Pensacola, FL is a pleasant resort town, nestled against the calm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Best known for the sparkling white sands of Pensacola Beach, this beautiful stretch of coast has been popular with visitors for decades. Today, it is an agreeable family-oriented tourist town, with plenty of diversion for visitors of every age.
Pensacola Beach is among the most spectacular places to sunbathe in West Florida, propitiously located on one of the world's largest barrier islands. If you want to get out on the open water, charter a boat for sightseeing or fishing along the coast. Once you've gotten a dose of sand and surf, experience some world-class golf or spend the day relaxing at a spa. There are also a surprising number of museums and art galleries in town, as well as many clubs, music halls, and family theme parks. Home to one of the country's oldest naval bases, Pensacola's city culture has been influenced by the Navy. In July and November, the famous Blue Angels perform an annual homecoming show. Even if you don't catch the official event, you can see these air acrobats practicing their routine every Monday and Tuesday morning over Naval Air Station Pensacola in the spring and summer.
Here are a few additional suggestions of things to do Pensacola:
-Pensacola Pier: Measuring almost 1,500 feet, this impressive wood pier stretches far into the Gulf's sparkling waters.
-Portofino Boardwalk: Soak up the coastal culture at the boardwalk's many shops and restaurants.
-Gulf Islands National Seashore: If you've ever wondered what Florida's beaches would be like without the sunbathers, head to this pristine expanse of coast.
-Historic Pensacola Village: The West Florida Historic Preservation operates this unusual museum, where visitors can explore 20 old homes in the city's historic district.
-Veteran's Memorial Park: Located by the sea, this memorial includes a replica of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C.
-National Naval Aviation Museum: Check out restored aircrafts or take a wild ride on the flight simulator at this Navy museum.
Pensacola draws crowds throughout the year, but it is especially lively during the city's annual festivals, such as the Pensacola Seafood Festival in September and the Pensacola Crawfish Festival in April. Held every autumn, the Greater Gulf Coast Art Festival is a great time to blend leisure with culture. If planning a trip to Pensacola during one of these popular events, a vacation rental can be a great way to beat the crowds. From your condo or beach house rental, you can call the seaside your home and wake up to the sound of crashing waves.
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