Shipwreck Island Waterpark

Shipwreck Island Waterpark, Panama City Beach: Hours, Address, Shipwreck Island Waterpark Reviews: 4.5/5

Shipwreck Island Waterpark
4.5
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Plunge, ride, whirl, dunk, swim - whew! At the end of your day at Shipwreck Island, you'll be exhilarated, exhausted and soaked. Visit our tropical themed water park in Panama City Beach, Florida. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. Our Rapid River Run was built by us, to give you a different ride every time. The Great Shipwreck is also a one-of-a-kind attraction. It's a zip line from a shipwrecked Spanish Galleon into 8.5 feet of water. You'll only find them at Shipwreck Island Waterpark on Panama City Beach, Florida.
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Lacy S.
Kingsport, TN226 contributions
Family
Smaller water park compared to some which was nice and fine with us. We were able to cover the whole area over the course of the day. Lots to do for small children all the way to adults. It was clean and well kept with friendly staff. Lines were not bad this particular day so we got to do everything there. My kids had an awesome time. Only thing I would change is the prices of bottle water and refreshments. Bottle waters were almost $3 a piece which I think is ridiculous when you're already spending so much to get in the park itself. Even if you charged $1.50 per bottle water you would still be making an ample profit. For 6 of us to get in it was $256. They base the price off of under 50 inches vs over 50 inches. My 8 year old son was right at 50 inches on the measurement they have and they still charged me as if he was over 50 inches. So, my 8 year old cost the same as we did to get in. Would visit again in the future.
Written July 24, 2020
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Diego W
3 contributions
Family
This park is a gem. I went today, with my wife, a 12 years old kid and a young 6 years old daughter, and I was AMAZED. We love parks and know many of them, but I have never felt so safe and comfortable in one.
This place is run by people that truly know what they do. Safety is clearly their number one priority. It is incredible to see the number of lifeguards on duty. I counted 8 on the main pool, and they had at least 2 on each ride, even on the smaller rides, and on the main ones, up to 7 life guards on each.
The place is spotless clean and wonderfully kept.
We felt so safe and comfortable, that we let our kids move around the park alone. We have never done that before on any other park because we never felt as safe as on this one.
In the park, you have an enormous number of young boys and girls running the place (from food to cleaning), and those youngsters are always supervised by somebody with lots of experience, so you can feel the energy of the young bunch guided by the wise old ones…, truly AMAZING.
Yes, you have bigger parks with bigger ride in lots of places, however, I have never found any as safe, clean and welcoming as this little piece of gem.
What can be improved?, for me, definetely the Pizza, it is below average, burguers are just ok, and chicken is good, so, I believe food has room for improvement, however, once again, service is amazing, those young boys and girls running the food kiosks are unique, so much positive energy on them that feels great.
I usually never write reviews, but this place was worth to be shared.
Written July 6, 2021
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tammys511
Kansas247 contributions
We thoroughly enjoyed our day at Shipwreck Island Waterpark. This was the first time our 2 and 5 year old grandsons have been to a water amusement park and it was perfect for them and yet still offered things for the rest of the family of 6 adults and the 2 little ones.

