Find Family Fun in Northwest Florida

    By Kati Schardl 

    With its sugar-sand beaches, sparkling Gulf waters and abundance of museums, attractions and welcoming accommodations, Northwest Florida is the ideal destination for families. 

    The Flora-Bama Lounge is a beloved, ramshackle beach bar/juke joint/restaurant/hangout on Perdido Key outside Pensacola.

    Families love Perdido Key’s pristine, uncrowded, laid-back vibe.

    - ~Bill Strength for Visit Pensacola

    Gulf Islands National Seashore exhibits Perdido Key’s unspoiled beauty.

    Gulf Islands National Seashore exhibits Perdido Key’s unspoiled beauty.

    - Bill Strength for VISIT FLORIDA

    Families Flock to Pensacola

    There’s something for everyone in the family in Pensacola. Plunge into the past with a visit to Historic Pensacola Village. Window-shop your way down the retail establishments of Pensacola Beach Boardwalk. Hop in a go-kart at Fast Eddie’s Fun Center. Step into nature at Big Lagoon State Park on Perdido Key.

    Read and see more: 7 Things for Families to Do in Pensacola

    More for Families Around Pensacola

    Explore the Pensacola Bay area to find plenty of family-oriented attractions. The National Naval Aviation Museum features vintage aircraft, displays, interactive exhibits and more. 

    Note: The National Naval Aviation Museum is open Monday through Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. to current Department of Defense (DoD) ID cardholders. Access to NAS Pensacola is limited to current Department of Defense (DoD) ID card holders (active-duty service members, retirees, and their families) and Veterans who possess a Veterans Health Identification Card (VHIC) from the Department of Veterans Affairs that displays the Veteran’s eligibility status.  DoD ID card holders can escort guests as part of the Trusted Traveler Program, but must remain with their guests at all times. Unless sponsored through the Trusted Traveler program, no civilians will be granted access onto the base until further notice, and thus will not be able to access the National Naval Aviation Museum. Call 850-452-8450 for answers to your questions about visiting the museum and attending Blue Angels practice air shows.

    The ZOO in Gulf Breeze is a 50-acre preserve that’s been featured on Animal Planet, and the Pensacola Museum of Art hosts classes for adults and children both.

    Read and see more: Pensacola's Family Attractions

    Hangar Bay One is a recent addition to the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola.

    Hangar Bay One is a recent addition to the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola.

    - Colin Hackley for VISIT FLORIDA

    It’s just a short stroll from the beaches of St. George Island to the reconstructed Cape St. George Lighthouse

    - . ~Colin Hackley for VISIT FLORIDA

    Laid-Back or Lively, St. George Island Suits All

    There’s something for everyone at St. George Island. There are 17 miles of paved paths for cycling, walking and jogging. Climb the steps of the reconstructed Cape St. George Lighthouse for a panoramic view. Fishermen, kayakers and hikers will find plenty to do at St. George Island State Park.

    Read and see more: 5 Things for Families to Do on St. George Island

    View from the water

    View from the water

    - Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa

    One of the resort's three pools

    One of the resort's three pools

    - Carrie McLaren

    Families Find It All at Sandestin Hilton

    The Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa makes family vacationing easy, with a staff to provide everything you and your children need during your stay.

    Read and see more: Sandestin Resort: Family Trip of a Lifetime