The Pensacola Bay Area is famous for its natural beauty and historic culture yet it never stops accommodating the latest attractions and events. A unique destination where locals and tourists alike find themselves enjoying a vast array of adventures and experiences. From the brick paved sidewalks of Downtown to miles of shoreline... museums, outdoor activities, fine dining, festivals, concerts, and award-winning white sand beaches are only a glimpse of what Pensacola has in store for you!
You simply can't go wrong when it comes to choosing the perfect beach in the Pensacola Bay Area as your vacation destination. Our visitors find some of the most pristine beaches in the world along the barrier islands that are home to Pensacola Beach and Perdido Key. In fact, these beaches have been ranked among the best in the country by the likes of USA Today, TripAdvisor, Dr. Beach and the Travel Channel. Most recently, in the 2018 10Best Reader's Choice awards, USA TODAY readers named Pensacola Beach Best Florida Beach and named Gulf Islands National Seashore Best Florida Attraction.
Find Your Beach
Pensacola is known for its laid-back, coastal way-of-life, its long history and diverse culture. You’ll find all that and a few surprises in the heart of the city’s downtown. Founded by Spanish sailor Don Tristan de Luna in 1559, the Pensacola Bay Area was the first European settlement in the New World. Over the centuries, the flags of Spain, Britain, France, the Confederacy and the United States have flown over the “City of Five Flags.”
History & Heritage
Consider yourself a history buff? Do you revel in the smallest battle details? Maybe you know your Navy Hellcat from its brother Bearcat and Wildcat. Or it might be that you're simply a student of life – curious about local architecture, museums, and cultural influences. Regardless of where your love of history falls, Pensacola offers centuries of stories and sites to explore. Select one of the options below to learn more.
Learn About Our History
Add one part activity, one part relaxation, and one part value, and you'll see why the Pensacola Bay Area provides the perfect recipe for an unforgettable and affordable family vacation. Attractions and activities of every kind mean big family fun for visitors. Check out the options below and discover why Southern Living named us one of the country's top family-friendly destinations.
Find Fun For All
Adventure (noun) An exciting or very unusual experience; participation in exciting undertakings or enterprises. Experience the ultimate adventure in Pensacola. With rolling hills, bountiful bayous, lazy lagoons, natural national seashores and the emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico, there’s a gamut of outdoor activities that are yours for the taking. Combine our climate with this unique geography, and you get so many opportunities for outdoor activities, we bet you can't pick just one.
Start Your Adventure
From large shopping malls and major retail outlets to quaint boutiques and unique shops, Pensacola provides visitors with the ultimate shopping experience. Whether you're on the hunt for a forgotten vacation necessity or for the perfect beach getaway remembrance, our local shops will help you find everything you need.
Watching professional baseball never looked this good. The Blue Wahoos — a Double-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins — play their home games at Pensacola Bayfront Stadium, a 5,000-plus seat multi-use venue that overlooks beautiful Pensacola Bay and the downtown harbor. In the fall, that bayfront stadium goes #ArgoStrong when the University of West Florida Argonauts college football team kicks off its NCAA Division II season. Professional baseball and college football are just part of Pensacola's vibrant year-round coastal sporting life which offers activities for fans and athletes of all ages.
Cheer Them On
Arts & Entertainment
Although our irresistible beaches probably lured you to the Gulf Coast, Pensacola is home to an eclectic collection of other attractions and events that are rich in culture and unique to the Northwest Florida region. Here are a few additional sources of entertainment in Downtown Pensacola that may broaden your horizon.
Enjoy The Show
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