Destination Panama City Visitors Center
Welcome to Destination Panama City! We are the official destination marketing organization of Panama City, Florida. It is also a division of the Panama City Community Development Council, Inc., a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit corporation.
At Destination Panama City, we inspire people to visit our great destination. We work to provide a positive experience for all guests. Our staff is dedicated to providing visitors, meeting and event planners, and group tour operators with all the necessary tools and information to make their visit to our beautiful city a memorable success.
We’re here to help you get the most out of your visit to Panama City. At the Visitors Center, we will provide you with a free visitors guide, free maps of the area, directions, and weekend itineraries to help you plan your trip! In addition, we have free public restrooms.
Stop in and visit us at the Visitors Center, located in the heart of historic Downtown Panama City.
Our Visitor Center’s History
228 Harrison Avenue was once home to The Sherman Arcade. Built in 1934 by Panama City businessman W.C. Sherman, The Sherman Arcade is a two-story masonry vernacular arcade, meaning it was constructed of local materials. Sherman used wood that he salvaged from the German-American Lumber Company to construct The Sherman Arcade, as well as bricks from his dry kiln located in Millville. The German-American Lumber Company made Millville their site of operations in 1906 and was then seized by the United States Government during World War I, who decided to rename the mill The American Lumber Company. The Sherman Arcade is described as having elements of Mission Revival architecture characterized by an enclosed courtyard, long exterior contiguous arches and exterior stucco. The Sherman Arcade was gutted and restored to its original design in 2003. Today, The Sherman Arcade houses Destination Panama City and Millies, a local eatery, on the bottom floors and residential apartments on the second floor. It was added to the United States National Register of Historic Places on September 9, 1998.