Confession time, before we moved to Pensacola I thought it was a town with nothing to do except for the Naval Museum and a beach. BOY was I wrong. As we explore our new home, I’m finding there is so much to do here in Pensacola. So I put together this list of 100+ SUPER FUN things to do in Pensacola With Kids in hopes that it will help you find something to do and help us explore our new home more.
Pensacola has a diverse and rich history and culture. Discover what makes the City of Five Flags so special by visiting these museums and historic sites.
Alger Sullivan Historic District
Located at 610 4th St, Century, FL 32535 and is a replica of the early 20th century town of Century, FL. including the Boxcar Museum, the Post Office Museum and the Leech House. Call for tour hours and prices (850) 256-3980.
Arcadia Mill Archaeological Site
Located at 709 Mill Pond Lane, Milton, FL 32583. It is an archaeological site that allow visitors to experience this unique wetland ecosystem. The site is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10am – 4pm. Guided tours are given Tuesday – Saturday from 10 am – 3:15 pm by calling (850) 626.3084 ext. 102. to schedule a tour. Visitors can also do a self guided tour from sunrise to sunset daily. FREE
Belmont Art Center (First City Art)
Also known as First City Art, visit the artist gallery from 10 am – 4 pm on Monday – Friday. Gallery tours are FREE. Located at 1060 N. Guillemard St., Pensacola, Florida; (850) 429-1222.
Fort Barrancas is located inside the Pensacola Naval Air Station. Open Thursday – Monday from 9 am – 4:15 pm. Visitors can take a self guided tour of the fort, Spanish Water Battery and the outside of the Advanced Roundabout. Ranger Guided tours are also available throughout the year. Cost is $20 per vehicle or you can purchase the $40 annual pass that will cover your entrance fees for Fort Barrancas, Fort Pickens and Johnsons Beach for a full year.
Located on Santa Rosa Island. Take a self guided tour of the historic fort from 8am – sunset daily. Be sure to also visit the Discovery Center to learn more about Pensacola, Pensacola Beach and Ft. Pickens from 9 am – 4:30 pm daily. Fort Pickens is also a great place to watch Blue Angel practices. Cost is $20 per vehicle or you can purchase the $40 annual pass that will cover your entrance fees for Fort Barrancas, Fort Pickens and Johnsons Beach for a full year.
Historic Pensacola Downtown Trolley Tours
50 minute narrated trolley tour of historic Downtown Pensacola. You will learn about the first settlement in 1559, the colonization of Pensacola in 1686 and more. The tours run from now until March 29, 2018 on Mondays at 10am and Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10am and 3pm. Cost for the tour is $10 for adults | $7 for children ages 6-12 | FREE for children 5 and under. Tours leave from the Pensacola Visitors Center at the foot of the 3 mile bridge.
National Naval Aviation Museum
Step back and time and learn all about Naval Aviation through the years. Located on the Pensacola Naval Air Station. The museum has a indoor playground, an IMAX theater, simulators and hands on exhibits that explore aviation history. The museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Also on select Tuesdays and Wednesdays from March – November you can watch the Blue Angels practice and on Wednesdays get their autographs at the museum. FREE
Located on NAS Pensacola, the Pensacola Lighthouse built in 1859 with only 177 steps to the top offers one of the most beautiful views of the Gulf Coast. Currently open from 10am – 5pm but starting February 1, 2018 the lighthouse will be opened daily from 9am – 5pm with the last climb at 4:45pm. Admission is $7 Adults | $ 4 for children 12 and under, military, and ages 65 and old.
Pensacola Museum of Art
Located in Downtown Pensacola at 407 South Jefferson Street, Pensacola, FL 32502. The Pensacola Museum of Art is opened Tuesday and Wednesday from 10am – 5pm, Thursday and Saturday from 1oam – 7pm and Sunday from NOON to 4pm. Admission is $7 for adults | $4 children ages 3-14 | $6 ages 65 and older, active duty military and their dependents, AAA members, Pensacola Museum of Art members, UWF Historic Trust Members and UWF Alumni Association Members | FREE for EBT card holders and UWF students with Nautilus card.
West Florida Railroad Museum
Learn the history of the railroad in West Florida at the West Florida Railroad Museum. The museum is located at 5003 Henry St., Milton and is opened Friday and Saturday from 10am – 3pm or by appt. FREE
Pensacola Historic Village
Visiting the Pensacola Historic Village is like taking a step back in time. Located in Downtown Pensacola the area includes 8 1/2 acres and 28 properties including the TT Wentworth Museum, Museum of Commerce, Museum of Industry, Julee Cottage, Voices of Pensacola and more. The “One Ticket, Seven Days to Explore” allows you to pay one price to explore all of the Pensacola Historic Village museums and take 7 days to do it! Admission is $8 dollars for adults | $7 for ages 65 and older, active duty military and their dependents, AAA members, Pensacola Museum of Art members, and UWF Alumni Association Members | $4 for ages 3 to 14 | FREE for UWF students and EBT cardholders (4 family members free per EBT card). On Sundays admission to the TT Wentworth Museum and the Pensacola Children’s Museum is $5 for adults | $3 for children’s ages 3 to 14 | FREE for EBT card holders and UWF students with Nautilus card.
