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    Spend a day at Race City PCB

    by MichaelB90 Written Aug 20, 2014

    I only found out about this place last year, and we've been living here for 5.

    It was one of those places we drove by every week, and never really thought about it until one of my son's friend's in School had a birthday party here.

    Ever since then, we've been back a lot, and seen it constantly improve.

    The best part for me (selfishly) is that the adults don't have to pay to get in. We love other, more well-known attractions on the corner nearby - but if you're really going to keep the kiddos entertained, it gets pricey having to pay for everyone.

    Race City lets you get in for free, and doesn't charge for parking - so far so good.

    My next favorite thing, is the fact it has good wifi - this means I can get a bit of work done still, or at least pretend to :-) Either way, I'm entertained knowing my kids are nearby, safe and having a good time.

    I will say this, the staff are all pretty much high school kids looking to earn money. So while they won't bend over backwards to give you the best customer service, they are at least polite. Besides, any kid these days out earning a buck is ok in my mind.

    They recently started doing an all day armband, which saved my pocket. You can still pay for individual stuff if you just want to ride one or two things, but if you plan to get some real value for money - this wristband deal is too good to miss.

    We usually go early, when the park opens (around 11) and hang out for a few hours. Then when it gets hot, we'll head home for a bite to eat and unwind - and usually head back at night. The same rides are a totally different feel at night, all lit up - and it's all still paid for already.

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    Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum

    by grandmaR Updated Jul 25, 2011

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    I remember old Believe It Or Not cartoons or other print media or radio items when I was growing up. I haven't visited this particular museum and have generally avoided going to these museums when I see them. There is one in Key West, and in Branson which I also have not been to. I have been to Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies in Gatlinburg TN

    We passed this and I took a photo - it was open which not everything was in the off season when we were there. It might be something to do on a rainy day. They apparently not only have an Oddities museum but also a 4D (!!) movie and some games such as Laser tag

    Ripley.s Believe It or Not! Admission
    Adult Admission $14.99 + tax
    Child (Age 6-12) $9.99 + tax
    Children (Age 5 and Under) Museum Only FREE

    Theater

    Adult $10.99 + tax
    Child (12 and Under) $9.99 + tax

    Combination Museum and Theatre
    Adult $19.99 + tax
    Child (12 and Under) $15.99 + tax

    X-Treme Combo includes WonderWorks
    Adult $38.99 + tax
    Child (12 and Under) $29.99 + tax

    * Prices are subject to change without notice. Laser Race tokens are not included in the above packages. They are $2.00 each.

    Ripley's Believe It or Not!" Hours of Operation
    Open 10 a.m. Daily

    S.S. Ripley and Open sign
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    White Sand Beaches

    by grandmaR Written Jul 25, 2011

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    All along this section of the coast there are sparkling white sand beaches. In the winter when we were there, this made me think that there was snow. But it isn't snow, it is sand. Panama City Beach advertises their beaches as The best beach this side of paradise...

    Panama City Beach Florida beaches have been honored with numerous beach awards throughout the years, making us one of the top Florida beaches. The following is just a selection:

    AOL Travel Top 10 Budget Destinations for 2011 - AOL, 2011

    CNN Top Five Value Destinations for Winter 2010 - CNN, 2010

    Top Five Bargain Destinations for Spring 2010 – USA Today, 2010

    #3 “Top 10 Vacation Rental Hot Spots in the U.S.” –TripAdvisor, 2010

    #2 “Top 10 Destination to Visit in 2010”–Frommer’s Travel Guides, 2009

    America’s Top 10 Beaches – TripAdvisor, 2008, 2009

    America’s Top 5 Beaches for Families – Travel Channel, 2009

    White sand looking like snow White sand along the road looking like snow Picture taken from the car along the coast Barrrier dunes of white sand beach reflected in the windows of the condo
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    Environmental Interpretive Center - St Andrews SP

    by grandmaR Updated Jul 24, 2011

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    One of the things you can do even in the rain or when it is cold in the winter is visit the Interpretive Exhibit at the Environmental Interpretive Center. It isn't Smithsonian quality, but they did have a small aquarium, some diorama exhibits, posters about migratory birds, butterflies and shells that are local to the area. One of the interesing exhibits was about the Hermit of St. Andrews (last photo).

    According to that exhibit, A Norwegian seaman, Theodor Tollofum became the hermit of St Andrews in 1929 when his 26 foot fishing boat wrecked on the penninsula during a hurricane. "The boat wrecked here and so we've stayed together" is how he described his decision to homstead on the windswept sandy shore for the next 25 years. Subsisisting on fish he caught each morning, Teddy built a shack, smokehouse and pen out of driftwood and kept chickens, cts and a pet pig that loved to go boating.

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    Admission Fee:

    $8.00 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle.

    $4.00 Single Occupant Vehicle.

