If you’re on vacation in the Panama City Beach Area or you’re a local resident, it’s always enjoyable to have a refreshing and relaxing day outdoors with the family. There’s no better way to spend a sunshine filled day in Florida than at Frank Brown Park. The entire park stretches over two-hundred acres of land and consists of everything you would think a park would have plus much more. Spend the day alone at the dog park with just you and your loyal best friend or bring the whole family and enjoy any of the playgrounds. It is located just west of Pier Park off Panama city Beach Parkway.
Frank Brown Park is no ordinary park as you may have already noticed. If you have one of those families where it is always difficult choosing where to adventure due to many different activity preferences, Frank Brown Park will always be a winner. Whether you’re a sports fanatic or enjoy fishing, you’ll be just a few steps away from anything here. For the avid fisherman you will find both a saltwater fishing pier as well as a freshwater youth fishing lake for the kids to enjoy. After a relaxing day spent fishing, there are also plenty of picnic areas to take a break at and enjoy a delicious brown bag lunch.
Any athlete will feel completely at home here as well thanks to the large variety of sporting options available. All together there are:
- 9 Softball/Baseball fields
- 1 T-Ball field
- 3 soccer fields
- 4 football fields
- 4 Tennis courts
- 2 Outdoor Basketball Courts
- 2 Shuffle Board Courts
- 1 Indoor Gymnasium
These are often open for recreational activities although there are many organized leagues who take advantage of these beautiful sites. Frank Brown Park also often hosts important local, regional and national events such as USFA Fastpitch Softball, grand Slam Baseball and the World Softball League.
Many local citizens often attend these events but often time, people will travel from hundreds of miles away in order to attend. If you are one of those travelers in town to view an event taking place, there are many hotels in close proximity to the park that can be booked for a low cost.
Choosing to stay at a hotel close to the event venue will insure you are always in close proximity to the event and never far from any of the action. It also helps to avoid any possible traffic and save gas money in transit to and from the event. One of the most popular hotel options near the park is the Sandpiper Beacon Beach Resort which is perfect for couples and families alike. In addition, there are also beach houses, beachfront condos and villa townhouses to choose from if you have that little extra bit of money to spend on luxury. Besides the many sporting events that take place at Frank Brown Park, they also host the Bike Rally as well as the Car Show which are ever popular among the locals and worth planning your trip around if you’re a tourist.
Dog Fest at Frank Brown Park
More Fun for Kids
To add even more family value to visiting the park, the newest and most exciting addition is the Aquatic Center. Here you will find an Olympic-Sized (and heated) swimming pool, a seasonal 5,000 square foot Kids Pool, as well as a water playground designed for children. For the convenience of everyone, there are large locker rooms with heated showers and a concession stand in case you get hungry or thirsty while you’re there. In addition there are also swim classes offered and water Aerobics with classes starting at just $3! Visiting the aquatic center would be the perfect place to cool down after a long day playing in the sun and enjoying many of the adventurous options Frank Brown Park offers.
If you’re in town for an extended stay or you happen to be a local of the area, there are also many activities geared towards kids staying active year round including both cheerleading and gymnastic camps as well as competitions. Besides just those activities, many different types of summer camps are offered for all types of interests including tennis camp, Lego camp, conservation park camps, kickball, flag football, ping pond, lifeguard, princess… the list goes on and on! Whatever your child is interested in they are bound to find a camp for it here at Frank Brown Park and meet many other kids that share their same interest.
Relaxation as a Couple
Although many of the activities are perfect for families and children, there are also relaxing and fun activities for adults to enjoy by themselves. A long, quiet stroll through the miles of greenways and trails would be the perfect way to spend a first date or a new couple. And within the two-hundred acre park, there is bound to be a secluded area to have a nice picnic and some alone time.
Eastern Lubber Grasshopper found near Frank Brown Park.
It may also be a fun date idea as a couple to take one of your dogs or all of them to the large dog park within Frank Brown Park. There are always dogs running around and playing together and it would be a nice breath of fresh air for all of you to spend some time there and maybe even play with the other animals.
Along with the many picnic spots, there is also a large group picnic pavilion. Since there are often many events going on, it’s smart to call ahead to schedule a date and time to host an event such as weddings, birthdays, family reunions or any other special events. The pavilion seats approximately 60 people and features a charcoal grill beside it. There are multiple slots available to rent the pavilion including 10am-2pm, 3pm-7pm or all day between the hours of 10am-7pm. The four hour slots costs $50 and the all-day slot is $100. To book the large pavilion for an upcoming event, you can call 850 233 5045.
Things to do in Frank Brown Park, Panama City Beach reviewed by Editorial on August 7, 2015 rated 4.7 on 5.0