Panama City, Florida is a great destination for wheelchair users looking to explore the outdoors. From the North Trail to Camp Helen State Park, there are plenty of wheelchair-accessible trails and promenades that offer stunning views of wetland areas. The North Trail is 1.8 miles long and passes through Lake Powell, offering great views. Most of the PCB beaches have access points with wheelchair-accessible ramps; there are 100 access points in total.
At Russell-Fields City Pier & Beach and Camp Helen State Park, manual beach wheelchairs are offered free of charge and on a first-come, first-served basis. The 2,900-acre park is also a very well-preserved wetland, offering numerous outdoor recreational activities. Andrew's State Park, between the Gulf of Mexico and St. Andrews has wheelchairs and mobility devices, such as wheelchairs for the beach that can be rented at the park ranger station, as well as elevated boardwalks, accessible fishing piers and campsites with concrete platforms.
There are many other accessible beach spots at Panama City Beach and MB Miller County Pier, which has an inclined entrance for wheelchair access. The Holiday Inn Express Panama City Beach Beachfront is another wheelchair-accessible hotel with a fully accessible main entrance, elevators, and public restrooms. Pier Park is the best shopping destination in Panama City and offers shopping and entertainment all in one place. Finally, the Panama City Beach Conservation Park is a 2,900-acre park that includes wetlands, wildlife and a pine forest.
For even more fun on the water, book a seat on the Sea Dragon Pirate Cruise, a pirate ship that sails through the waters of Panama City. Staying in Panama City is always fun, as most hotels have a great view of the ocean and often have their own private beach. Throughout Panama City Beach, there are many free hotspots, making the beach easily accessible to everyone. Wheelchair users will prefer the Walt Oberst Trail's waterfront and paved trail, as well as the trail that crosses the picnic area in the southeast corner of the park, where you'll find a picnic shelter, public restrooms and parking.
Panama City is an excellent destination for wheelchair-accessible tours, giving you the freedom to enjoy your trip no matter your interest. With plenty of wheelchair-friendly trails available to explore and many accessible beach spots to enjoy, Panama City Beach is an ideal destination for those looking for an accessible vacation.