Pack your bags, we’re on a road trip to Long Beach Resort in Panama City, Florida from San Antonio, Texas! The 13 hour drive can be done in one day, granted you leave early enough, but some relaxed travelers may want to take two days to make the trip. Long Beach Resort in Panama City is perfect for families, friends, or couples looking for a romantic beach retreat. Thankfully I was able to find a chiropractor in San Antonio that could help me with some lower back pain before I started on this journey… While some may want to stop frequently along the way to stretch or restock on snacks, most will inevitably be interested in seeking out some pit stops to tourist attractions, or a great restaurant that won’t keep them off the road for too long. So get in the car, and let’s hit the road to Long Beach Resort in Panama City.
What to Do
The Beer Can House
Right now you’re wondering why a house made of beer cans is on a list of things to do during your roadtrip, but guests to this house say it’s a must-see tourist attraction. Tours are offered Wednesday-Sunday from 10-2, but if you get there before or after, the home itself is worthy of a few selfie shots. Residents of Houston bring out of town guests to visit the house, and most would say it’s an iconic landmark. Plus, when’s the next time you’ll see a home completely adorned with beer cans?
Battleship Texas State Historic Site
La Porte, Texas
For a bit more history, the Battleship Historic Site isn’t to be missed. The Battleship Texas was used in both world wars, and while a tour of the ship is 12 dollars, the site itself is free. If you’ve packed some lunch, picnic tables are open nearby and a gift shop sells snacks on weekends. Spend a few hours, or just less than an hour in awe of the sheer size of the Battleship Texas, before packing up and heading back on the highway.
UCM Museum/Abita Mystery House
This quirky roadside attraction has been featured on TV shows for years, and for good reason. For 3 dollars admission, visitors can find artwork made from found objects, miniature southern towns, animated displays, and lots of other funky art pieces. The owners ask that you bring along your sense of humor, and stay as long as you like, since there’s always something new to discover.
Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum
With 177 steps to the top of the lighthouse, this attraction will really put your legs to work, but visitors say the view from the top makes the workout worth it. For 4 dollars admission the lighthouse is open daily, and once you reach the bottom the gift shop offers cold bottled water and interesting souvenirs. The gift shop is also part of the museum, where visitors can learn more about the lighthouse and surrounding naval base. Be aware though, the lighthouse sits on the naval base, so all visitors must pass through a security checkpoint, so make sure all adults have photo identification, and up to date paperwork for the vehicle.
Where to Eat
The Crawfish Hole
For some home cooked crawfish in a family-friendly atmosphere, the Crawfish Hole gets high marks from diners on the road. Offering dine-in and drive-thru options, this popular dining spot is open after 5pm on weekdays, and all day Saturday.
Cafe Des Amis
Breaux Bridge, Louisiana
For a more upscale dining experience that you won’t soon forget, Cafe Des Amis is the stop to make. Cajun dishes, alongside more casual cuisine such as po boy sandwiches, make up the menu, which also offers separate dishes just for kids. Open Tuesday through Sunday, the Cafe Des Amis will revive any tired traveller.
The Grind Coffee and Nosh
Ready for some great coffee to keep you going on the drive? The Grind delivers simple sandwiches for lunch and breakfast, and divine coffee drinks. Whether dining in, or going through the drive thru, your coffee and pastry needs will definitely be fulfilled. Plus, you’ll get back some energy as you drive the last leg of your trip to Long Beach Resort in Panama City.