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.
Let others spend their vacation days sprawled on a towel – you’ve got flying, zipping, skimming, reeling and sailing to do.
Take it all in from above! Parasailing walks the line between extreme and serene; it’s much more peaceful, and much, much higher, than you would imagine. Rental spots like Bonifay Water Sports and Key Sailing can give you personal training before pulling you across the bay for a bird’s-eye view of the beach from up to 1,000 feet in the air.
In the mood for a battle? Hire a charter boat to take you out deep-sea fishing along the continental shelf for some serious marlin or shark fishing.
If you would rather have photos than fish, hop on a dolphin tour and see our friendliest neighbors (and all other kinds of ocean life) in a glass-bottom boat. Or have a fun and relaxing experience sailing on beautiful Pensacola Bay.
Another way to get a superhero view? A zip adventure. While a simple zip line takes you from Point A to Point B, a zip adventure is a series of zip lines, totaling up to a mile long. Swing from one line to the next with barely a pause to catch your breath! Adventures Unlimited offers a series of zip lines that take you on a two- to five-hour treetop tour of Northwest Florida’s Wolfe and Coldwater Creeks.
Need something even more over the top? How about jumping out of a perfectly sound plane at 14,000 feet above Pensacola while strapped to the back of a diving instructor? With Skydiving Pensacola, in the blink of an eye you’re out of the plane and flying through the clouds at 120 miles per hour. Experience 30-60 seconds of pure-adrenaline, high-action free fall, followed by a peaceful canopy ride down to the Pensacola countryside below.
Prefer to hit the waves? No board, no experience, no problem. The crew at Waterboyz Surf and Skate offers surf lessons and weekly surf camps during the summer. Just paddling out and watching dolphins, rays and sea turtles enjoying the emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico can be an adventure before you even try to catch a wave.
Other beach rentals on Pensacola Beach and Perdido Key include personal watercraft, pontoon boats, sailboats, kayaks, paddle boards and even canoes if you want to head to one of our many lakes and rivers.
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.
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.
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.
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