Insider's Guide to WonderWorks Panama City

June 16, 2022

Swaying palm trees, aquamarine waters, and the softest white sugar sand beaches. Panama City Beach may well be heaven on earth. When you’ve had your fill of some of the world’s most beautiful beaches it’s time to explore North West Florida’s other premier attractions. 

Follow along as we spill all the tea on WonderWorks Panama City Beach.

An indoor amusement park that combines education and entertainment, this 29,000* square foot oasis is sure to delight.

Kids of all ages will be enchanted by the luminescent beauty of the bubble lab or electrified by the raw power of a Tesla Coil. Step up this awesome adventure with a swing through the glow-in-the-dark ropes course, or test your mettle lying on a bed of nails.

However you choose to experience the magic of WonderWorks Panama City, you're in for a wild ride!

About WonderWorks Panama City

Curious about the wonderfulness of WonderWorks Panama City Beach? Let us enlighten you. This topsy turvy edifice of excitement and fun was once a top-secret laboratory in the Bermuda Triangle. Legend states that an experiment gone horribly awry led to the laboratory being whisked away and carried straight to Front Beach Road.

While only slightly smaller than the 35,000 square-foot WonderWorks Pigeon Forge location, Panama City Beach delivers plenty of dynamic thrills. The WonderWorks laboratory landed just steps from the beach but entirely upside down!

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Today WonderWorks visitors can explore 100 hands-on exhibits simply by passing through the inversion tunnel. Once you are right-side-up, prepare yourself for hours of immersive thrills, including laser tag, wonder coasters, astronaut training gyros, and more. With six full wonder zones to discover, WonderWorks Panama City provides 3-4 hours of family fun. 

When to Go WonderWorks Panama City

Trying to plan the perfect WonderWorks visit? We suggest avoiding trips during major holidays or school breaks to circumvent heavy crowds and long lines. The following seasons are the busiest times of year for WonderWorks Panama City:

  • Mid-March through Late April ("Spring Break")
  • Memorial Day weekend
  • Summer break
  • Christmas break

Panama City Beach Aerial

WonderWorks Panama City Tickets

Can't wait to conquer laser tag or withstand hurricane-force winds? Before diving into hours of exhilarating attractions and exhibits, you'll need to purchase your WonderWorks Panama City tickets. 

Pre-purchasing your tickets saves time and money, letting you squeeze even more thrills into your WonderWorks visit. Whether you've got your sights sets on a general admission ticket or would prefer the full-star treatment, we've got a ticket for you:

WonderWorks Adventure Pass - Includes admission to all WonderWorks Exhibits, one ticket for the Indoor Glow-In-The-Dark Ropes Course, and one game of Laser Tag.

  • Adult ticket (13-59 years old) - $30.31
  • Child ticket (4-12 years old) - $24.24
  • Senior ticket (60+ years old) - $24. 24

Children ages four and under can enter WonderWorks for free!

VIP Combo - Includes admission to all WonderWorks exhibits, one ticket for the Glow-In-The-Dark Ropes Course, one game of Laser Tag, and one ticket to ride Space Fury 360.

  • Adult ticket (13-59 years old) - $36.37
  • Child ticket (4-12 years old) - $28.29
  • Senior ticket (60+ years old) - $28.29
kids in Laser Tag gear posing for photo for Laser Tag at WonderWorks in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, USA

photo credit: WonderWorks via Facebook

Parking

Driving to this oasis of wacky and wonderful fun? Kick off your day of edu-cainment stress-free by utilizing the plentiful free parking provided on-site.

Can't Miss Attractions

From feeling the frigid waters of the Titanic crash to contemplating the challenges of daily life in an actual spacesuit, there are oodles of activities to occupy your mind at WonderWorks Panama City. While we suggest carving out time for every last awesome attraction, here are our top can't-miss exhibits and experiences:

Hurricane Shack

Enter the eye of a raging storm as you experience 74 mph winds with the Hurricane Shack. This most common natural disaster is known for leaving a devastating trail of destruction in its wake. Learn about how hurricanes form, and then hold on for dear life as you feel the force of these powerful drafts.

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Bed of Nails

Want to learn about the principles of pressure in a spine-tingling way? Dare to lie on a bed of 3,500 nails and see what happens!

photo credit: Dara Goecke-Jenkins via Facebook

Bubble Lab

Kids of all ages won't be able to resist the iridescent beauty and amusement of creating and playing with hundreds of giant bubbles. Discover reflections and refractions of light around the bubbles as you blow and pop these illuminating orbs.

