Frank Brown Park

16200 Panama City Beach Parkway
Panama City Beach, FL 32413

Frank Brown Park is part of the City of Panama City Beach Parks and Recreation Department. Over 200 acres are dedicated to outdoor recreation facilities at neighborhood and community parks surrounding the beaches. The playgrounds, picnic area, saltwater fishing pier, freshwater youth fishing lake, green-ways and trails are open to the public year round. The Community Center and Senior Center hosts special events, civic club meetings and a variety of classes for all ages.

The festival grounds contain a 22 acre festival site with a 10,000 +person capacity. Frank Brown Park is home to many tournaments/events such as: Gulf Coast Jam, festivals, horse shows, car shows, and more.

Current Frank Brown Park Facilities: 9 softball/baseball fields, 1 t-ball field, 1 miracle league Field, 3 soccer fields, 3 multi-purpose fields, 4 tennis courts, 2 outdoor basketball courts, 2 shuffle-board courts, 1 indoor gymnasium, 1 under the palms playground, 2 large picnic pavilions, 1 festival site, 1 freshwater youth fishing pond, 1.5 miles of greenways and trails, 2 fenced in dog play areas, and 1 aquatic center.

The Panama City Beach Aquatic Center is located in beautiful Frank Brown Park. The state of the art facility features a heated/cooled 50 meter Olympic Pool with a one meter springboard diving well and a seasonal 5,000 square-foot kids pool.

Conservation Park

100 Conservation Dr.
Panama City Beach, FL 32413

A favorite destination for locals and tourists, the PCB Conservation Park offers opportunities for a variety of outdoor recreation. The City of Panama City Beach has established the Panama City Beach Conservation Park in cooperation with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for the enjoyment of hikers, bikers and nature lovers. Encompassing over 2,900 acres, the Conservation Park has 24 miles of trails and over a mile of boardwalks that lead thru Cypress Domes. The trails range anywhere from 0.6 miles up to 11 miles, with 12 different trails to choose from. Parking and public restrooms are located at the Trail Head building along with picnic tables and a covered pavilion available for rent. Hours of operation are dawn to dusk, seven days a week. Be sure to bring your binoculars and cameras for bird and wildlife watching. Dogs are permitted, but must be kept on leashes.

St. Andrews State Park

4607 State Park Lane
Panama City Beach, FL
(850) 233-5140

St. Andrews State Park is consistently one of the most visited state parks in Florida. The park is situated on a peninsula at the far eastern edge of Panama City Beach and is bordered by the Gulf of Mexico to the south, the St. Andrews Pass to the east, and the Grand Lagoon to the north.

Visitors can go off road and explore trails with an amazing variety of wildlife or cast their lines from one of several exclusive piers. The park also offers biking, kayaking and shuttles to shell island. Brightly colored marine life can be found not far beneath the surface for snorkelers or scuba divers along the jetties. Swimming and surfing are popular on the Gulf side of the state park, while those in search of calmer waters enjoy the “kiddie pool,” a large area along the pass that is protected by the jetties.

Campers can choose from 176 campsites with electricity, water, picnic tables and grills. The park is also a “primitive” camping area for scouts, faith-based groups, and other small, non-profit organized groups. This site is equipped with water, a portable toilet, fire ring, and picnic tables.

Camp Helen State Park

23937 Panama City Beach Pkwy.
Panama City Beach, FL.
(850) 233-5059

This often overlooked ecological gem sits on the far western border of Panama City Beach, just over the Phillips Inlet Bridge and close to the border of Walton County. Offering pristine beaches, excellent trails that wind through dunes and scrub oak forests and a rare dune lake, Camp Helen State Park is truly one of Florida’s most special state parks.

Camp Helen State Park is bordered by water on three sides, and the unique combination results in a fresh and saltwater mix, resulting in what’s known as “brackish” water. The park is home to five distinct natural communities including mesic flatwoods, scrub oak, basin swamp, depression marsh and marine unconsolidated substrate. There is no camping at Camp Helen State Park, but fishing, boating and fires are allowed in designated areas.

For more information these and other parks in Bay County, contact the Bay County Parks and Recreation Division at (850) 784-4065 or visit their website by clicking here.

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