There are plenty of things to do after dinner in Panama City Beach, as this scenic coastal town in northwest Florida offers some cool nightlife scenes. Overlooking the pristine waters of the Gulf of Mexico, most would opt to stay on its sandy beaches for the day and leave after the sun goes down. But if you stay past sunset, you'll discover that the town becomes alive with many exciting experiences.

    Below, we’ve compiled a list of the best things to do after dinner in Panama City Beach. Whether you choose to party until sunrise or to enjoy a peaceful evening with your loved ones on the beach, there’s always something waiting for you in the after-hours of this waterfront town. Here are great places to go in Panama City Beach at night.

    1

    Club La Vela

    Billed as the largest nightclub in the USA

    • Nightlife

    Club La Vela in Panama City Beach is billed as America’s biggest nightclub, accommodating up to 6,000 guests every day. The club first opened in 1984 and is nicknamed the ‘Spring Break Headquarter of the World’ for its party offerings and popularity during spring break.

    With 10 different themed rooms with live rock, EDM, and dance, it’s easy to see why Club La Vela is where you’ll want to visit at sundown in Panama City Beach. To provide an all-inclusive environment, the nightclub holds a special party venue called The Darkroom for revellers below 18 during spring and summer break.

    Location: 8813 Thomas Dr, Panama City Beach, FL 32408, USA

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 5 pm and from 8 pm to 4 am

    Phone: +1 850-235-1061

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    Rock’it Lanes

    Fun bowling lanes for friends and family

    • Nightlife
    • Families
    • Adventure
    • Group

    Rock’it Lanes is a bowling centre within the Shoppes At Edgewater shopping mall in Panama City Beach. This family-friendly venue offers a smoke-free environment with 24 glow-in-the-dark bowling lanes. Those with children and senior citizens may bowl with raised pneumatic bumpers upon request. Guests who require mobility assistance can enjoy themselves, thanks to a special ball ramp launcher.

    Rock’it Lanes has a large rollerskating rink, a mega arcade, and 2 sports bars for those who aren’t keen to bowl. Check out the laser light show that takes place after 10 pm.

    Location: 513 N Richard Jackson Blvd, Panama City Beach, FL 32407, USA

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 2 am

    Phone: +1 850-249-2695

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    SkyWheel Panama City Beach

    A seafront Ferris wheel with great night views from the top

    • Nightlife
    • Couples
    • Families
    • Photo
    • Group

    SkyWheel Panama City Beach is an observation wheel by the seafront of LC Hilton Jr. Drive. From a height of 174 ft, you'd be able to catch a glimpse of Panama City Beach and the surrounding ocean.

    After dusk, you can see the observation wheel light up as you ride a private gondola. Each gondola is fully covered and climate-controlled so you can take a ride whether rain or shine. Observing a no-stranger rule, guests of different parties won’t be seated with each other, so you can have a private experience with your friends and family.

    Location: 15700 L C Hilton Jr Dr, Panama City Beach, FL 32413, USA

    Open: Daily from 3 pm to 10 pm

    Phone: +1 850-888-0020

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    Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge

    A honky-tonk with live music and shows aplenty

    • Nightlife

    Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, or fondly known as Tootsie’s, is a popular honky-tonk hosting live country music performances. It’s an extension of Tootsie’s at Nashville, which was established in the 1960s. It has been a staple by the corner of the S Pier Park Drive of Panama City Beach since mid-2008.

    With traditional bar bites and affordable beers on tap, Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge often welcomes aspiring singers and songwriters to either of its 2 stages. Historically, it’s said that Willie Nelson first secured his songwriting job following a performance at Tootsie’s.

    Location: 700 S Pier Park Dr, Panama City Beach, FL 32413, USA

    Open: Friday–Saturday from 11 am to 3 am, Sunday–Thursday from 11 am to 1 am

    Phone: +1 850-236-3459

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    5

    Russell-Fields Pier

    Fishing or romantic walks along a beautiful pier

    • Nightlife
    • Couples
    • Families
    • Photo

    The Russell-Fields Pier is known as the City Pier of Panama City Beach. Stretching 1,500 ft out to the Gulf of Mexico, it's often visited by fishing enthusiasts. With beautiful turquoise waters under the pier, guests can access this pier for a small fee.

