The Pensacola Bay Area is an activity-packed destination. Where else can you scuba dive the world’s largest artifical reef and fly a simulated jet at one of the world’s most famous aviation museums? The area is rich with culture, outdoor adventure, museums, attractions and boasts 52 miles of stunning beaches. Whether you’re an art enthusiast, nature lover, golfer, foodie or a super shopper, you’ll never run out of things to do in the Pensacola Bay Area.
One of the earliest European settlements in the U.S., Pensacola is awash in history. Visit Historic Pensacola Village and take a guided walking tour through the city’s past. The downtown area offers restaurants, galaries and cultural venues. Palafox Street was named one of the “10 Great Streets in America,” and is worth a visit.
The city has a proud military heritage, which is on display at attractions like the National Museum of Naval Aviation and the Pensacola Naval Air Station.
With so much of the area covered in water, whether bays, sounds, bayous, rivers or the Gulf of Mexico, it is obvious why boating is a favorite pastime here. Lauded as an ideal sailing destination, sailors benefit from the constant breezes, and picturesque mooring spots.
Novice sailors can attend the Lanier Sailing Academy, which offers sailing lessons, cruises and charters. Kayaks, motor boats and jet skis are available for rent on Pensacola Beach. Santa Rosa sound is rumored to be a great spot for novice boaters to safely get their sea legs. The start of the Florida Paddling Trail can be found at Perdido Key, which links the waterways of the Pensacola Bay area to the entire state and is perfect for those wanting to meander along in a canoe.
Fishing is big here. From the Gulf of Mexico and Pensacola Bay to inland creeks, springs, and rare dune lakes, good spots to fish are plentiful. Shallow water flats and back-country estuaries are ideal for catching trout or redfish. Out on the bay or pass can you can reel in grouper, snapper, Spanish mackerel, king mackerel, Jack Crevalle, or sheepshead, depending on what’s in season. Offshore and inshore excursions are offered by local fishing charters most of which include all necessary equipment, bait, and fishing licenses, etc. Whatever you’re looking to catch, you’ll most likely find it here.