Miles of Beaches
With 52 miles of clean sandy “heaven between your toes” beaches, Pensacola is a beachcomber’s paradise, and offers year-round fun along and in the water. While you may be in town for Mardi Gras, this is a major coastal city filled with outdoor waterside attractions that will keep you occupied when you aren’t chasing beads, or during a visit at any other time of year.
Gulf Islands National Seashore
The fourteen fortifications (Fort Pickens, Fort Barrancas, Advanced Redoubt, Fort Massachusetts, Fort McRee, and nine batteries) that comprise Gulf Islands National Seashore and their century and a half of service speak to the value of Pensacola Bay as a naval base and shipping port. Touring these facilities today lends a sense of history and perspective to any Pensacola visit.
Exit 12 to I-110 or Exit 22 to the Garcon Point Bridge to US Highway 98.
Built in the 1820s, this historic structure is closely tied to the turbulent life of Pensacola, whichis known as the “City of Five Flags” because it has been ruled by five nations.
National Naval Aviation Museum
Located on the Pensacola Naval Air Station grounds, this fascinating museum offers a detailed look at the history and purpose of Naval Aviation. For vintage aircraft junkies, the pieces on display are both unusual and extremely well cared for.
1750 Radford Blvd., NAS Pensacola; 850-452-3604 (or 3606)
Pensacola Museum of Art
With both a permanent collection and a rotating exhibit space this museum offers works of art in a wide variety of formats, time periods, and influences.
407 S. Jefferson Street; 850-432-6247
Historic Pensacola Village
Comprised of 27 historic properties (11 of which are open to the public), this museum is a goldmine of American, Gulf Coast, and Florida history. The village’s T.T. Wentworth Jr. Florida State Museum houses two floors of permanent and touring exhibits, and the Discovery Gallery (a hands-on children’s exhibit is on the third floor). This museum also houses the remains of a 16th century shipwreck.
205 E. Zaragoza St.; 850-595-5840
The U.S. Navy’s precision flight demonstration squadron is based out of Pensacola Naval Air Station. Check their website for practice schedules and performance dates. If they are in town during your stay in Pensacola, it’s worth making time to see them. It’s an experience you’ll never forget.
Canoeing, Fishing & Diving
The Gulf Coast in general, and the areas around Pensacola in particular, are a great place to get out on, and in, the water. Pensacola offers lots of places to go canoeing, kayaking, or small boat sailing. Dive operators and fishing charter boats are available for hire, and can lead visitors to the best places to jump in with both feet or cast a line for game fish.
Pensacola Feature Stories
Civil War Pensacola- Beach bluff battlements and the Civil War's real first battle.