Fun Things To Do When Visiting Pensacola FL
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Pensacola, Florida has some of the whitest beaches in the world, making it one of the best places to visit in the entire U.S. Here are some fun things to do and see while visiting Pensacola.
1. Gorgeous Beaches
The sugary white sand, glassy clear water, and beautiful seashells make Pensacola beaches some of the finest in the U.S. and all the world, so you will definitely want to plan one or more beach days for your visit. Both Gulf Islands National Seashore and Pensacola Beach are both highly rated beaches.
2. Pensacola Naval Air Station
Some of the aircraft scenes for the movie ‘Top Gun’ were filmed here. In addition, the 8,000-acre air base is the former home of the astronauts Neil Armstrong and John Glenn. The National Naval Aviation Museum is located on the base. Visitors to this free museum can view over 150 military aircraft up close and personal. There are live-action displays as well, which includes the Max Flight Simulator, to allow both adults and kids to feel what it is like flying a jet fighter.
3. Dolphin Viewing
There are daily cruises available that will take you out on Pensacola Bay where you will be able to see dolphins close-up.
4. Pensacola Beach Fishing Pier
This is the ideal spot for bird lovers, given the impressive amount of different birds that you can see at the Pensacola Beach Fishing Pier. They include cormorants, herons, loons, ducks, gulls, gannets and more. There was one bird-watcher who reported seeing over 300 birds at the same time here. So it really isn’t surprising that the Nature Conservancy has named the Pensacola Beach Pieras a must-see spot for bird lovers to visit. Fishing fans will also love this 1,471-foot long pier, since many Gulf species can be caught right from off the pier, including Bonito, Tarpon, Flounder, Mahi Mahi, Pompano and Spanish Mackerel. Recently, there was even a 50-pound sailfish that was caught here.
5. Perdido Key
Perdido Key in Spanish means ‘lost island.’ The barrier island has three nature parks on it – Johnson Beach at the Gulf Islands National Seashore, Perdido Key State Park, and Big Lagoon State Park. You will be able to enjoy wildlife and pristine wetlands here. Lost Key Golf Club is located on Perdido Key as well.
6. Pensacola Lighthouse
Everyone loves and old-fashioned, romantic lighthouse. Pensacola Lighthouse has been beautifully preserved and is still hard at work help keep ships sea. The historic lighthouse is located at Naval Air Station, across from the Aviation Museum. It was built in 1869 and many believe it to be haunted. There are 177 steps leading up a spiral staircase up the top of the lighthouse. There is also a cat-walk which provides 360-degree panoramic views of the bay.
7. Ballet by the Beach
Ballet Pensacola offers four performances each season, which runs from August through May. In addition to original performances, you can also see favorites like the Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty.