Now that the weather is heating up and the rain clouds have blown away, the Panama City area is starting to gear up for summer fun! Fortunately for us, our home boasts the world's most beautiful beaches, but did you know that there is more fun to be had?
Panama City is now home to 4 different farmers markets! St. Andrews, Panama City Beach, Lynn Haven, and the Bay County Fairgrounds all have wonderful markets daily, so make sure to start your day choosing from a wide selection of delicious locally grown produce, and support a local small business owner in the process!
The first Friday of each month is home to Friday Fest in our historic downtown area. Harrison Ave. is blocked off and the streets are lined with classic vehicles, vendors, food, and live music. Many of the business on the street extend their store hours, so stop in to one of the quaint antique shops or cafes to enjoy a little break from the hustle and bustle, or simply walk the street and have a great time! This is a great family friendly atmosphere, with fun for kids of all ages!
Also in the downtown area, on the 3rd Thursday of each month, pack a blanket or some lawn chairs and enjoy one of the fun filled free concerts in the park! This live music event is open for everyone, and each month will showcase a different band or artist, so you're sure to find someone you'll love to dance along to!
If the arts are more up your alley, there are tons of different classes to take here locally to expand your artistic horizons. From the "Paint Your Art Out" programs at the Arts Center, to acting classes at Gulf Coast, there are fantastic opportunities to learn a new skill or pick up a new hobby, or fine tune an existing skill with new friends!
Of course, you can always slow it down and visit one of the stunning state parks found all around the area. St Andrews State Park is home to the jetties, where you can sit and dip your toes in the crystal clear water, or have a picnic in the peaceful wooded area. There is a spectacular campground for those adventurous souls who like to sleep under the stars, or just stop in for a day trip!
Panama City is a vibrant area with loads of fun things to do, no matter in what part of town you live! Get out there and explore our beautiful home, and have a great time!