Grab your travel journal and write this one word: Pensacola.

In 1559 Tristan de Luna established the first multi-year settlement in what is now the continental United States. After just two years the colony was abandoned due to a hurricane. The Spanish would return in the late 17th century to set up a new settlement. Since then Pensacola has been explored by many, which created the diverse city we now enjoy.

With so much history, beautiful beaches and so many fun things to do with your family, why not come discover Pensacola for yourself? Just take a few minutes, explore the photos of other explorers and learn about the awesome we have in the Pensacola Bay Area. When you do visit, make sure to share your photos with #ExplorePcola!

Historic Forts

Discover the historic forts in Pensacola. Visitors will enjoy exploring Fort Pickens and Fort Barrancas.

Explore a Lighthouse Built in 1859

Climb to the top of a lighthouse that was built in 1859 and take in breathtaking views of Pensacola Bay and the surrounding area. What's great, you can see miles of undeveloped land from this vantage point, now you know what the early explorers got to see when they first arrived. Plan your trip to the Pensacola Lighthouse

Hands-on Science Fun at the M.E.S.S Hall

What's science and playtime without getting your hands dirty? At the M.E.S.S Hall, your kids will get to interact with science conducting actual experiments as they learning about science and engineering.

Feed your students' Passion for Aviation

Make plans for your kids to immerse themselves in a learning adventure on board the world's largest simulated aircraft carrier at the National Flight Academy. Participants will live six days in a theme-park style setting surrounded by technology, simulators, and virtual reality games.

Discover the World's Largest Naval Aviation Museum

What kid, or adult, doesn't like climbing into the cockpit of naval history? Kids young and old will enjoy exploring nearly 350,000 square feet of the rich history of Naval Aviation at the National Naval Aviation Museum.

A 19th-century History Lesson

Ever wonder what it was like living in the early 19th century? Discover Historic Pensacola Village and learn what colonial life was like in the 19th century.