Bridges span bays, coves, and rivers to lead visitors to beautiful beaches, a Spanish-flavored downtown, & a heaping helping of military culture in this panhandle city.

Pensacola has unquestionably earned its nickname as “The City of Five Flags.” In its 450 years, it’s been in the hands of the Spanish, French, British, United States, and Confederate States, not to mention the native Penzacola—who preceded them all. The result is a mishmash of architecture, starting with the historic downtown and ending at the kitsch-flavored Crystal Ice House and the Jolly Green Giant. If you’re at a loss for what to do in Pensacola, just head toward the first quirky structure you see—you’re sure to see another (and another) nearby. Locals lovingly call them the Seven Wonders of Pensacola.

Feel that rumble? Look up. It’s probably the Blue Angels fighter jet pilots honing their skills or performing at one of two annual air shows. An example of modern naval accomplishment, they’re a newer chapter in a naval history that’s nearly as old as the nation itself. The city’s importance as a naval base has brought a plethora of military history, and you can see more of that at Fort Barrancas and the National Museum of Naval Aviation.

Of course, any list of fun things to do in Pensacola must include its beaches. Dig your toes into the sugar-white sand, dive for treasure in sunken ships, or sup on local red snapper or Gulf shrimp while watching the sun set over the gulf. Pensacola is nearly surrounded by water, so enjoy its island feel without ever leaving the mainland.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Pensacola

What is Pensacola known for?

Pensacola is home to the first United States Naval Air Station in the country. The large base is where the Blue Angels are housed. The city is also known for its beach-centric culture and for being a popular Spring Break destination.