Gran Maze at Coconut Creek – Panama City Beach, Florida


When my husband and I were still dating, he took me to Panama City to see his stomping grounds.  One of the things that I remember most about that trip was running through the Gran Maze at Coconut Creek Family Fun Center like teenagers…heck…we were barely in our twenties at this point!  Now that our kids are old enough to enjoy exploring the maze, we took them out there during our Easter visit. 


A little fun fact about Big and Little S — they love mazes.  They can complete a maze quicker than you would imagine, like a little mouse sniffing out the cheese at the end of the maze!  We have been to several corn mazes and ran around for hours.  They are ecstatic when we go on a road trip and I bring out a new maze book and when we go to out to eat they are hugely disappointed if the children’s menu doesn’t have a maze on it.  We knew they would love this and it did not disappoint! 

The Gran Maze at Coconut Creek is about the size of a football field.  They change the maze around on a regular basis so even if you go often, it is different! 


The object is to enter the maze at the starting point and then work your way to four different stations, punch your card and then find your way out of the maze. 


The quickest completion time on the board was either 9 or 15 minutes (I am sorry…I can’t remember!).  We completed it in 54 minutes.  We did pretty well but got stuck in one section and seemed to be going around in circles.  And circles.  And more circles.  Eventually we found our way to the next station but only after Daddy S did some reconnoitering. 


Throughout the maze are these funny little signs that also help to tell you if you are still going in circles!



At the very end, Little S gave up.  Luckily all around the outside walls of the maze, you will find doors so we made our escape through there and headed up to the observation tower to watch Big S, dad and grandpa finish the maze.


I believe the maze is open at night as well making it a little bit more difficult and spooky.  We liked the fact that the maze walls do not go all the way to the ground making it less claustrophobic than a corn maze.  At Gran Maze, children under 6 play free so this was ideal for us.  We got to explore a Panama City attraction and only purchase adult tickets.  I advise you to have water, sunglasses and a hat with you if you are completing the maze.  It gets HOT in there.  We were there the first weekend in April and by the time we were finished we were all sweating!  I can’t imagine what it is like in July or August. 

This post is part of DeliciousBaby’s Photo Friday.  Be sure to stop by and see where everyone is traveling.

Panama City Beach Family Vacation


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    How fun! My little explorers enjoyed their first maze recently on our trip to Hawaii. The Dole Plantation on Oahu has a beautiful garden maze that’s actually been awarded the title “World’s Largest Maze” by Guinness. Thank God for the challenge of finding the eight stations, as it kept everyone motivated to keep going. Boy were they tired when we finally finished!

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    How cool!! We only go to the corn maze during Fall. It would be fun to have something like this that we can visit all year round. 🙂

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    That DOES look fun:) I have to admit that I would probably get stuck in there going in circles. I have a terrible sense of direction!

    The only time I’ve been to Panama City is for spring break in college. A little different than my vacations these days. Yeeks!

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    I’ve never seen a maze like this around here, although we also have a lot of corn mazes around town in the fall. Looks like fun!

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    Hi, I found you thru Mandy’s blog. We used to go to PCB every year camping. I know! Camping on the beach! Back in 1987 it was perfectly normal, but the campground got sold so we didn’t go back for a while. Then me and some girlfriends went back in 1993 after High School. WOW! It’s amazing how much one place can remain the same and yet change. I remember doing the maze…it took us forever to get out of it!!! But so much fun and great memories!

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    This looks like so much fun. I love the funny signs and the “out” if the kids get frustrated. If you are ever here in Carlsbad we have sweet pea maze that’s lots of fun.

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    My kids could do mazes all day long. They just love them.

    Did you get my email about a guest post on Trekaroo? I never heard from you. 🙂