Pensacola has a lot to offer!
Visitors will find some of the most beautiful beaches in the world in the Pensacola Area, including Pensacola Beach and Perdido Key. The gorgeous warm waters of the gulf of Mexico provide the perfect place for your Florida vacation. Our Gulf Islands National Seashore is the longest tract of protected seashore in America. Our beaches are great for finding seashells, fishing, scuba, surfing or just kicking back.
The National Naval Aviation Museum is a must see for visitors. Museum includes historic artifacts from early aircraft, cold war era, sunken treasures, WWII, NC-4, and the USS Cabot flight deck. These exibits are all very well presented. Museum also includes Imax theatre, Library, Cubi Bar and Cafe, and Flight Deck store. Please plan a whole day to see it all.
Built in the early 1800s to defend Pensacola Bay and its navy yard, Fort Pickens is the largest fort in Northwest Florida and is one of only four forts in the South never occupied by Confederate forces during the Civil War.
Named in honor of Major General Andrew Pickens, the fort was built in the age of wooden warships firing round cannon balls. During the 1890s through the 1940s, ten concrete gun batteries were added due to advances in weapon technology and armored ships.
Abandoned by the Army by the end of World War II, the fort became part of the Florida State Parks until 1971 when the Gulf Islands National Seashore was created. After extensive repairs, Fort Pickens reopened to the public in 1976.