State Parks Near Panama City Beach
St. Andrews State Park
Take a day trip and experience the natural landscape of St. Andrews State Park. Located on the southeastern tip of Panama City Beach, this 1,200 acre sanctuary offers a plethora of activities. Scuba dive or snorkel through the jetties and swim with a variety of marine life. Explore scenic trails as you dip your feet in three different waters: The Gulf of Mexico to the south; St. Andrews Pass to the east; the Grand Lagoon to the north. Fish the waters, kayak the jetties, bike around the park, or take the shuttle to visit Shell Island. St. Andrews State Park is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts.
Camp Helen State Park
The historic site of Camp Helen State Park is bordered by the Gulf of Mexico on three sides, and by Lake Powell. An anthropological and geological wonder, Camp Helen State Park combines history and geography in unique fashion. Once a family retreat in the 1930's, many of the original buildings have recently underwent renovations. Explore and enjoy the park's five distinct natural communities and learn the rich history of this often overlooked State Park.