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Pensacola, FL USA
Sunday November 10, 2013

Pensacola Attractions

From beaches to airplanes to a fort brimming with history, there are attractions in Pensacola, FL, for every age group. Here are four attractions you won't want to miss when visiting Pensacola. Plus, they are all free!

Pensacola Beach
If this is your first time on the Atlantic coast, you will be amazed by this beach. Even native Floridians love the sparkling white sand and emerald green waters of this beach. There are many restaurants along the shore so you can take a break from swimming and order some delicious seafood. There are also many fun water activities you can do at Pensacola Beach, such as snorkeling, diving, surfing, and fishing. If you do plan on fishing, however, make sure you obtain a proper fishing license first.

Johnson Beach
This is another truly breathtaking beach in Pensacola. However, this beach is unique in that it is actually located on a wildlife preserve. This is a great way for tourists to get away from the commercialization that has overtaken many other beaches. Also, you have a greater chance of seeing dolphins, turtles, birds, and other wildlife here. Make sure to bring your camera because some of these animals are endangered and it is rare to see them in the wild.

The Blue Angel Show
The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron is nicknamed the Blue Angels, and these magnificent planes perform aerial stunts all over the country each year. However, their home base is Pensacola. They only perform two shows a year in the Pensacola Bay Area, but they practice each Tuesday and Wednesday morning from March through November. There is a viewing area at the National Naval Aviation Museum that can accommodate 1,000 spectators. There is also room for additional lawn chairs. After the Wednesday practice sessions, viewers can meet the pilots, ask questions, and get autographs. Every age group will enjoy watching the Blue Angels.

Fort Pickens
Fort Pickens is another place that all ages can enjoy. This military fort was built in 1834 and was one of the few forts of the south that was never captured by the Confederates. It was used as a holding fort for Apache prisoners, and the infamous Geronimo was imprisoned there in the year 1886. It is located on a beautiful national park that has beaches, hiking trails, camping capabilities, and a fishing pier. There have even been ghosts reported at the fort, so make sure to keep your eyes and ears open. This is a free park to enter if you have a national park sticker on your vehicle.

There are hundreds of things to see and do in Pensacola, FL, but this list of four important places to visit will get you started.