Panama City in Bay County, Florida is a year-round destination for people who love water sports and activities. St. Andrews Bay has crystal blue waters and water sports like kayaking, fishing, kite boarding and sailing, which are offered by different tour charters. There are also guided excursions to nearby islands and inland explorations.
To get the family off the water for a while, a visit to some of the city’s museums, conservation areas and parks will give everyone a glimpse of lush green lawns and rich green plants, which are well maintained by commercial landscaping services operating in Panama City. Here are some of the top inland attractions for the whole family.
Bear Creek Feline Center
This conservatory in Florida is the widest home to the state’s wildcats and exotic felines. Their mission is conservation and breeding of selected species, public education about threatened and endangered felines, and rescue and re-homing.
Tours are by schedule only, so keep this in mind when the family intends to visit. It will be worth the time and the customary donations for a once-in-a-lifetime experience of being up close and personal with African servals, Florida panthers, Siberian lynx, North American bobcats and other rare felines.
Coconut Creek Family Fun Park
The whole family will surely have a blast at this fun park with mini-golf courses and lessons for small and big kids. The lawns are immaculately manicured so the kids will feel good imitating their father’s golf swings. They can also explore and meander through the grand maze, which is perpetually trimmed and created to delight the kids. The tropical island theme park is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Oaks by the Bay Park
This park is said to be an underrated gem offering quiet walkways that lead to the sea. This is a picture of what old Florida was like. The park is home to a hundred oak trees, some of with are very old including the “Sentry,” which is believed to be more than 250 years old. The five-acre park boasts of lovely green gardens and lawns. The rare four-headed Pindo Palm also takes center stage in this park.
ZooWorld Zoological Conservatory
The little kids, tweens and the big kids will love a visit at the ZooWorld Zoological Conservatory. It is a well-kept park with different animals such as camels, monkeys, tigers, turtles and more. They have the Summer Safari Zoo Camp and they give hands-on experience and animal encounters. Visitors will love the mix of these animals with beautifully designed fauna that looks like their normal habitat.
Museum of Man in the Sea
And the last suggestion is this interesting museum, the Museum of Man in the Sea. It is home to the SEALAB, which is the one and only US Navy Underwater Habitat. The whole family will be thrilled to tour this habitat, where four divers lived and worked for more than a week at the depth of 193 feet in the waters of Bermuda. There are also static displays, audio/video presentations, and dioramas that tell fascinating stories about the history of ocean exploration.
If you get tired from visiting all these spots, you and your family can sit at the park and spend some time enjoying the view. The gardens and parks in Panama City, Florida are a sight to behold no matter what season.