Visit Pensacola in the VICs

Visit Pensacola sponsored both the US231 and I10 Welcome Centers. Each center has a kid’s corner for kids who stop in to read, play and unwind from being in a car for any given length of time. It is an opportunity to showcase our area and remind people of Pensacola that may not have had us in their travel plans

Meet the Artist: Heather Mitchell

Every Thursday, Pensacola Visitor Information Center, 2-4 p.m.

Watch local artist Heather Mitchell at work. Visitors are encouraged to observe and ask questions as local artist Heather Mitchell demonstrates her technique for painting the beautiful wildlife, birds and scenery found here in Pensacola. Heather finds her inspiration from our natural surroundings of beaches, bayous and bays. Her work may be seen at Quayside Art Gallery and other locations along the coast.

First Tuesdays: Meet the Artist with Lyn Gentry

Tuesday, May 7, 2019, Perdido Key Visitor Information Center

Lyn GentryEvery first Tuesday of the month, artist Lyn Gentry showcases her work at the Perdido Key Visitor Information Center.

Lyn studied with the renowned glass artist and designer, Narcissus Quagliata, whose works are in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum, Corning Museum of Glass, and Renwick Gallery, with installations at the Charles Schwab Building in San Francisco and the Franz Mayer Museum in Mexico City, to name a few. It was Quagliata who developed the concept of using glass as a method to manipulate light to enrich a living environment and to use glass rather than canvas to express the nature of light within a design. 

With this discovery, Lyn knew she had found the right medium for her artistic expression that would allow her to create and develop her designs. Lyn creates her pieces by and shaping hot glass using a kiln. Her pieces vary from functional glassware, such as bowls, platters, and vases, to large, custom-designed architectural pieces that require scaffolding for installation.

John Appleyard Talk: Pensacola History

Tuesday, May 10, Pensacola Visitor Information Center, 9 a.m.

Don't miss the opportunity to hear famed historian; John Appleyard share his knowledge of Pensacola's history with one of his famous storytelling sessions! These events are free to the public, but seating is limited. 

Pensacola Parks with Tonya Vaden

Wednesday, May 29, 2019, Pensacola Visitor Information Center

Tonya Vaden, City of Pensacola Parks and Recreation Dept. will bring information about the fun activities happening in the parks this summer!

Visitor Centers by the Numbers:

 

Walk-ins:
Pensacola: 4,434
Perdido Key: 2,560
Pensacola Beach: 2,046

Personal Assists:
Pensacola: 1,860
Perdido Key: 2,483

Telephone Assists:
Pensacola: 403
Perdido Key: 88
Pensacola Beach: 247

 

 

States with largest registered visitors:
Pensacola: Florida, Michigan, Texas, Wisconsin, Illinois
Perdido Key: Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Missouri, Michigan, Wisconsin
Pensacola Beach: Florida, Wisconsin, Alabama, Michigan, Texas

International registered visitors:
Pensacola: Canada, Australia, Sweden, UK
Perdido Key: Canada, Germany Switzerland,
Pensacola Beach: Canada, Germany, United Kingdom

Winter Escape Savings Cards 2019 Season Totals:
Pensacola: 651
Perdido Key: 480
Pensacola Beach: 222