Bounce House Pensacola
Bounce House Pensacola offers bounce houses, inflatable slides, creative area, sports games, video games and a toddler area. Located at 6241-D N. Davis Hwy, they are open Monday – Thursday from 10am-6pm, Friday and Saturday from 10am-7pm and Sunday from 11am-5pm. Admission costs are infants – FREE| Crawlers – $4.95 | Ages 1-3 – $9.95 | Ages 4-12 – $11.95 | Ages 13-17 – $9.95 — must be accompanying a younger sibling | guardians – FREE — two adults for every child additional adults are $3.95.
Escape on Palafox
Solve the puzzles, crack the codes and find the clues to see if you can escape in 60 minutes or less from one of the escape rooms at Escape on Palafox. Great activity to do with teens. Located at 28 Palafox Place, the cost is $24 per person. Children 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult, children 5 and under are only allowed if you rent the entire room (all 8 sections) and children 2 and under are not allowed under any circumstances.
Located inside Cordova Mall, Glow Golf has glow in the dark mini golf and a laser maze. Open Monday – Friday from 3-9pm, Saturday from 10am-9pm and Sunday from NOON-6pm when school is in session. When school is out the hours are Monday-Saturday from 10am-9pm and Sunday from NOON-pm. Cost for all 54 holes is $9 for adults | $7 for children 5-12 | $4 for ages 4 and under. The laser maze is $3 for 1 game | $5 for 2 games | $10 for 5 games.
Pensacola Children’s Museum
A historical museum geared to children celebrating 450 of Pensacola history with two floors of hands on learning. Located at 115 East Zaragoza Street, Pensacola, FL 32502. The children’s museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am – 4pm and on Sunday from noon – 4pm. As part of the Historic Village the Pensacola Children’s Museum is included in their “One Ticket, Seven Days to Explore” pricing. Admission is $8 dollars for adults | $7 for ages 65 and older, active duty military and their dependents, AAA members, Pensacola Museum of Art members, and UWF Alumni Association Members | $4 for ages 3 to 14 | FREE for UWF students and EBT cardholders (4 family members free per EBT card). On Sundays admission to the TT Wentworth Museum and the Pensacola Children’s Museum is $5 for adults | $3 for children’s ages 3 to 14 | FREE for EBT card holders and UWF students with Nautilus card.
Pensacola Kids Place
Pensacola Kids Place is an indoor playground for kids ages infant to 8 offering play tunnels, slides, a ball pit, educational toys and activities, an infant play area and more. Open Monday – Wednesday from 9am-5pm, Thursday and Friday from 9am-7pm, Saturday from 10am-8pm (Saturdays are reserved for birthday parties, open play is only available if there is no party scheduled), Sunday from NOON-3pm. Cost is $10 + tax for ages 1-8 | $6 + tax for under 1 | $5 on Sundays. Socks are required for play and can be purchased for $2. Located at 875 E. Nine Mile Rd. Suite 6.
Pensacola Mess Hall
Located in Downtown Pensacola at 116 N. Tarragona St. At the Pensacola MESS Hall children get to learn science hands on by experimenting and engaging through tinkering. Admission is $8 per person and is open from 1-5pm on Tuesday – Friday and 10am – 5pm on Saturday during the school year.
Jump your heart out at Skyzone, Pensacola’s indoor trampoline park located at 5007 N. Davis Hwy. Hours are 10am – 7pm.
Experience the magic of live theater by seeing a show at the Pensacola Little Theater or the Saenger Theater in Downtown Pensacola. During the summer the Saenger also has a kids movies and classic movies series.
5000 Sq Ft air-conditioned skate park located inside Waterboyz Surf and Skate headquarters at 380 N. 9th Ave. Call (850) 433-2929 for hours and prices.
