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Welcome to the Pensacola Bay Area!

Sugar-white sand, emerald-green water, sea oats, live oaks, and wildlife are the makings of the Pensacola Bay Area’s beaches. Visitors to our corner of Florida discover a region that is more than a spectacular coastline. Since Pensacola has changed hands more than a dozen times in 460 years, in actions involving Spain, France, England, the Confederacy, and the United States, it has been nicknamed “The City of Five Flags.” The influence of these nations is evident in the city’s architecture, rich history, diverse museums, and a variety of festivals, as well as its exquisite cuisine. Outdoor adventurers find that the numerous waterways, an abundance of natural, preserved state and national parks, and accessibility of exciting adventures such as paddle boarding, hiking, and boating are just what they’re looking for. And of course, all of it is served up with a dollop of Southern hospitality.

Nearby Attractions:

The National Naval Aviation Museum, a hands-on experience for visitors, is not only one of the world’s largest air and space museums, but it’s extremely kid-friendly. The museum offers visitors the chance to see more than 4,000 artifacts and 150 vintage aircraft, flight simulators, special exhibits and indoor playground which includes a cockpit trainer for kids to climb into. Behind the museum on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, the Blue Angels practice their air show at 8:30 a.m. While you’re visiting, the Blues will practice on July 17-18.  Open Daily 9am-5pm

Blue Angels Fly High Over Pensacola

The roar of the engines, the streamers of smoke, every formation in perfect symmetry. Whether they are flying high at practice or soaring through a spectacular air show, it is always a thrill to see the Blue Angels cut across Pensacola skies.

The Pensacola Bay Area is the official home of the Blue Angels, officially known as the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron. Pensacola Beach hosts a Blue Angels show every July while the Blue Angels host their last show of the season over Naval Air Station Pensacola every November. Navigate your way to other information including air practices, events, and history about the Blue Angels below.

Historic Pensacola 

We invite you to explore Historic Pensacola and experience the rich heritage of America’s first multi-year European settlement.

Historic Pensacola encompasses eight and a half acres and 28 properties located within the footprints of the original Spanish and British forts in downtown Pensacola.

Pensacola Downtown:

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.”

Pensacola Beach

Pensacola Beach’s mild temperature, sugar-white beaches, and crystal clear waters draw beach lovers, fishing enthusiasts and environmentalists alike. Anchored at the western tip of Florida, stretching miles along the Gulf of Mexico, this barrier island offers you a range of experiences. From lively crowds at its lifeguarded main beaches, to the quiet, secluded beaches of Gulf Islands National Seashore and the corridors of historic Fort Pickens, you're sure to find your perfect spot in the sand.

Whatever your style, relax on the sunny, peaceful shores of Pensacola Beach’s emerald-green coastline - all with minimal travel, traffic, and cost.

Perdido Key

Spanish for "lost island," Perdido Key holds true to its roots as it remains a Southern sanctuary for people and wildlife of all kinds. Stretching along the far western shores of Florida, and the far eastern shores of Alabama, Perdido Key has a unique advantage as the perfect island destination. Tucked away on a narrow strip of land on the extreme western edge of Florida lies Perdido Key, a barrier island bookmarked by rolling, white-sand dunes and stunning views of the calm Gulf waters on its southern border and abundant wetlands, estuaries, and wildlife to its north. It seamlessly combines natural beauty, coastal living, and southern charm.

Venture into the Historic Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum

Climb all the 177 steps of the Pensacola Lighthouse to have a spectacular view of the Pensacola Pass, where Pensacola Bay opens to the Gulf of Mexico. The 150-year-old lighthouse is one of the country’s tallest brick lighthouses and is said to be haunted.

Pensacola Lighthouse Open Daily 10 am – 5:30 pm

Significant Civil War Battle Sites

Fort Pickens

Constructed in 1829 with completion in 1834. Built as one of three forts, along with Fort Barrancas and Fort McRee, to protect Pensacola Bay.  Occupied by Union troops and known for being one of the few southern forts never under Confederate control.

Built by slave labor and intended to be impregnable to foreign attacks. During the Antebellum period, slaves were used for skilled labor in such industries as lumber, brickmaking, and construction instead of agriculture, partly due to Pensacola being a Spanish colony instead of an English colony like many other southern areas.

Fort Barrancas

Built between 1839-1844 at the current site of Naval Air Station Pensacola.  Sits on a bluff overlooking Pensacola Bay – a natural location advantage; an underground tunnel connects the fort to a water battery at the foot of the bluffs.  Abandoned in January 1861 by the Union as Lt. Adam J. Slemmer moved federal forces to Fort Pickens; soon became occupied by Confederate troops.

Reopened in 1980 after a one-month, $1.2 million renovation project. Advanced Redoubt of Fort Barrancas was built between 1845-1870 as part of the defensive network of the Pensacola Navy Yard.

Numerous Confederate soldiers are buried at Barrancas National Cemetery. Legend has it the headstones are pointed to prevent Union soldiers from sitting on the gravesites.

Veterans Memorial Park and Wall South

In December of 1987, the "Moving Wall" came to Pensacola Florida, and was visited by many of the local people, including some of the areas Vietnam Veterans. As the time came for the Wall to move on, some of the Vietnam Vets that had stood vigil for the five days the Wall was in town decided it was time for Pensacola to have a permanent monument honoring the men and women that served and died in Vietnam. This was the start of the Dream. For five years the Vietnam Veterans of Northwest Florida (VVNF) held garage sales, 5 and 10 K runs, baseball/softball tourneys; car washes, and hundreds of other fundraisers in hopes of making the Dream come true. With the help and support of family, friends, and active-duty service members, this Dream came true in 1992.

Signature Events

One of the many things that make a trip to the Gulf Coast area so memorable is the strong sense of tradition and the many unique events that are always taking place. Despite the fun new events added each year, there is an ongoing list of recurring traditions that the area holds dear to its heart and looks forward to annually. Once you throw your first fish at Mullet Toss or watch the Blue Angels zoom overhead from Casino Beach, we guarantee you’ll be hooked!

Want to see all events in the Pensacola Bay area? Make sure to check out our full calendar here.

Services:
  • Complimentary services include:
  • RFP preparation
  • Assistance finding and booking meeting space and host hotel
  • Itinerary planning
  • Coordination and/or referrals for transportation, color guards, speakers, etc.
  • Group rates at attractions
  • Assistance with bus companies and other services
  • Free welcome bags (including customized welcome letters, area maps, and guides, coupons, goodies, etc.)

Additional Services added to Military Reunions:

  • Color Guard Service:
  • The NAS color guard members can number from 6-11
  • The ribbon on the wreath will read the name of the reunion.
  • We can obtain a Chaplin from NAS Pensacola if needed.
  • Six members are the minimum that we suggest for navy reunions.
  • One member will lay the wreath. The marines can only provide four members for the memorial service.
  • The service concludes with the playing of TAPS.

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Kaya Man

Destination Sales Manager

Visit Pensacola
1401 E. Gregory St.
Pensacola, FL 32502
Direct: 850.542.9141
E-mail: Kaya Man 
Website: VisitPensacola.com