Visit Pensacola, where you can explore stunning yet uncrowded beaches, fantastic food, sensational attractions and 450 years of rich history and culture. Discover authentic experiences that you’ll treasure forever.
Pensacola is more than a pretty face. She’s a city with a past, one that stretches back more than 450 years when Spanish explorer Don Tristán de Luna y Arellano was lured to her pristine shores in 1559 and established Pensacola as the first European settlement in North America. Today, as in the past, visitors from all over the world are enticed by Pensacola’s gorgeous sugar-white beaches and emerald green water. Once here, however, many find themselves captivated by her history, culture and diverse heritage.
Visit Pensacola invites travelers to step back in time and explore more than 450 years’ worth of history within just a few square blocks. Stroll through Historic Downtown Pensacola, and explore the eclectic eateries and shops on Palafox Street, named one of the “10 Great Streets in America” by the American Planning Association. Step into the past at Historic Pensacola Village, where guides in colonial-era costumes bring history to life with reenactments and demonstrations, or venture to the historic Belmont-DeVilliers district, the heart of the African-American community, once known as the “Harlem of the South.” Pensacola celebrates its vibrant history, culture, music, and cuisine year-round.
For those looking to get away from it all, Perdido Key offers a sacred blend of scenery and serenity. More than 60 percent of the island is state and national park where you can enjoy unspoiled nature, watching shorebirds, and sea turtles. It’s about simple pleasures, secluded stretches of beach, scenic nature trails and preserves brimming with wildlife.
Pensacola Beach makes a bit more of a splash. Indulge yourself with upscale shopping and spa treatments at a gulf-front resort. Charter a boat for sailing, sports fishing or scuba diving, or try jet skiing, and parasailing. Take the kids down to the beach for some swimming, and snorkeling or hike the Footprints in the Sand Eco Trail, an interactive way to learn about local plants and wildlife.
History, beaches and now the yummy stuff. The Pensacola Bay Area offers mouthwatering options for every taste, every occasion, and every mood. From premier chefs in award-winning restaurants to hot new culinary artists in food trucks, folks around here are passionate about food. Whether your idea of a great meal is classic cuisine or fresh seafood on the deck in your flip-flops, you’ll find a dining experience beloved by locals and visitors alike. Dig into familiar favorites like surf-and-turf, sushi, and pub fare and discover exciting new flavors like downhome Southern cooking, spicy Cajun soul food, and fusion cuisines. It’s all here, and it’s all delicious. For those who like to cook, our local seafood and farmer’s markets offer fresh, organic ingredients to create your own delicacies. Plus, year-round food festivals, like the Pensacola Seafood Festival, Crawfish Festival and Taste of the Beach, are a great way to sample a variety of local cuisines. Whatever you choose, you’ll be left saying, “Now that’s good eatin.”
Spend a day or two at the National Naval Aviation Museum, our area’s #1 attraction and named one of the “Top Museums in the U.S.” by both TripAdvisor and Yelp. With nearly 350,000 square feet of aircraft, exhibits, simulators and a giant screen theater, it’s the world’s largest museum of its kind and a fan favorite.Soak up some culture as you explore Pensacola’s vibrant arts scene with galleries, museums, and live performances, or join a hands-on class at the First City Art Center.
The Pensacola Bay Area is an ideal vacation destination for everyone from romantic couples to boisterous families. So, when it’s time to get away, head to VisitPensacola.com, download your free Vacation Guide, and get started on your perfect vacation!