Local Attractions

Things to do in Pensacola

Air Shows

Navy’s Blue Angels

 

Amusement Places

Dinosaur Adventure Land
– “In addition to our fantastic rides, Creation Museum, Hands-on
Science Center and special events, you will see some amazing science
demonstrations and find out the truth about dinosaurs.”

Fast Eddies Fun Center – go carts and arcade games

Net Strike Arena – where you’ll find the largest computer gaming center in Pensacola

 

Aquarium

 

Gulfarium – on Okaloosa Island in Fort Walton Beach, FL

 

 

The Arts

American Guild of Organists – Pensacola Chapter – Celebrating
the Organ, its music, and its players, in Northwest Florida, nearby
Alabama, and wherever people love the ORGAN, the King of Instruments!

Arts Council of Northwest Florida
– Our Mission is to provide access, leadership, and support to the arts
and cultural communities – promoting quality, diversity and economic
growth.

Bayfront Gallery – “Largest Selection of American Fine Craft on the Gulf Coast.” “480 American artists from 49 states represented.”

BETA Children’s Theatre – “Provide(s) a professional venue for the performing arts for children in acting, singing and dance.”

Blue Morning Gallery – “Created to showcase the work of local artists and to encourage the development of new creative talent within the community.”

Choral Society of Pensacola
– “A group of volunteer singers who for 68 years have demonstrated a
commitment to excellence and professionalism in Northwest Florida.”

Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival – “Hosting over 200 fine art and fine craft exhibitors, performing artists and heritage artists.”

Harling Irish Dance Academy – First certified Academy of Irish Dance in Pensacola

Jazz Society of Pensacola
– “An organization of business and professional people, musicians,
teachers, students and just plain listeners working together for the
purpose of advancing jazz music.”

Kaleidoscope and Ballet Pensacola
– “A non-profit organization that provides Northwest Florida with
exceptional classical and contemporary dance productions as well as
local dancers and emerging professionals with a quality training ground
in a professional environment.”

Music Pensacola – The music guide to the Pensacola area.

Pensacola Children’s Chorus
– “Provides quality music education and performance opportunities that
enrich the lives of children from all religious, racial, cultural, and
economic backgrounds.”

Pensacola Civic Band – “An organization of adult instrumental musicians who want to continue performing in a band after high school and/or college.”

Pensacola Little Theatre – “The oldest continually producing community theatre in the southeastern United States.”

Pensacola Museum of Art – “A bridge to the visual arts for the diverse populations of Pensacola and the surrounding communities.”

Pensacola Opera
– “Enrich the culture of Northwest Florida by producing quality opera
and making it available to audiences of all ages and to support these
productions through education and other community programs.”

Pensacola Symphony Orchestra
– “A non-profit organization, the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra relies
on grants and its corporate and private supporters for financial
assistance.”

Saenger Theatre – A Center for the performing arts.

University of West Florida – Division of Fine and Performing Arts

West Florida Literary Federation

 

Beaches

Gulf Islands National Seashore

Bicycling

Pensacola Off-Road Cyclists
– was born in March 2000 and consists of recreational mountain bikers
of all ages and all riding skills. The club’s primary objectives are to
enhance the sport in the Pensacola area and to ensure that existing
trails are kept open for all mountain bikers, but especially for club
members.

West Florida Wheelmen
– Club of bicyclists that enjoy riding the rural roads of Northwest
Florida and Southwest Alabama. The memberships range from the hardcore
cycling enthusiast, to dedicated triathletes, road racers, and casual
everyday riders.

 

Bird Watching

 

The Birds of Project Greenshores

Francis M-Weston Audubon Society Pensacola, FL

 

Boat Charters

 

Adventure Perdido
– Perdido Key, FL. Sailing charters for sailing instruction, moonlight
or sunset sails, dolphin watches, or exploring deserted islands.
Variety of boat sizes for rent, including ski boats, speedboats,
run-a-bouts, pontoons, parasailing, and jet skis. Also has a “Yellow
Crab” Water Taxi (1½ Hr. Boat Rides).

