This year, Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 13, and there are limitless ways to honor mothers in Pensacola. What mom wouldn’t appreciate being treated to a day of relaxation or a fun outing with the ones she loves?

If I could plan the perfect Mother’s Day, I’d begin the day with a leisurely morning, go to church, spend some time outdoors in the afternoon, and end the day with a dinner I didn’t cook. Here are some ideas for how this day might go, with a few gift ideas to boot.

First, let Mom sleep in. How often does that happen? Then, surprise her with breakfast in bed or take her out for breakfast. The Ruby Slipper Café and Another Broken Egg are popular brunch spots in Downtown Pensacola. Hemingway’s Island Grill at Pensacola Beach has a large brunch buffet with seating overlooking the Santa Rosa Sound. Native Café is small but mighty on the beach breakfast scene, and you’ll often find a line out the door. In Perdido, visit Café Beignets to pick up powdered sugar-coated French doughnuts for Mom.


Next, let Mom put her feet in the sand without having to corral the kids. A peaceful day of kicking back on the beach with a good book would fit the bill. At Pensacola Beach, you could stop by the Drowsy Poet at Innerlight for a cup of coffee on the way, and pick up any last minute items for a day of fun at the beach. Visit any of the public beach access areas along Via de Luna Dr. or Fort Pickens Rd. for free, or pay $20 per vehicle to enter the Fort Pickens recreation area of Gulf Islands National Seashore. Mom can take it easy, swim or comb the shore for shells.


In Perdido, take Mom to Big Lagoon State Park. Bring your bikes to explore the park, or rent a kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard from the Ranger Station. You could also spend a day here hiking, bird watching or geocaching. Bring a picnic, too. Admission is $6 per vehicle. Camping is $20 per night plus tax and a non-refundable $6.70 reservation fee.

For yet another way to enjoy the outdoors with Mom, the Escambia Amateur Astronomer’s Association is partnering with Big Lagoon State Park to offer an Evening Under the Stars on Saturday, May 5. This free event from 6:30 to 11 p.m. CDT provides multiple telescopes for admitted park guests to view different celestial objects.


If indoor activities are better for your family, craft stores like Joann offer classes that teach you how to make a great Mother’s Day gift, or attend a class here with your mom. Learn to sew, knit or make a quilt, for example. You’ll come away with a finished product and Mother’s Day memories.

The whole family can enjoy Disney on Ice presents Frozen at the Pensacola Bay Center, May 11-13. Ticket prices vary, starting at $18 each, and are available from the box office or Ticketmaster.

If ending Mother’s Day with a delicious dinner is in your plans, go to the Grand Marlin. Reservations are accepted, and menu specials change nightly with the day’s freshly caught fish. The patio and wine list here add to the dining experience. It’s a perfect setting for winding down a relaxing day for your mom or any special mother in your life.