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10 Free Things to Do in Pensacola, Florida

by Mary Melnick

Apr 27, 2021

Pensacola, Florida. Photo: George Dodd | Dreamstime.com

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Head to Pensacola, Floridafor 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.


Water Activities

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.


Delicious Dining

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

If the heat is too much for your group, there are plenty of indoor activities and options. Head to Skyzoneto jump around and burn off some energy or test your bowling skills at DeLuna Lanes.


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