National Flight Academy
The NFA is a self-supporting, tuition-based educational program. The National Flight Academy development team currently includes the best and brightest from the entertainment industry as well as leaders in education, simulation and training. For grades 7-12. A variety of overnight sessions are available. Ambition combines the love of game-playing with the thrill of aviation-fueled missions. Ambition Program Dates: June 17-22, 24-29, July 8-13, 15-20, 22-27, July 29-Aug.3, Aug. 5-10. Cost: $1,250. Check out our group incentives through Ambition Boost. Details: www.natflight.com.
Florida Public Archaeology Network Resource Center
Providing interactive hands-on displays and shipwreck artifacts, experience 500 years of European history and 10,000 years of native American History. Walk the Colonial Archaeological Trail that stretches from Ferdinand Plaza to Seville Square in downtown Pensacola and covers the area where the British Fort of Pensacola once stood. The partial reconstruction of Fort George, an advanced redoubt on a hill overlooking downtown Pensacola on what is now Palafox St., is also part of the trail. All of the trailside exhibits relate to features that were part of British Pensacola. Free.
Open Monday - Saturday 10:00am - 4:00pm. (850) 595-0050.
We offer many family friendly activites including river trips, (canoe, tube and kayak). “Zip Adventures,” the areas only tree top zip line is new. We have cabins and camping nad a high challenge course. Open year round. Contact (800) 239-6864.
Blackwater Canoe Rental
Explore the beauty of Northwest Florida by the way of the Blackwater River! Experience the magical sounds of the river and forest while floating downstream. A river trip is the perfect way to bring people and nature together. With all the Blackwater River has to offer, why drive a lot further to a stream with a gravel bottom and much less to offer! The average depth of the Blackwater River is 2 ½ feet, average speed is 5 miles per hour (no white water) with clear, clean water and white sand bottom. Choose from The Day Canoe and Kayak Trip, the Short Canoe and Kayak Trip, or the Tube Trip. Children under 12 are Free when they ride in the same canoe with 2 paying customers. Call (850) 623-0235.
Sam's Fun & Surf City
6709 Pensacola Blvd. Pensacola, FL The fun never ends, at Sam’s Fun City and Sam’s Surf City! Over 40 rides and attractions, CrossRoads Arcade, Sam’s Fun City Hall, Four Go-kart tracks, 18-hole Hollywood Miniature Golf, Bumper Boats, and Bullwinkle’s Restaurant. For prices, contact (850) 505-0800.
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1010 Miracle Strip Pky. SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL Adults (ages 11 and over): $18.75 Seniors (ages 62 and over): $16.75 Children (ages 3-10) $11.00Ages 2 and under are free when accompanied by a parent paying the regular rate. Contact (850) 243-9046
Arcadia Mill Archaeological Site
The Arcadia Mill Archaeological Site in Milton, Florida represents the largest 19th-century water-powered industrial complex in northwest Florida. This site was the location of a multi-faceted operation that included a water-powered sawmill, a lumber mill with planning and lathing machines, gristmill, bucket and pail factory, shingle mill, cotton textile mill, and even an experimental silk cultivation operation. The Arcadia Mill complex also included many other structures and industries, which all came together to produce Florida’s largest antebellum industrial complex. Arcadia Mill offers visitors an historical experience as well as the opportunity to visit a unique wetland ecosystem. After a trip to the Visitor Center and Museum, visitors can enjoy a leisurely walk on an elevated boardwalk through the archaeological remains of the mills, across Mill Pond Creek and through the swamps associated with this historic water-powered operation. Guided tours are offered at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 2:30 pm. Arcadia Mill and Visitor Center are open for free, Tuesday-Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Arcadia Mill is located at 5709 Mill Pond Lane in Milton, Florida. For further information, please contact Laura Heyse at (850) 626-3084.
Fast Eddies Fun Center
505 Michigan Avenue (at “W” Street) Pensacola, FL.
We're dedicated to providing affordable, safe, family fun in an atmosphere everyone is sure to enjoy. Are you ready to rumble? Racing enthusiasts from “Junior Racers” to adults will find excitement at every turn. Play a round on Pensacola's newest state-of-the art miniature golf course. Get sprinkled, sprayed, or saturated at the Ultimate Water Balloon Game! Contact: (850) 433-7735
Exploring the four historic forts is bound to ensure visions of adventure and long-ago soldiers defending their homeland. Catch one of the Ranger guided tours for added interest. Located on Santa Rosa Island, Fort Pickens is the largest of four forts built to defend Pensacola Bay, Florida and its navy yard. The fort completed in 1834, and used until the 1940s. Ranger guided tours 2pm seven-day vehicle pass $8.