Adventures Unlimited – Milton, FL. Canoeing, Kayaking, Tubing, and Camping

Beach Marina – Pensacola Beach, Florida. Bottom fishing, off-shore trolling, party boats, and private charters.

Blackwater Canoe Rental – Milton, FL. Round trip service for canoeing, tubing, or kayaking

Capt. Bubba Thorsen
– Pensacola, FL. Has the 26 foot Katelyn and the 70 foot Chulamar for
various fishing trips, sightseeing, beach combing, moonlight cruises.

Capt. Wes Rozier
– Pensacola, FL. 30 years of fishing experience in the Florida
Panhandle & Alabama inshore waters. 18′ Sea Ark side-console boat
with 90HP Johnson trained to go where the fish are!

Dive Pros – Pensacola & Gulf Breeze, FL. Scuba diving trips.

Emerald Coast Sailing
– Sailing Charters and school located on Pensacola Beach. Crewed and
Bareboat Sailing Charters available. Largest selection of sailing
yachts in the area.

Floridaze Sailing School and Charters – Pensacola Beach, FL. Sailing school, charters, and leisure lessons

Gulf Coast Charters, Inc.
– Pensacola Beach, Florida. Deep sea fishing, trolling (inshore or
offshore) on the Angie Lynn. Highly personalized, climate controlled,
private charters available for up to 6 passengers. Guaranteed fish on 6
hour or longer trips!

Key Sailing – Pensacola Beach, FL. Kayak, powerboat, sailboat, pontoon, run-a-bout, and waverunner rentals, parasailing, and boat sales.

Lanier Sailing Academy – Pensacola Bay, FL. Sailboat rentals, history / ecology tours, sailing club, sunset sails, or lessons.

Lively’s Gulf Charters
– Pensacola Beach, FL. The 55 ft. Lively One II for deap sea or
tournament fishing, boat rides, sunset cruises, historic Pensacola
tour, etc.

Moorings Charter Boat Service
– Pensacola Beach, FL. From 18′ trolling specialists to 65′ sport
fishing, for all types of fishing, scuba diving, or parties, reunions,
receptions, etc.

Pensacola Angling Adventures – Pensacola, FL. Fishing trips from 4-12 hours, sightseeing or dolphin watching cruises, or moonlight cruises.

Pensacola Sailing Tours
– Two-hour public or private trips, private half-day or whole-day
trips, special event cruises, sunset cruises, moonlight cruises, and
fireworks cruise.

Reel Eazy Charters
– Pensacola Beach, FL. A 30 ft Island Hopper for deep sea fishing,
diving, sunset cruises, dolphin excursions, party cruises to local
restaurants and clubs, etc.

Scuba Shack
– a full-service scuba diving center located in downtown Pensacola,
right on the water. A 50′ dive boat, the Wet Dream, is conveniently
docked right behind the shop for customers to make a one-stop trip to
go diving.

 

 

Boating

 

Florida Boating Safety Course – has online course approved by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission – boating safety information.

 

Camping

 

Adventures Unlimited – near Milton, Florida. Cabins, pull-through sites, full hookups, tenting.

All Star RV Resort – on Perdido Key Beach, full hookups

All Star RV Resort – (no website), 3 miles south of I-10 on Escambia bay, tenters welcome. Phone: (850) 623-0262.

Big Lagoon State Park – 12301 Gulf Beach Highway, approximately 10 miles southwest of Pensacola.

Blackwater River State Park – 15 miles northeast of Milton. Campsites, cabins, canoes, hiking trails

Camping on the Gulf Holiday Travel Park – Milton area, all types of RV’s, tenting, cabin rentals.

Cedar Pines RV Campground – Milton area, big rig, tent sites, modern hookups.

Emerald Beach RV Park – (no website), Navarre area, on Santa Rosa Sound Beach, full hookups, Phone: (850) 939-3431.

Florida Camper Club – 10% discount at over 100 Florida campgrounds.

Fort Pickens ¿ Gulf Islands National Seashore map location of campsite.

