Shipwreck Island Water Park
is the only water park located within 300 miles of Panama City Beach. Six acres in size, Shipwreck Island is designed for family entertainment and offers rides, slides, a lazy river and a large wave pool, set amid lush tropical landscaping. It is open from Memorial Day through the early part of September and is located between Front Beach and Middle Beach Roads. The grounds include a children’s area, picnic tables and sun deck, a gift shop, and ample parking. No food or beverages are allowed to be brought into the park, but a variety of eateries are available including everything from frozen yogurt and ice cream to burgers, hot dogs and more. Only U.S. Coast Guard approved flotation devices are permitted at Shipwreck Island Water Park and masks or goggles are not permitted in the pools. Lockers are available for rent inside the park. Tickets are $27.00 for anyone 50 inches or taller, and for guests between 35 and 50 inches, the price is $22.00. Guests under 35 inches have free admission. Senior Citizens pay just $17.00 and season passes are also available for $149.00. Some rides have a height restriction.
Shipwreck Island Address and Phone Number
Shipwreck Island Water Park
12001 Middle Beach Road
Panama City Beach, FL 32407
Shipwreck Island Rides and Attractions
Rides at Shipwreck Island include thrill rides, family rides and a special “Tadpole Hole” section just for children. The Raging Rapids, Tree Top Drop and the huge double slide Pirates Plunge are just a few of the exciting thrill rides at the park. The White Knuckle River Ride, Shipwreck Island’s newest ride, takes guests in large, three-to-five passenger inner tubes swishing and swirling down a 660-foot long, six-story high flume in an exciting, white knuckle experience. The Ocean Motion Wave Pool at Shipwreck Island has been said to be “the closest thing to the beach without actually being on the beach.” It contains 500,000 gallons of water and is the coolest thing around on a hot summer day. Visitors who prefer to take things slow can enjoy floating gently downstream in inner tubes on the Lazy River. Kids enjoy the Great Shipwreck and the Zoom Flume and even toddlers can get in on the action with the rides at Tadpole Hole, including the Frog and Pelican Slides.
Shipwreck Island Water Park History
Shipwreck Island Water Park opened in 1982, and at the time, it was one of only a few water parks in the country. Skeptics were critical of a water park being built only a stone’s throw from the ocean, but the park has not only survived, but thrived. It was part of a vision of Jimmy Lark, who built the Miracle Strip Amusement Park in 1963. Today the two parks comprise sixty acres. The parks are open daily in the summer and on weekends in the spring and fall. Shipwreck Island is open during the day while the Miracle Strip operates at night.
Shipwreck Island Water Park Map (click on map for larger view)