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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.

The city 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.

And while we celebrate our long history, today’s Downtown Pensacola is evolving on all fronts, with chic shops and trendy restaurants popping up around historic Palafox Street, the city’s award-winning main street.  

From gourmet food trucks to water views to award-winning fine dining, Downtown Pensacola offers options for any craving.

Relaxed Southern-style sums up the unique shopping atmosphere you’ll find when you stroll through the Crepe Myrtle-lined streets and shaded city parks.

And with “Five Flags,” Historic Pensacola Village and several downtown museums, Pensacola has more than enough to keep any history buff happy during their Pensacola vacation.

So join us downtown for a day of shopping, dining, sightseeing, exploration and inspiration with small town hospitality and growing city style.

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