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West Pensacola

Home of Hidden History


Snuggled between the pristine beaches of Perdido Key and historic downtown Pensacola is a favorite, the western pocket of Pensacola. 

West Pensacola boasts plentiful Spanish, French, British and American history with endless adventures of war time, aviation, military forts, lighthouses, trinkets, antiques, family events and old-fashioned candy making. 

National Naval Aviation Museum

There’s a distinctive noise in the air while visiting the western side—a roar, a thunder that encompasses your whole body—and it exemplifies the sound of freedom. It’s the Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy’s precision flight demonstration team, streaking across the skies overhead. Experiencing the Blue Angels is a treat. You can catch them on practice days or at their season finale—the Blue Angel Homecoming Air Show—aboard Pensacola Naval Air Station.

Let your inner child roam free, and your children, too, in one of the largest air and aerospace museums of the world, the National Naval Aviation Museum aboard Pensacola Naval Air Station. Get up close and personal with more than 150 actual aircrafts, test your flying (and landing) skills out in a flight simulator, and experience the thrill of what it’s like to be a Blue Angel pilot in the larger-than-life IMAX movie. 

Pensacola Lighthouse

As the cradle of Naval Aviation, it’s fitting that we’re host to the world’s largest simulated aircraft carrier at the National Flight Academy. Using STEM technology, students may apply to become cadets and experience week-long mock missions, next-generation adventure and living in the danger zone. 

Prepare to get a few heebie-jeebies during a guided tour of the haunted Pensacola Lighthouse. Climb the 177-step spiral staircase to catch breathtaking views and either bust the myth or join those who believe, like the Travel Channel and SciFi’s Ghost Hunters, that it’s one of the most haunted lighthouses in America. 

Finding new adventures is always on the itinerary, and food is always a part of those explorations. The Oar House deck offers a trifecta of live music, a catchy atmosphere and award-winning delicacies with a sunset view. A must-stop for crawfish lovers is Cub’s Crawfish, located in the historic Warrington neighborhood. Nearby, the Hip Pocket Deli serves up one of the best gyros in town. 

Hip Pocket Deli

Peer inside one of the many shops at the antique mecca on Navy Boulevard. Peruse the likes of depression glass, vintage wardrobes, metal works, accent pieces and knickknacks at local honey hole, the Blue Moon Antique Mall. Follow the distinct aroma of candy making to Remember When Sweet Shop and J.W. Renfroe Pecans. Remember When shows you the old-fashioned way of candy making, while Renfroe's will give you all the homemade fudge, pralines and pecans your heart desires. 

From roars of jets to stunning coastal views, hands-on experiences to delightful delectables, west Pensacola brings a full sensory experience that you won’t soon forget.