Head to Pensacola, Florida, for the ultimate family vacation. Here is a list of the top 10 things to do while visiting.
Enjoy the Beach
With Pensacola on the coast of Florida, going to the beach is the No. 1 thing to do when visiting. The beaches offer free, fun entertainment and relaxation for all. The emerald green water is perfect for catching some waves or, if that’s not your thing, hang out on shore and build a sand castle or catch some rays.
Spend the day at sea and engage in water sports and activities. Pensacola offers plenty of opportunities for travelers to get out on the water. Whether you are looking for a dolphin-watching tour, jet skis or paddle boards, there is something for you.
Amusement Fun and Attractions
Pensacola is home to a wide variety of different attractions perfect for families, date nights and girls’ night out. Spend the night mini-golfing, explore Adventures Unlimited Outdoor Center, and crash into each other on bumper boats.
Gulf Islands National Seashore
If you want to explore a bit of history, head to Fort Pickens to tour the remains of the Civil War fort or enjoy the secluded beach with unspoiled scenery. If you are interested in collecting seashells, this is the place for you — with plenty of unique shells, you won’t be disappointed.
Explore the Zoo
About 20 miles east of Pensacola Beach is Gulf Breeze Zoo. Spend the day exploring the zoo and learn about the different species, animals and more. Make sure to take a train ride around the park that provides a great view of hippos, gorillas and other animals.
Visit the Naval Air Station Pensacola
One of the most popular attractions in the area is the Naval Air Station Pensacola and The National Naval Aviation. Explore more than 150 restored aircraft from the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.
Step Back in Time at Historic Pensacola
The early years and settlement of Pensacola come to life within the preserved homes, Old Christ Church and other buildings at Historic Pensacola. See artifacts, photographs and hear stories about the city’s origins.
Explore Local Parks and Trails
Explore the great outdoors during your trip to Pensacola and visit local parks and trails. They offer a place for travelers to hike, bike, take a canoe or paddleboard out to observe local wildlife.
Pensacola has plenty of dining options for everyone in your group — some accommodations offer outdoor games, activities and even playgrounds for kids. Some of the most popular are Red Fish Blue Fish, Papa’s Pizza and Flounder’s Chowder House.
Beat the Heat
After driving through the arts and entertainment district of Delray Beach, I was expecting the lively and vibrant energy to follow me to my doorstep at Crane’s Beach House that evening. I was pleasantly surprised when the spirited rumble of a night downtown halted right at the front gate. As I walked the pathway to the front office for check-in, I was welcomed by a quiet rustle of the greenery and flowers that guided my walk, strung with lights and colorful, tropical décor. At check-in I was provided with a complimentary parking pass; although I would only be there for one night, I much appreciated this unexpected perk. I received my room information, including a pass code that would open my door. Keyless entry was a nice touch.
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