For that Panama City-meets-Coney Island vibe, there's one amusement park good for killing some time. A 105-foot-high roller coaster is just one of the 30 rides at the Shipwreck Island Water Park, 12000 Front Beach Rd., at Alf Coleman Road (tel. 850/234-5810; www.shipwreckisland.com; $33 adults, $22 seniors, $28 kids 35-50 in. tall). Little ones will love the traditional carousel. The park is lots of fun, with live entertainment and tons of junk food. There's also a variety of water amusements, including the 1,600-foot-long winding Lazy River for tubing and a daring 35-mph Speed Slide. The Tad Pole Hole is exclusively for young kids. Lounge chairs, umbrellas, and inner tubes are free, and lifeguards are on duty. Open Saturday and Sunday from mid-March to Memorial Day, then daily until mid-August, and back to weekends from then to Labor Day weekend.
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