The Blue Angels are one of Pensacola’s pride and joys. Just watching them, you can see why. With the home of the Blue Angels being NAS Pensacola, Pensacola residents and those visiting the area have the privilege to watch them practice most weeks from March to November. This is a great FREE activity to do in Pensacola with kids, especially kids who LOVE all things aviation.
Blue Angels Practice Schedule for 2020:
Practice for the US Navy Blue Angels is held at NAS Pensacola on the following Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The practice is usually at 11:30 am and lasts about 45-55 minutes. After some of these practices, you can visit with the pilots at the museum for a meet and greet and autographs.
Dates with a * are museum visit dates. Times and dates are subject to change. Cancellations due to weather and maintenance can happen. These are left up to the Blue Angels team and may happen the morning of practice.
April: 1*, 7, 8*, 9, 10, 14, 15*, 21, 22*, 28, 29*
May: 5, 6*, 12, 26, 27*
June: 2, 3*, 4, 5, 9, 16, 17*, 23, 24*, 30
August: 4, 5*, 6, 7, 19*, 20, 21, 25
Things You Need To Know About Watching The Blue Angels Practice at NAS Pensacola
Watching a Blue Angels practice is free and open to the public. You should enter NAS Pensacola at the West Gate off of Blue Angel Pkwy. All visitors ages 16 and old must have a valid ID. IDs will be checked at the gate and the Museum Flight Line.
NOTE: Currently, only DoD ID cardholders and Veterans with a Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC) from the Department of Veterans Affairs are allowed on base. DoD ID cardholders can escort guests on base and to the Naval Aviation Museum.
The viewing area for watching the Blue Angels is located on the Museum Flight Line. There will be signs posted directing you to park and viewing locations. Open bleacher seating is available for 1000 people. They also have chair service for $3 per person. Concessions and merchandise will also be available for purchase.
You should bring sunscreen and ear protection for those with sensitive ears. Small purses, bags containing medications, and diaper bags are allowed. However, backpacks, daypacks, luggage, or similar bags are not allowed.
Other Places In Pensacola To See the Blue Angels Practice
Drive down Navy Blvd during practice, and you will see the Blue Angels buzzing overhead. If you don’t want to watch from Navy Blvd and your house isn’t in a place like ours where you can see the Blue Angels flying overhead, here are a few places to see them.
All the way in the back of the park by the fishing pier is the perfect spot to watch the Blue Angels practicing. Get there early as I hear space fills up quickly. Cost is $25 per vehicle, or you can purchase the $45 annual pass that will cover your entrance fees for Fort Barrancas, Fort Pickens, and Johnsons Beach for a full year.
Located on NAS Pensacola, the Lighthouse catwalk creates the perfect place to watch the Blue Angels practice. Children must be 7 yrs old or 44 inches tall—no flip flops or sandals. The lighthouse recommends you wear tennis or deck shoes. The cost is $25 per person.
Blue Angels Air Shows In Pensacola
Can’t make it out to one of the practices? That’s ok. The Blue Angels perform at two local air shows throughout the season.
Pensacola Beach Air Show
The annual air show takes place on Pensacola Beach around the 4th of July. Along with other civilian and military aircraft, the Blue Angels perform stunts over the Gulf Of Mexico. 2019 AirShow Will be July 11, 2020, with practices a few days before over the beach.
Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show
The last Blue Angel air show of the year is at home in Pensacola at the National Naval Aviation Museum on NAS Pensacola on October 16-17, 2020. See the website for times and details. You can also watch the show from Ft. Pickens, and we were able to view some of the show from Big Lagoon State Park. FREE