Hey, guys! If you have ever visited Panama City Beach, Florida, you have probably seen a crazy, cool, upside-down building called Wonderworks.
Wonderworks is located in the heart of Panama City Beach right across the street from Ripley’s Believe It or Not. Even Ripley’s Believe It or Not is in a building shaped like a sinking ship.
It’s definitely hard to miss both Wonderworks and Ripley’s Believe It or Not if you are wandering around the area. From the outside, Wonderworks appears to be a typical tourist trap. In many ways it is, but many locals would agree they have enjoyed a visit. It’s hard to tell what sort of attraction is hiding on the inside based on the outside appearance. However, you know it has to be pretty cool if the whole building looks like a massive, white, upside down building!
Wonderworks is filled with more than 10 hands-on attractions and science experiments. Here is the backstory of Wonderworks:
“This once top-secret laboratory was located in the Bermuda triangle. An experiment gone awry lifted the laboratory carrying it to Front Beach Road in Panama City Beach where it landed upside down. Luckily all of the exhibits remained intact and available for guests to explore.”
After walking through a tunnel that makes you feel like the room is spinning, you land into the “Natural Disasters” zone where you can feel the force of a category 4 hurricane, feel the temperature of the water the night the Titanic sank, and touch electricity through chainmail gloves.
After leaving the “Natural Disasters” zone, you will encounter 5 more zones throughout the building: Physical Challenge Zone, Space Discovery, Light & Sound Zone, Imagination Lab, and Far Out Art Gallery. Each zone is filled with all sorts of fun interactive games and experiments. One of my favorite stops in Wonderworks is the Bubble Lab.
Wonderworks truly has it all! You can find everything from astronaut training, landing a space shuttle, to laying on a bed of nails. Check out the pictures of just a few of the hands-on interactions you can expect.
My favorite Wonderworks attraction is the ropes course. I love this course even though I am afraid of heights. This indoor ropes course is glow-in-the-dark and has over 20 obstacles to conquer. The peak of the ropes course is 3 stories high.
The last attraction is laser tag. The arena where you play is a pretty decent size. My only complaint was that my laser gun didn’t work. Hopefully, Wonderworks will replace the broken equipment in the future!
This is the second time my husband and I have been to Wonderworks and we have thoroughly enjoyed both visits! Although many may think Wonderworks is only for children, I highly disagree. My husband and I don’t have any children and we love Wonderworks! If you are in the area, I would highly recommend taking a break from the beaches and spending a few hours at Wonderworks. It’s also the perfect getaway for a rainy day! You won’t regret it! If you missed my other posts about the Florida Panhandle, check out Part 1 here!