Shopping at Pier Park
Imagine a 1.1 million square foot outdoor entertainment complex with the sparkling gulf and beach as a backdrop. Throw in some of the hottest names in shopping and dining, an IMAX theater and an amusement park. And let’s not forget some really cool nightspots! If this sounds like the kind of place you fancy spending some of your time, then welcome to Panama City Beach!! This is Pier Park – it’s all new, it’s open year-round, and it’s the place to see and be seen!
To say that Pier Park is the premier shopping destination for Panama City Beach is quite an understatement. There’s something for absolutely everyone, and plenty of opportunities to spend some of that hard-earned cash! The park’s three main department stores are Dillard’s, JC Penny and Target, and then there’s hundreds of other specialty, famous name and boutique stores to boot.
So let’s talk food. If you get a taste for something, you’ll find it at Pier Park. Seriously, from sushi to seafood, burgers to bagels and pasta to prime rib, there are so many choices for grub here that it would be almost impossible not to indulge. Pier Park is also the place to bring the family or your buddies when you’re looking to have some fun, and the list of attractions is getting longer by the day. Who says just because you’re on vacation you have to miss that big blockbuster movie? The Grand Theater is A-mazing, featuring 16 screens, an IMAX screen and even comfy high back rocking chairs. Emerald Coast Laser Craze consists of a maze of mirrors plus a laser system that you have to maneuver without tripping one of the lasers. And where once there was just the historical carousel, Pier Park is now home to the majority of the rides from Miracle Strip Amusement Park! It’s an amusement park within an entertainment park!
Nighttime is especially awesome at Pier Park, as the Miracle Strip rides illuminate the area and some of the restaurants transition into hotspots for live entertainment and dancing. Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge features live country music nightly, (can we get a yee-haw!) and Hofbräu’s Beer Garden offers traditional German favorites including some really, really good beer! There’s even a brand new dueling Pianos Bar – Rum Runners, located right across from the Grand Theater.
When we say no Panama City Beach vacation would be complete without a trip to Pier Park, we aren’t kidding! Whether you come during the day for lunch and shopping, to catch a movie and dinner, or to dance the night away, it doesn’t matter – just come check it out!! And if you’ve been before then come check it out again – there’s new stuff popping up all over the place every day. Pier Park, quite simply, rocks. Come see for yourself!