Fodor's Expert Review Pier Park
Occupying a huge swath of land that was once an amusement park, this outdoor 900,000-square-foot entertainment/shopping/dining complex creates the downtown feel that Panama City Beach otherwise lacks. Anchor stores including Dillard's and Target keep things active during the day, along with a number of specialty shops, and clubs like Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville and the 16-screen Grand Theatre keep things hopping after dark. Other venues, such as Ron Jon Surf Shop and Dave & Buster's, offer even more reason to see this vibrant and enjoyable complex. Pier Park is a venue for fun festivals and special events at festivals and holiday celebrations throughout the year.