Pensacola Travel Guide

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    Joe Patti's main fishing boat
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    pelican looking for something to eat!
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Pensacola Things to Do

  • T. T. Wentworth Florida State Museum

    Originally opened in 1907 as Pensacola's City Hall, this structure is in the Alamo Mission style, somewhat incongruous amid the creole buildings of Penacola's old quarter. T.T. Wentworth was a local eccentric, philanthropist, and collector of miscellany. The museum is an intriguing mix of his own personal (and occasionally peculiar) interests, as...

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  • Historic Pensacola Village - the Dorr...

    An organization called "Historic Pensacola Village" offers guided tours of four beautifully preserved Pensacola houses, including this one, the 1871 Dorr House. The house is associated with the first woman who lived in it and decorated it, Clara Barkley Dorr (1825-1899). Mrs. Dorr was the daughter of a prominent shipping merchant, and the wife of...

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  • Fort Pickens

    Fort Pickens is a historical military site located within the Gulf Islands National Seashore. It was originally constructed in the late 1820s/early 1830s, with the purpose of protecting the entire Pensacola harbor - which at the time included the most signicant port east of the Mississippi and south of Baltimore. Completed in 1834, it remained in...

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Pensacola Restaurants

  • Dharma Blue: a Cafe

    Dharma Blue is an adorable cafe in what looks like was an old house. It is cozy and funky at the same time - even a little romantic, in a non-formal way. We were seated by the open fireplace, which was a welcome respite from the unusually cold weather outside. I noticed right away that there was an active sushi bar, but I was not in the mood for...

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  • Landry's Seafood

    Landry's is restaurant chain specializing in seafood and New Orleans cuisine. I came here with friends just before going to the airport to return home. It was early, so there was no lunch crowd, although it did start to pick up as we were leaving.The service was a little lackluster, in that we had to flag down our waitress for drink refills, and...

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  • Classic Diner with a 1950s feel

    I like old diners and this one definitely feels like a time machine that will transport you back to the days of President Eisenhower, the early days of Elvis - and that bizarre thing called "Sputnik". Good solid reliable breakfast with efficient and pleasant table service.

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Pensacola Nightlife

  • An Irish Gem

    It doesn't seem that VT consider pubs as nightlife. Well I do. We don't all require night clubs and dancing.This is a very traditional looking Irish Pub open from 11am 7 days a week.They brew their own beer on the premises and have 5 regular beers from Light to Irish Stout. They also have seasonal beers. I tried a few of these beers as you would...

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  • Any night of the week

    They have live music on the weekends in the winter and every night in the summer (I'm told, I have not been there every night of the week, though) And it's Irish music--I've been up on stage singing "The Unicorn" and "Beer, Beer, Beer" and some other stuff I'm sure. It's a lot of fun...you can choose to be involved in the music or sit in a back...

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  • Ladies Night

    If you looking for a midweek party- look no more! Wednesday nights at The Deck at The Fish House are rockin'! There is no cover charge, and drinks for the ladies are only $2. Wine, beer, martinis, cocktails- you name it, it is $2. They serve a limited menu to table tops until around 10pm- including crab claws and ahi tuna appetizers. The food is...

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Pensacola Transportation

  • Driving around Pensacola

    While driving around Pensacola you are just as likely to see beautiful beaches and babes in bikinis as you are to see Blue Angles and signs pointing to Bagdad. From Naval bases to Naval live oaks and bridges missing half of their decking surface. In the summer time this area is full of tourists and beach goers, so use caution...don't want to ruin...

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  • Air Transportation To Pensacola

    In my opinion, Pensacola is not the most convenient city to get to. You must make a change either in Atlanta or some other city depending on where you are starting. Jet Blue does not go there. The link below will give you some airlines that do.

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  • Getting There

    By Air : Pensacola Regional airport is located in Escambia County, approximately three miles northeast of downtown Pensacola. By Road: Many travelers will arrive on I-10, the interstate highway that runs east-and-west across the panhandle. As you near Pensacola, take Exit 4 and follow signs reading "To The Beaches." On the way to the Gulf Coast we...

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Pensacola Shopping

  • Pet snacks, toys, leashes, etc

    Everytime I come to Pensacola with the dog, we always make a morning stop at Central Bark for a cup of coffee and gourmet dog cookie. They bake them fresh, daily. All their products are organic and completely healthy. Peanut butter Squirrel Cookies $2 to $5 for a cookie, $2-3 for a coffee

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  • Shopping Downtown Pensacola

    The shop is really a tea shop and gift shop all in one. The owner, Ms. Lucy, is super friendly and had us all laughing with her stories. It is located in the historic district of downtown, and is very quaint and relax. They have a High Tea "Pensacola style", and dress up parties for children, but you have to have reservation---and the prices are...

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  • U. S. Park Service

    Fort Barrancas is a part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore that is on the Pensacola Naval Air Station. They have a small store there which has various inexpensive items such as books, videos, toys, maps, pins and patches. The Fort Barrancas Story (a book) is $3.95Gulf Island National Seashore patch $3.95Gun models such as a Mortar 3 1/2" x 2...

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Pensacola Local Customs

  • Naval Air Station

    Pensacola has a tremendous naval air station which trains many of our aerial specialists of the military. Navy and Marine men and women train here for the great instruction. So, you may see many of these brave souls out and about town. It also means when the patriotic times of year approach you can often find many wonderful things going on. The...

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  • Climate

    The most 'value for money' time to visit is September through to March. Pensacola averages 343 days of sunshine a year. The southerly winds off the Gulf of Mexico keeps the temperatures mild. · Average high temperature: 77° and Average low temperature of 60° .

