Looking for something fun to do with the kids now that school is out for summer?
Well look no further. Pick up a #PensacolaExplorer passport at any of the three Pensacola Bay Area visitors centers or download it online here and start exploring Pensacola with your kids!
Passports in hand, I took my 3 girls on an adventure though our amazing city on May 28. Here’s a selection of photos from our day of fun and exploration!
Our adventure started out at The Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum. The girls were super excited as they spotted the Lighthouse from afar. The spectacular view of Pensacola Pass and Sherman Field from the top was well worth all 177 steps!
Next, we made our way across the street to the National Naval Aviation Museum. “Look at all the planes, Mommy,” they kept saying as they walked through the museum, looking up with excitement. Their favorite part was climbing up and sitting in the actual cockpits of the planes. They also had tons of fun exploring and climbing around in the Kiddie Hawk play area.
What kid doesn’t enjoy exploring a real fort? Our next stop was Fort Barrancas. My twins loved exploring the arched, underground tunnels as my 8-year-old read aloud the history lessons along the way.
We continued our adventure by driving the short distance to Downtown Pensacola to tour the Historic Pensacola Village. Here we traveled back in time, perusing the old homes and structures. The kids loved learning how people lived in Pensacola more than 150 years ago.
Next, we made our way to the T.T. Wentworth Museum, Jr. Museum. The girls posed for a photo around the Pelican outside before we made our way in to check out the numerous historical exhibits. Of course, all three girls were completely captivated by the Wentworth’s infamous petrified cat!
Our last stop, where we ended up spending the most time, was the Pensacola MESS Hall. Not your typical museum, MESS stands for (Math, Engineering, Science and Stuff) and visitors get to create experiments and work like real scientists. As a mom, it’s a huge bonus to find activities for the kids that are both fun and educational! They loved the interactive experience and the fact that it was no big deal to make a “mess.”
With our journey complete, we ended the day at the Pensacola Visitor’s Center where the girls proudly showed their stamped passports and, in return, got their Pensacola Explorer swag!
Written by London Bounds