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Tailor made Pensacola holidays
Whether it’s a short trip away or your main vacation stay, the beautiful beaches, nightlife, water sports and an array of family attractions make this waterfront city a must-see holiday destination.
It might have a small town feel, but there’s a huge amount to keep you busy for a holiday to Pensacola. As one of the sights of the first European settlements in the New World, there’s also a fantastic range of forts, museums and cultural sites for history buffs to enjoy.
America First Coast Travel can plan every bit of your Pensacola holiday. Read on to discover more about this incredible part of Florida.
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Hotels in Pensacola
The Hampton Inn seeks to provide its guests with a memorable experience that they will treasure forever. The hotel is located near and backs onto some of the beautiful beaches in Florida. Guests are provided with idyllic scenery and the perfect place to relax and unwind.
New World Inn
Hotel Rating: Quaint
This intimate hotel is situated in Downtown Pensacola, providing the perfect location to explore what Pensacola has to offer. The inn has a warm, welcoming atmosphere and beautifully decorated rooms fitted with cable TV and WiFi. There is free parking available and a continental breakfast included. Make the most of the 3 banquet rooms to relax, as well as the onsite Mediterranean restaurant and a covered courtyard with a fountain, providing the perfect place to relax and unwind after exploring Pensacola.
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Things to do on Pensacola holidays
Pensacola has a history that stretches back 450 years, which means there’s much more to experience than just the spectacular natural sights. If you’re a history buff who likes nothing more than a battle site or the architecture and museums of one the first European settlements in the New World, there’s enough to keep you informed and entertained for at least a couple of weeks.
The Pensacola Bay Area is home to some fantastic historic forts, many of which are still standing. Fort Pickens on Santa Rosa Island, Fort Barrancas on the Pensacola Naval Air Station and Fort McRee in Perdido Key are three of the best you can still visit. All three of these forts remained in use through WWII and are open for the public to explore.
Historic Pensacola Village
Located in the downtown area, Historic Pensacola Village has 27 properties that have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, 11 of which are open to the public. That includes Christ Church, one of Florida’s oldest surviving church buildings, as well as a number of houses the public can visit to get a rare insight into local life in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Museum of Commerce
Museum of Industry
Housed in the historic Hispanic Building, the Museum of Industry illustrates the rich industrial heritage of this area. That includes brick making, lumber, railroad, fishing and other vital industries that were behind Pensacola’s transformation into a thriving commercial centre.
Geared towards children aged 13 and under, the Pensacola Children’s Museum is a great way to explore history through play. Children can dress up in old-fashioned outfits and explore colonial cottages, military forts and trading posts. There are also plenty of interactive and interpretative exhibits that trace the history of Pensacola from its Native American roots.
T.T. Wentworth Jr. Museum
National Naval Aviation Museum
James Houston Jones Historic Park
Culture, arts & crafts
This not-for-profit organisation offers dance classes for children aged 3 and upwards and aims to enhance the cultural life of the local community by putting on regular, high-quality dance performances. There are also adult classes available for beginners through to advanced.
Belmont Arts Center
Since its inception in 1999, the Belmont Arts Center has been an ‘artistic hatchery’ for all different types of creative arts and crafts, including pottery, glasswork, music and visual arts. The raison d’être of the center is to expose people of all backgrounds and ages to different forms of art through a range of workshops, classes and outreach programs.
Blue Morning Gallery
Quayside Art Gallery
Beaches, surfing, parks & river cruises
Some of the world’s most pristine beaches can be found along the barrier islands that are home to Pensacola Beach and Perdido Key. If you’re booking a Florida beach vacation then you’ll have everything you need, with warm seas, white sands and a wide array of watersports on offer.
If it’s a little park life you’re looking for then world-renowned parks such as Johnson Beach at Gulf Islands National Seashore, Perdido Key and Big Lagoon State will give you a glimpse of this spectacular coastal ecosystem at its best.
Ecotourism, wildlife & the great outdoors
Protected Feathered Havens
Secret Turtle Lairs
With baseball, football, hockey and ‘little Nascar’ all on offer in Pensacola, you’re sure to get an authentic taste of American sporting life. The Blue Wahoos are the city’s baseball team and they play their home games at the 5,000 seater Bayfront Stadium, which overlooks the beautiful Pensacola Bay. The bayfront stadium is also home to the newly inaugurated University of West Florida Argonauts college football team.
From October to April, fans of slap shots and body checks will be able to see the Ice Flyers at the Pensacola Bay Center, while short-track racing fans can enjoy the Five Flags Speedway and the annual Snowball Derby in December.
As you’d expect from any self-respecting American city, Pensacola has its fair share of retail attractions, from vast shopping malls to quaint boutiques.
East Central boasts two large shopping centers, namely the Cordova Mall and University Towne Plaza. Here you’ll find an excellent range of shops selling jewellery, apparel, sporting goods and everything in between, as well as plenty of chain restaurants. The area’s also home to Miles Antique Mall, which is a great place to rummage for antiques.
Pensacola Beach and Perdido Key
These beaches have a number of shops selling all you’ll need for a day at the beach. There are also some excellent options if you’re looking for souvenirs or a special gift.