Northwest of the city in Milton, Fla., the Arcadia Mill Archaeological Site and museum welcomes visitors to learn about 19th-century industrial mills and the early railroad in Northwest Florida. Free kids programming and archaeological events are scheduled here in March, and guided tours are available Tuesday through Saturday. Also near Milton, Adventures Unlimited offers zip lining and river tubing, popular for active families with older children.
The Pensacola M.E.S.S. Hall is another stop for families visiting Downtown Pensacola. Encouraging kids of all ages to explore science, technology, engineering and math concepts, the M.E.S.S. Hall offers permanent exhibits as well as workshops and other special events for young scientists. My daughters have dissected squid and created their own video games during our visits to the M.E.S.S. Hall.
Of course, the museum Pensacola is perhaps best known for is the National Naval Aviation Museum, located aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola. Open daily; the museum showcases more than 150 restored aircraft representing Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard aviation. Admission is free. Kids also love the 3D flight simulators and the Naval Aviation Memorial Giant Screen Theater, both of which require a purchased ticket for admission. If you visit the museum during the week, you might catch a glimpse of the world-famous Blue Angels.