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Fort Walton Beach, FL

428 Mary Esther Cut Off NW Unit A,
Fort Walton Beach, FL
32548, United States
(850) 374-3769

Gulf Breeze, FL

3779 Gulf Breeze Pkwy,
Gulf Breeze, FL 32563,
United States
(850) 565-5334

Pensacola Lighthouse & Maritime Museum

One of the top tourist attractions in Pensacola, FL is the Blue Angels Air Show. This aeronautical feat showcases the amazing skills of the United States Navy. Visitors to the Blue Angels Air Show are treated to a high-flying, colorful extravaganza. It’s best to bring ear protection if you have sensitive hearing. After watching the show, you can shop for local gifts, dine at one of the many restaurants, and enjoy a drink in the museum. The Pensacola Lighthouse & Maritime Museum is located at 2081 Radford Blvd, Pensacola, FL 32508.

For a more cultural experience, don’t forget to visit the Gulf Islands National Seashore. This national seashore is home to several hiking trails and historic forts. Many visitors also enjoy watching dolphins and marine wildlife. For those who don’t mind climbing stairs, the Pensacola Lighthouse & Maritime Museum offers 177 steps for a breathtaking view of the area. In addition to the lighthouse, the National Naval Aviation Museum is another great attraction to visit while in Pensacola. More

If you’re interested in military history, you may want to visit the Pensacola Lighthouse. Built in 1859, this lighthouse is located on a naval air station. From there, you can look out from the tower and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Gulf Coast. The lighthouse reopened in 2009 for a limited schedule of public tours. The Pensacola Lighthouse Association operates the tours.

Whether you’re a history buff, an avid surfer, or an avid history lover, the Pensacola Lighthouse & Coastal Museum will give you a sense of history. Built in 1859, the lighthouse offers spectacular views of Pensacola Bay and the Gulf. There are 177 steps to climb to the top to view the museum’s exhibits, including a restored keeper’s quarters that allows you to see the life of a lighthouse keeper. 

Kids will enjoy the MESS Hall, an interactive science center located downtown. The MESS Hall features a rotating collection of “mess kits” and exhibits based on science and technology. For the younger set, you can take part in hands-on activities or participate in workshops. For the whole family, the museum is operated by a nonprofit organization, which makes it a great place to bring the kids. Check it out here

The City’s Museum of Art is another great option for families. Founded by a group of local women in 1954, the museum features local and international artists. Children can explore the city’s history at their own pace while adults can enjoy a relaxing atmosphere with a free Hop-On Hop-Off bus tour. During your visit, take advantage of over $100 in discounts at local businesses!

For a more intrepid family, you can visit the National Naval Aviation Museum. Here, you’ll learn about the history of aviation in America. Founded in 1962, the museum has over 150 aircraft on display, from the first plane to cross the Atlantic to modern fighter jets. There are also flight simulators and a library dedicated to military history. You can also explore the town’s past with a Segway tour.