The Pensacola Area features culture, outdoor adventure, fine museums, attractions and 52 miles of beaches. Whether you’re an art enthusiast, birdwatcher, golfer, foodie or a shopaholic, you’ll find many things to do in the Pensacola area.
If you’re short on time, here are the top places to see, according to local experts.
#1 Park – Gulf Islands National Seashore
Enjoy the crystal-blue waters and white-powder beaches, marshes and historic sites located along this stretch of 150 miles spanning from Santa Rosa Island to West Ship Island in Mississippi. Visit the barrier islands which feature historic sites including forts and a tree farm begun by John Quincy Adams. Swimming areas are located at Perdido Key, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Fort Pickens. Visitors may also choose to fish from the beach, snorkel, scuba dive and walk on nature trails. Camping fees are $16-30 with electricity. Reservations required. (850-934-2600, 800-365-2267)
#1 Museum – Pensacola Museum of Art
This fine art museum is housed in the former 1908 Pensacola jail building. It has since been renovated to accommodate revolving exhibits and classrooms. With a wide variety of exhibitions that range from early American Paintings to Modern Sculpture, the exhibitions here include many works in a variety of mediums by both famous and lesser known artists. Museum shop on premises. (850-432-6247)
#1 Siteseeing Attraction – Colonial Archaeological Trail
Located within Historic Pensacola Village, the Colonial Archaeological Trail provides access to historically important sites such as the 1775 Officers’ Room/Kitchen, the Commanding Officers’ Compound, the Garrison Kitchen, the remains of the Government House which was demolished in 1821, and a 1700’s well.