6 New Things in Pier Park this Summer

by June 12, 2009 • 6 comments

061209_bigtoptreats

1 – Big Top Treats

Nestled on the festival grounds of Pier Park in Panama City Beach, two local Realtors are opening a Seaside-esque Airstream (silver bullet) snack shack coming fully stocked with everything you need to keep you cool in the summer sun.  With everything from packaged ice creams to sodas to funnel fries and pretzels, Big Top Treats is sure to keep you feeling super cool.  Expansion is already in the plans for the future of this new addition with it to morph into a full restaurant sometime in the next year.

061209_carousel

2 – The Miracle Strip Carousel

Resurrected from the Original Miracle Strip Amusement Park, Teddy and Jenny Meeks brought an old memory factory back to life and put it center stage in Panama City Beach’s most popular place to hang, Pier Park.  An original 1960’s Herschel Carousel, this ride was built to last.  Swarms of people have literally come out of the wood-work to relive memories and create new ones with friends and family alike.  Rides are $3 or you can get an all day pass for $5.

061209_snowcones

3 – Hawaiian Snow Cones

With three locations, you can’t miss the opportunity to savor some super sweet flavored crushed ice.  Notoriously overpriced, these syrup drenched cones are always worth it, and if you’re a parent, you know how much your kids just have to have one.  Located across from Tootsies, close to the Starbucks and Henna tattoo place, and across from Old Navy, you can’t miss their cute little carts.

061209_italian_ice

4 – Repiccis Italian Ice

What’s the difference between Italian Ice and Snow Cones you say?  Well, actually not much.  However, Italian Ice tends to be “shaved”, whereas Snow Cones are more ground to a snow-like texture.  And, the typical flavors tend to vary.  Situated in front of and ran by Popcorn Kingdom, this Italian ice stand offers fruit flavors from mango to orange to lemon and is sure to quench your thirst in our crazy humid and hot weather.

061209_shack

5 – Tropical Beach Knick-Knack Shack

Ok, so I made up the name, but the place is for real.  Located right in front of As Seen on TV and Blender, Roger and his wife sell all sorts of hand-made-by-them knick knacks that would feel perfectly at home in your garden or around your home.  With tons of really cute stuff from palm tree signs that rest upon wood “posts” to Tiki Signs, if you are looking for some cute beachy stuff, this is the place to go.

061209_turtles

6 – Little Tiny Turtles and Hermit Crabs

If you are here on vacation looking for that perfect pet, pick yourself up a tiny little turtle or a hermit crab.  These little guys are so cute, and come with their own little habitat for $27.  I personally wish these guys were in their natural environment instead of available for purchase, but if you promise to be very nice, you can go buy one.

Print Story

Related Stories

Additional New Opening Stories

More Ways to Connect with Us

Leave a Comment

{

5 Comments

}

1 Concerned Mom June 12, 2009 at 11:23 am

Be careful with those little turtles. These little wonders are notorious carriers of Salmonella. My young son and I both got sick from one of these little critters! Box turtles, and many other reptiles, can carry salmonella bacteria which can make humans, especially young children, the elderly, and persons with compromised immune systems, very sick. Every one who handles the animal must wash their hands with anti-bacterial soap afterwards. When cleaning the enclosure, do not use the kitchen sink, and do not allow items like food dishes or cage furniture in areas of food preparation.

Reply

2 Bernard June 16, 2009 at 9:40 am

In response to the turtles causing Salmonella.

All reptiles carry deseases, some are even poisonous.

That is the reason we buy them and place them in a Glass tank or aquarium. They are not meant to be handled as puppies and Kittens, which by the way can also cause deseases with their bites or scratches.
To make a story short. Handle and treat pets as they are meant to be handled or treated.

Reply

3 Kelly August 20, 2010 at 1:50 pm

Does anyone know where the shop Tropical Beach Knick-Knack Shack is now. I was at Pier Park over the summer 2010, and it was not there. I would love to have a sign made.

Reply

4 LINDSAY August 23, 2011 at 6:59 am

I’m just wondering what kinda turtle is the tiny little turtle from Panama City Beach?

Reply

5 Samantha July 8, 2014 at 7:27 pm

What kind of turtle is the tiny turtle

Reply