    If you're hoping to fish off the pier as the locals do, you'll have to purchase a mandatory fishing license from any of the tackle-and-bait stores onshore. At sundown, the Russell-Fields Pier is well lit, making it a romantic place for couples looking for a spot to pop the question.

    Location: 16201 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32413, USA

    Open: 24/7

    Phone: +1 850-233-5080

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    Rick Seltzer Park

    Stargaze on this family-friendly beach

    • Nightlife
    • Couples
    • Families
    • Budget

    The Rick Seltzer Park is an undeveloped public beach along Thomas Drive. Great for year-round swimming with amenities such as restrooms and rinse areas, you’ll often catch locals setting up for a picnic by the beach. Lifeguards patrol the area during peak seasons, so you can swim with ease.

    Come nightfall, the Rick Seltzer Park makes for a great stargazing spot thanks to its unobstructed views out on the seafront. In case you need a drink or snack, several bars and cafes line the shore of the beach.

    Location: 7419 Thomas Dr, Panama City Beach, FL 32408, USA

    Open: 24/7

    Phone: +1 850-233-6503

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    Beach bonfires on 30A

    Fun evening gatherings by the beach

    • Nightlife

    30A is a great place to experience a bonfire by the beach. Just minutes away from central Panama City Beach, this community is excellent if you want to get to know the locals as you roast marshmallows by the beach bonfire.

    Watch the night come alive with a series of music and dance while you make memories to last a lifetime. As most beach bonfires require a permit, it is recommended that you look out for any tour companies who can assist you ahead of time.

    Location: Panama City Beach, FL 32407, USA

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    Martin Theatre

    Panama City Beach's historical theatre

    • Nightlife

    The Martin Theatre is a cultural centre dating back to 1936. Originally known as the Ritz, the historic venue became a staple among locals for theatrical productions. Today, it showcases the latest blockbuster movies to cater to the younger crowd.

    A handful of theatre productions are brought to life at the Martin Theatre. Run mostly by volunteers, this is a must-visit if you're looking to spend a cultural evening in Panama City Beach.

    Location: 409 Harrison Ave, Panama City, FL 32401, USA

    Phone: +1 850-763-8080

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    9

    Escape the Room PCB

    Test your wits in challenging escape rooms

    • Families
    • Group

    Escape the Room PCB is an entertainment hub for those looking to test their wits through a series of puzzles in a locked room. With 3 themed rooms of varying settings (including one designed to look like Africa from the 1930s), this is an ideal activity for groups of 4 to 8 people looking to experience the trend in escape room attraction.

    Most people usually spend between 30 to 60 minutes at Escape the Room PCB. Great for families, the venue welcomes all guests above 8 years old.

    Location: 17292 Front Beach Rd Ste. 105, Panama City Beach, FL 32413, USA

    Open: Monday–Thursday from 4 pm to 10 pm, Friday–Sunday from 1 pm to 10 pm

    Phone: +1 850-771-5383

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    10

    Coconut Creek Family Fun Park

    A night out with mini-golf or walking through the Gran Maze

    • Families
    • Adventure

    The Coconut Creek Family Fun Park is a tropical playground along Front Beach Road in Panama City Beach. With 2 themed mini-golf courses and a maze spanning the size of a football field, it's easy to see why it remains a local favourite for family nights.

    For those who prefer a more laidback experience, you can watch your friends and family from an observation deck. Coconut Creek Family Fun Park offers a variety of tickets at different price points including an all-day unlimited pass, while children below 5 enter for free.

    Location: 9807 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32407, USA

    Open: Friday–Saturday from 10 am to 11 pm, Sunday–Thursday from 10 am to 10.30 pm

    Phone: +1 850-234-2625

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    Elie Lam | Contributing Writer

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