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    Fort Pickens: Well Preserved and Located

    by TooTallFinn24 Updated Aug 16, 2014

    Gulf Islands National Seashore in Pensacola Beach has a lot to see. From spectacular beaches, interesting nature trails to a great Fort Pickens. The fort is located just few miles from the southern boundary of the park.

    Named after Major Andrew Pickens from South Carolina the fort is the largest of four that was built in the 19th century to protect Pensacola Bay. Construction of the fort was commenced in 1829 and completed in 1834 well before the onset of the Civil War.

    Despite its location in the Deep South the fort was never held by Confederate troops during the Civil War. This is partially based on the fact that the fort was significantly reinforced after the firing on Fort Sumter in 1861.

    The fort underwent several updates after the Civil War. Each of these updates was in response to a war or national crisis. The most noticeable improvement was the construction of several concrete gun batteries around the fort. By the end of World War II it was clear that forts like Pickens had outlived its purpose and it was retired.

    is It Worth The Visit?

    Definitely. The visitor center provides an interesting history of the fort. The grounds are maintained immaculately. There are some areas that might be too steep for older or younger individuals to climb. The price of admission is included within the $8 fee to enter the park.

    The fort became a state park after World War II. When the area became part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore in 1971 the fort was closed for repairs. It reopened after extensive repairs for public viewing in 1976,

    Fort Pickens Visitor Center and Museum are open: March - October 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and November - February 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    The area outside of the Fort is open from sunrise to about 7 p.m. daily.

    Fort Pickens Exterior View Arsenal Area View from Top of Fort Looking Out to Gulf

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    Sugar-white sand

    by basstbn Written Mar 24, 2012

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    While passing through the Pensacola area on a business trip many years ago, I recall staying at a Pensacola Beach motel because it was the off-season and prices were cheap. Something caused me to awaken during the night, and I went to the window to look outside. Forgetting where I was, I thought it had snowed during the night.

    The sand on the beach is that white - like snow, or sugar.

    I wanted to revisit those beaches and show them to Nancy, so we scheduled an extra night there on our Gulf Coast road trip of February, 2012. Our visit was off-season, with spring break still two weeks away, and the temperatures were still cool, so the beaches were still uncrowded when these photos were taken.

    * Note - dogs are NOT allowed on the white sands of the beaches here, and there are signs all over indicating that. How we failed to see any of them before walking Melody on the beach is beyond me. We were not approached for our transgression, but did not do it again.

    Longest fishing pier in the (world?)
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    Fort Pickens - Gulf Islands NS

    by Toughluck Written Jan 5, 2012

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    This is a great place for kids. Keep an eye on them, but give them a little running space through the tunnels, and the open moat (no water). The ramparts are relatively staff, as there are parapets that the kids will stand behind the watch 'the enemy' - probably someone walking outside the walls! Interesting ruins.

    The forts of Gulf Islands National Seashore span almost 150 years, from the Spanish colonial Bateria De San Antonio (1797) to the World War Two-era Battery 234. This reflects the historic value of the anchorages at Pensacola Bay, Florida and Ship Island, Mississippi. Most striking among these are the American Third System forts: Fort Pickens, Fort Massachusetts, Fort Barrancas, and the Advanced Redoubt, all of which saw action during the Civil War.

    Fort Pickens Interior of the fort. Tour Stop #3 - Casemate Tour Stop #7
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    Go to the Beach

    by grandmaR Updated Aug 19, 2006

    In 1959, when we lived in Pensacola I remember going to Pensacola Beach a couple of times.

    This beach is apparently renowned for its white sand. I was not apparently into beaches at that time (or now except for taking pictures of them), or, more likely, I hadn't seen many other beaches, because I don't remember being particularly impressed. The thing I remember most is getting sunburned, or, more properly, Bob getting sunburned.

    This is the rest of the story.

    Bob decided that it would be cheaper for me to cut his hair rather than for him to go to the barber shop, even the inexpensive one on the base. So he got a set of clippers from Sears, and sat down in the kitchen with a towel around his neck and said "Cut my hair".

    I had never paid any attention to men's haircuts, and I had not even had my own hair cut very much. But after some protest, I did as he said. The first haircut wasn't very good - there were 'holes' in it where more skin showed through.

    But we went out to the beach the next day and he got sunburned in the 'holes' so that his sunburned skin blended in with the color of his hair and made it less apparent. [He did not do this on purpose.] By the following week, I got better at it.

    When we went back in 2005 - the sand was still white.

    Pensacola Beach in 1959 Beach in December 2005 Sand and sea grass 2005 Tire tracks on the beach 2005 View from Pensacola Light in 2005
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    The Fishing Pier

    by changeinlatitude Written Mar 7, 2006

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    Do spend the $1.00 to walk to the fishing pier that is just up the road from the Hampton Inn. Take in the beautiful view of the beach and in the water. The last time I was there, there were a ton of jelly fish all around the pier. The only un-nerving thing is that there are a lot of barracuda there as well. However, they usually don't bother people. They are there to make the fishermen unhappy by taking their catches before they can real them in.

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    Pensacola Beach Pavilion

    by RoyJava Updated Jul 17, 2005

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    To get a visual idea of perfection of Pensacola head for the Pensacola Beach Pavilion to enjoy the beach-line of Seaside. Indeed a totally different skyline from Hollywood Movie-world, and yet, Seaside is so perfect that it could be a movie set. Maybe the feeling of an elf comes up because of the delicacy of the view of such a beauty. But it is too real to be a dream ... That is the real thing, the real Seaside, that is it !

    And when walking downtown you know all streets at Pensacola lead to downtown Seaside and the Central Square. All within easy walking distances, including Florida's most beautiful beach of Pensacola ...

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    Pensacola City & Historical Museum

    by RoyJava Updated Jul 17, 2005

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    Good to know that the city of Pensacola is the City of Five Flags, and considered Florida's "FIRST PLACE" City! Historically the Pensacola Society was founded at 14th of February, 1933, which opened the Historical Museum of Pensacola in 1960 (Historical Museum at the Arbona Building, 115 East Zaragosa Street, Pensacola).

    Literally you find all exhibits, books, lectures, tours, workshops, research and other interesting things about the history of Pensacola and northwest Florida, within the Historical Museum, so this is the spot to hit ...

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    Beach Pavilions & Seaside

    by RoyJava Updated Jun 23, 2005

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    Pensacola Seaside will reconnect, just with family. That is a great motion, isn't it? The sense of self, family and time, and the possibility of a community where you're able to relax and enjoy simple things of life.

    So it's about taking the time to watch a sunset, to stare up at a night sky full of shimmering stars, to speak to your best friends, to take long walks. And the best place to start is the beach where the panorama's will be breath-taking. A fashionable idea?

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    Fort Pickens

    by cruisinbeck Updated Nov 4, 2004

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    A HUGE stretch of seashore, as well as an historical site; don't miss it; great place to check out the seashore and hike around.

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