Pensacola is proud of its rich heritage, historically significant events, and landmarks.
We recently marked our 450th anniversary. In celebration, we hosted the king and queen of Spain, the world’s third largest tall ship the Elcano, and renowned winemakers and artists.
Every year, we invite visitors to celebrate with us at our many historic sites, festivals and parades. You might be surprised to learn that we’re the first European settlement (established in 1559) in the United States. Our rich history lends itself to fascinating historical and archaeological sites, allowing you to absorb our colorful past.
Top Gun air combat simulators, special walk-through exhibits and more than 150 vintage aircraft will amaze you at the National Naval Aviation Museum. Furnished period houses, several museums and one of Florida’s oldest churches at Historic Pensacola Village are located in downtown Pensacola near charming shops and eateries. And you can literally dig into our past at summer archaeological digs by the University of West Florida.
Whether you climb to the top of Pensacola Lighthouse, let the kids have fun in the Discovery Gallery inside the T.T. Wentworth, Jr. Florida State Museum, or visit Veterans Memorial Park to see the only permanent replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., the quality and variety of Pensacola’s historical attractions delight more than just history buffs.
Pensacola beach has the beautiful white sand beaches. Once you cross over the bridge to the beach, paradise awaits you. Make sure you park next to the Beach Ball water tower and hit the bea…