Thunder Beach is set to roll into Pensacola Nov. 7-11. For cyclists looking to get out on the road, we’ve selected a few of our favorite experiences.
Pensacola Beach and Gulf Islands National Seashore
Talcum-white sands and emerald green waters border this coastal route. With several public beach access areas and fresh gulf cuisine at places like Peg Leg Pete’s and Landshark Landing, this ride should be at the top of your list. Cruise into one of the nation’s greatest parks, the Gulf Islands National Seashore, for a look at the real Florida. Palmettos, pines and historic war forts are what you’ll find at the end of your journey.
Head to one of the nation’s top beach bars, the Flora-Bama, for a day full of boot, scootin’ and boogying. Beginning Nov. 8, the Frank Brown International Songwriter’s Festival will be taking over featuring acclaimed artists from around the world. For the adventure seekers, Big Lagoon State Park and Tarkiln Bay Preserve offer the perfect escape on the way back to the city.
The perfect urban entryway to the area, downtown Pensacola is a mecca of history, culture and activities for the willing. A ride down Main Street will have you passing through popular points such as Veteran’s Memorial Park, Palafox Street, Plaza de Luna, and Vince J. Whibbs Sr. Community Maritime Park, home of Blue Wahoos Stadium. Sunday, Nov. 11, Pensacola Eggfest will celebrate the culinary art of grilling, smoking and baking on the world famous Big Green Egg. Feed your taste buds.
East Pensacola and Scenic Highway
Ride and taste the local life throughout East Pensacola. Beginning along Cervantes Street and continuing to Scenic Highway, this bayside drive features everything from crazy art on the Graffiti Bridge, to the oldest cheeseburger in town to a pre-civil war sawmill and even a few oysters being grown out in the harbor.
Whatever your speed, Pensacola has a destination for you. Have a favorite route in Pensacola you’d like to share? Tell us below!