Even though Panama City Beach is well known for its white sands, there’s also an entire ecosystem located just inland that is waiting to be explored. At Frank Brown Park, you can enjoy Panama City’s beautiful natural scenery.
Gayle Oberst, former Panama City Mayor, was as passionate about conserving Panama City’s great outdoors as she was about public service. To pay homage to Gayle’s efforts concerning conservation and wildlife, “Gayle’s Trails” in Frank Brown Park was opened for hikers and outdoor lovers. This paved stretch of trails through the park offers an opportunity for walking and jogging far away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
The trails lead to the Conservation Park, boasting 2,912 acres of natural wonders with a mile of boardwalk weaving delicately through the vegetation. You can hit the boardwalk to see animals and other wildlife in their natural, undisturbed ecosystem.
Don’t leave your four-legged friends behind, because the Frank Brown Dog Park offers a safe and fenced area for your pups to run around without their leash. Even though the fenced area is the only “no leash” zone, Frank Brown Park is also a dog-friendly walking area.
If casting out a fishing line and kicking off your shoes by the lake sounds relaxing, then be sure to check out the Freshwater Youth Fishing Pond at the northwest corner of Frank Brown Park. This pond offers a scenic and quiet environment for training young anglers about the ins and outs of fishing. Because the pond is strictly meant to be enjoyed as an educational site, it is catch and release only. Even if fishing isn’t your forte, the pond is a great place to put your toes in the grass and watch for birds on a sunny day.
It’s certainly no secret that Panama City can get hot during summer. Frank Brown Park had cooling off in mind when they set up their Aquatic Center. Whether you want to swim laps in the 50-meter Olympic sized pool, take a plunge off the water slide, or let your kids play in the splash park, the Aquatic Center offers the solution to beating the heat. There are plenty of lockers to store your gear and a concession stand if hunger strikes.
Frank Brown Park has become a prime location for local sporting events and shows. For a full list of upcoming events, check out their events page.
Take a break from the beach and enjoy fun in the sun at Frank Brown Park.
Frank Brown Park is located at 16200 Panama City Beach Pkwy, Panama City Beach, FL 32413. For more information, visit Frank Brown Park website or call (850) 233-5045.
– Logan Singleton
Writing Intern, Innisfree Hotels