Things to do in Pensacola

Top Things to Do in Pensacola

Things to Do in Pensacola

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  • clpayne
    Missouri City, TX1,426 contributions
    Some of the park still closed due to Hurricane damage. Most of the Sand Trail is still open with a small section closed. We were able to hike approx 4 miles. A good portion of the trail is sand. Some of the trail along the water so a pretty view.

    Nice paved road and quiet for bike riding, but probably not a long distance of riding to be had overall.

    They offer a Junior Ranger program for kids. Be sure to ask about this in the Florida state parks (and other states as well). Kids can earn badges, pins and patches. Our dog participates and he earned his Junior Ranger pin today. :)

    $6/car admission

    Tarklin State Park is 3 miles away. Can easily do both parks in the same day. End the day with a 6'ish mile drive to Perdido Key for dinner at the "famous" Florabama. This was our agenda for a day during our week visit to Pensacola Beach. Made for a great day trip approx 45 min from PB!
    Written 9 February 2022
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  • Kathy Z
    Reynoldsburg, OH127 contributions
    They have limited tours available so be safe and make early reservations. Volunteers are very knowledgeable and enjoyed interacting with the guests. 177 steps to the top and the view was great. We even got to see a Navy trainer fly by when we were at the top.
    Written 7 May 2022
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  • rmurphree1953
    Gulf Shores, AL29 contributions
    Great place to watch future MLB stars! Reasonably priced tickets, food, drinks and nice and clean. Very well-manicured field.
    Written 19 July 2022
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  • GracedGirls
    Pike Road, AL240 contributions
    Johnson Beach is a great place to get away from the crowds. It is a national park, so admission is required. If you are military or a veteran, that fee is waived. They also limit the amount of people who can enter; this helps with crowding. It's the only beach I frequent.
    Written 27 June 2022
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  • rmurphree1953
    Gulf Shores, AL29 contributions
    Since the Blue Angel practices are closed to the general public (only military active, and retirees allowed on the base) we decided to try a different vantage point. We took the Pensacola Bay City Ferry Boat. Great choice and price. Parking was easy at the dock; boat ride was comfortable and beautiful. Food and drinks (adult beverages too) were reasonably priced. We arrived at 9:15, boarded the boat at 9:45 and departed out at 10:00. The boat ride out to the viewing area (at the Light house that is at the end of the runway) was 20 to 30 minutes. We had great views of the Blues as the crisscrossed overhead for the entire practice and returned back as scheduled at 12:00. Friendly crew and clean bathrooms on board.
    Great day and will do it again!!
    Written 19 July 2022
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  • Susan N
    Lewes, DE5 contributions
    The fort is a well-curated restored historic site. The visitor's center was closed when we were there, but the brochure and historic markers filled in the information.
    Written 31 March 2022
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  • Chris U
    Greenville, SC2 contributions
    Super fun stop, great host and amazing birds. Great for all ages. Best bang for the money we got our whole vacation week. Most importantly do not put your fingers in the cage!
    Written 24 July 2022
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  • journalmytrips
    Georgia620 contributions
    We will often visit museums when we travel and we like the living history museums. This one is a small example. There were a few people dressed in costumes of the period but during our visit they were conducting school field trips. That does happen in May.

    We found parking about a city block from the Tivoli House where we purchased our admissions. Our next stop was the Museum of Commerce which features shops from the early 20th century and several carriages. Across the street you find the Museum of Industry with a history of the various industries around Pensacola…fishing, railroads, forestry and sawmills. The History Museum is located a couple of blocks away. This building has exhibits on three floors and was the only one where we showed our admission slip. Be sure to visit the Trader Jon on the second floor.

    We did not have enough time to visit the houses that from the outside are nicely restored. However, admissions are good for several days if you plan to stay in the area.
    Written 20 May 2022
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  • Marina M
    Miami, FL211 contributions
    Cute historic area. Paid parking lots and street parking. Lots of walkable restaurant and bar options.
    Written 18 July 2022
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  • ruinslover
    Denver, CO96 contributions
    This is my favorite area of the panhandle. The beaches are lovely, the atmosphere is mostly peaceful, but gets busier on the weekends.
    Written 21 April 2021
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  • je3709
    Cloverdale, IN2 contributions
    Beautiful Beach and very informative staff. I took my children here to enjoy a day by the ocean and I loved how quiet and peaceful the area was. The ranger on staff, Robin, had great insight into the local wildlife and different plant/sea life in the area. My kids especially liked hearing about the Sea Turtle preservation that was going on the different types of shore birds. They got to enjoy a mini science lesson and I got to enjoy a day on a beautiful, CLEAN, unspoiled stretch of beach. Worth the trip. Plus, Loved the fact that it was ONLY $3 to park, which is a steal compared to what you have to pay to park at nearby Orange Beach/Gulf Shores.
    Written 8 July 2022
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  • jas0719
    Tuscaloosa, AL790 contributions
    We went to the beach our first day in Pensacola. So easy to find a parking space and the beach-going atmosphere is top-notched! Everyone is so friendly!!
    Written 10 July 2021
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  • F4981JCmichaels
    Vancouver, WA1,891 contributions
    How often is graffiti encouraged? Well, here it is, on a railroad bridge, with ever-changing work. In fact, some ladies were adding to it when we were there.
    If odd things in America are an attraction to you, this is a fun place to see. It's on 17th Avenue off Bayfront Parkway. If construction is still in progress, then head up 14th Avenue to Wright Street, and turn south on 17th, like we did. There is parking just south of the bridge, on the east side.
    Either way, it's a funky respite from the norm.
    Written 24 August 2021
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  • sailingchic1031
    Gulf Breeze, FL40 contributions
    This park provides a serene place to honor and recognize those that have paid the price for others. It has been well thought out and is nicely maintained.
    Written 9 May 2022
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  • clpayne
    Missouri City, TX1,426 contributions
    $3 entry fee/pay on your honor system.

    2 trails: 1 is paved/boardwalk to the water. Approx 1.5 miles round trip.

    2nd trail is a 7'ish mile loop, but we were unable to complete the loop due to high waters and mud. Some areas we were able to get around it, but finally came to what we considered a dead end with no passible option other than to trek through it. :)

    Was able to get approx 3 -4 miles total.

    Restroom and picnic table at park entrance.

    Big Lagoon State Park is 3 miles down the road. 3-4 miles of hiking on mostly sand trails in that park. Completely different environment. Well worth visiting both parks to experience the difference and can easily do both parks in the same day.

    End your day with another 6-7 mile drive to Perdido Key and have dinner/watch the sunset at the "famous" Florabama. We were spending the week in Pensacola Beach and made a day trip (approx 45 min) encompassing both parks and Florabama. Perfect day trip option!

    Big Lagoon State Park offers the Junior Ranger program for kids. Be sure to ask about it. Kids complete activities at different state parks to earn badges, pins and patches. Our dog participates and earned his patch and pin this week too! Tarklin Bark does not have a Park Ranger, but if you visit Big Lagoon Park their Ranger has the stamp for the kids Junior Ranger Passport book.

    Park is dog friendly.....on leash of course.
    Written 9 February 2022
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