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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

How we rank Things to Do

Updated October 4, 2017

  • #1
    Things to do in Pensacola
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    #1 in Pensacola
    Beaches, Recreation, Free
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    Beaches, Recreation, Free
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    Half Day to Full Day
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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

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    National Naval Aviation Museum
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    #2 in Pensacola
    Museums, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Museums, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    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

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  • #3
    Historic Pensacola Village
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    #3 in Pensacola
    Historic Homes/Mansions, Sightseeing, Tours, Free
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    Historic Homes/Mansions, Sightseeing, Tours, Free
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    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

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    Gulf Islands National Seashore
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    #4 in Pensacola
    Recreation, Sightseeing
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    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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    Perdido Key State Park
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    #5 in Pensacola
    Parks and Gardens, Recreation
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Parks and Gardens, Recreation
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    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

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    Pensacola Lighthouse
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    #6 in Pensacola
    Museums, Sightseeing
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    Less than 1 hour
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    Museums, Sightseeing
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    Less than 1 hour
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    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

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