WSRE Imagination Station
Free hands on learning venue with a strong focus on early literacy and use of digital media using educational resources from WSRE and PBS Kids, featuring your child’s favorite PBS Kids characters. Located at Blue Wahoos Stadium, Imagination Station is open Monday – Saturday from 9am – NOON. FREE
Storytimes In Pensacola
Barnes and Noble
Barnes and Noble offers themed storytimes on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11am plus addition storytime and special kid events throughout the month. Check the calendar for more information. FREE
Santa Rosa County Library
Various storytimes throughout the week at different library locations in Milton, Jay, Gulf Breeze and Navarre. Check the library calendar for more information. FREE
Preschool storytime at Ever’Man Cooperative Grocery and Cafe located at 315 West Garden Street. Children listen to stories, sing songs, try healthy snacks, make a craft and sometimes play in the garden. From 10am-NOON on Tuesdays, space is limited so call (850) 438-0402 to reserve your spot. FREE
West Florida Public Library
Various storytimes throughout the week at different library locations around Pensacola. Check the library calendar for more information. FREE
Parks In Pensacola
Parks are a great place to run off that energy, meet up with friends, play and have fun. And Pensacola is full of awesome parks to play in, you can find a list of them at Play Pensacola and My Escambia. Since we couldn’t list them all, here are seven Pensacola parks we think you should explore.
Aviation Discovery Park
Do you have a plane lover? Then this is the perfect park for you, even my 16 yr old things it’s cool. Not your typical park or playground, this one is located next to the Pensacola International Airport and has a mini control tower where you can watch the planes take off and land and listen to the real control tower talk to the pilots. Located at 4200 Jerry L. Maygarden Rd, between Pensacola Aviation Center and the commercial hangar facilities and accessible from either Spanish Trail Rd. or Summit Blvd. FREE
Big Lagoon State Park
Located off Gulf Beach Hwy along the Intracoastal Waterway, the park offers beaches, swimming, hiking, boating, fishing as well as has a playground with a waterview. There is also stargazing on select nights of the year. The park is open daily from 8am to sunset. Cost of admission is $4 for single occupant vehicles | $6 for vehicles with 2-8 people | $2 for pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers and passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.
Blackwater River State Park
Located at 7720 Deaton Beach Rd, Milton, the park offers white sand beaches along the river for swimming plus fishing, canoeing, tubing, hiking trails and more. The park is open daily from 8 am to sundown. Cost of admission is $4 per vehicle up to 8 passengers | $2 for National Guard Admission for Active Florida National Guard members, EBT Cardholders, pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers and passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.
Community Maritime Park
Located behind Blue Wahoo Stadium, this multi-use waterfront park includes an inclusive playground with unique play structures, shade trees and a covered picnic area. FREE
Naval Live Oaks
Part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore, located off Hwy 98 in Gulf Breeze. The park has hiking trails, a picnic area and swimming in the Santa Rosa Sound and is opened daily from 8am to Sunset. There is are also exhibits in the Headquarters Building that visitors can view Monday-Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm. FREE
Navarre Children’s Park
Located on Navarre Pkwy right before you get to the bridge that takes you to Navarre Beach and opened from 7am-10pm daily the park has a great play area with swings that face the water, a nature trail with turtles and more. My kids love flying their kites here! FREE
Perdido Kids Park
Located off Gulf Beach Hwy, Perdido Kids Park has one of the most unique play structures of all the local parks. Pretend your a princess or prince in the castle play structure, or a Blue Angel pilot in the Blue Angel flyers or climb the rock wall. There is something for kids of all ages and they will never want to leave. There is a also a nature trail at the park. The park is open from 7am – sunset. FREE
Pensacola Nature Trails
Explore the natural beauty of Northwest Florida via these Pensacola Nature Trails.
Bay Bluffs Park
Located at 3400 Scenic Hwy., Bay Bluffs offers boardwalks and nature trails down the cliffs to the water with vistas and close up views of the bluffs. FREE
Blackwater Heritage State Trails
Nine miles of paved trail great for biking, running, walking, skating and more that runs through the town of Milton. Open 8am-sundown daily, the Milton trailhead is located at State Road 87 and US Hwy 90. There is a visitors center one mile from the trailhead that offers parking, restrooms, picnic tables, BBQ grills and a playground. FREE
Colonial Archaeological Trail
Located in Downtown Pensacola, this trail highlights colonial history and archaeology and is a collection of outdoor exhibits that showcase the Spanish, British and American influences that shaped Pensacola.
Coldwater Creek Paddling Trail
This 20 mile spring fed shallow water creek that runs through the Blackwater Forrest is a great place for canoeing and kayaking while explore the natural beauty of NW Florida.
Ed Ball Nature Trail at UWF
Located on the UWF campus, the Ed Ball Nature Trail at UWF offers a 1/2 milk boardwalk through Thompson’s Bayou and a 20 mile bike trail for novice to experienced mountain bikers. The trails are open daily from dawn to midnight. FREE
Florida Trail at Ft. Pickens
This 28.2 mile trail is part of the 1300 mile Florida Scenic Trail. The trail starts at the fort and follows the old oyster shell path through the campground and then follows the beach to the park entrance. The park is open from 8am to sunset daily. Cost is $20 per vehicle or you can purchase the $40 annual pass that will cover your entrance fees for Fort Barrancas, Fort Pickens and Johnsons Beach for a full year.
