The Pensacola area has so much to offer that you could spend months exploring it all. The beaches are beautiful year round so you can get a tan during the warmer months or enjoy the cool breeze as you collect seashells in the winter.
Pensacola has some of the best site seeing in all of the country.
- The Naval Aviation Museum
- Historic Pensacola
- Fort Pickens
Gulf Coast Beaches
Pensacola is home to one of the most beautiful beaches in the entire United States. With its Beautiful white sands and calm local atmosphere, you will wish you could call it home every day. Throughout the year there are plenty of festivals held on Pensacola beach such as the Crawfish Festival and several Blue Angels air shows. There is also a weekly Bands on the Beach event where local bands come to play which gives Pensacola Beach the right at home feeling. Both Pensacola Beach and Navarre Beach are less than 20 miles away!
The Naval Aviation Museum
The Naval Aviation Museum is the world’s largest Naval Aviation museum and one of the most-visited museums in the state of Florida. Share the excitement of Naval Aviation’s rich history and see more than 150 beautifully restored aircraft representing Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Aviation. These historic and one-of-a-kind aircraft are displayed both inside the Museum’s nearly 350,000 square feet of exhibit space and outside on its 37-acre grounds.
Pensacola is the site of one of the first European settlements in the New World. Led by Conquistador Don Tristán de Luna y Arellano, the expedition landed on our pristine shores in 1559
The fort was completed in 1834 and remained in use until 1947.
Pensacola has some of the greatest activities that will keep you coming back and never wanting to leave!
- Deep Sea Fishing Charters
- Canoeing, Kayaking & River Rafting
- Scuba Diving (The USS Oriskany)
- Large Flea Market
- Malls and Several Shopping Centers, Restaurants and Fast Food
- Cinema Multiplexes
Scuba Diving (The USS Oriskany)
Originally rushed to construction as part of the war effort, the USS Oriskany was designed as an Essex-class aircraft carrier. When World War II ended, construction was slowed, and then suspended in 1947 for redesign which was finished in 1950. The USS Oriskany is the largest ship intentionally sunk as an artificial reef
Large Flea Markets
Pensacola has some of the best local shopping in the world. It offers multiple markets from which you can find locally made products to bring home the charm and beauty of Pensacola.
Pensacola has some of the most beautiful naturally formed areas in the world including –
- Beautiful Gulf Coast Beaches
- Naval Live Oaks National Park
BlackWater Heritage State Trail
Blackwater Heritage State Trail, the westernmost state rail-trail, winds through the historic town of Milton and extends eight miles north to join the U.S. Navy’s 1.5-mile Military Heritage Trail, which ends at the Naval Air Station Whiting Field. The more than nine miles of paved trail offer an enjoyable trip through a quaint North Florida town and out into the countryside where wooden bridges cross several creeks and native wildflowers dot the landscape.
Designated as a National Recreation Trail® and part of Florida’s State Greenways and Trails System, this paved trail is the perfect venue for biking, running, walking and skating, along with picnicking and bird watching activities. An unpaved equestrian trail parallels the paved trail. Equestrians may use the paved trail or unpaved shoulder at their discretion; bridges are shared by all trail users. Equestrian use is prohibited on the Military Heritage Trail.
The main trailhead is located near the intersection of State Road 87 and U.S. Highway 90 in Milton. A visitor center, located approximately one mile from the trailhead, offers parking, restrooms, picnic tables, barbeque grills, an amphitheater, and a playground.
Blackwater Heritage State Trail – 8.1 miles, paved, (equestrian unpaved).
North of the city, the University of West Florida offers woodland and wetland trails, including the Edward Ball Nature Trail, which includes a half-mile of boardwalk on Thompson Bayou, a beautiful hardwoods swamp. Just off the boardwalk lies a web of bike paths. The campus also offers more than 20 hidden-treasure “geocaching” sites.
Naval Live Oaks National Park
The Naval Live Oaks offers visitors a variety of recreational opportunities including fishing, hiking, and picnicking. It offers miles of nature trails for you to explore and enjoy its wondrous beauty. The Naval Live Oaks is located on a shorelines, so if you are looking for areas near water for a wonderful view or areas that are complete forest for that exploration feeling, the Naval Live Oaks Parks in Pensacola will draw you in.