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Considered to be home to "Florida's First Beaches," the Pensacola Bay Area, which encompasses Pensacola Beach to Perdido Key, is located along the state's westernmost stretch on the Gulf of Mexico and offers visitors the best of both worlds: miles of award-winning sugar-white beaches alongside a town rich with history, culture and Southern hospitality. Known as the "City of Five Flags," Pensacola was America's first settlement, having been discovered by Spanish explorers in 1559. The area's rich multicultural history is apparent in its fascinating attractions, which include archaeological sites, historic villages, a ballet, symphony, opera, trails, forts and museums, including the Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum and the National Naval Aviation Museum, aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola, which is home to the Blue Angels. Additionally, the Pensacola Bay Area provides an array of attractions suitable for outdoor explorers, including the nation's longest stretch of protected seashore and the world's largest artificial reef, as well as countless opportunities for fishing, diving, golfing, canoeing, kayaking, paddleboarding and sailing. Well known for its authentic restaurants and Pensacola Celebrity Chefs, foodies will also find something to suit their palettes in the Pensacola Bay Area, thanks to fresh Gulf Coast cuisine. From Pensacola Beach to Perdido Key, families, couples, friends, foodies, adventure-seekers and beachcombers alike will find there's lots to discover in the Pensacola Bay Area. It's no surprise we've been loved by explorers since 1559.

Amenities:
  • Amenities:
  • Baby-changing station, Covered Pavilion, Gift Shop
  • Average Visit Time:
  • Less than 1 hour, Multi-day,
  • Business Type:
  • Chambers & Visitors Bureaus, Destination Management Company, Welcome Centers

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Bands on the Beach - Every Tuesday

Now - October 28, 2015
Located in the beautiful Gulfside Pavilion overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, this weekly series features regional artists performing a wide variety of music. Bring your lawn chair and join us this summer for hot music, smooth grooves and a whole lot of good times. The concert series will run April through October, every Tuesday night.
http://www.visitpensacolabeach.com

info@visitpensacolabeach.com

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Sertoma's 4th of July Celebration

July 04, 2015 - July 05, 2015
For the 26th year, area Sertoma organizations are once again coordinating and hosting the largest Fireworks display on the Gulf Coast over Pensacola Bay. There will be activities throughout the day, from 11:00 am until 6:30 pm, in Seville Square to include a FREE Children's Area with inflatables and pony rides, Arts and Crafts vendors, Food vendors, and live entertainment on the gazebo stage beginning at 11:00 am, with a Hot Dog Eating Contest at noon! Starting at 4:00, there will be live music on the Bayfront Stage, featuring regional bands. The festivities will culminate with the fireworks show over Pensacola Bay, synchronized with music br ...Read More>> adcast on Cat Country FM 98.7. Read Less
http://www.pensacolafireworks.com
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Blue Angels Air Show

July 11, 2015
This must-see event features the world-famous Blue Angels performing over Pensacola Beach on Santa Rosa Island . (P.S. don't forget the sunscreen & $1 for the toll bridge.)
http://www.blueangels.navy.mil/show/
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Annual Taste of the Beach

September 18, 2015 - September 20, 2015
Tent after tent of yummy seafood and signature dishes allows you to experience the true culinary talents from around the Island.
http://www.pensacolabeachchamber.com

info@visitpensacolabeach.com

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Annual Pensacola Seafood Festival

September 25, 2015 - September 28, 2015
Sample a variety of mouth watering seafood dishes and enjoy continuous entertainment in Fountain Park. Arts and crafts vendors will be displaying their unique wares, many items reflective of our area's unique Gulf Coast lifestyle. A children's area is filled with activities for all ages. The Fiesta Seafood Grille offers cooking demonstrations where you can watch area chefs prepare regional delicacies.
http://www.fiestaoffiveflags.org

info@fiestaoffiveflags.org

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Santa Rosa Island Triathlon

October 03, 2015
The Annual Santa Rosa Island Triathlon will be held on beautiful Pensacola Beach. A sold-out field of 1250 athletes is expected to compete in this nationally-renowned sprint triathlon event. The race distances are a 600 yard swim, an 18 mile bike and a 3.1 mile run.
http://www.sritri.org
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Pensacola Greek Festival

October 09, 2015 - October 11, 2015
Like a visit to Greece -- the Pensacola Greek Festival offers a rich, multi-sensory experience of Greek hospitality and culture. Savory cuisine, soulful music, lively dancing, and educational tours transform the church grounds into a three day “glendi” (celebration). Admission is free.
http://www.PensacolaGreekFestival.com
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Pensacola Interstate Fair

October 15, 2015 - October 26, 2015
Fair features big-name entertainment in addition to games, rides, agricultural and education-oriented exhibits and displays.
http://www.pensacolafair.com

john3@pensacolafair.com

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Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival

November 06, 2015 - November 08, 2015
The three-day, juried art show draws more than 200 of the nation's best painters, potters, sculptors, jewelers, graphic artists, craftsmen and other artists. The event features live musicians in Fountain Park with sounds ranging from Zydeco, bluegrass, jazz and blues to classical. Local dance schools and groups perform daily. The Children's Arts Festival is next door in Bartram Park, featuring numerous hands-on artistic opportunities provided free of charge. The Children's Festival is open Friday for children with special needs from selected schools and is open to everyone on Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
http://www.ggaf.org
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Pensacola Marathon

November 08, 2015
The race begins and ends at Veteran's Memorial Park on the bayfront then winds its way along a 13.1 mile circuit of the city for the half marathoners and a full 26.2 loop for the full marathon. The course features running through historic neighborhoods, the downtown district, bands, and cheering Pensacolians. The finish line is next to the only replica of the National Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C. The Pensacola Marathon is also a Boston Qualifier for you still needing to qualify.
http://marathonpensacola.com/
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Cox Pensacola Christmas Parade

December 12, 2015 - December 13, 2015
The Christmas Parade includes local bands from every high school in Escambia County, groups from around the region, and as far away as Houston and New Orleans. The Cox Pensacola Christmas Parade profits go to local high school band booster organizations to assist in the purchasing of uniforms and equipment and funding of travel expenses. Preceding the parade is the popular 1.2 miles Christmas Parade Dash, sponsored by the Pensacola Runners Association. With nearly 400 participants each year, the Dash uses the Cox Pensacola Christmas parade route just prior to the start of the parade. The race begins at 5:00 pm and is a maze through the do ...Read More>> ntown area lined with thousands of people cheering. The course ends at Plaza Ferdinand where a large candy cane is handed to each finisher. For more information on the Christmas Parade Dash, please visit www.pensacolarunners.com. Read Less
http://www.coxpensacolachristmasparade.org
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Pensacola Double Bridge Run

February 13, 2016
A 15K course takes runers over two bridges crossing Pensacola Bay and Santa Rosa Sound, from downtown to Pensacola Beach. Runners and walkers are also welcome at the 5K course and Kids Fun Run.
http://doublebridgerun.com/DBRHomeWide.cfm

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