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Discover Downtown Pensacola

Pensacola is known for its laid-back, coastal way-of-life, its long history and diverse culture. You’ll find all that and a few surprises in the heart of the city’s downtown.

Founded by Spanish sailor Don Tristan de Luna in 1559, the Pensacola Bay Area was the first European settlement in the New World. Over the centuries, the flags of Spain, Britain, France, the Confederacy and the United States have flown over the “City of Five Flags.


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Experience Historic Pensacola

Discover The History

Pensacola’s downtown area is full of historic sites, but the truth is that with more than 450 years of history behind it, every step you take on its brick sidewalks or city parks is a part of our country’s earliest days and memories. 

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Dining Downtown

From food trucks, pub fare, and down-home casual eateries to white-tablecloth establishments, downtown is the heart – and palate – of Pensacola.


Shopping Downtown

The downtown area is blossoming on all fronts, with an explosion of growth and quaint shops along a colorful Crepe Myrtle lined-streets.

Pensacola Historic Village

Historic Pensacola Village

Explore Historic Pensacola and experience the rich heritage of America’s first multi-year European settlement.

Pensacola Museum of History

Pensacola Museum of History

The Pensacola Museum of History is a general history museum with galleries dedicated to both permanent and changing exhibits.  

Museum of Art

Pensacola Museum of Art

Engaging cross-disciplinary exhibitions, educational programming, and stewards a growing collection of modern and contemporary art of the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries.


Performing Arts

Pensacola proudly boasts a classic ballet company, symphony, opera, live theater and more. 

Experience Children's Museum

Pensacola Children's Museum

Two floors of interactive and imaginative fun let kids of all ages play in Pensacola's 450-year history.

M.E.S.S. Hall

Pensacola M.E.S.S. Hall

Ignite curiosity with hands-on science in a place that encourages kids to make a mess of things.

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Downtown-focused Events

Here are a few events to experience in downtown Pensacola. Be sure to view our full calendar so you don't miss a thing!

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More Downtown Articles

From a stroll down Palafox, downtown dining experiences to historic experiences, find local insight and in-the-know tips for all things downtown.