Aboard NAS, Fort Barrancas sits on a bluff overlooking the entrance to Pensacola Bay. The natural advantages of this location have inspired engineers of three nations to build forts. Ranger guided tours 2pm - No $$
Navy Yard. The Advanced Redoubt was designed to support Barrancas in this second role by anchoring a line across the neck of the peninsula. Aboard NAS, the Advanced Redoubt of Fort Barrancas was built between 1845 and 1870 as part of a defensive network for the Pensacola It is unique among the American forts at Pensacola in being designed solely for resisting an infantry assault. Ranger guided tours Sat.11am, no charge.
On North Palafox, a small park preserves a portion of the site of old Fort George. Built by the British when they occupied the city from 1763-1781, the fort was a major target during the Battle of Pensacola, one of the least known yet most significant battles of the American Revolution. No charge
Veterans Memorial Park
Veterans Memorial Park is a 5.5 acre park in downtown Pensacola which includes a number of memorials to American armed forces personnel, including Wall South. Wall South is an exact replica (smaller scale) of "The Wall" monument in Washington, DC. "Wall South is the only permanent Vietnam Veterans Memorial outside of the nation's capital -- to list the names of all 58,217 Americans killed or missing in Southeast Asia. Beautiful, yet somber, the park also includes a World War I Memorial (relocated to the park from downtown Pensacola), a World War II Memorial, a Monument dedicated the World War II Submarine Lifesaving League, a Vietnam-era HU-1M Huey helicopter, and a children of Vietnam Veterans memorial. The park is located in a triangular park between Bayfront Parkway, Romana Street and 9th Avenue.
Perdido Kids Park
The Perdido Kids Park is a multi-leveled wooden play area which includes two forts, a turtle slide, a lighthouse, a pirate ship, and blue angels planes. The handicap accessible structure is a continuous playscape which will challenge children from ages 2-13 both physically and mentally while enhancing the Perdido Kid's Park. Located on Gulf Beach Highway (CR292A) .8 miles west of Blue Angel Parkway (Hwy. 173).
Pensacola Historic Village
The historic village consists of twenty - seven properties on the National Register Historic District. Eleven of these properties are interpreted facilities that are open to the public. Open to the public Tuesday-Saturday 10:00am-4:00pm, we offer guided tours of our historic homes and buildings three times daily at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.. Tours will last approximately 1 to 1.5 hours. Visitors will receive an in-depth tour of the 1805 French-Creole Lavalle House, the 1871 Dorr House, the 1832 Old Christ Church, and the 1890 Lear-Rocheblave House. Tours are subject to change due to renovation and repair, please contact us for the most current and updated information. Adult Ticket - $6.00 Child (ages 4-16) - $3.00 Discount Ticket (Senior Citizens 65+, Active Military, AAA Member) - $5.00. You may contact the Tivoli High House Store at 850.595.5993 or our administrative office at (850) 595-5985.
T.T. Wentworth Florida State Museum
The T.T. Wentworth, Jr. Florida State Museum, originally the 1908 City Hall building, is a virtual treasure trove of historic artifacts, Americana, and West Florida history. The Museum houses two floors of permanent and traveling exhibits and our Discovery Gallery, a hands-on children's exhibit created for children 4-8 years of age. We ask that all Discovery visitors sign in at the front desk. The Discovery Gallery is open Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 am to 3:34 pm. COST: $3.00 per child or a $30 flat fee for groups of less then 10 children. Please note that we have no facilities for refreshments; food and drink are not allowed in the museum. Free to the public. You may contact us at (850) 595-5990.
