Here are top 10 free things to do in Pensacola, courtesy of our friend Merina at Visit Pensacola. Pensacola, Florida is such a quaint little town. it’s known for its historical background, sandy white beaches and being home to the us Naval air base and also the Blue Angels.

Pensacola attracts all types of people from round the country. Pensacola is that the westernmost city within the Florida Panhandle, and therefore the county courthouse of Escambia County, Florida. As of 2020, the population was estimated to be 52,713. Pensacola is that the principal city of the Pensacola Metropolitan Area, which had an estimated 494,883 residents as of 2020.

Pensacola Beach. “Pensacola Beach is that the most beautiful beach within the world, beautiful white sand, perfect Gulf of Mexico water, awesome dining and shopping in walking distance, fabulous hotel and condominium places to remain .

1. Swim in the emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

I would consider this rated at the very top of the vacation destination stops, especially in off season when most outdoor water activities are closed. The beach was combed regularly and the sand was super white. Watching the waves crash in made for great background in family photos. Thanks for keeping it clean, Florida!


2. Explore the world-renowned National Naval Aviation Museum.

The National Naval Aviation Museum, formerly known as the National Museum of Naval Aviation and the Naval Aviation Museum, is a military and aerospace museum located at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida.

This was the coolest place. So much history I honestly didn’t know. There was something for everyone; it’s visual, auditory, tactile learning at its finest. If you’re lucky like we were, the Blue Angels were in town and we were allowed to experience their incredible flying show 1st hand. It was a great experience for the grand-parents, parents, kids and great grandkids.


3. Enjoy a free outdoor concert during the Bands on the Beach series.

Enjoy toe tapping music and box office hits this summer when Santa Cruz and Capitola host free concerts and movies the whole family can enjoy. Bring a picnic, low-back chairs, beach towels, and jackets for beachside entertainment at Main Beach fronting the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and at Esplanade Park in Capitola Village. Smoking, dogs, and alcohol are not permitted at either location.


4. Catch beads at the Fiesta Days Parade downtown in June.

The Fiesta Days Grand Parade is that the largest 24th of July parade in Utah County! We welcome marching bands, floats, businesses, queen royalties, community groups, etc. to use to be in our parade. The Fiesta Days Grand Parade may be a family tradition, a long-time favorite among residents, and this year’s line-up won’t disappoint!

5. Watch the world-famous Blue Angels perform stunts at the Pensacola Beach Air Show.

Locals and visitors from all over look forward to the annual Pensacola Beach Air Show held in the summer. The show highlights our hometown heroes — the Blue Angels — the U. S. Navy’s flight demonstration squadron stationed at Forrest Sherman Field aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola.

The Blues hold several practice sessions along the beach in the days leading up to the big event on show day.

6. Celebrate the Fourth of July at the waterfront fireworks show.

The Sertoma Clubs’ 29th annual event spans all Independence Day with activities, vendors, contests and music, concluding with the highly anticipated fireworks show across a night sky at Pensacola Bay. Events occur all throughout downtown Pensacola, so make certain to see the Schedule of Events on where each activity takes place. The Symphony, Sparks and Stars performance are going to be broadcast live during the event within the Wahoos stadium, and on NewsRadio 1620/NewsRadio 92.3, so bring a radio if you’ve got one. you’ll also need it for the culminating event as CatCountry 98.7 broadcasts music synchronized with the firework show. the simplest suggested viewing for the fireworks is along Bayfront Parkway.

7. Take your four-legged friend for a romp at Bayview Park Dog Beach.

Every dog deserves to be taken here. Best place a dog can be. So many happy dogs with friendly owners. If only we had our own dog still we would be here every day. This is Messi on his way to have some fun.
Great shallow beach for dogs to splash around. Nice grassy area too. Parking is expensive at $8 per hour and $40 per day. Sydney airport seems reasonable from a parking perspective (sic)!

8. Stroll through dozens of art shops and restaurants during the monthly Gallery Night downtown.

Gallery Night in Downtown Pensacola One special Friday evening monthly , the streets of Historic Downtown Pensacola wake up for Gallery Night. Galleries, boutiques, restaurants, and bars open their doors to the night air as visitors and locals flood the streets to enjoy music, art and cuisine.

9. Explore Civil War history at Fort Barrancas.

This is an amazing fort to visit. This place has been remarkably preserved/ restored and there is can amazing amount of history here. Plan to spend some time, take in the views and explore the passageways.

Fort Barrancas or Fort San Carlos de Barrancas may be a us military fort and National Historic Landmark within the former Warrington area of Pensacola, Florida, located physically within Naval air base Pensacola, which was developed later around it.

10. Collect seashells on the sugar-white beaches.

The sugarwhite beaches on Marco Island reveal an array of treasures, from lion’s paws to moon shells, coquinas, clams and cockles, which are just some of the 400 shells species that have been found in the area.

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