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Parks and Trails with a Rich History

When it’s time to breathe in the fresh air and take in the sights, Pensacola offers unmatched native ways to explore history in picturesque parks, cultural landmarks, nature trails, scenic bluffs and more.

The Pensacola Bay Area’s wide variety of historic parks and trails offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy nature and learn about our area’s history and culture.

Plaza de Luna

Named for Don Tristán de Luna, the Spanish Conquistador who established the earliest multi-year European settlement in the U.S., Plaza de Luna is a picturesque waterfront park overlooking Pensacola Bay. Amenities include a statue of Luna, fountain courtyard, promenade, sunset terrace, amphitheater and an expansive splash pad play area for the kids. Plaza de Luna is laid out around a driving circle with abundant parking and Wi-Fi access.

Plaza Ferdinand VII

Plaza Ferdinand VII, named for the King of Spain who ruled from 1813 to 1833, is located in Pensacola’s historic downtown. It marks the site of the formal transfer of East Florida from Spain to the U.S. on July 17, 1821. A bust of General Andrew Jackson marks the spot where he was sworn in as Florida’s first territorial governor. At the park’s center stands an obelisk dedicated to William Dudley Chipley, a 19th century railroad tycoon who served as Pensacola’s mayor and Florida State Senator. Also included in the plaza is Fountain Park, which features a fountain decorated with terracotta bas-reliefs depicting various scenes of Pensacola life.

Seville Square

Located at the center of the old Spanish settlement, Seville Square is the heart of Pensacola. Designated as a public plaza by the Spanish in 1813, Seville Square was the centerpiece of the city plan created in 1764 when Pensacola was under British rule. The square’s star feature is a gazebo, site of numerous concerts, festivals, art shows and celebrations. Decorative cedar sculptures are used to support large branches of the park’s gorgeous live oak trees. There are also swings for the kids, beautifully shaded by the abundant oaks.

The Colonial Archaeological Trail

Winding its way along the sidewalks of downtown Pensacola, the Colonial Archaeological Trail is a walking tour of ruins that reveal fortifications and other structures, such as kitchen sites, wells, trash pits and an officers’ compound, that existed here from 1752 to 1821. Along the way, exhibits detail the history of this period, when Spanish, British and American forces battled for control of the forts. The trail also features artifacts recovered from excavations and partially reconstructed fortifications.

Florida Trail at Fort Pickens

Located on Pensacola Beach, the trail at Fort Pickens is part of the Florida National Scenic Trail. Less than a mile long, it is made of ground oyster shells and winds through the sand dunes, native trees, shrubs and water channels of Fort Pickens. It’s a fascinating way to walk where ancient soldiers and settlers walked while witnessing the same unspoiled, pristine nature, wildlife, sea turtles and shorebirds the area is meant to preserve today.

Big Lagoon State Park

Located across from Perdido Key, Big Lagoon State Park is a 705-acre park located along Big Lagoon. The park is home to 5 miles of hiking and nature trails. 

Pensacola GeoTour

The Pensacola GeoTour includes four different trails along the Pensacola Bay Area. Visitors use a GPS-enabled device to explore our history and culture while embarking on a fun-filled outdoor adventure. On this high-tech treasure hunt, they discover ancient earthworks from Native American civilizations, plantations, remnants of military fortifications and the Antebellum industrial area.


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