Fort Pickens - Gulf Islands National Seashore
Pensacola Beach, Florida
Fort Pickens - Gulf Islands National Seashore Pensacola Beach Reviews
Very interesting site from the Civil War Jun 23, 2013
Fort Pickens is a military fort that was taken by the Unionists during the civil war, after the capture of Pensacola. The fort was built in 1834 after the desire of the US government to strenghten their ports after the "1812 war" with Britain.
There is a $6 fee that gives also access to the campground (located next to the fort) for those who wish to camp in the area and stay longer. The drive in the highway before the fort is very slow (about 20 mph), because it's a sea bird hatching area, and measures were taken to protect the new born babies when they are walking their way to the beach.
There are also a few beaches nearby, but with no life savers and the waves looked way higher than in the main Pensacola beaches.
It's a place worth visiting, specially for those interested in history.
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A 7 mile stretch of Paradise Jul 26, 2011
Fort Pickens is part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore and is located on the west side of Pensacola Beach, FL. The Park consists of a 7 mile stretch of Island rich in both history and soft, white sand beaches. This stretch can be driven, biked or completed by foot. At most point the island is so thin that you can see the emerald waters of the gulf to the left, while being able to view the Santa Rosa sound on your right.
Toward the end of the park are historical forts and batteries, including the area in which Geronimo was once held captive. The rangers offer great assistance if requested and camping is offered on the island for a very reasonable rate.
I personally recommend heading down to the end of the park towards sunset. At the western tip, you can take a walk on the sand as the sun beautifully sets above the water before you. During this walk, you may encounter many beautiful species of birds.
There is an $8 per/vehicle entrance fee, but don't let this deter you!!!