It’s fall. The temperatures are finally mellowing to a “comfortable-to-do-stuff-outside” point and you’ve got that one extra personal day you need to use before the end of the year. Pensacola is the ideal place to get away for an extended autumn weekend.

Your weekend begins on Pensacola Beach. Of course, our sugar-white beaches and emerald-green waters are always a great option. But if you’re looking for more fun in the sun, the whole family will enjoy an adventure at Laguna's.  You can make your agenda as mild as go-carts and kayaks or as wild as parasailing and jet skiing. You can even rent a pontoon boat to enjoy the bay for the day.

You should also plan a visit to the Pensacola Beach Gulf Pier.  The pier is home to a great community of local fishermen who are always more than happy to let visiting anglers know what’s biting. However, the 1,471-foot pier is also a great place just to take a walk. It’s one of the best places on the beach to see a sunset or sunrise.

On Day 2, Downtown Pensacola is your destination.  Plan to Uber or park in one place and walk — as the many museums, galleries, restaurants and parks are all on a very walkable grid.  The place where Florida became part of the U.S. in 1821 is in downtown Pensacola at Plaza Ferdinand.  The T.T. Wentworth, Jr., Florida State Museum and a host of other museums tell Pensacola’s stories.  You’ll find the Pensacola Museum of Art as well as numerous local galleries, jewelers and boutiques within just a few blocks.

For a more modern view of historic downtown, take a guided Segway tour from Emerald Coast Tours. Emerald Coast also rents bikes and hosts a historic pub crawl through Downtown Pensacola.

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That evening, head over to Perdido Key for a sample of the nightlife at the famous Flora-Bama Lounge. This is an entertainment destination that sits in both Florida and Alabama. There are concerts and special events all the time at the Flora-Bama. I

The final day of your long weekend continue your adventure in Perdido Key. Big Lagoon State Park offers amazing walking, biking and kayaking options. There's also a great concessionaire in the park that offers rentals, snacks and hotdogs. Just down the street, Tarkiln Bayou State Park is great for another hike and has an amazing boardwalk that is accessible for all with a great view at the end. 

That’s your extended fall weekend in Pensacola. It’s a personal day well-spent.