A 16-mile-long barrier island linked to Florida at one end, and Alabama at the other – offers plenty of outdoor fun while maintaining the slow pace and feel of the “old Florida” that has faded from much of the Sunshine State.
The Pensacola Bay Area is an angler’s paradise with the Gulf of Mexico, three bays and a river that’s home to Florida’s most diverse freshwater fish population. With 343 days of sunshine and mild annual temperatures there’s rarely a bad day to cast a line.
Check out the Blue Angels practice at Sherman Field on Pensacola Naval Air Station on most Tuesdays and Wednesdays from March through November.
The rare wonder of watching dozens of baby sea turtles emerge from their nest and make their way to the shore is truly one of the most magical things you’ll ever see, and it’s all about timing.
Walk under the canopy of crepe myrtle trees that line Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza in Downtown Pensacola on any given Saturday morning and you’ll find dozens of local farm, food and art vendors and cheerful shoppers at the weekly Palafox Market.
Snorkel in our emerald waters right off the beach or dive in to explore the world’s largest artificial reef, the USS Oriskany. Water temperatures from the mid 80s in summer to the mid 60s in winter, when visibility is generally at its best, allow for year-round diving.
Tourists who’ve traveled to Pensacola Beach to experience its natural beauty and the creatures that inhabit it now have even more to discover when they take advantage of the Footprints in the Sand Eco-Trail.
A sunset walk on an isolated beach is a thrill for many. Others require a little more adrenaline. Whether you have no fear of heights or a need for speed, Pensacola offers action-packed options that take the relaxing right out of vacation.
In today’s fast-paced, technology-dependent world, there’s nothing more appealing than unplugging and setting off on an adventure in the great outdoors. Whether you prefer “roughing it” or “glamping,” the Pensacola Bay Area offers pristine campsites surrounded by magnificent landscapes.
Gulf Islands National Seashore provides endless opportunity for solitude and relaxation and miles of unobstructed views and access to the Gulf.
The Pensacola Bay Area has been loved by explorers since 1559. Now you, too, can embark on your own adventure and discover our destination on the Explore Pensacola GeoTour! Using a GPS-enabled device, instead of a compass, you can become a modern-day Ponce de Leon in search of hidden treasure.
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