuse for the kids to be bored in Panama City. Take them along to these family friendly experiences that'll leave everyone grinning:

Free Things to Do in Panama City

A break in Panama City doesn't have to break the bank. You can leave your wallet behind if you check out:

Florida State University Panama City - This landmark is the perfect backdrop for that vacation profile pic.

Panama City Marina - Hang out with the locals and discover the true personality and soul of this fascinating place.

Bay Medical Center - Widely renowned among those who live here, this place is worth checking out.

Oakland Terrace Park - If you like working in your garden, this attraction will appeal to your inner green thumb.

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Panama City Beach

Panama City Beach is known for its soft white sand and sparkling waters, and thriving surf culture and stunning beaches. 

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Rosemary Beach

Rosemary Beach is known for its beaches, and you can plan a trip to Alys Beach and Rosemary Beach while you're in town.

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Laguna Beach

Beautiful sandy shoreline and blue waters are complemented by inland parks with forests, wetlands, trails, wildlife and an unusual dune lake.

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Upper Grand Lagoon

Aquatic pursuits, nature treks and gorgeous scenery are among the popular draws of this part of the Florida Panhandle.

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Inlet Beach

Inlet Beach is noteworthy for its beaches, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Camp Helen State Park and Rosemary Beach.

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Long Beach

While there might not be top attractions in Long Beach, you can explore the larger area and discover places like Ripley's Believe It or Not and WonderWorks.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What should I not miss in Panama City?

Don't head home without crossing off the following list of sensational attractions:

  • 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?

If you're vacationing on a shoestring budget, be sure to add the following inexpensive experiences to your schedule:

What can you do in Panama City for free?

You could store your cash in the hotel safe for the day, because these great attractions won't cost you a penny:

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