A Road Trip: From Jacksonville to Pensacola
By Carrie McLaren
Road trips have been a part of my family vacations since I was a little girl. Not big into flying, my parents loved piling everyone in the car and hitting the road to explore the sights of the Sunshine State. Now that I have a family of my own, I’ve carried on my love of road trips to them.
Interstate 10 covers the state from Jacksonville to Pensacola with plenty of great spots to explore along the way. Here are some of our favorite places to visit along the trek from Jacksonville to Pensacola.
Jacksonville – The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, just outside Downtown Jacksonville, has close to 5,000 works of art and a fantastic art education center for children. It's the largest fine arts museum in North Florida. The Art Connections center is designed for kids, and my girls love the ‘Gallery under Five’ area, with replicas of artwork found in the main galleries -- but on a much smaller scale -- that they can touch adn appreciate.
Tallahassee - The Tallahassee Automobile and Collectibles Museum lets you take a step back in time with a display of more than 140 antique and classic cars. From the 1860 horse-drawn funeral hearse reported to have carried Abraham Lincoln to three Batmobiles (two of them originals), this museum is a car lover’s dream.
Panama City Beach – If you’re in the mood for good food and great shopping, don’t miss Pier Park – located directly across from the beach. This outdoor destination feature 124 stores, a variety of dining options and plenty of entertainment venues, incuding the Grand IMAX Theater. It’s the perfect place to kick back after a day at the beach.
Pensacola - The National Naval Aviation Museum is the place to go if your kiddos love planes. Located on NAS Pensacola, the museum features more than 150 aircraft on display, and what really impressed me is that you can touch all of them! No ropes, no barriers. With free admission and free guided tours, it’s an affordable and fun adventure. (Note: Admission to the National Naval Aviation Museum is currently limited to Department of Defense ID cardholders and their guests, and veterans with a Veterans Health Identification Card.)