Walk the beach before breakfast, hit the surf until noon, visit some museums, eat dinner and catch a band. There’s always a full day of fun in Pensacola! For a full schedule of local events, festivals and activities, go to www.visitpensacola.com or check out some of these local favorites:
Pensacola Beach has an old Florida feel with miles of pristine sugar white sand and emerald waves, local hang-outs, first-rate fishing and historic Fort Pickens. Pensacola Beach has been named among the nation’s top 10 beaches by TripAdvisor. Portofino Boardwalk features open-air bars and restaurants, shops, piers and shallow water for kids along Santa Rosa Sound. Visitors can visit Gulf Islands National Seashore, the nation’s longest stretch of protected seashore, on both sides of Pensacola Beach, making it an ideal spot for biking, snorkeling or kayaking.
Just a short drive from the beach is historic downtown Pensacola, where you’ll find museums, art galleries, shopping, and some of Florida’s top dining destinations and entertainment venues.
Saenger Theater — Pensacola’s newly renovated, historic Saenger Theater provides an intimate venue for nationally known live acts and classic movies. Joe Satriani takes the stage Sept. 14.
Vinyl Music Hall — From classic punk to up-and-coming alternative, reggae, rock, blues, and everything in between, Vinyl always has something on the schedule that will appeal to almost everyone.
T.T. Wentworth, Jr. Florida State Museum — Originally built in the early 1900s as City Hall, the Spanish Revival-style building now houses a treasure trove of historic and quirky artifacts from West Florida's rich heritage. Admission is free. It’s a part of Historic Pensacola Village, which includes 27 properties in the Pensacola National Register Historic District, 11 of which are open to the public. Tours available.
Pensacola Museum of Art — Housed in the former Pensacola City Jail, the Pensacola Museum of Art brings both historic and modern internationally known exhibitions to Pensacola’s downtown.
National Naval Aviation Museum — The world's largest Naval Aviation museum and one of the most-visited museums in the state of Florida. Located on Pensacola Naval Air Station, the 300,000-square-foot museum and its IMAX Theater draw visitors from around the world. Follow history from the earliest planes to lunar modules to the latest in aviation technology. Admission to the museum is free.
Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum — Climb 177 steps up the historic Pensacola Lighthouse for one of the most beautiful views on the Gulf Coast. The top of the tower offers stunning views of Pensacola Pass (where Pensacola Bay meets the Gulf of Mexico), three forts, the Pensacola skyline and the historic Navy Yard. The fully restored Keepers' Quarters, built in 1869, is home to a museum and a gift shop.
Also nearby is Historic Fort Barrancas. This fort was constructed between 1839-1844 to protect the Pensacola Navy Yard. It is now part of the National Park Service and is open for tours.