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Casual explorers and history-buffs alike have loved the Pensacola Bay Area for more than 450 years. From forts and cannons to shipwrecks and bandits, you’ll see a story of conflict, courage and perseverance. These "classrooms" bring history lessons – and bedtime stories – to life.

Forts and Historic Sites

  • Fort Barrancas 

    Pensacola Naval Air Station, Pensacola, FL
    Details | www.nps.gov/guis | 850.455.5167

    Built around previously constructed 17th and 18th-century Spanish forts as well as the Advanced Redoubt nearby, National Historic Landmark was constructed in 1939 as a United States military fort overlooking Pensacola Bay.

  • Fort George 

    501 N Palafox Street, Pensacola, FL 32501
    Details | www.exploresouthernhistory.com | 850.436.5670

    A small park at the intersection of Palafox and La Rua Streets in Pensacola, 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.

  • Fort Pickens 

    1400 Fort Pickens Road, Pensacola Beach, FL 32561
    Details | www.nps.gov/guis | 850.934.2635

    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. Built in the 1830's, this is one of only four Southern forts never occupied by Confederate forces during the Civil War. 

  • St. Michael's Cemetery 

    6 N Alcaniz St, Pensacola, FL 32501
    Details | www.stmichaelscemetery.org | 850.436.4643

    This eight-acre green space served as a burial ground beginning in the mid-18th century. In 1807, the King of Spain officially designated it a cemetery. You can see approximately 3,200 marked graves, while subsurface anomalies show that possibly 4,000+ remain unmarked.

  • Old Christ Church 

    405 S. Adams St., Pensacola, FL 32502
    www.historicpensacola.org | 850.595.5985

    Completed in 1832, Old Christ Church is one of the oldest surviving church buildings in Florida. The building was also occupied by federal troops during the Civil War. 

  • Veterans Memorial Park 

    200 S. 10th Avenue, Pensacola, FL 32502 
    Details | www.veteransmemorialparkpensacola.com | 850.434.6119

    The park’s focal point is The Wall South, a half-scale version of Washington D.C.’s Vietnam Memorial Wall. It also highlights various service branches and includes memorials for the Revolutionary War, both World War I and II, the Korean War and the Global War on Terror. 

Museums & Interactive Learning

  • National Naval Aviation Museum 
  • Pensacola Historic Village 

    120 Church Street, Pensacola FL, 32502
    Details | www.historicpensacola.org | 850.595.5985

    Historic Pensacola Village is the museum operation of the UWF Historic Trust, part of the University of West Florida. The Village consists of more than twenty properties in the Pensacola National Register Historic District. The village includes several self-guided museums, costumed guides, and living history programs.

  • Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum 

    2081 Radford Boulevard, NAS Pensacola, FL 32508
    Details | www.pensacolalighthouse.org | 850.393.1561

    Climb 177 steps up the historic Pensacola Lighthouse for stunning views of Pensacola Pass, three historic forts, the Pensacola skyline, and the historic Navy Yard. Built in 1859 and towering from on board NAS Pensacola, the lighthouse remains active and manned by the U.S. Coast Guard. Fun fact: it’s been called one of the most haunted lighthouses in America.

  • University of West Florida - Florida Public Archaeology Network 

    207 E. Main Street, Pensacola, FL 32502
    www.flpublicarchaeology.org | 850.595.0050

    The FPAN Volunteer Lab Program seeks enthusiastic volunteers of all ages to help rough sort artifacts recovered from local archaeological sites. Volunteers work with small screens, trays, brushes, magnets and other lab tools to clean and sort artifacts. No experience is needed, but all volunteers are given a brief orientation by a professional archaeologist their first day.

Forts and Historic Sites

  • Fort Barrancas 

    Pensacola Naval Air Station, Pensacola, FL
    Details | www.nps.gov/guis | 850.455.5167

    Built around previously constructed 17th and 18th-century Spanish forts as well as the Advanced Redoubt nearby, National Historic Landmark was constructed in 1939 as a United States military fort overlooking Pensacola Bay.

  • Fort George 

    501 N Palafox Street, Pensacola, FL 32501
    Details | www.exploresouthernhistory.com | 850.436.5670

    A small park at the intersection of Palafox and La Rua Streets in Pensacola, 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.

  • Fort Pickens 

    1400 Fort Pickens Road, Pensacola Beach, FL 32561
    Details | www.nps.gov/guis | 850.934.2635

    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. Built in the 1830's, this is one of only four Southern forts never occupied by Confederate forces during the Civil War.

  • St. Michael's Cemetery 

    6 N Alcaniz St, Pensacola, FL 32501
    Details | www.stmichaelscemetery.org | 850.436.4643

    This eight-acre green space served as a burial ground beginning in the mid-18th century. In 1807, the King of Spain officially designated it a cemetery. You can see approximately 3,200 marked graves, while subsurface anomalies show that possibly 4,000+ remain unmarked.

  • Old Christ Church 

    405 S. Adams St., Pensacola, FL 32502
    www.historicpensacola.org | 850.595.5985

    Completed in 1832, Old Christ Church is one of the oldest surviving church buildings in Florida. The building was also occupied by federal troops during the Civil War. 

  • Veterans Memorial Park 

    200 S. 10th Avenue, Pensacola, FL 32502 
    Details | www.veteransmemorialparkpensacola.com | 850.434.6119

    The park’s focal point is The Wall South, a half-scale version of Washington D.C.’s Vietnam Memorial Wall. It also highlights various service branches and includes memorials for the Revolutionary War, both World War I and II, the Korean War and the Global War on Terror. 

Museums & Interactive Learning

  • National Naval Aviation Museum 
  • Pensacola Historic Village 

    120 Church Street, Pensacola FL, 32502
    Details | www.historicpensacola.org | 850.595.5985

    Historic Pensacola Village is the museum operation of the UWF Historic Trust, part of the University of West Florida. The Village consists of more than twenty properties in the Pensacola National Register Historic District. The village includes several self-guided museums, costumed guides, and living history programs.

  • Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum 

    2081 Radford Boulevard, NAS Pensacola, FL 32508
    Details | www.pensacolalighthouse.org | 850.393.1561

    Climb 177 steps up the historic Pensacola Lighthouse for stunning views of Pensacola Pass, three historic forts, the Pensacola skyline, and the historic Navy Yard. Built in 1859 and towering from on board NAS Pensacola, the lighthouse remains active and manned by the U.S. Coast Guard. Fun fact: it’s been called one of the most haunted lighthouses in America.

  • University of West Florida - Florida Public Archaeology Network 

    207 E. Main Street, Pensacola, FL 32502
    www.flpublicarchaeology.org | 850.595.0050

    The FPAN Volunteer Lab Program seeks enthusiastic volunteers of all ages to help rough sort artifacts recovered from local archaeological sites. Volunteers work with small screens, trays, brushes, magnets and other lab tools to clean and sort artifacts. No experience is needed, but all volunteers are given a brief orientation by a professional archaeologist their first day.

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Archeologists recently discovered the site of America’s first multi-year settlement in downtown Pensacola. The town, founded by Spanish conquistador Don Tristan de Luna in 1559, was struck by a hurricane shortly after the settlers’ arrival. The storm destroyed their supplies, and they abandoned the site less than two years later.

 

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Archeologists recently discovered the site of America’s first multi-year settlement in downtown Pensacola. The town, founded by Spanish conquistador Don Tristan de Luna in 1559, was struck by a hurricane shortly after the settlers’ arrival. The storm destroyed their supplies, and they abandoned the site less than two years later.

 

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