In an effort to encourage more family tourism during spring vacations, Panama City Beach has passed several ordinances to limit the chaos that has become known as “spring break”. With stricter controls and penalties on public drinking, outdoor event gatherings and general crowd behavior, the PCB town council hopes to see families return to their beautiful beaches.
There’s never been a better time to plan a family vacation to Panama City Beach. Aquatic Adventures has some great watersports guaranteed to help your kids leave their screens behind and enjoy being out in the warm Florida sunshine and salty sea air. You’ll end the day with plenty of smiles, laughs and lots of memories. Check out all the adventures waiting for you and your family:
1. Pontoon Boat Rentals
There’s nothing like escaping the crowded beach for some family time on the emerald waters of the Gulf. Pack a picnic lunch, snorkel and fishing gear and hop aboard a floating living room. That’s right, with plenty of room on our comfy couches either on the open deck or under the protective shade of the awning, there’s plenty of room for everyone in the family—included the four-legged members. And don’t worry if you’ve never skippered a boat before, our experienced staff will have you working the controls and heading out with confidence. Even better—the day is yours to do with as you wish. There are no tour guides or other tourists, just you, your family and your sense of adventure.
2. WaveRunner Rentals
What could be more exhilarating than heading out through the ocean surf on a jet ski? Enjoy the freedom of skimming over the turquoise waters of St. Andrews Bay on your way to Shell Island. Find a secluded cove and relax in the sun or spend time exploring—the choice is yours. No doubt you’ll see some of the local population of wild bottlenose dolphins frolicking off the beaches. Our WaveRunners seat two people, perfect for parent and child. Even if you’ve never used a personal watercraft, our experienced staff will give you a basic lesson and have you feeling confident before you venture out on your own. Or you can choose to bring a guide along with you from Aquatic Adventures. Either way, you’ll enjoy a few hours marveling at the spectacular beauty of our coastline and the thrill of spending some time on the water with your family.
3. Banana Boat Rides
Our banana boat rides begin and end at the beach, making it a great addition to your day in the sun. Imagine climbing aboard our inflatable banana boat with up to seven other riders and splashing out through the surf on an adrenaline-pumping thrill ride! Pulled by one of our powerful Jet Skis, our experienced and professional staff will have you screaming with delight as you skip over the crystal-clear waters of the Gulf. Have younger kids? We’ll customize your ride to a slower speed, that’s just as memorable.
4. Fishing Trips
If filling your cooler full of fresh fish for dinner is your family’s idea of a great day—then you’ve come to the right place! With fishing tours as short as a few hours up to a full day of casting for the big one, we’ve got something to fit every budget and time schedule. Our captains are local anglers who know where and what’s biting. You can choose an inshore fishing charter where you can fly fish, troll or sight fish while enjoying the magnificent scenery of Panama City Beach. If you’re looking for the heart-pounding challenge of hooking a sailfish, grouper or even shark, then a deep sea fishing charter would work for your family. All charters include fishing licenses, bait and gear for a fishing adventure you’re sure to be talking about for many years.
5. Dolphin Tours
This fun adventure is a favorite for all ages. Our boat gets you and your family out through the pass on a thrilling ride that’s sure to have everyone laughing in delight. Our captain will point out interesting sights along the way and share some salty tales about our local history. You’ll see lots of sea life and coastal birds on the way to the spectacular shores of Shell Island. Once we’re with one of the largest pods of wild bottlenose dolphins, you’ll thrill at their silly antics as they feed and play around our boat. To add to the fun, we’ve got water cannons for our more adventuresome guests, a hula hoop contest for the young at heart and just general silliness to guarantee a good time for everyone.
Whatever your family enjoys, something laid back and relaxing or a screaming adventure, we’ve got the watersport for your vacation. Give Aquatic Adventures a call to or use our convenient online calendar to book a vacation experience your kids will never forget!