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Panama City Beach Means Family Fun
We just got back from a very fun trip to Panama City Beach, Florida. My husband and I packed the car, got the kids and hit the road to head down to PCB for a long weekend. About a five hour drive from Atlanta, Panama City Beach offers a laid back vacation atmosphere perfect for families.
Our two bedroom condo at the Long Beach Resort by The Resort Collection was the right size for our family of five. We stocked up on groceries at the Winn Dixie and then checked into our room.
The kids immediately claimed the spaces that they would be sleeping in and then put their swimsuits on to wait impatiently by the door for us to finish unpacking.
We visited two of the pools the first night and then spent the rest of our days at the 1300 feet of beachfront at Long Beach. Although we did go to a pool each night after dinner to let the kids burn some energy off. They also loved the cable TV because they could always find a movie to watch.
The accommodations were very nice. The condo felt very upscale with granite and a complete kitchen. We spent a lot of time out on the huge balcony overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. My husband and I both visited the fitness center a few times. It was well appointed.
The food was part of the fun in Panama City Beach, Florida. My favorite place to visit has got to be Schooner's. They call themselves the last local beach club and it really feels like that from the moment that you walk in. There was a great mix of locals and tourists.
We sat on the deck overlooking the ocean and ordered dinner. We started with Crab Cakes which were amazing and served with a fruit salsa. I ordered the Beach Party for dinner which I highly recommend. The platter was overflowing with fresh, fried seafood and I had to get my son to help me finish it all. Don't leave Schooner's without trying their fabulous key lime pie.
Although we did make a lot of our meals in the condo, we did eat out a few more times. At J. MICHAEL'S RESTAURANT & OYSTER BAR we enjoyed lots of seafood and their famous oysters. The restaurant is decorated with sea life, license plates and dollar bills. They really take care of the kids at this restaurant. All kids get a goodie bag with candy and balloons plus they have an entire kids play area at the front of the restaurant. Expect a wait but it is definitely worth it.
We met family and friends at CAPT. ANDERSON'S RESTAURANT. This is such a great place to eat at. The food is wonderful and the atmosphere was super fun. The seafood is absolutely delicious.
This was the first vacation that we took where we let the kids be in charge of the activities.
First we headed to Ripley's Believe It or Not where we entered the mirror maze. We had to wear gloves which was a little unusual but we really had fun. After the mirror maze, we walked our way through the museum. My kids and I are always fascinated by all of the strange things that you can find at Ripley's. We spent about three hours exploring the place, played some laser tag and then headed out.
The next day we visited Wonderworks, the famous upside down building. WONDERWORKS is right across the street from from Ripley's and is huge. They have 35,000 square feet and they offer more than 100 interactive exhibits. Wonderworks was a fun interactive place that entertained my kids for hours. My husband and I were even entertained as well.
One day we decided to take a drive and visit St. Andrews State Park. I really think that this is one of the best kept secrets in Panama City Beach, Florida. St. Andrews, which used to be a military facility, is just stunning. They have over 1 ½ miles of beaches, fishing piers, nature trails and a really cool marsh area featuring alligators. This is really the perfect place to explore but make certain to allow a full day. This is by far one of my favorite places to visit in PCB.
Our other favorite place for exploring was Pier Park. They have great shopping, lots of choices for dining and even a really fun doggy beach that my kids loved visiting.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Panama City Beach via Rhythm One. The opinions and text are all mine.