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Discover Pensacola Bay's Outdoor Bounty

Loading up the SUV for an outdoor adventure in Pensacola might take a while. Rolling hills skirt bayous and wetlands. Freshwater streams merge into bays that serve as a haven for sailing, rowing, angling, and paddling. These bays, in turn, feed the emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Offshore grouper, snapper, and amberjack prowl a scattered fleet of sunken ships and artificial reefs just a short boat ride from Pensacola Pass. Combine our climate with this unique geography, and you get so many opportunities for outdoor activities, we bet you can't pick just one.


Favorite Outdoor Activities


Family biking on Gulf Islands National Seashore

See the Coast on Two Wheels

Whatever you pedal, you can ride here. Attack a steep trail or cruise to dinner - you'll find plenty of ways to saddle up and ride. 

Deep-sea fishing catch

Reel In Dinner

Fishing is a lifestyle for many folks around here, but you don’t have to be a pro to fish in the Pensacola area.

Walkway at Bluffs trail

Take a Hike

Explore Mother Nature's backyard on foot. The Pensacola Bay area offers miles of picturesque parks and trails.

Kayakers at Big Lagoon State Park

Grab a Paddle and Go

With rivers, bayous, bays and the Gulf surrounding us — there are many diverse ecosystems and coastal habitats to explore.

Dolphin jumping in Pensacola Bay

Go Fin-Seeking

Create unforgettable memories: hit the water and feel the thrill of jumping and playing dolphin up close.

School of underwater fish

See What's Under the Water

Whether you skim below the surface or dive the USS Oriskany, discover Pensacola’s incredible scenery hidden beneath the waves.

Even More

BikingBoatingGolfingWildlife ViewingSurfingPaddle Boarding

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Where to Go for Outdoor Adventure


Zip line at Adventures Unlimited

Explore Unlimited Adventure Options

Camp, canoe, dive, explore, hike, kayak, paddleboard, parasail, sail, snorkel, tube, zipline  – it's all here to enjoy.

Big Lagoon State Park

Big Lagoon State Park

This 50-acre park puts you eye to eye with primates, big cats, bears, giraffe and much more. 

Pensacola Gulf Fishing Pier

Take to the High Seas

At 1,471 feet, this is one of the longest piers on the Gulf (and prime real estate for beautiful sunsets).

Fort Pickens at sunset

Fort Pickens

Anchored by a historic fort, the park offers both shore and pier fishing, trails, birdwatching, camping and much more.

Overhead view of bikers in Jones Swamp Preserve

Jones Swamp Preserve

This trail, which showcases native plants and wildlife, provides opportunities for hiking, biking, birding, and cross-country running.

Gulf Islands National Seashore

Gulf Islands National Seashore

Adventure seekers love its wide range of recreational activities, from snorkeling and kayaking to biking, camping, and fishing.

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Outdoor-focused Events

Here are a few events that put you outside for some fun. Be sure to view our full calendar so you don't miss a thing!

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