Footprints in the Santa Eco Trail
Learn the secrets of Pensacola’s white sand beaches, the journey of the sea turtles, how to identify shells, local plant and animal life on this trail through Pensacola Beach via educations signs posted across the beach. FREE
Geocaching in Pensacola
Explore Pensacola on the Pensacola Geo Tour. There are four trails that allow you to explore the beaches, history and culture of Pensacola. Geocaching is can also be done in City of Pensacola Parks, Escambia County Parks and Florida State Parks. FREE except at Florida State Parks.
Jones Swamp Wetland Preserve Greenway Trail
Open sunrise to sunset when complete this 12 mile trail will allow visitors to experience bottomland forest and wet pine flatwoods. The eastern trail system features boardwalks, while the the western trails will provide a more rustic outdoor experience. The eastern trail has 5 locations and trail heads. The trailheads are located at 700 S. Corry Rd., 402 N. Navy Blvd, 198 Patton Drive, 1131 Patton Dr. and 1190 Decatur Ave. FREE
The eastern trail includes:
- Glenn Key Boardwalk – 1/2 mile boardwalk with a 65 foot bridge crossing over Jones Creek.
- Canopy Creek Boardwalk – 3/4 mile boardwalk with scenic creek views that follows a winding stream and has plenty of shade.
- Flatwoods Footpath – 1/2 mile footpath
- Rustic Flatwoods Footpath – 1/2 natural surface trail that leads visitors through bottomland and upland forest and ends with a scenic view of a wet gum pond and beaver dams.
- Decatur Boardwalk – 1/2 mile elevated boardwalk through pristine wetlands and beautiful old growth bottomland forest. When complete, it will be a one mile accessible walking link to Fairfield Dr.
Perdido Key Discovery Trail at Johnson’s Beach
Located opposite of the big parking lot near the pavillion area of Johnson’s beach close to the entrance, this is a short boardwalk showcasing the ecosystems of the park. You will see a salt marsh, birds, and possibly a snake or a raccoon. The trail can also be accessed from the boat launch area. From March 1st – October 31st the park is open from 5am – 10pm with the last entry at 8pm and from November 1st – February 28th the park is open from 5am – 6pm. Cost is $20 per vehicle or you can purchase the $40 annual pass that will cover your entrance fees for Fort Barrancas, Fort Pickens and Johnsons Beach for a full year.
Perdido River Walk
Adjacent to the Perdido landfill is a 2/3 mile nature trail along the Perdido River through oak pine uplands and bottomland hardwoods. FREE
Tarkiln Bayou Preserve State Park
Located at 12301 Gulf Beach Hwy this park is home to the rare carnivorous white top pitcher plant that is unique to the Gulf Coast. The park is open from 8am to sunset and has two trails. The Tarkiln Bayou trail is a .5 mile long boardwalk that ends with a scenic view of the bayou and the Perdido Bay Trail is 6.5 mile rugged trail that provides access to the bayshore beaches. The park entrance fees are $3 per vehicle up to 8 passengers and$2 for pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers and passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass. Please use the honor box and have exact change.
Yellow Marsh River Preserve State Park
Located at Dickerson City Rd and Garcon Point Road the hiking area can be accessed from the parking lot area located on Dickerson City Rd. There are no recreational facilities here and the park is open from 8am to sundown daily. FREE
Pensacola Beaches and Beach Activities
The best part about living in Pensacola is having the beach close by. The white sands and emerald waters of the Gulf are perfect for a nice day relaxing and playing at the beach. Here are a few beaches in Pensacola and beach activities you should check out.
Bands on the Beach
Bring your lawn chair and listen to live music from regional artists every Tuesday night at 7pm from April 3rd through October 30th at the Gulfside Pavilion at Casino Beach during Bands On The Beach. FREE
Named for the casino that put Pensacola Beach on the map, this public beach is located on Santa Rosa Island on Ft. Picken’s Rd across from the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk. A portion of the beach to the right of the pier is an alcohol free zone making this a great place for families. FREE
Fort Pickens Beach
Located in the Ft. Pickens area of Gulf Islands National Seashore on Santa Rosa Island. Swim, fish, look for shells and relax! From March 1st – October 31st the park is open from 5am – 10pm with the last entry at 8pm and from November 1st – February 28th the park is open from 5am – 6pm. Cost is $20 per vehicle or you can purchase the $40 annual pass that will cover your entrance fees for Fort Barrancas, Fort Pickens, Opal Beach and Johnsons Beach for a full year.