    $2.00 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.

    turle and pelican diorama Environmental Interpretive Center Diorama of turtles hatching Exhibit showing lagoon and canal Hermit of St Andrews
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  • Deep Sea fishing

    by nickLB97 Written Oct 26, 2010

    We actually chartered a boat with only myself, my wife, my brother in law and my sister in law. There was the captain and his assistant or "deckhand". It was around $150 dollars per person but worth every penny. It was one of the most enjoyable things I've ever done on vacation.

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    ripley's believe it or not

    by doug48 Updated Apr 21, 2009

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    ripley's believe it or not is one of several museums around the country that has collections of oddities from all over the world. back in the 1930's the cartoonist and explorer robert ripley traveled the world in seach of unique artifacts and cultural oddities. along with the museum ripley's also has a 4-d movie presentation. the museum is located in an interesting "sinking" ship on front beach road in central panama city beach. ripley's is an interesting place to visit in p.c. beach.

    ripley's believe it or not. robert ripley
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    pier park

    by doug48 Written Apr 21, 2009

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    pier park is a new shopping and entertainment area located across US 98 from the city pier. this huge development has major department stores and a "main street" section that has gift shops, restaurants, and bars. a fun place to visit in central panama city beach.

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    the beach

    by doug48 Written Apr 20, 2009

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    most visitors to the panama city area come for it's beautiful white sand beach. panama city beach is a gulf barrier island that is several miles long. panama city beach is lined with resort hotels, condos, and beach bars. panama city beach is world famous for it's annual college spring break. as with most northwest florida beach towns prices are higher for accommodations in the spring and summer.

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    Downtown Panama City

    by tvdandy Written Jan 28, 2006

    Basically, deadsville, but sometimes they have nice gallery openings and exhibits at the visual arts center and new productions at the Martin Theatre. There are a few nice restaurants. They are trying, but you still don't have action packed streets day or night. It has a main street USA look, trying to have character but a ways to go. Safe and friendly though.

    downtown, look at all the people! Visual Arts Center More of downtown

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    Downtown Panama City

    by tvdandy Written Jan 28, 2006

    Basically, deadsville, but sometimes they have nice gallery openings and exhibits at the visual arts center and new productions at the Martin Theatre. There are a few nice restaurants. They are trying, but you still don't have action packed streets day or night. It has a main street USA look, trying to have character but a ways to go. Safe and friendly though.

    downtown, look at all the people! Visual Arts Center

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    Beaches

    by johnjess Updated Aug 28, 2005

    If you're looking for beaches you've come to the right place. This area, known as the Emarald Coast, is home to some of the best beaches in the world. You don't have to take my word for it though, it made the Travel Channel's 2000-2001 "America's Best" list for beaches.

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    Deep Sea Fishing

    by johnjess Written Aug 28, 2005

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    Panama City Beach is almost as famous for its fishing as it is for Spring Break. One of the best (and most affordable) ways to take a deep sea fishing trip with one of the countless charter companies.

    We chose Jubilee on the advice of a few friends that also used them. You can choose from a 5 hour trip for $40pp, 6 hours for $45pp, or 8 hours for $55pp. I would recommend the 8 hour trip. Each excursion consists of about 50% fishing and about 50% cruising. That means that the longer the trip the further out you'll be going and usually further = bigger fish.

    The bounty of the sea!
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    Take a Helicopter Ride!

    by MatthewMetcalfe Updated Aug 26, 2005

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    If you are sitting on the beach for any length of time you'll notice at least one helicopter flying up and down the coast over the water. Helicopter rides are a great way to see Panama City Beach from a different perspective. We flew in a Robertson helicoper with Front Beach Helicopter and it was fantastic. The ride is smooth and the helicopter was comfortable! A lot of people worry about the ride and try to compare it to a plane ride. I think the Helicopter Ride is much calmer than a plane (especially a single engine type of plane).

    You'll see schools of fish in the water, dolphins, Rays, and when we were down there a group saw a pod of 8 Manatees which was so rare it made the papers!

    Trips range in size (and price) and can run the entire length of the beach to include a tour around Shell Island. You can also charter a helicopter for a custom tour. The Staff were very friendly and helpful!

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    Museum of Man in the Sea

    by MatthewMetcalfe Written Aug 20, 2005

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    The Museum of Man in the Sea covers the history of Diving from the 1500's to modern day with a focus on commercial diving and research.

    Outside they have several dive vehicles and labs including SEALAB I that you can take a look at.

    Inside they have pictures and dioramas showing early diving rigs that date to the 1500's. Other sections of the museum include a video on cave diving in Florida, a short video on recovering the treasure of the Atocha as well as some recovered artifacts from various ships.

    There are quite a few different diving rigs on display that are quite interesting as well. If you are a diver, this is a nice place to stop by and check out. It's a small museum and the admission was $5.00 a person.

    Old U.S. Navy Dive Helmet
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    To be alone and away from the crowd

    by criss1956 Written May 13, 2005

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    Go west down hwy 98 about a mile past the bridge and turn right on CR A-30, going toward seaside.
    Down that road about 5 miles or so is Dearlake state park http://www.floridastateparks.org/deerlake/default.cfm

    Very nice and quite there; nature and sand dunes.

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