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History and Charm Await in Pensacola

Pensacola is a great town for a walking tour whether you're traveling with a significant other or the whole family. From exploring the quaint atmosphere of the historic village to enjoying the many restaurants and shopping venues in town, there is always something entertaining to keep you occupied.

Beaches

Pensacola Beach

Pensacola Beach is the closest beach, located on Santa Rosa Island, a scenic fifteen minute drive from downtown Pensacola. Besides the white sand and clear waters of the Gulf, the beach offers a variety of seafood restaurants and a boardwalk.

Perdido Key

Just a half hour away, Perdido Key fronts the Gulf of Mexico as well. To get there, you pass right by Big Lagoon State Park, another local attraction.

Destin Beach

Destin Beach is less than fifty miles away, and it has the same soft, fine white sand as other Gulf beaches. Destin originated as a small fishing village, and it's named after a fishing captain who founded the settlement. Like Pensacola Beach, it's part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore.

Local Attractions

National Naval Aviation Museum

Pensacola is home to the Naval Aviation Museum, and the spacious museum holds over 140 expertly restored naval aircraft. There's also a gift shop, a café and an IMAX theater that features films like 'The Magic of Flight' and 'Coral Reef Adventure'.

Historic Pensacola

Pensacola's unique architecture is worth touring, and it dates from the days of the Spanish colonization of Florida. There are four history museums in the downtown area, and the Historic Pensacola Village offers tours by guides in period costumes.

Shopping

There is a lot of opportunity to go shopping in downtown Pensacola, with all of the antique shops, art galleries and clothing stores. The Market Shops at Sandestin is a shopping venue that includes twenty-eight specialty and gift shops.

Dining and Nightlife

McGuire's Irish Pub & Brewery

Don't miss this off-the-wall Irish eatery in Pensacola. It's a bar, a burger joint and a steakhouse all in one. The walls are papered with one-dollar-bills signed by patrons, and the food choices include a 16-ounce steak.

Eight Sisters Blues Cafe

Offering home-style Southern food, Eight Sisters also puts on a spread for Sunday Brunch. One of their specialties is smothered pork chops, and they claim their fried chicken is better than your grandma's.

Dharma Blue

For a quaint atmosphere, check out this restaurant located in a restored Victorian home. The menu selections are an eclectic mix of choices like sushi, pasta and fresh catch of the day.

The Seville Quarter

If you want to do all your bar hopping in one place, The Seville Quarter is a unique downtown venue that includes several dining and musical experiences under one roof. Bands play every weekend, and dueling pianos is one of the popular acts.

Weather

Pensacola is warm in the summer and chilly in the winter, with temperatures that dip into the forties. In the spring and fall, the gorgeous weather makes it one of the nicest places to visit. During the summer months, temperatures hover in the eighties, rarely reaching ninety. The rainfall is mild, and it's slightly greater in the summer.

How to Get There

From the east or west, Pensacola is approached by I-10 and then south on the I-10 Business Loop. The approach from the north is on FL 29. The Pensacola International Airport is only thirteen miles away and it has car rental facilities available. There are also taxis and shuttles for transportation to the downtown area and beaches.

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