Gulf Islands National Seashore Santa Rosa Area
One of the most popular areas along Gulf Islands Seashore located on Hwy 399 between Pensacola and Navarre. Open 24 hours a day however the parking lots are closed from sunset to sunrise. There is no entrance fee for this area of the seashore except for the Opal Beach facilities. FREE
Located in the Perdido Key Area of the Gulf Islands National Seashore, Johnson’s Beach. You can play and fish on the Gulf side or on the calmer Big Lagoon side of the park. This is our favorite spot to visit the beach and it’s well worth the fees. From March 1st – October 31st the park is open from 5am – 10pm with the last entry at 8pm and from November 1st – February 28th the park is open from 5am – 6pm. Cost is $20 per vehicle or you can purchase the $40 annual pass that will cover your entrance fees for Fort Barrancas, Fort Pickens, Opal Beach and Johnsons Beach for a full year.
Just east of Pensacola, this 12 mile stretch of beach has public access points where you can swim, picnic and even take a bike ride down a scenic bike path. FREE
Navarre Beach Fishing Pier
This 1545 ft long pier in Navarre is popular with local fishermen. My kids love just walking on the pier looking for marine animals that can sometimes be spotted. The pier is open from sunrise to sunset from November-March, 5am-8pm March-May and 5am-10pm May-November. The cost to walk on the pier without fishing is $1 for ages 5 and up and FREE for ages 5 and under. The cost to fish on the pier is $7 for adults | $6 for seniors | $4 for ages 15 and under | FREE for ages 5 and under, disabled veterans and those who are mobility and visually impaired. Daily pass includes fishing license. Monthly passes are also available. You can bring your own rod and bait or rent a pole and purchase bait at the shop at the foot of the pier.
This hidden gem is part of the Gulf Islands Seashore Santa Rosa Area off Hwy 399. It’s open from 8am to sunset. Cost is $20 per vehicle or you can purchase the $40 annual pass that will cover your entrance fees for Fort Barrancas, Fort Pickens, Opal Beach and Johnsons Beach for a full year.
Perdido Key State Park
Located at 15301 Perdido Drive, the state park is a favorite destination for visitors to Perdido Key. Swim, sunbathe, fish, picnic and enjoy the white sand and beautiful Gulf of Mexico. Open 8 am to sunset. The park entrance fees are $3 per vehicle up to 8 passengers and$2 for pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers and passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass. Please use the honor box and have exact change.
Pensacola Beach Boardwalk
Features open air bars, restaurants and shopping on Santa Rosa Island. As well as a shallow water beach area perfect for kids along the Santa Rosa Sound. FREE
Pensacola Beach Fishing Pier
This 1470 foot pier on Pensacola Beach is a great place to watch the sunsets or view marine life. It’s also a great place to fish. Open from 6am to 7pm daily, and fishing licenses are not required. Cost are $1. 25 to observe | $7.20 for adults | $4.50 for youth | $6.50 for Seniors and Military | Free for children under 6. Annual passes as well as rod and cart rentals are available.
Pensacola Beach Trolley
Explore Santa Rosa Island by trolley. The trolley runs March 3rd – May 21st and September 8th – October 1st on weekends (Friday -Sunday from 5pm to 1am). From May 26th – September 4th the trolley runs 7 days a week from 5pm – 1am. FREE
Located on the sound side of Pensacola Beach this a a great area for families of small children to enjoy the beach due to the shallow calm waters of the Santa Rosa Sound. FREE
Stargazing on Pensacola Beach
Take in the beauty of Pensacola beach at night and look at the stars, the moon and planets. Volunteers will set up telescopes on select Friday and Saturday nights throughout the summer at the Gulfside Pavilion or Ft. Picken Battery Park. FREE
Pensacola Waterparks, Splash Pads and Pools
If you’re not a fan of the beach there are a few pools, splash pads and waterparks in Pensacola you can enjoy to beat the summer heat.
Cecil T. Hunter Pool
Located at 200 East Blount St., the pool is a zero depth entry pool with water slides and spray features. Admission is $2.25 for adults | $1 for children ages 3-7 | FREE for ages 2 and under. The pool is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day with the following schedule.
- Monday – Friday, May 27-August 7 from 10:30am-1:30pm and 2-5pm for open swim
- Monday-Friday, August 8- September 4 from 5:30-10am and 4-7pm.
