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Best Things To Do in Pensacola

Many of the best things to do in Pensacola revolve around its beaches and its military base. For instance, the National Naval Aviation Museum and the Pensacola Lighthouse – both located on the military base – are filled with history, and visitors might also get to sneak a peek of the Blue Angels demonstration squadron doing practice maneuvers. The Pensacola area's numerous shorelines are another major draw, from Pensacola Beach to the Gulf Islands National Seashore

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#1

#1 in Pensacola

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Pensacola Beach outlines the Santa Rosa barrier island and offers visitors two very different beach experiences. On the Gulf side, visitors are treated to unparalleled Gulf Coast views, as well as a powdery white shoreline and emerald waters. The soft sands that ribbon the Santa Rosa Sound side of the island are popular among families since they offer gentle waves and access to a boardwalk filled with fun shops and restaurants. 
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Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
Pensacola Beach
Pensacola Beach outlines the Santa Rosa barrier island and offers visitors two very different beach experiences. On the Gulf side, visitors are treated to unparalleled Gulf Coast views, as well as a powdery white shoreline and emerald waters. The soft sands that ribbon the Santa Rosa Sound side of the island are popular among families since they offer gentle waves and access to a boardwalk filled with fun shops and restaurants. 
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#2 in Pensacola

Free
The National Naval Aviation Museum is based on board the Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola. Founded in 1914, it's the oldest air station in the country and it's a rite of passage for all aviators and naval flight officers. Along with exhibiting more than 150 preserved aircraft, the museum also features exhibits showcasing the people and events that defined aviation history. NAS Pensacola is also home base for the Blue Angels, a demonstration squadron perhaps best known for its truly awe-inspiring aerobatic maneuvers. 
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Museums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
National Naval Aviation Museum
The National Naval Aviation Museum is based on board the Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola. Founded in 1914, it's the oldest air station in the country and it's a rite of passage for all aviators and naval flight officers. Along with exhibiting more than 150 preserved aircraft, the museum also features exhibits showcasing the people and events that defined aviation history. NAS Pensacola is also home base for the Blue Angels, a demonstration squadron perhaps best known for its truly awe-inspiring aerobatic maneuvers. 
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#3

#3 in Pensacola

Free
The Historic Pensacola Village is a more than 8-acre complex encompassing nearly 30 properties (11 of which are open to the public). This district, which appears on the National Register of Historic Places, includes properties like the Lavalle House, the Lear-Rocheblave House, the Dorr House and Old Christ Church, which visitors can experience with a costumed tour guide. It also contains must-sees, such as the Wentworth Museum and the Voices of Pensacola multicultural center. 
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Historic Homes/Mansions Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
Historic Pensacola Village
The Historic Pensacola Village is a more than 8-acre complex encompassing nearly 30 properties (11 of which are open to the public). This district, which appears on the National Register of Historic Places, includes properties like the Lavalle House, the Lear-Rocheblave House, the Dorr House and Old Christ Church, which visitors can experience with a costumed tour guide. It also contains must-sees, such as the Wentworth Museum and the Voices of Pensacola multicultural center. 
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#4 in Pensacola

This undeveloped and preserved stretch of sand and sea in the Gulf of Mexico, which reaches from Cat Island in Mississippi to Okaloosa in Florida, is beloved by locals and visitors for its pristine shoreline. 
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Recreation Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
Gulf Islands National Seashore
This undeveloped and preserved stretch of sand and sea in the Gulf of Mexico, which reaches from Cat Island in Mississippi to Okaloosa in Florida, is beloved by locals and visitors for its pristine shoreline. 
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#5

#5 in Pensacola

Perdido Key State Park is a 247-acre barrier island positioned near Pensacola on the Gulf of Mexico. Here, there are wide swaths of white sandy beaches and undulating sand dunes, sprouting with sea oats and other beach vegetation. Although sunbathing and swimming are the main activities here, surf fishing is also popular. 
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Parks and Gardens Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Perdido Key State Park
Perdido Key State Park is a 247-acre barrier island positioned near Pensacola on the Gulf of Mexico. Here, there are wide swaths of white sandy beaches and undulating sand dunes, sprouting with sea oats and other beach vegetation. Although sunbathing and swimming are the main activities here, surf fishing is also popular. 
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#6 in Pensacola

The Pensacola Lighthouse was established in 1859, but these days, it serves as a history museum and offers a tremendous view of the Gulf Coast. What's more, it's listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors can climb the lighthouse's 177 steps to take in the incredible vantage point and take a peek inside the old keeper's quarters – now called the Richard C. Callaway Museum. Inside the museum, travelers can brush up on their U.S. Coast Guard and Civil War history, as well as the history of the lighthouse itself. 
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Museums Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
Pensacola Lighthouse
The Pensacola Lighthouse was established in 1859, but these days, it serves as a history museum and offers a tremendous view of the Gulf Coast. What's more, it's listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors can climb the lighthouse's 177 steps to take in the incredible vantage point and take a peek inside the old keeper's quarters – now called the Richard C. Callaway Museum. Inside the museum, travelers can brush up on their U.S. Coast Guard and Civil War history, as well as the history of the lighthouse itself. 
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