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Fun, Free Things to Do in Pensacola

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Visitors can enjoy several free concert series, including Bands on the Beach.
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Some of the best things in life are free, and this is certainly true in the Pensacola Bay Area.

Come see how a getaway here can help you stretch your hard-earned vacation dollars with these ideas for fun, free activities.

  1. Visit the National Naval Aviation Museum, one of the world's largest aviation museums.
  2. Learn about Pensacola's rich history at the T.T. Wentworth, Jr. Florida State Museum.
  3. Browse works from more than 200 local artists at Quayside Art Gallery in downtown Pensacola, the largest co-op gallery in the Southeast.
  4. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy an outdoor concert at Evenings in Old Seville.
  5. Learn about sea life and coastal ecology at Gulf Islands National Seashore ranger-led programs for kids.
  6. Meet the world-famous Blue Angels every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at the National Naval Aviation Museum.
  7. Kick back and enjoy a fabulous Gulf Coast sunset.
  8. Explore nature and take a hike at the Edward Ball Nature Trail located on the University of West Florida campus.
  9. On Tuesday evenings from May through September, head to the Gulfside Pavilion on Pensacola Beach for Bands on the Beach concerts.
  10. Visit the Veterans Memorial Park - featuring a World War II Memorial, a Korean War Memorial and The Wall South - the nation's only full-name permanent replica of Washington D.C.'s Veteran's Memorial.
  11. Uncover history at The Pensacola Colonial Archaeological Trail - if your timing is right, you can actually participate in a dig.
  12. See the only natural bluffs in Florida at Bay Bluff Park located along Scenic Highway.
  13. Go bird watching at Project GreenShores - a habitat restoration project along Pensacola Bay.
  14. Stroll through Pensacola's Palafox Historic District and Pensacola Historic District where you'll find a wealth of shops, galleries and restaurants.
  15. Walk in the footsteps of the king and queen of Spain by taking the royal tour of Pensacola.
  16. Play a game of disc golf at Shoreline Park in Gulf Breeze.
  17. Tour Fort Barrancas and Advanced Redoubt at NAS Pensacola.
  18. Explore the area's rich heritage by seeing the African-American Heritage Trail.
  19. Plan your stay around one of our many festivals - Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival, Pensacola Seafood Festival, Pensacola Jazz Fest and Goombay Gulf Coast to name a few. For a complete list and details, see our major calendar of events or on-going event calendar.
  20. Enjoy free admission on Tuesdays at the Pensacola Museum of Art featuring traveling exhibits of national prominence such as Andy Warhol and Salvador Dali.
  21. Get a glimpse of the past at St. Michael's Cemetery, a burial ground since the late 18th century.
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