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National Parks / Natural World in PANAMA CITY

The world has some incredible natural wonders, and luckily for you, Panama City has some incredible places to visit with kids right on your doorstep….and you won’t want to forget your camera!

The national and state parks in and around Panama City, Florida offer an incredible variety of experiences for children.  Some parks protect a unique and diverse wilderness, teeming with wildlife which is always a thrill for kids!

Some parks protect incredible fascinating and significant historical sites, where the family can go back in time through American history…who says the learning as to stop on a family day out!

Even the city of Panama City itself has smaller parks perfect for a quick trip into nature.  You don’t even need to leave the city to have that park experience - and kids LOVE them!

Shut those televisions off and put those computer games away….the great outdoors is calling and it’s calling YOU!

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  • Camp Helen State Park

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    (20 miles) Panama City Beach

    Come visit and explore our unique park. Truly a hidden gem, Camp Helen is a beautiful getaway destination. Visit the lodge and relax in the rocking chairs as you look at Lake Powell. Listen to the ...

  • Grayton Beach

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    (32 miles) Santa Rosa Beach

    Golden in the morning sun, silvered by moonlight, Grayton Beach has consistently been ranked among the most beautiful and pristine beaches in the United States. The beach provides an idyllic setting ...

  • Deer Lake State Park

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    (33 miles) Santa Rosa Beach

    This park shares its name with the coastal dune lake within its boundaries. Coastal dune lakes are extremely rare worldwide and in the United States they occur only along the Gulf Coast. Southern ...

  • Falling Waters State Park

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    (40 miles) Chipley

    Huge trees and fern-covered sinkholes line Sink Hole Trail, the boardwalk that leads visitors to Florida's highest waterfall. Falling Waters Sink is a 100-foot deep, 20-foot wide cylindrical pit into ...

  • Henderson Beach State Park

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    (49 miles) Destin

    Pristine white sugar sand beaches and more than 6,000 feet of natural scenic shoreline border the emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Natural features of the park include sand pines, scrub ...

  • Seminole State Park

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    (65 miles) Donalsonville

    This southwest Georgia park is on beautiful Lake Seminole, a 37,500-acre reservoir with excellent boating, fishing and birding. Cottages, many campsites and even picnic shelters sit near the ...

  • Eastgate Park

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    (72 miles) Dothan

    Relaxing family fun out in the pretty Eastgate Park in Dothan, Alabama. Tennis, archery, and fishing await you in the free day out!

  • Blackwater River State Park

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    (75 miles) Holt

    A favorite destination for canoeists and kayakers, Blackwater River offers opportunities for a variety of outdoor recreation. The river is one of the purest sand-bottom rivers in the nation, making ...

  • Bald Point State Park

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    (78 miles) Panacea

    Some of the most picturesque scenic areas along north Floridas Gulf Coast can be found at this park. Located on Alligator Point where Ochlockonee Bay meets Apalachee Bay, Bald Point offers a ...

  • Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

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    (81 miles) Wakulla Springs

    Home of one of the largest and deepest freshwater springs in the world, this park plays host to an abundance of wildlife, including alligators, turtles, deer, and birds. Daily guided riverboat tours ...

  • Birdsong Nature Center

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    (98 miles) Thomasville

    Nestled among the pines and hardwoods that spill across the south Georgia hills, Birdsong Nature Center is a gentle harbor of warmth and natural wonder, a serene sanctuary where one can explore and ...

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  • Indian Temple Mound Museum

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    (59 miles) Fort Walton Beach

    A small but important museum that depicts 12,000 years of Native American occupation.

  • Army Aviation Museum

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    (81 miles) Fort Rucker

    A fascinating museum that maintains a collection of over 160 military aircraft, including one of the largest collections of military helicopters in the world!

  • Zoo World

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    (8 miles) Panama City Beach

    ZooWorld is home to over 200 animals including exotic and endangered species.

  • Gulf World Marine Park

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    (13 miles) Panama City Beach

    Gulf World Marine Park in Panama City Beach, Florida is for the whole family to explore. Enjoy daily live shows featuring dolphins, sea lions and tropical birds. Explore fascinating exhibits ...

  • Sasquatch Zoo

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    (62 miles) Crestview

    Over the years with dedication and perseverance we feel we have provided our animals with a happy home. We hope when you visit you feel the same pride and admiration for "your zoo" as we do.

  • Gulf Breeze Zoo

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    (81 miles) Gulf Breeze

    Visit our 50 wild acres of exotic animals including our gorilla family, chimps, rhinos, hippos, tigers, bears, monkeys and reptiles.

  • Veterans Memorial Railroad

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    (45 miles) Bristol

    Choo Choo - it's railway time! Kids and families can spend the day riding the very fun variety of locomotives this Veterans Memorial has!

  • Miracle Strip at Pier Park

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    (13 miles) Panama City Beach

    Experience that classic amusement park fun with Miracle Strip, with family friendly rides and attractions in Florida!

  • Shipwreck Island

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    (10 miles) Panama City Beach

    Make a splash at Shipwreck Island - a family friendly tropical waterpark filled offering 20 acres of water fun attractions!

  • Big Kahunas

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    (51 miles) East Destin

    A great fun way to spend the day cooling off in the hot Florida sun!

  • Water World

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    (76 miles) Dothan

    A large open air water park in Alabama with many exciting features for big kids and parents! There is even a special section for the little ones too!

  • Diamond Jack's River Tours

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    (3 miles) Detroit

    Enjoy two hour cruise on the sparkling waters of the Detroit River, the world's busiest international waterway. Passengers of all ages discover countless sights rich in history and anecdote during ...

  • Dolphin and Snorkel Tours

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    (4 miles) Panama city beach

    Dolphin and Snorkel Tours is known to be the absolute highlight of a family vacation while visiting PCB. We specialize in personal boat tours. Our boat only takes six passengers or less. Services ...

  • Sea Dragon Pirate Cruise

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    (5 miles) Panama City Beach

    Unique swashbuckling adventures for the family on these two hour family cruises in Florida. Enjoy sword fights, fire cannons and search for treasure!

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