The water temperature was excellent. The park was kept very clean. Even though there are not very many "big" slides, it still has a nice balance for a family visiting with adults to high school age to little ones - there was something for everyone. Additionally, we felt the price of admission and the price of food and beverages was good.
Written July 14, 2021
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Tiffany M
Nashville, Tennessee2 contributions
Family
The wave pool had large waves. The slides were decent. They have many tables with shade so you have an escape from the sun. I have two main issues - the prices for a refillable icee cup said one thing on the board but the charge was significantly higher. My other problem is the music or lack of music variety played. I’m from Nashville so I usually don’t have an issue hearing country music but… no other music was played. No variety at all - country music for the 4 1/2 hrs. I was at the park. Not even a pop song for the many kids and teenagers.
Written July 23, 2021
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I’m so sorry about your bad experience. You’ll be happy to know we switched to island style music! Maybe if you give us another chance it will be more fun! Thank you for letting us know how to improve. :)
Written September 13, 2021
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RDolan
Lubbock, TX1 contribution
Family
This was great for little kids. We have a 7 year old and a 4 year old and they had the time of their lives. There was a very large kids area with several slides that were age appropriate for my girls and lots of areas with water only about 1’ to 2’ deep. Admission was pricey (about $175 for two adults and two kids) but definitely worth it if you have little ones and need a day away from the beach.
Written June 13, 2021
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Betty D
Tampa, FL15 contributions
Family
Horrible for anyone over 12. Old, outdated park. Only decent rides were white knuckle river (hardly white knuckle) and lazy river (which was small). Admission for 5 was over $200 and we could barely find enough to do for 2 hours. Food was overpriced as well. No music anywhere. Lockers were an additional charge. Really boring place. If you've ever gone to Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon, Shipwreck is nothing like them (except for the fact that all are water parks). Save your money and go somewhere else.
Written September 5, 2020
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Betty, we are so sorry we didn't live up to your expectations. We do have a lot for families with kids, but we have tried to blend a mix of the bigger thrill rides in for the teen crown as well. The great Shipwreck Zip from the Ship is one-of-a-kind, because we built it, and is very popular with our guests. The Rapid River Run was built by our team before most waterparks were even thought of in 1979, and it remains our most popular ride even today. Our lazy river is over 2,000 feet long, which is longer than most waterparks, but we are family owned, and certainly can't compete with a corporation as large as Disney. We strive every day to compete with them however, when it comes to hospitality, safety, and cleanliness.
Written June 2, 2021
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EJ M
Panama City Beach, FL1 contribution
Family
We got there and already were being charged extra for the world's tiniest lockers. 150 bucks for my family to get in, and then a 9 dollar upcharge? Okay. The "life guards" were a little to whistle happy, and overall were very akward. ESPECIALLY on the one slide where you go down a cheesy "waterfall" in a tube. Every turn there's a new life guard, put there in the first place with how slow the actual ride is! I think the biggest issue is how many actual life guards there are. I took a dip into their lazy river and for one stretch of the pool a life guard followed me along the way. He kept walking right alongside with me, so I stopped, ya know, being suspicious and all. The life guard stopped at the same time and only when I decided to continue to the lazy river's ONE EXIT he followed me. For the wave pool alone they had 5 schmucks standing around yelling at little kids. The food was alright, definitely a lot better than the plastic chicken that they give you at universal. One more thing - the rides themselves are built out of wood, and it's a water park... scaling one of the attractions, I looked over at the rotting wood dripping with water and instantly regretted my decision of climbing the stairs that were covered in mold.
Overall some good quality time with the family but a mediocre at best time in the park itself.
Written June 30, 2020
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Every waterpark I've ever visited sells lockers separately from the park admission, and we have three sizes of lockers small, medium and jumbo. I have been in this industry for 38 years, and I don't find our lifeguards to be awkward. We have two lifeguards on the lazy river who do rove alongside the river, because of a curve in the river that doesn't allow a guard to see effectively through the curve. Yes, we do have a lot of lifeguards, but most guests appreciate the attention to safety. Steel structures along the Gulf of Mexico have a tendency to rust, even stainless steel and galvanized, so we use wood. The timbers that structurally support our slides are inspected every day prior to opening, and every January or February our staff carpenter and an independent inspector examine the wood beams and bolts and identify each one that needs replacing. Water does drip on the wood, but there is never any mold where anyone walks on the top of the stairs or ramps. We will compare our safety record with any park in America. I am terribly sorry we failed to meet your expectations, but we continue to strive to be the best we can be.
Written June 2, 2021
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Tom
3 contributions
Went on a Tuesday, figured we'd have our best bet to socially distance and enjoy the outdoors, we were right! Got there when the gates opened, all the staff wore masks, and most people tried to socially distance. Only had to speak to two couples, to kindly ask them to respect our personal space, other than that there was enough space to weave and dodge other patrons. We only stayed until about two, when the park really began to fill up, but by then we'd ridden all the rides a few times, and were ready to go. A very nice experience, and socially distancing unstressful, unlike our hotel accommodations :( Atop the sluice there is the most amazing view of the Gulf's emerald waters, a very fine place to unwind and relax!
Written July 2, 2020
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Mama Bear
6 contributions
Family
Nicely landscaped, not crowded, reasonable lines, good food and cocktails, very nice and clean. A little smaller but still stayed for 4 hours. Only one ride made me uncomfortable..the first one as you enter, one where you climb all the way up and ride down on a tube by yourself through a waterfall. Super cool ride but that one is straight up unsafe! The walls of the slide were too sharp from peeling plaster or whatever that is. Chunks were missing too. Crazy. You could easily get pretty messed up on that one. Y’all definitely should close that one down to repair it. The other rides were perfect, clean, and safe! Thanks for a great time!
Written June 16, 2022
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brittmc9
Gulf Shores, AL6 contributions
Family
Purchase tickets at gate. They were little cheaper than online ride lines weren’t terrible. Lazy river was well worth it. Rapids were little rough, but fun. Food overpriced, but was expected.
Written July 19, 2022
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Shipwreck Island Waterpark is open:
  • Sun - Sat 10:30 AM - 5:00 PM