Top 10 Things to Do in Pensacola

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Like many cities along Florida’s Emerald Coast, Pensacola and Pensacola Beach have some of the world’s whitest beaches. This claim is no idle boast—white crystals from the Appalachian Mountains wash down into the Gulf of Mexico and onto the beaches, making them appear to be covered with sugar. If you’re visiting the area you’ll want to book yourself into a beach-adjacent Pensacola vacation rental and then set out to explore the city. When you’re compiling your list of activities, don’t forget these top 10 things to do in Pensacola.

National Aviation Museum

The National Aviation Museum is run by the US Navy, and showcases more than 700 aircraft. It also exhibits flight gear, weapons and other items of similar interest.

Blue Angels

attractions_air_show.jpgFew things are as exciting as an air show, and the Blue Angels put on the most famous air show in the world! Watch six pilots in six F/A-18 jets pull off one death-defying stunt after another. This alone is worth a trip to Florida.

Highbrow Art

Pensacola has a symphony, an opera, a ballet, a thriving theatre scene and excellent art museums; it is the only city between Tampa, Florida and Mobile, Alabama that boasts all these attractions. Be sure to visit the Pensacola Museum of Art.

Pensacola Restaurants

Pensacola has as many fine restaurants but some of them are truly unique. The Farmer’s Opry is an outdoor dining environment that provides fresh farm food you can grill yourself while you’re entertained by live country, bluegrass and gospel music.

Beaches

No list of the top 10 things to do in Pensacola would be complete without a reminder to go to the beach. The Pensacola Bay area has 52 miles of coastline where clean, white sands meet cool green waters. Casino Beach, Dog Beach or any of the other dozen beaches are worth a visit.

Pensacola Fishing

Whether you want to go bottom fishing or hunt for big game fish, the Reel Eazy is the best charter boat on the Gulf Coast. She’s 46 feet long and fast, so you’ll spend more time fishing and less time sitting in the boat trying to get to where the fish are.

Sam's Fun & Surf City

If you have kids, have no fear, Pensacola offers many places where you can take them for a good time. Sam’s Fun & Surf City has over 40 rides and attractions, including four go-kart tracks, an arcade, miniature golf, bumper boats and more.

Nightlife

The Historic Seville District is where Pensacola's best nighttime entertainment can be found. The area contains endless pubs and restaurants, including the Palace Oyster Bar, Phineas Phogg's Balloon Works, Lili Marlene's Aviator's Pub, the End o' the Alley Bar and Fast Eddie's Billiard Parlor just to name a few. Live entertainment at these places can be anything from rock n’ roll to country and western or Dixieland jazz. Although the Seville District is included on this list of top 10 things to do in Pensacola, it could easily be a subject of its own.

Historic Pensacola Village

Historic Pensacola Village is a museum that’s run by West Florida Historic Preservation, Inc. and offers walking tours and a fascinating glimpse at Florida’s rich history.

Dolphin Tours

If you have kids, they’ll love this. If you don’t have kids, you’ll love it! Dolphins enchant almost everyone, and there are many boats that can be chartered to go out on the ocean and see them. If you go with Condor Sailing Adventures you’ll be under the command of Captain Kirk—no kidding!

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