Pensacola is a city which is always alive and ready to welcome you with delightful attractions. It has it all; amusement parks, zoos, beaches, historical museums, sports, etc. The City of Pensacola, Florida, has many nicknames given to it by people. The United States Naval Air Station which is the first in USA, is located southwest of Pensacola and is home to the Blue Angels flight demonstration team. The history of Pensacola is rich and colorful, dating back 450 years. Pensacola was the first European settlement. It was under the possession of the French, Spanish, British, Confederate States, and has remained a part of the United States since the end of the American Civil War. Wars and numerous hurricanes and storms also have been a major part of Pensacola's history. Below are many attractions of the City of Pensacola, Florida.
National Museum of Naval Aviation
This is one place you definitely wouldn't want to miss. It's a military and aerospace museum located at the Naval Air Station Pensacola, which opened in 1962, and is devoted to the history of naval aviation including the US Navy, US Marine Corps, and the US Coast Guard. Currently, it has over 150 aircraft and spacecraft on display. Moreover, the museum also has an IMAX theater, a museum store and a cafeteria. It is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm everyday, except on days like Christmas, Thanksgiving Day, and New Year's Day. The parking is totally free and so is the admission, though some exhibits inside the museum may charge for admission. There are practice demonstrations by the Blue Angels that can be viewed from the museum, mostly on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, between March and November.
It is an unincorporated community located in the south of Pensacola, Florida. It is a place on an island that includes spas, boutiques, fishing, scuba diving, golf, sailing, and other water sports. The Quietwater Beach Boardwalk is an area that includes restaurants, nightclubs, retail shops, street musicians, and sidewalk artists. It has a large seashell stage, where many concerts are held several times a year. Fort Pickens is another interesting place to see in Pensacola Beach. It is a historic military fort that was completed in 1834 and was used until 1947. It is a part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore and is administered by the National Park Service.
Sam's Fun City
It is an amusement and water park in Pensacola, with over 20 rides and attractions for kids of all ages. The Crossroads Arcade located here has the largest selection of arcade games, featuring 50 of the best games. Sam's Surf City, a water park that is under construction and which will open shortly, has over 15 water slides, a 1,200 feet 'Lazy River', and many interactive play structures for enjoyment. Sam's Fun City Hall is a 10,000 sq. ft. banquet space that can accommodate up to 5000 people in an event or gathering. It can be termed as a perfect family destination.
Historic Pensacola Village
It is a collection of 22 historical buildings and museums that is owned and operated by the University of West Florida. It is located in downtown Pensacola. The admission needs to be purchased for a week that includes access to the entire village and T.T. Wentworth Museum, and also a guided tour of many historical buildings. The museum complex is open for visitors from Monday to Saturday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Certain buildings can be rented for special occasions such as weddings, events, receptions, and birthdays. The village includes the Museum of Commerce, Weaver's Cottage, Museum of Industry, Julee Cottage, Lavalle House, Old Christ Church, etc.
Fort Barrancas is a historic military fort located in the Warrington area of Pensacola. The fort was non-operational from April 1947 onwards. It was designated as a National Historic Site (NHL) in 1960, and its control was transferred to the National Park Service in 1971. It was eventually opened for the public in 1980.
Veterans Memorial Park
It is a park built to honor all American Vietnam war heroes and contains the names of Americans who lost their lives during the Vietnam War. It is a beautiful tourist attraction whose maintenance is looked after by the Wall South Foundation and Vietnam Veterans of Northwest Florida.
These are a few interesting places that can be visited, but besides these there are many more places in the City of Pensacola which are worthy of a visit.