Gulf Pines RV Resort – Milton area, pull-through sites, cabin rentals

Lake Stone Campground – (no website), Century, Florida, paved RV pads, hookups, tenting, Phone: (850) 256-5555.

Lakeside at Barth – (no website), Molino, Florida, pull-throughs, hookups, tenting, Phone: (850) 587-2322.

Magnolia Beach Campground – Navarre, FL. 50 spacious sites on 5.1 acres. All sites are shaded and have full hookups with 30 and 50 Amp service.

Navarre Beach Campground – pull-throughs, hookups, cabin rentals

Pelican Palms RV Park
– Milton area, Our sites are all full hook-up and easy pull through.
They are level and large enough to accomodate the largest RV including
slide-outs. We offer 30 amp or 50 amp sites for your convenience. Pets
are welcome with some restrictions. For tent camping, we offer sites
with water and electric or primitive sites.

Playa del Rio RV Park & Yacht Club – Perdido Key area, full hookups

 

Canoe Trails

 

Blackwater River Canoe Trail – This 31-mile canoe trail flows through the Blackwater River State Forest.

Blackwater Heritage State Trail – This is a 7.0-mile, pleasant trip for the whole family with lots of access and safe riding.

Chipola River Canoe Trail
– Begins at Florida Caverns State Park, where you can explore the
intriguing network of caves and formations made by droplets of mineral
water. This beautiful trail flows through river swamps and hardwood
forests of beech, magnolia, oak and dogwood. Beaver, alligator, and
turtles are sometimes seen on the river, and pileated woodpecker can be
heard drumming in the forest.

Coldwater Creek Canoe Trail
– Because it is spring-fed, the shallow water is always pleasantly
cool. The sandy bottom and broad sandbars will remind you of the sugar
white sands of nearby Gulf Coast beaches. A brisk downstream current
helps carry you past pine and hardwood forests.

Sweetwater/Juniper Creeks Canoe Trail
– The 11-mile Sweetwater/Juniper Creeks Canoe Trail is officially
designated as part of Florida¿s Statewide System of Greenways and
Trails.

 

Dancing

 

Pensacola Swing
– “If you have a mind to swing dance, even if you’ve never danced a
step in your life, then make a point to come see us this Friday night!
We have a beginning dance lesson from 8:30 to 9:30 pm and then we open
up the dance floor ’till 12. You are sure to have a good time.”

 

Entertainment Venues

 

Civic Center – concerts, sports events

Saenger Theatre – A Center for the performing arts.

 

 

Events

 

Crawfish Creole Fiesta

Fiesta of Five Flags

Flora-bama Mullet Toss

Frank Brown Int’l Songwriters Festival

Grace Fest

Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival

Pensacola Interstate Fair

Pensacola Jazz Fest

Seafood Festival

 

Fishing

 

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission – all you need to know about freshwater fishing in Florida, licensing, limits, piers, boat ramps, hot spots, etc.

Gulf Breeze Fishing Pier – 1.5 mile bridge for fishing, includes rules, fees, and other information.

Gulf Coast Angling – Information about saltwater fishing for Pensacola, to Destin, Florida and Orange Beach, Alabama.

Pensacola Bay Fishing Bridge – 1.5 mile bridge for fishing, includes rules, fees, and other information.

Pensacola Beach Gulf Pier – longest pier on the Gulf of Mexico

Pensacola Big Game Fishing Club

Pensacola Blue Angels Bass Page

 

 

Golfing

 

Bluewater Bay Golf Resort – Niceville, FL

Champion Golf Course – Cantonment, FL

The Club at Hidden Creek – Navarre, FL

Creekside Golf Club – Pensacola, FL

Emerald Bay – Destin, FL

Fort Walton Beach Golf Club – Ft Walton Beach, FL

Green Meadows Par Three – Pensacola, FL

Hidden Creek – Navarre, FL

Indian Bayou Golf Club – Destin, FL

Kelly Plantation – Destin, FL

Lost Key Golf Club – Perdido Key, FL

Marcus Pointe Golf Club – Pensacola, FL

Moors Golf and Lodging – Milton, FL

Pensacola Country Club – Pensacola, FL

Perdido Bay Golf Club – Perdido, FL

Regatta Bay Golf & Country Club – Destin, FL

Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort – Destin, FL

Santa Rosa Golf & Beach Club – Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Scenic Hills Country Club – Pensacola, FL

