Pensacola Naval Air Station, Pensacola, FL
Built around previously constructed 17th and 18th-century Spanish forts as well as the Advanced Redoubt nearby, Fort Barrancas was constructed in 1939 as a United States military fort overlooking Pensacola Bay on the grounds of what is now Naval Air Station Pensacola. The fort was later designated as a National Historic Landmark and transferred to the control of the National Park Service.
501 N Palafox Street, Pensacola, FL 32501
A small park at the intersection of Palafox and La Rua Streets in Pensacola, Florida, preserves a portion of the site of old Fort George. Built by the British when they occupied the city from 1763-1781, the fort was a major target during the Battle of Pensacola, one of the least known yet most significant battles of the American Revolution.
1400 Fort Pickens Road, Pensacola Beach, FL 32561
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Fort Pickens, named after American Revolutionary War hero Andrew Pickens, is the largest of four forts built to defend Pensacola Bay and its navy yard. Construction on the fort began in 1829 and was completed in 1834. Fort Pickens was one of only four forts in the South that was never occupied by Confederate forces during the Civil War. The fort became part of a popular Florida State Park until the creation of Gulf Islands National Seashore in 1971. Following extensive repairs by the National Park Service, the fort was reopened in 1976.
Museum of Commerce
201 E Zaragoza Street, Pensacola, FL 32502
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Inside this brick turn-of-the-century warehouse is a reconstructed 1890s era Pensacola streetscape. On exhibit are historic shops featuring toys, hardware, music, households, leather goods as well as a print shop exhibit containing one of the most complete collections of antique presses and type in the Southeast. An interesting collection of horse-drawn buggies and an antique local trolley car are also part of this nostalgic recreation of yesteryear.
National Naval Aviation Museum
1750 Radford Boulevard, NAS Pensacola, FL 32508
Details | www.navalaviationmuseum.org
One of TripAdvisor’s “Top 25 Museums in the United States,” the museum features nearly 350,000 square feet of displays and is one of the world’s largest aviation museums. Located aboard Pensacola Naval Air Station, the facility boasts more than 150 beautifully restored aircraft representing Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard aviation, and is one of Florida’s most visited museums. Be sure to visit Hangar Bay One, displaying aircraft of the post-WWII era including the presidential helicopter, Marine One. Among the countless things to touch, see and experience – thrilling 3D and HD flight simulators and the new Blue Angels 4D Experience. Learn about the magic of flight in the new laser powered Giant Screen digital theater.
Pensacola Children’s Museum
115 East Zaragoza Street, Pensacola, FL 32502
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This hands-on exploration of Pensacola history is geared for children age 10 and younger. The first floor Discovery Gallery recreates colonial life in Pensacola. The second floor explores Pensacola’s military, maritime, industrial, multicultural, Native American and Civil War history. Plenty of play area is located on each floor. The first floor Party Central room is where storytelling and special activities are held.
Museum of Industry
200 E. Zaragoza St., Pensacola, FL 32502
Lumbering, brick making, railroads and commercial fishing were among the industries that propelled Pensacola from a sleepy frontier garrison into a thriving commercial center in the 19th century. Step back in time and learn more about some of Pensacola's pivotal industries. The museum is a popular stop on the self-guided tour.
Old Christ Church
405 S. Adams St., Pensacola, FL 32502
Completed in 1832, Old Christ Church is one of the oldest surviving church buildings in Florida, serving the Pensacola community as an Episcopal Church, public library, and museum. The building was also occupied by federal troops during the Civil War. Today, it is a popular stop on the guided tour and continues to serve the public as a museum, special events venue and meeting hall as well as hosting weddings.