- Saturday from 10am-2pm and 2:30-7pm
- Sunday from 12-3pm and 3:30-6pm
Plaza De. Luna Splash Pad
Located at the south end of Palafox at the end of the Palafox Pier the splash pad is open from March – October from 11am-5pm The pier also has wifi, concessions, a restroom and fishing. FREE
Roger Scott Pool
Located at 2030 Summit Blvd., the pool is a zero depth entry pool with water slides and spray features. Admission is $4. The pool is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day with the following schedule.
- Monday-Friday, May 27-August 7 from 9am-noon, 12:30-3:30pm, and 4-7pm
- Monday-Friday, August 8-September 4 from 4-7pm.
- Saturdays from 10am-2pm and 2:30-7pm
- Sunday from noon-3pm and 3:30-6pm
Sam’s Surf City
Located at 6709 Fun City Blvd, Pensacola the waterpark is adjacent to Sam’s Fun City. Water slides, an endless river, interactive play pools and more provide hours of water fun for the whole family. Princes start at 17.99 and the park opens on April 29th for the season.
Splash Pad at Navarre Children’s Park
Located in the Navarre Children’s Park at 8513 Navarre Pkwy the splash pad is open on Tuesday – Sunday from 9am-5pm from May 1st to September 15th. FREE
Pensacola Zoos and Animal Encounters
Learn about the animals that make Northwest Florida their home.
Take a 2 hour dolphin cruise and see dolphins, birds and other marine life that call Pensacola Beach home. Premiere Dolphin Cruises leaves from the dock behind Hemingway’s Island Grill on Pensacola Beach Boardwalk. Times and schedules may vary and there are no cruises in January and February. Prices are $27 per adult | $15 for ages 4-12 | FREE for ages 2 and under
Gulf Breeze Zoo
Feed the giraffes, or the goats, pigs and sheep in the petting zoo, take a train ride or just visit the animals at the Gulf Breeze Zoo. Located at 5701 Gulf Breeze Hwy, Gulf Breeze. Check website for prices, daily tickets as well as memberships are available. The zoo is open daily from (last admission is one hour before closing):
- January 1st – February 28th and october 1st – September 30th from 9am – 4pm
- March 1st – September 30th from 9am – 5pm
Navarre Sea Turtle Conservation Center
Visit Sweet Pea the sea turtle and learn more about sea turtles and the marine animals that call NW Florida Home. Located at 8740 Gulf Blvd, Navarre. The Navarre Sea Turtle Conservation Center is open Tuesday-Saturday from 12-4pm. Admission is $5 per person | $5 for military and seniors 64+ | FREE for children 2 and under.
Panhandle Butterfly House
Located at the base of the Navarre Beach Bridge the Butterfly House is open seasonally from May to August with a special event in October. Visit over 300 species of butterflies including some native to Florida. You will also see all of the stages of the butterfly life cycle. The house is open Thursday – Saturday from 10am-3pm. Please allow 30 minutes to see the house. Admission is free however a $5 donation per person is suggested.
Uncle Sandy’s Macaw Bird Park
Uncle Sandy’s Macaw Bird Park is a parrot rescue and sanctuary. However, they have a variety of birds including a few peacocks and emus. The park is completely staffed by volunteers and is a non-profit. They only accept cash at Uncle Sandy’s Macaw Bird Park. The cost of admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children 7-13 and children 6 and under are FREE. Active duty personnel, veterans and their families can receive $1 off admission with their ID.
From March 1st through September 30th
- Thursday ~ 10am – 3pm
- Friday ~ 10am – 5pm
- Saturday ~ 10am – 4pm
- Sunday ~ 1-4pm
From October 1st through February 28th
- Friday ~ 10am – 4pm
- Saturday ~ 10am – 4pm
- Sunday ~ 1-4pm
Wildlife Sanctuary of Northwest Florida
Located at 105 North S St. Pensacola the wildlife sanctuary is home to over 100 animals including deer, fox, bald eagles, owls, and hawks. Open Wednesday – Saturday from 12-3:30. A small donation is requested for admission.
Things To Do In Pensacola Outdoors
If the parks, nature trails, beaches aren’t enough for you, here are some places you can have fun outdoors in Pensacola.
Go canoeing, kayaking, tubing or paddle boarding along Coldwater Creek or a have a zipline adventure at Adventures Unlimited. Now adventurous you can just camp or stay in one of the cabins. Located at 8974 Tomahawk Landing Rd., Milton this is the perfect place for those that love outdoor adventures. Check website for prices and times.