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  • living on the island is like...

    living on the island is like living in another country..the islanders, IF they have to cross the bridge into Pensacola, consider it going to the 'mainland'. suits and ties aren't allowed on the island and bring your sense of humor

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Pensacola Warnings and Dangers

  • Pensacola Beach

    While the beaches are beautiful, they can be dangerous if not aware of the tides and undertow. I feel that is the most important thing I can share with vacationers. Having lived here all my life I know of the dangers. If visiting Pensacola Beach please be aware of the Flags posted on the beach and of the sign at the toll bridge that indicates bad...

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  • Shark Attacks!!!!

    Be advised, shark attacks are extremely common, especially at the beaches on Santa Rosa Island. These attacks have been known to occur in knee deep water. You may think I'm exaggerating the shark dangers, but just a week after we were there, we heard several stories on the news of several shark attacks on the same beach that we were swimming. Maybe...

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  • hurricanes

    pensacola is located in an area which is prone to summer hurricanes. the town of pensacola was destroyed twice in 1559 and 1722 by gulf of mexico hurricanes. in recent times pensacola has been hit by hurricane eloise 1975, frederic 1979, juan 1985, erin 1995, opal 1995, georges 1998, ivan 2004, and dennis 2005. today you can still see the...

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Pensacola Tourist Traps

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    by cobrioc Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Residents and visitors about the imminet problems facing sea turtles on Santa Rosa Island and elsewhere.
    In addition to their natural enemies, sea turtles face a man-made hazard,lights which draw them away from the Gulf of Mexico and jeopardize their lives.
    Pensacola Beach residents can help make the area safer for sea turtles during their nesting and hatching season behins May 1 and concludes October 31. Less light means a better change of survival for the sea turtles.
    Here's what you can do:
    Remove unneeded fixtures or light.
    Use low-pressure sodium vapor lights.
    Place outdoor lights on motion sensors so they don't burn needlessly.
    Attach shields to block beaches lights.
    Place security lights on motion sensors.
    Tint windows, close curtains after dark.
    Use yellow bug lights of 50 watts or less, they're less likely to attract sea turtles.
    Reduce height of fixtures.

    Light on the beach disorients the turtles and their hatchlings, luring them away from the water and leaving them vulnerable to other animals, exhaustion, passing automobilies and the morning sun.

    Sea turtles nest in the dunes of Santa Rosa Island from May through August, the babies hatch from mid-july to the end of October.
    Lights and weather are major enemies of sea turtles.
    If you see sea turtles on the beach, please call
    916-3010.

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Pensacola What to Pack

  • Sun Screen

    The most important thing to pack other than clothes is sun screen. If you are not used to being out in the sun and head out to the beach, please use a high spf sun screen. Too many people end up lying in bed due to a bad sunburn rather than having a good time. I know, because I have been there. Even those of us living here make that mistake. You...

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  • Packing List

    I assume most people will be visiting in the Spring through Fall, so bring loose fitting clothes in the summer, short pants and short sleeve shirts, sandals or sneakers, something comfortable to walk in. Also the sun walking across the dry sand gets very hot to the bare feet and walking across the sand dunes, there are stickers that will attach...

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    Let's one thing straight: the sun burns very hot here.So don't forget your suncream, use a very high protection factor, and remember to re-apply after swimming.

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Pensacola Off The Beaten Path

  • Annual Weiner Dog Races!

    Every year in Pensacola, they have the annual weiner dog races to raise money for the Dachsund Rescue Foundation. Dachshund owners from around the area show up to drag race their dogs in various heats based off weight class. Some race well, others veer off the course a little, others never leave the starting blocks. Prizes and food are all provided...

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  • Seafood at it best!

    Best place to buy seafood in the FL panhandle. Any type of seafood is sold here and at very good prices. Very well worth the stop if you are in the area. When checking out, they will “pack to go” your purchases if needed.

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  • gulf islands national seashore...

    the gulf islands national seashore headquarters in located on US 98 in the town of gulf breeze florida. the headquarters is located in the naval oaks section of the park. in 1828 president john q. adams established this area as the first U.S. tree farm to produce oak timber for naval vessels. for those planning a visit to gulf islands national...

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Pensacola Sports & Outdoors

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    by SNOWMAN850 Written Feb 26, 2004

    Bass fishing in florida is great. Just need to find the right places to go.

    Equipment: The water is like none other..A boat wouls be great to see the true water.

    My 98 explorer and 98 stratos.
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    • National/State Park
    • Fishing

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Pensacola Favorites

  • Desiderio Quina House Museum

    Historic house from the early 1800s that is said to be Pensacola's oldest building still in its original location. Desiderio Quina was not the original owner, but he is earliest resident of whom there is record. He purchased the property in 1821 and operated an apothecary here. At 204 S. Alcaniz Street.

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  • Historical Marker for the 1559 Luna...

    Down in the harbor this historical marker commemorates the 450th anniversary of the first Spanish ship to visit Pensacola Bay. In 2009, King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain took part in the official celebration of the Luna Expedition. "In 1559, an expedition led by Tristan de Luna y Arellano arrived in Pensacola Bay to establish Santa Maria de...

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  • Plaza Ferdinand VII

    Pensacola's historic ties to Bourbon Spain are illustrated in the Plaza Ferdinand VII, named after the early 19th century monarch whose government was responsible for the cession of Florida to the new United States in 1821. Future American President Andrew Jackson was the US official who presided over the official transferal ceremony. A bust of...

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