Seascape Golf & Tennis Resort – Destin, FL

Shalimar Pointe Golf & Country Club – Shalimar, FL

Stonebrook Golf Club – Pace, FL

Tanglewood Golf & Coutry Club – Milton, FL

Tiger Point Golf & Country Club – Gulf Breeze, FL


 

Hiking

Blackwater State Park
– 15 miles northeast of Milton. The terrain, plant communities and
wildlife are highlighted along the park’s three nature trails. Guided
walks and campfire programs for park guests are offered seasonally.

Ft. Pickens – hike the Dune Nature Trail or the Blackbird Marsh Nature Trail. Another hiking option is to walk along the seawall.

 

Jogging

 

Pensacola Runners Association

 

Movie Theaters

 

Carmike 10

Rave Motion Pictures Pensacola 16

IMAX Theater – Located in the National Museum of Naval Aviation.

Silver Screen Theatre

 

 

Museums

 

Archaeology Institute at the University of West Florida

Historic Pensacola Village

Naval Aviation Museum Foundation

Pensacola Historical Museum

Pensacola Museum of Art

West Florida Railroad Museum

 

 

Scuba Diving

 

Dive Pros – trips, lessons and training facilities, rentals, sales, repairs.

MBT Divers – trips, lessons and training facilities, rentals, sales, repairs.

Scuba Shack – trips, lessons, rentals, sales, repairs. Phone: (850) 433-4319.

 

Shopping

Cordova Mall – in Pensacola with more than 140 specialty stores

Crestview Flea Market
(no website) – off of I-10 and Hwy 85 outside of Crestview. With 500
booths and 40 acres offering northwest Florida’s largest market. (850)
683-1117

Silver Sands Factory Stores – 8 miles east of Destin with over 100 designer-name stores and claims to be the largest Factory Store center in the nation.

Tanger Outlet Center
– located midway between Pensacola, Florida and Mobile, Alabama, in
Foley, Alabama. One of the largest outlet shopping centers in the
country with over 120 of the best outlet stores

University Mall – in Pensacola with more than 80 specialty stores

 

 

Skateboarding

 

X-Park @ Phoenix Crossing – 3200 N. Palafox, Pensacola, FL. (850) 430-4242

 

 

Skating

 

Pensacola Civic Center Ice Skating
– Offers public ice skating sessions from October through March. Public
skating sessions are also offered after most Pensacola Ice Pilots
hockey games held on Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays.

Dreamland Skating Center – 2607 Olive Road, Pensacola, FL. (850) 478-3994

Gulf Breeze Skating & Fun Center – 800 Gulf Breeze Pkwy., Gulf Breeze, FL. (850) 916-4386

Landmark Skate & Fun Center – 1002 N. Navy Blvd., Pensacola, FL. (850) 453-5621

Skateland – 6056 N. Stewart St., Milton, FL. (850) 623-9415

 

 

Sports-Organized

Florida High School Athletic Association

Gulf Coast Sports Club

YMCA – Offers a wide range of programs and events.

Baseball

Florida District 1 Little League

Northwest Escambia Little League

University of West Florida Argonauts

Basketball

University of West Florida Men’s Basketball

University of West Florida Women’s Basketball

Golf

University of West Florida Men’s Golf

University of West Florida Women’s Golf

Rugby

Pensacola Rugby

Running

University of West Florida Men’s Cross Country

University of West Florida Women’s Cross Country and Track

Soccer

Bayside Soccer Club
– Bayside is a registered affiliate of FYSA (Florida Youth Soccer
Association), the state affiliate for the United States Youth Soccer
Association. FYSA is a volunteer organization that sponsors state
championships, and enforces the rules of USYSA. For ages between 9 and
18.

