Pensacola — with its sugar-white beaches, turquoise surf, and charming, colonial-era downtown— has become a magnet for couples looking for a romantic getaway.

You’ve scored major points just by getting here, but what do you do once you’ve arrived? To help you out, I’ve compiled a list of romantic, unique, and fun date ideas that your loved one will never forget.


1. Enjoy a spectacular sunset – and toast your future – on a Sunset Sail

Sail away, sail away, sail away in Pensacola Bay. Break out the champagne and toast to your future while cruising around Pensacola Bay and the Santa Rosa Sound on a private sailing yacht as the sun melts into the horizon.

2. Spice Up Your Date Night with a Cooking Class


Whether it’s our award-winning fine dining downtown or our acclaimed seafood markets, the idea that Pensacola is where good food happens is indisputable.

Couples looking for a unique experience can take advantage of a growing cooking class trend in Pensacola. Cooking class participants have the opportunity to prepare a meal of their own, sometimes with the guidance of the chefs of some of those same destination restaurants.

Call the respective hosts for reservation information.


3. Enjoy a Night Out on the Town with the Arts

The sound of the waves crashing onto the shore can captivate you, but so can the sights and sounds of the live artistic performances that take place in Pensacola every week. Feel the energy and excitement in the air as you listen to the symphony orchestra or watch professional dancers leap onto the stage for the first scene. 

Pensacola proudly boasts a classic ballet company, symphony, opera, live theater and more. Acclaimed national and international visiting artists join in on performances throughout the year. And, the variety of plays, musicals, pint-sized singers, comedians, jam sessions and classical performances offer an entertaining artistic venue for just about anyone.



4. Fine Dining that is Sure to Make a Memory

Sometimes, especially when you’re on vacation, you just want to get dressed up for a night on the town, including a fine dining venue where the food, service, and ambiance will help create the memory of a lifetime.

Pensacola is fortunate to have several such eateries. Here is a sampling of some of the best. Call ahead for availability/reservations and dress code.

5. Enjoy the Magic of the Beach

Perdido Key biking

Feel the sand between your toes, the wind in your hair and the love in the air as you stroll hand-in-hand down some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Make a day of it by going for a romantic gulf-view lunch. Extend into the afternoon with bike rentals or a paddling adventure and end the day with cocktails or a picnic and a sunset stroll.  

Looking for something more out of the box? Explore our community of calendar events to see what’s happening in the area!