Old East Hill, East Hill and East Pensacola Heights neighborhoods are connected to Pensacola’s history and its new growth. Artisan-crafted homes, tiny cottages and sprawling old mansions share an open grid.
East Hill and East Pensacola Heights are home to the bicycle slow-ride: a casual weekend “peloton” that stops at every neighborhood eatery and watering hole. Massive live oaks shade runners and dog-walkers as they patrol the network of residential roads.
You can’t go far without finding a park in East Hill, but the jewel is Bayview Park on Bayou Texar. The hillside park has shade trees and jogging paths, lighted tennis courts, a fishing pier, dog parks (one for bigs and one for littles) and an enclosed dog beach. Rent a covered pavilion for a family barbecue, find a shady spot and string up a hammock — or rent a paddleboard, kayak or pedal boat.
Across the Bayou Texar Bridge is East Pensacola Heights— where you’ll find a dozen of eateries within just a few blocks.
Travel a few miles east along Scenic Highway and treat yourself to a view at the Pensacola Bay Bluffs Park. Boardwalk steps lead down the sandy bluffs to the bay. You’re not supposed to cross the railroad tracks, but the bay shoreline is on the other side of the tracks (wink, wink). They are plenty of spots to stop and take in the view.
They say the towering Old Sacred Heart Hospital building in East Hill is haunted, but that doesn’t scare off the locals who frequent the many businesses and two cool eateries that share the former hospital. Ozone’s Pizza occupies the morgue of the 103-year-old building, serving up to-die-for (get it??) gourmet pizza and Imperial pints (20 oz.) of craft beers. Continue down 12th Avenue a few more blocks and stop in Alga Beer Co. for crispy pints and flavorful food truck eats. A new community staple, Alga is welcome events through its doors that include bingo, fitness, drag, and more. Before you leave, snap a selfie in front of the iconic Pensacola postcard mural on the side of the building.