Blue Angels Practice
When the Blues are in town from March – November Pensacola gets its own mini air show on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 11:30 am. And on select Wednesdays visitors can get meet the pilots and get pictures and autographs at the National Naval Aviation Museum. My kids love sitting in the backyard watching the Blues fly overhead, it’s one reason we love our house. Can’t watch them from your house, you can watch them from the Naval Aviation Museum, the Pensacola Lighthouse and Ft. Pickens. I’ve also heard you can see them from Big Lagoon St. Park and I’ve seen them while driving down Navy Blvd. FREE
Blues On the Bay
Outdoor concert series on Saturday nights throughout the summer when the Blue Wahoos aren’t playing at home. The concerts start at 6pm at Community Maritime Park Hunter Amphitheater. Bring your chairs, blankets and coolers but please leave pets and glass containers at home. 2018 Line Up and Dates TBA FREE
Condor Sailing Adventures
Sail aboard this world class 40ft Condor sailboat. Daily cruises at 11 am which is also the Blue Angels Practice Cruise, 2pm and Sunset. They also offer moonlit cruises twice a month. Only 6 guest maximum so the cruise is never overcrowded. Prices are $85 per person and children under 12 recieve $25 off.
Located at 505 Michigan Ave., Fast Eddy’s have go karts, batting cages, a arcade, mini golf and water wars (water balloon fights). Open Monday -Thursday from 3-8:30pm, Friday from 3-10pm, Saturday from 11am-10pm, Sunday from 11am-8:30pm. Prices vary by activity, so see website for pricing.
Once a month Downtown Pensacola shuts down the streets and comes alive. Enjoy music, art and cuisine at this perfect change to explore Pensacola’s downtown and art scene. 2018 Gallery Nights are 2/16, 3/26, 4/20, 5/18, 6/15, 7/20, 8/17, 9/21, 11/16 and 12/21.
Sam’s Fun City
Pensacola’s only amusement park located at 6709 Fun City Blvd, Pensacola. The park has amusement park rides, go carts, bumper boats, mini golf, an arcade with laser tag, a play zone, inflatables and more. Tickets start at $8 for the Play Zone and go to $37.99 for all rides and attractions. There are also season passes and waterpark combos for Sam’s Surf City available. Check website or call for (850) 505-0800 for hours.
T & W Flea Market
The flea market with 60 indoor vendors and 400 outdoors vendors selling everything from clothing, to furniture, to produce and more every Saturday and Sunday from 7am-5pm, this is a place to definitely check out. Located at 1717 N. T Street, Pensacola.
Pensacola’s Minor League Baseball Team. The Blue Wahoos season starts in April and runs through Labor Day. The team hosts special events and promotions like weekly fireworks. Check the website for schedule and ticket prices.
Pensacola Ice Flyers
Pensacola’s Minor League Professional Hockey Team. The Ice Flyers play at the Bay Center and their season runs from October to April. The team hosts special events and promotions like Wiener Dogs Racing on the ice, 90’s night, Zombie Night and more. Check the website for schedule and ticket prices.
Football, basketball, soccer, softball, baseball and more. Cheer on the home team and check out a game. See website for tickets and schedules. Go Argos!
Five Flags Speedway
Located on Pine Forest Rd, Five Flags Speedway is a 1/2 mile paved racetrack. Visitors can experience the thrill of stock car racing. 2018 season starts March 3rd. See website for tickets and details.
Pensacola Events for the Holidays
Pensacola is the place to be for all the holidays with lots of fun happening all year round.
Easter In Pensacola:
Egg hunts, Easter Bunny photo-ops and more. Pensacola is fun of Easter fun in the spring.
Part of Pensacola Winterfest this 6 block parade features costumed kids, tumbling snowflakes, an alligator second line brass band, and of course Santa himself. The parade ends at the Escambia County Courthouse with the Downtown Pensacola tree lighting ceremony and SNOW! The fun happens the day after Thanksgiving, November 23, 2018. Costume judging starts at 4pm, the parade starts at 4:45 with lights and snow at 5pm. FREE
Fourth of July Fireworks on Pensacola Beach
Enjoy fireworks over the Santa Rosa Sound behind the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk at 8:30pm. FREE
Fourth of July In Pensacola
Day long family friendly festival on Fourth of July in Seville Square. The festival hosts a FREE children’s area with inflatables, pony rides, face painting, and more. There are also food vendors, craft vendors, live entertainment and a hot dog eating contest. The day ends with fireworks over Pensacola Bay at 9pm. FREE
Mardi Gras Parades
Celebrate Mardi Gras in Pensacola with two parades in Downtown Pensacola and one on Pensacola Beach along with other events happening during Carnival Season! FREE
Martin Luther King, Jr Day Parade
Annual Parade in Downtown Pensacola that celebrates the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The parade starts on the corner of Spring and Garden Streets at 11 am on Martin Luther King, Jr Day. FREE
New Year’s Eve Fireworks on Pensacola Beach
Ring in the New Year early with fireworks over the Santa Rosa Sound behind the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk at 8:00pm on New Year’s Eve.
