As one of the oldest cities in United State’s history, Pensacola features not just over 450 years of history, but also within its city limits, you will find culture, excitement, adventure, and nightlife. It’s home to the Blue Angels, Seville Square, a large military presence, and some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
In addition to its many thriving businesses, Downtown Pensacola maintains an active calendar of events. Take in a live show at the historic Saenger Theatre, walk through the art galleries, or listen to live music at Seville Square, and there’s plenty more to do including shopping, dining, or enjoying an afternoon run.
It seems like the fun never stops at Pensacola Beach. You can enjoy a relaxing day building sand castles on the sugar white sands, fish off the 1,471 foot Pensacola Beach Pier, shop on the boardwalk, or dance the night away. And there is plenty more to do including boating, parasailing, jet skiing, and dolphin watching. Regardless of how you spend your time on Pensacola Island, one thing you must do is eat, and there is no shortage of restaurants to choose from. You can find everything from pizza to seafood with a side of Bushwhacker, Pensacola’s featured drink.
While the Blue Angels perform perilous aviation maneuvers all over the world, they only call Pensacola their home. The team made up of Navy and Marine, officers perform their rolls, passes, and configurations in shows from March to November awing audiences with heart-stopping moves, but locals can see them practice most Tuesday and Wednesday mornings for free.
Pensacola’s Naval Air Station is an active military base that employs both civilians and military personnel. Its grounds are open to civilians with the proper ID and has two main attractions.
See more than 150 restored Marine Corp, Navy, and Coast Guard aircraft at Pensacola’s National Naval Aviation Museum, the world’s largest naval aviation museum. The 37-acre grounds has plenty of attractions including the museum and various exhibits, a giant screen theater, flight simulators, a virtual flight deck, and Kiddie Hawk play area.
Take a tour of the lighthouse, built in 1859, and don’t forget your camera, so you can capture the view from the top. Then explore the museum where you can learn about Pensacola’s military history and archeology. If you’re lucky, or not so lucky, you could encounter one of the lighthouses rumored ghosts as it is been called one of the most haunted places in America.
In 2012, the Carolina Mudcats made Pensacola their home under the new name Pensacola Blue Wahoo’s. This minor league baseball team unites fun, family, and baseball in a state of the art stadium that was named “2012 Ballpark of the Year” by Baseballparks.com. The stadium hosts a variety of community events including baseball centered youth camps, Kazoo’s Grand Slam Reading Program, appearances by Kazoo, the team mascot, concerts, and the Craft Beer Festival.
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