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Discover Local Charms

It's an eclectic collection. The Pensacola Bay Area - born of a 450-year history, honed in Southern tradition and bursting at its progressive seams with art, food, and downright interesting experiences. Yes, we have some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, but we're more than just a pretty face. Venture out beyond the expected and you'll see...those beaches are just the beginning of why people love being here. 


Off the Beaten Path Options


Palafox Street at night

Go Downtown

Shop, dine, sightsee, explore and be inspired with small-town hospitality and growing city style.

Micro-brew from Pensacola Bay Brewery

Sample Local Brews

Wet your whistle with a tall glass of handcrafted beer straight from almost a dozen brewery taprooms.

Painted parking meters downtown

Explore Outdoor Art Installations

Iconic sculptures, famous graffiti spots and even parking meters, you'll find a slightly unconventional artistic flair.

Portofino Island Resort pool deck at night

Satisfy the Luxury Lover in You

All-inclusive, private beach, spa, gourmet, helicopter, sailboat - you can find it all here.

Family biking on Gulf Islands National Seashore

See the Coast on Two Wheels

Whatever you pedal, you can ride here. Attack a steep trail or cruise to dinner - you'll find plenty of ways to saddle up and ride.

Wine shopping at SoGourmet downtown

Take the (Adult) Fun Indoors

Sometimes you need to be inside, and that's ok. Check out some grown-up ways to play around town.

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Can't-Miss Places to Visit


Joe Patti's Seafood sign

Joe Patti's Seafood

Don't miss a chance to visit this bustling waterfront seafood market – a Pensacola icon – just outside the downtown area.

Homemade pastries at Palafox Market

Palafox Market

This open-air street features onsite vendors who grow, make or create the fruits, vegetables, herbs, and art they sell.

Experience Lighthouse

Pensacola Lighthouse

Climb this historic lighthouse's 177 steps for one of the most beautiful and unique views on the Gulf Coast.

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Signature Events

Happenings you won't find anywhere but here. Be sure to check out our full calendar too!

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More Local Insight

Take a closer look at ways you can experience more of the Pensacola Bay Area's charm and personality.