5 Unique Things to do in Panama City Beach in 2022

If you happen to be looking for unique things to do in Panama City Beach, you’re in luck! Whether you’re new to PCB – or an annual visitor that’s looking for something a little different – keep reading for 5 suggestions from a local that will bring you a day of adventure and fun!

1. Drive across the bridge into Panama City

Suggestion number one is to leave PCB? Ok, ok, but hear me out – take a quick drive across the Hathaway bridge into neighboring Panama City and you won’t regret it! Take a right on Beck Ave to visit St. Andrews – full of bayside restaurants and fun shops to peruse, this strip is a ton of fun to explore (check out the Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings!). Venture a bit further into town by driving over to Downtown Panama City (Harrison Ave) for more curiosity shops, breweries, restaurants and more!

2. Papa Joe’s Bayside

Overlooking St. Andrews Bay, Papa Joe’s Bayside hosts food trucks, drinks, live music & tons of outdoor seating/areas for a picnic hangout! Make a quick trek across the Hathaway bridge and you’ll see PJB directly on your right. Hangout with the locals after a long beach day! Be sure to make this an evening stop – as they normally are open from 5-10pm.

3. PCB Conservation Park

The Conservation Park is located at the West end of PCB – and is a perfect place to visit for those who like to stretch their legs and immerse themselves in nature! This park hosts many trails ranging from 0.6 to 11 miles long. Great for biking, walking, jogging or taking your dog for an outing – these trails lead through a variety of landscapes & cypress domes. Be sure to bring your walking shoes, binoculars and camera!

4. St. Andrews State Park

I’m always suggesting this beautiful park to visitors & friends alike. With a low $8 daily entrance fee, St. Andrews State Park is full of beautiful trails, beach accesses, wildlife and more. Check out the Alligator Lake, the pier, the beaches, jetties & nature trails that are scattered throughout this scenic park. There are also conveniently located restrooms, showers and stores full of cold drinks, snacks, etc. to make your beach day more enjoyable!

5. Visit the local Natural Springs

Many people that visit PCB & Bay County don’t realize how many gorgeous, natural springs are located nearby! Check out a few of the local Springs listed below (the drive is worth it, I promise!). Additionally, there are several local livery’s that rent canoes & kayaks if you want to make a whole day of it! Be sure to pack a cooler full of cold drinks & snacks – and water shoes are never a bad idea! Also, keep in mind that natural spring water stays around 68-72 degrees year round – refreshing and icy in those warm Summer months!

Ponce De Leon Springs

Pitt & Sylvan Springs

Williford Springs

Blue Spring Recreation Area