Wonder Coasters

Calling all adrenaline junkies! Dizzying dips and upside-down flips await the brave riders of the Wonder Coaster. Choose your dream coaster, and then settle in for the virtual roller coaster ride of your life. Not feeling the 360-degree pitch and roll motions? You can always opt to explore the watery expanse of the ocean via a virtual submarine adventure.

guests seated in the Wonder Coaster ride while being helped by staff at WonderWorks, Orlando, Florida, USA

photo credit: WonderWorks via Facebook

Astronaut Training Challenge

Antigravity, here we come! Strap in for some interstellar thrills as you train like an astronaut in this two-person gyroscope. Spins, rotations, rolls, and tumbles will simulate the same feeling of weightlessness that astronauts undergo in space. 

Indoor Ropes Course

Make like a monkey as you scale up to 36 ft of indoor ropes course challenges. This glow-in-the-dark course contains three stories and 26 obstacles to tackle. Careen over suspension bridges, swinging beams, lily pads, and more. Ideal for both advanced athletes and beginners, this heart-pumping activity will test both your physical and mental abilities. 

child wearing harness holding on to ropes while going through course at Indoor Ropes Challenge Course in WonderWorks, Orlando, Florida, USA

photo credit: Orlando Family Fun via Facebook

Laser Tag

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to outmaneuver and outplay your opponents in this thrilling battle of laser tag. Sneak through the blacklist maze and keep your aim sharp as you aim to knock off the competition. WonderWorks laser tag embraces innovative technology to create a one-of-a-kind laser battle experience.

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Space Fury*

Amp up the excitement when you immerse yourself in the glow-in-the-dark gyro action of Space Fury. Equal parts game and adventure, this kooky ride is entirely powered by you. Space Fury lets you control your vehicle by driving your very own gyro pod. Try to take out the competition with your laser cannon, or hit the illuminated target on the arena walls.

*Space Fury is part of the VIP Combo ticket

What's New at WonderWorks Panama City Beach

Are you a repeat WonderWorks visitor? Never fear, as this living laboratory of action-packed attractions is always up to something new. Lucky visitors this summer will experience the excitement of examining the following fresh attractions:

close up of Grave Digger at WonderWorks in Panama City, Florida, USA

photo credit: WonderWorks Panama City Beach via Facebook

Grave Digger* - coming Summer 2022

Vroom Vroom! Hear that monster growl? It's up to you to tame this six-ton beast of might and metal. Through the magic of virtual reality, you will be put in the driver's seat of the epic Grave Digger Monster Truck. Heed the horsepower of this massive vehicle as you pitch, roll, and wave on this unforgettable monstrosity of a ride. 

*This ride is rumored to be replacing Xtreme 360 bikes.

Food and Drink

Pulley systems, fever pitch laser tag battles, and Space Fury, oh my! Hours of experiments and immersive discovery can certainly rustle up an appetite. Refuel for even more fun when you make a pit stop at the Snack Shack.

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Located on the fourth floor of WonderWorks, this retro-style cafe serves everything from freshly hand-tossed New York-style pizza to refreshing soft drinks. So grab a table and chow down on some cheesy nachos or soft pretzels before diving into even more ropes course and virtual reality excitement. 

Earthquake Cafe ride in WonderWorks featuring booth chairs and table with fake plates of food in WonderWorks Orlando, Florida, USA

photo credit: WonderWorks via Twitter

What to Bring

Nothing brings your WonderWorks adventure to a grinding halt like being ill-prepared. Set yourself up for a smashing day of WonderWorks success when you pack up every must-have item:

  • Phone + Camera
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Portable Phone Charger
  • Comfortable clothes 
  • Comfortable closed-toed shoes

Need a mini-break from the surf, sand, and sun? Stimulate curiosity and uncover a world of experiments gone awry when entering WonderWorks Panama City.

Six Wonder Zones and 100 hands-on exhibits create a universe of dynamic discovery.

From sizzling games of laser tag to rotating astronaut training gyros, there's more than enough action to go around. Little ones can make like Mozart when playing a giant piano, or daredevil drivers can hit the glow-in-the-dark arena with Space Fury.

So, what are you waiting for? It's time to include WonderWorks Panama City in your next Florida foray.

Tell Us, What WonderWorks Panama City Beach Attraction Will You Tackle First?

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Written By Isis Maya

A New York native, Isis-Maya spent most of her professional life working in TV production until a vacation whisked her away to Central America and her love o ...

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