Key Sailing is and remains the premier location for sailing, parasailing, wave runners, kayaks, boat rentals and much, much more! We provide all the safety training and gear for a safe and enjoyable experience on the water. Enjoy the spectacular views of Pensacola Beach and the Gulf Coast as you soar to new heights. Breathtaking takeoffs, water dips when requested, and smooth landings provided by our professional Captains and crew, to provide you with the optimal experience. Parasailing is fun and safe for the whole family and for all ages. Children can fly tandem with adults or friends. Weight restrictions may vary with wind conditions. Contact (850) 932-5520.
Quietwater Beach or "Baby Beach"
Quietwater is aptly named. Its safe and shallow waters along Santa Rosa Sound especially appeal to parents with little ones. Nearby you’ll find businesses with waverunners, kayaks, jet skis, sailboats and other water-related rental equipment. Located east of the tollbooth on the sound side.
Farmers' Opry House
Pickin’ & Grinnin’ with home grown country cookin’. A family oriented atmosphere that provides some of the best country, bluegrass and gospel entertainment in the Southeast. The entertainment is a combination of local and regional acts as well as nationally-known personalities. Great for kids of all ages. Enjoy a meal and music! Sawmill Band performs every Friday and Saturday night at the Farmers Opry with the exception of Gospel Night, which falls on every third Friday of the month, when we bring in some of the best regional Gospel musicians. Open every Friday & Saturday. The restaurant opens at 4:30pm. Shows start at 7pm. Contact (850) 994-6000.
National Naval Aviation Museum
Located aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola, this historic treasure boasts more than 150 beautifully restored aircraft, hands-on exhibits and more than 4,000 artifacts. Ride in a motion-based or Top Gun Air Combat simulator, have fun with the ultimate seven story giant screen movie experience in the IMAX Theatre and dine in the Cubi Bar Café, an exhibit in itself. Enjoy a restful “time-out” while the kids enjoy the Kiddie Carrier. There are plenty of family-friendly ways to get the most out of quality time with the kids. Free admission is an added bonus, as well as free tours inside the Museum and on the flight line.
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Panhandle Butterfly House
The Panhandle Butterfly House is a place to simply enjoy the elegant flight of the butterfly, to delight in their brilliant colors and to become immersed in the fragrances and beauty of the flowers. See for yourself the butterfly life cycle, our butterfly nursery, and butterflies in flight. There is also a notable collection of mounted butterflies from around the world. We are conveniently located at the foot of the Navarre Bridge on Highway 98 in Navarre, Florida. Open to the public Thursday through Sunday, spring through fall. Contact (850) 623-3868.
Gulf Breeze Zoo
The Gulf Breeze Zoo lies on 50 acres and features 600 to 700 animals living in the lush surroundings of plants and trees. Take a safari train ride through their 30 acre preserve and visit the petting zoo. Open everyday from 9am-4pm rain or shine. Adults $12; children (2-12) $8; seniors $11. (850) 932-2229
Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum
The Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum offers climbing tours of the landmark 1859 lighthouse. Climb the 177 steps to see the most breathtaking view of Pensacola Bay. The Lighthouse, situated on Pensacola Bay across from the Naval Aviation Museum, offers indoor and outdoor history exhibits, gift shop, Light of the Moon Tours, Ghost Hunts, weddings and special events.
Tower-top tour restrictions: climbers must be 44” or taller, no flip-flops or spike heeled shoes. Smoking, food & drink, pets and wet clothing are not permitted on tour or in the museum. Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum: $5 for adults, $3 for children 7-11. Admission includes Museum exhibits and Lighthouse Tour. Contact (850) 393-1561.
Big Lagoon State Park
Big Lagoon State Park separates the mainland from Perdido Key and the Gulf of Mexico. Natural areas, ranging from saltwater marshes to pine flatwoods, attract a wide variety of birds, especially during the spring and fall migrations, while the beaches, shallow bays, nature trails and open woodlands, offer splendid opportunities for nature study. Crabbing in the shallow waters of Big Lagoon is a popular activity as well. The West Beach picnic area, shaded by pines and oaks, is just the place to enjoy a relaxing meal. Located on Gulf Beach Hwy at Bauer Road. Vehicle pass $6 daily
Pensacola is a City of Parks with over 90 parks within the city, 2 seasonal swimming pools, and 58 playground structures. From active parks with ball fields, playground equipment and picnic facilities to passive parks with benches and some of the best scenery in town! Contact Park and Recreation (850) 436-5670.
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