Bazooka Soccer Camps – Member of the Florida Youth Soccer Association.

FC Santa Rosa – an affiliate of the Florida Youth Soccer Association and is a charter member of the ESCAROSA Soccer League.

PASO Adult Soccer Club
– is fully sanctioned by the F.S.S.A. (Florida State Soccer
Association). As such, we are able to sponsor tournaments with state
sanctioned referees officiating all games.

Pensacola Futbol Club
– A non-profit organization that has been committed to the promotion of
youth soccer in Northwest Florida since 1982. Home-based at the Ashton
Brosnaham Soccer Facility off Ten Mile Road in Escambia County, PFC is
dedicated to providing the highest quality program at the lowest cost
for boys and girls ages 4 to 18.

University of West Florida Men’s Soccer

University of West Florida Women’s Soccer

Softball

University of West Florida Women’s Softball

Swimming

Greater Pensacola Aquatic Club
– Allows athletes of all ages the opportunity to grow and develop
mentally, socially, as well as physically through the pursuit of
excellence in swimming.

Tennis

University of West Florida Men’s Tennis

University of West Florida Women’s Tennis

Volleyball

Ball Banger Beach Volleyball

Volleyball Pensacola
– Offers Northwest Florida female volleyball players the opportunity to
participate in the sport after their high school season is over. The
idea is to offer a less stressful environment to have fun and to
showcase their talents before their parents, peers and college coaches.

University of West Florida Women’s Volleyball

 

 

Sports-Professional

 

 

Emerald Coast Classic – Senior PGA tour

Pensacola Greyhound Track – greyhound racing and betting

Pensacola Ice Pilots – minor league hockey

Pensacola Pelicans
– The Central Baseball League enters its 11th season in 2004 and it’s
third year under the current name. For the first eight years of its
existence it was known as the Texas-Louisiana League.

 

Water Parks

 

Big Kahuna’s Water Park – Destin, FL. Encompassing more than 25 acres…features more than 40 water attractions for all ages.

Waterville U.S.A – Gulf Shores, AL. The ultimate in family fun, is a 20 acre Water Park and Amusement Park.

 

 

Zoo

 

The Zoo – over 700 animals surrounded by botanical gardens


 

 

THINGS TO DO IN ORANGE BEACH!

 

 

Attractions

Adventure Island

Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo

Audubon Sanctuary

Bon Secour Nat’l Wildlife Refuge

Pirates Island Adventure Golf

SanRoc Cay

Sky High Parasail

The Track Recreation Center

Waterville, USA

Biophilia Nature Center

 

Dining


Punta Clara Kitchen

Hope’s Cheesecake

King Neptune’s Seafood Restaurant

Kirk Kirkland’s Hitchin’ Post

Louisiana Lagniappe

Mangos on the Island

Original Oyster House

Pink Pony Pub

Ribs & Reds

Sea-N-Suds

Fat Tuesday

 

Day Trips

Dauphin Island Sea Lab

Bellingrath Garden and Home

Historic Blakeley State Park

Exploreum Museum of Science

Battleship USS Alabama

National Museum of Naval Aviation

Blue Angels Navy Flyers

Fort Gaines Historic Site

 

Shopping


Riviera Centre Factory Stores

SanRoc Cay

Seacrecy

Southern Waters Outfitters

Alvin’s Island

J & M Tackle

 

Fishing, Charter and Cruises


Orange Beach Fishing Association

Orange Beach Marina

Palm Island Yacht Cruises

Sail The Daedalus

Sailaway Charters

Dolphin Cruises

Bandit Charters

 

Gulf Area Lighthouses


Alabama Lighthouses

Sand Island Light

Lighthouse Friends

Pensacola Light

 

Golf

Peninsula

Cotton Creek

Gulf Shores Golf Club

State Park

The Woodlands

Cypress Bend

Soldiers Creek Golf Club

Kiva Dunes

Trevino Golf Center