If you’re traveling with young kids in tow, you cannot bypass the Sea Dragon Pirate Cruise in Panama City Beach, FL, located behind the Boatyard restaurant by the Lighthouse Marina.
Take a ride on a real 85-foot pirate ship equipped with canon and pirate flags!
Captain “Fearless” Phil and his terrific pirate crew make sure that there is never a dull moment during this two-hour cruise. The kids will be busy and entranced the entire time. Your faithful pirate captain is there to direct the ship and make sure everyone is doing their job. He also plays lively pirate music to encourage everyone to play their roles and dance to the tunes.
After all the kids are supplied with water guns for a fun wet time, the boys get to be deck hands as they mop or ‘swab the deck.’ The girls will take their time getting their faces painted and wearing pirate hats. Then it’s time to get serious about this swashbuckling adventure full of sword fights and pirate games. As things begin to get really exciting, the cannons are ignited and a sunken treasure is retrieved from the ocean depths with treasure for all the kids. All of the plundering young pirates will receive some type of sea roving treasure with their adventure on the Sea Dragon Pirate Cruise in Panama City Beach, Florida.
The Sea Dragon is great for most kids from the age of 2 or 3 up to about 9-13. The upper ages just depends on the individual and if they’re willing to still let loose and be a kid. Take care and have an adult guide the younger ones through all the activities, especially the dungeon, just so they don’t get pushed around in all the excitement.
Prices for this amusing two-hour cruise are very reasonable for the quality and entertainment value. Compared to other tourist attractions, most families feel that the Sea Dragon offers a great deal for the money. Remember to check the website for printable coupons for discounts on these listed prices. An example would be $2.00 off adult tickets for trips before 4 pm. If you choose to take the sunset cruise, add an additional $2.00 per ticket. In addition to the spectacular view while roaming over the ocean as the sun goes down, the trip at sunset is usually a little longer and definitely cooler.
Adults and kids will all enjoy the view along the entire tour. Once the captain and his crew take the kids below deck for fun and games, parents of the more independent kids will have the most part of the two hours to enjoy themselves. There are plenty of places for the adults to sit and enjoy a cool drink while the kids play. The snack bar is stocked with sodas, bottled water, pink lemonade, “Dragon tail” hot dogs and other snacks. There’s also plenty of cold beer, margaritas, wine and rum punch. Be prepared for the kids to ask for one of the many souvenirs that are sold.
Hats and sunscreens are a must for this cruise with tons of bright exposure to the outdoors on the water. Don’t forget that things do get a bit wet while the kids play with the squirt guns, so a towel and an extra shirt would come in handy for them.
Reservations for the Sea Dragon Pirate Cruise are very highly recommended. You’ll probably need to give them 2-5 days advance notice since this is a very popular and much enjoyed excursion. They close for the season during the last week of October and reopen for the new season in very early March. Always check their website calendar for exact dates and for scheduled cruise times. If you’re going to be in Panama City Beach for a special birthday or group event, private charters aboard the Sea Dragon are available.
This Pirate Cruise is one of those rare opportunities to entertain a broad rage of ages. It’s fantastic for the little ones, and the older preteens will find most parts of the trip to be loads of fun for them as well. They’ll talk about this one for months to come.
Panama City Beach, FL 32408
Reviewed March 13, 2010 / Stars
“The Sea Dragon Pirate Cruise in Panama City Beach, FL offers an exciting pirate adventure for the entire family aboard a pirate ship that sets sail into the waters around Panama City Beach.”
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