The Best Things To Do In Panama City With Kids To Have Fun

There's no experience that feels better than a family-friendly vacation. Isn't it just amazing how spending quality time with your kids can create so much amazing memories and a lot of fun? But you need to be extra careful with these kinds of attractions and events that you will plan or else you and your kids will end up overwhelmed or worse, getting bored.

So for today, I will be sharing with you the things to do in Panama City with kids. I made this article to give you a guarantee that a vacation in this city will give your kids just as much fun as you do and be heading home with some exceptional new stories to tell.

Anyway, here are some of the best choices when you want to enjoy some quality time with the kids in this phenomenally family-friendly metropolis.

Take a Tour at Ripley’s Odditorium


Ripley’s Believe it or Not Odditorium can be easily located as you travel down the main strip. Well, you will surely recognize this as it looks like a giant ship sinking in the horizon. I’m sure your little ones will have fun looking through more than 500 peculiar and wacky exhibits such as vampire kit, shrunken heads and a lot of hands-on activities.

There are portraits of popular icons made of from unique items like packing tape, guitar pics, nail polish, and crayons. Take a look at the various artifacts collected from Europe, South America, North America, Asia, and Africa. And of course, don’t forget to measure yourself next to the tallest man in the world but my favorite is the Titanic gallery which has a lot of interesting as well as some popular facts about the most popular shipwreck of the 20th century.

This museum can definitely offer a lot of fun and is ideal during days when you just want to cool off from the heat or on days when it rains.

Let Your Kids Experience the Thrill of Parasailing

This list of things to do in Panama City with kids will never be complete without Parasailing. It is a must do for every family on vacation in Panama City. Paradise Watersports and Adventures by the Sea, for instance, have a number of locations along the beach of Panama City that offers to parasail.

You get to see the coastline's sweeping views as well as the big underwater marine life that you will never be able to see while you’re in the water. There’s no need for any experience to try out parasailing and the bonus is that there’s a small video clip that you can purchase at the end of your adventure. Isn’t that a great memorabilia before you get back home?

Make Sure To Play Mini Golf At Pirate’s Island

To complete the fun, let’s go in for another treat. Panama City is home to Pirate’s Island Adventure Golf. This island has one mission, to “Make the World a Better Place” and how are they doing it? By putting smiles on thousands of faces as they make every family vacation even more memorable.

So bring your kids here to play at least one round at the themed mini-golf surrounded by waterfalls, streams and buccaneer's caves. What's, even more, is that you can get to enjoy amazing panoramic views from the tip of the Gulf Coast’s tallest Pirate Mountain. You will be surrounded by the stunning backdrops to take lots of pictures.

Just take note that Pirate’s Island is open seasonally and times may vary for the entire year, so make sure you do your research in advance and ask if they will be open during the time of your visit.

Take A Sea Dragon Pirate Cruise


Fulfill your kids’ dream of being a pirate even just for a day at the Sea Dragon Pirate Cruise, one of Panama City's premier vacation attraction. You and your family will be drifted back in time to the carefree days of a pirate on its two-hour cruises that provides something for everyone in the family.

It’s the best way to go through an exceptional sightseeing experience of the shoreline, waters as well as the wildlife found at the nearby entrance of St. Andrews Bay. Your captain will point out a number of species of fish and birds that you will encounter during your cruise and if you get to be lucky, he will scream out “There she blows!” if there will be playful bottled nosed dolphins in the area.

For some added fun, there will also be an amazing soundtrack that you can't help but sing along. I must admit, their mix of music is fun, cheerful and has been cleverly in sync with the activities that are happening on the main deck. And since we're already talking about activities, there are also a lot of activities your kids will absolutely enjoy like swabbing the deck, sword fighting, reading some treasure map, searching for the sunken treasure and firing the "kid cannon". It’s literally non-stop activity for your kids.

Pay a Visit to the ZooWorld

One of the most exciting family-friendly attractions to see in Panama City is the ZooWorld since it always provides a blast for the whole family. Zoo World lets you see a lot of different kinds of animals as well as unique interactions that you will never find elsewhere. 

This zoo sits on the seven acres of land where you will be able to see some of the most incredible animals on display. Don't ever think that this is like any other zoo. In fact, it prides itself on being an educational and interactive conservatory. I must say this is the best place to get up close and personal with the hundreds of fun, furry and friendly creatures as well as endangered species.

Don't you just love how cute sloths are? Well, in ZooWorld you will be able to get up close to them. I can still actually remember how my kids enjoy when they were given the chance to pet the sloths.


It was also a lot of fun when we visited the giraffe feeding tower tour; being eye to eye with those beautiful, super tall giraffes and being able to feed them with our crunch lettuce leaves is just amazing. But if you have more adventurous kids like mine, then get ready to pet an alligator! Yes, you can definitely do that at ZooWorld.

I suggest that you listen as the park guides will include facts about various wildlife, take a picture and visit the gift shop for keepsakes.

What I like most about ZooWorld is that even though there are hundreds of animals on display and allows you to get up close and personal with these animals, the main objective still remains on being able to conserve all of these beautiful creatures.


Anyway, one thing is for sure, adding this spot to your list of things to do will never disappoint you.

Have A Swim with Dolphins


Swimming with the dolphins is definitely the most fun and unique program being offered by Panama City. It has actually been designed to exceed all your expectation. For instance, you can get the chance to feel the thrill of the foot at Royal Swim, where the dolphins will you above the water surface by pushing you from the soles of your feet.

Swim Adventure also offers a fast and exciting ride with the dolphin while you will be holding onto the dolphin's pectoral fins, but take note that this will be in the magnificent belly-ride and this means one thing, you will have the opportunity to interact with dolphins like you've never imagined.

Dolphin Encounter, on the other hand, is a program for all ages. It has been designed for all the members of the family which allows you to have a great learning experience and meeting. You can also interact with dolphin so you can even get to know more these amazing creatures. My favorite actually was the hand-target which is very entertaining as the dolphin will jump just to touch your hands. If you will be lucky enough, you might also receive an unforgettable kiss and a hug.

Final Thought

Panama City has more to offer than tall buildings and being known as the financial hub of Latin America for several years; it has become as one of the top destinations for adventurous families who are in the hunt to explore one of the world’s utmost examples of urban biodiversity.

With various city parks and the comforting warm temperatures all year round, the things to do in Panama City with kids will without a doubt be memory that your family will cherish forever.


Anyway, I hope you have enjoyed my tips in this article. If you have any more suggestions or comments about this topic, please don’t hesitate to leave it in the comment section below. I would love to hear it from you.

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    Tony Anderson

    My name is Tony Anderson and I am sitting on a mountain of experience that I would like to share with you! I’ve been to so many incredible places and done some pretty cool things. So I am hoping that you will find inspiration through my travel experiences to help you get started with your adventure and make travel a priority.The moment I created, I meant to share this dream with everyone. After all, I believe that traveling around the world shouldn’t be difficult. It is actually something every person should be able to experience at least once in their lives.I will also be talking about different travel and outdoor gear available in the market today that will make your trip and outdoor experience better. Being prepared is important for any outdoor adventure and having the essential supplies and equipment can make a difference in your overall experience and enjoyment.

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