Pensacola Beach Christmas Boat Parade and Fireworks
Lighted boat parade with Santa from Sabine Marina to the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk. View the parade from Little Sabine at 6:30pm and from Quietwater Beach at 7:30pm. Stay after the parade to enjoy Fireworks with Santa at 8pm in the Santa Rosa Sound behind the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk. 2018 Date TBA
Pensacola Christmas Parade
Annual Christmas Parade in Downtown Pensacola. The parade starts at Spring and Garden Streets at 5:15 pm and includes local bands, dance schools, organizations, the Blue Angels and Santa himself. 2018 Date TBA
Surfing Santa Parade
Annual Christmas Parade on Santa Rosa Island. The parade starts at 2pm at Avenida 10 down Via De Luna toward Casino Beach and ends at the Gulfside Pavilion. Don’t miss Santa riding atop a Pensacola Beach Firetruck. 2018 Date TBA.
Veterans Day Parade
Annual salute to veterans on Santa Rosa Island on November 11, 2018. Time TBA.
Winterfest runs select nights throughout November and December and nightly the week of Christmas. Play Reindeer Games, see the plaza show, and have a visit with Santa. Take the performance tour and be there Christmas Eve for Santa’s Sendoff. Check website for dates and performance tour prices.
Pensacola is home to some of the best festivals on the Gulf Coast.
Baby Sea Turtle Shower
This family friendly event at Landshark Landing in August educates and celebrates Sea Turtles. The afternoon will be filled with games, activities, entertainment, a meet and greet with Meg the Mermaid and more. 2018 Date TBA FREE
Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show
The last Blue Angel air show of the year is at home in Pensacola at the National Naval Aviation Museum on NAS Pensacola, November 9-10, 2018. See website for times and details. You can also watch the show from Ft. Pickens and we were able to view some of the show from Big Lagoon State Park. FREE
Fiesta Children’s Treasure Hunt
Saturday May 12 at Bayview Park on East Hill children and families can enjoy a day of fun activities including a treasure hunt that lets children explore and learn about Pensacola’s history. FREE
Fiesta of Five Flags
Annual celebration of the founding of Pensacola. This 10 day festival has events for all ages and interest including the Grand Fiesta Parade on June 1st at 7pm in Downtown Pensacola and the Centennial Imports Boat Parade on June 2nd at 1pm from the mouth of the Bayou Chico Bridge to the Quietwater Boardwalk on Pensacola Beach. The Fiesta also hosts other events throughout the year such as the Crawfish Festival, the Seafood Festival and a treasure hunt for adults and children.
Gulf Coast Arts Festival
November 2-4 in Seville Square in Downtown Pensacola. This three day arts festival has live music, performances by local groups, local and regional foods and a children’s festival with hands on art activities. The festival hours are Friday and Saturday from 9am-5pm and Sunday from 9am-4pm and the children’s festival is Saturday and Sunday from 10am-4pm.
Interstate Mullet Toss
This family friendly party with food fun and entertainment takes place April 27-29 on the beach in Perdido Key at the Florida/Alabama state line. The highlight being the mullet toss where you can toss a dead mullet from a 10ft circle across the state line from Florida to Alabama.
Pensacola Beach Air Show
The annual air show takes place on Pensacola Beach the week of 4th of July. The Blue Angels, alone with other civilian and military aircraft perform stunts over the Gulf Of Mexico. 2018 Dates TBA.
Pensacola Ciclovia (Open Streets)
Ciclovia happens mid-March in Downtown Pensacola streets close to vehicle traffic so that everyone can bike, walk, skate, skateboard, run, or just play in the streets.
Pensacola Crawfish Festival
Early May Bartram Park, 16000 lbs of crawfish will be cooked along with crawfish poboys, crawfish bread and other delicious foods. A children’s area with cost friendly arts and crafts, face painting and crawfish races, along with a crawfish eating contest will be held at the festival. Admission is $5 daily or $10 for weekend pass. Free admission for kids 12 and under all weekend, before 3pm on May 4th and for active duty military with ID. The festival will be open May 4th from NOON-11pm, May 5th from 10am-11pm and May 6 from 11am – 5pm
Pensacola Greek Festival
Experience Greek culture, heritage, food, traditions, music and more at the three day celebration of Greek Culture held at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church (1720 Garden St.), October 12-14.
Pensacola Seafood Festival
September 28-30 in Seville Square, Fountain Park, and Bartram Park in Downtown Pensacola. This three day festival has seafood from around the region, live cooking demos, live music, a huge arts and crafts fair and more. There is also a children’s area with arts and crafts, face painting and touch pools for hands on marine science educational fun.
Did we miss a kid friendly activity in Pensacola? Let us know in the comments so we can add it!