The kids are back in school, the tourist are leaving, and we still have at least two or three more months of summer weather. Now is the time to enjoy the fun Pensacola has to offer and the beauty of living in a beach town. Here are ten things to do in Pensacola during local summer.
For those of you that don’t know what local summer is, let me explain. Local summer is the time between summer and fall when the kids are back in school and the tourist have gone home. It’s when locals can enjoy the summer fun without the crowds. Local summer is our favorite time of year as homeschoolers!
Watch The Blue Angels Practice
Most Tuesdays and Wednesdays from now through November you can watch the Blue Angels practice for air shows over the skies of Pensacola. Some great places to catch practice are the Naval Aviation Museum and Ft. Pickens. This is a popular activity all year long so you still may need to get there a bit early.
Explore Ft. Pickens
Ft. Pickens is one of our favorite spots to enjoy the Gulf of Mexico. However, the beach isn’t all Ft. Pickens has to offer. The Discovery Center teaches children about the fort, it’s history and the wildlife that calls Ft. Pickenss home. There are also guided tours of the fort itself, fishing and hiking trails. Cost is $20 per vehicle or you can purchase the $40 annual pass that will cover your entrance fees for Fort Barrancas, Fort Pickens and Johnsons Beach for a full year.
Play in Downtown Pensacola
Have brunch at the Ruby Slipper, get a sweet treat at Bubba’s Ice Cream Shop, do some window shopping, splash around at the Plaza De Luna Splash Pad, fish off the Palafox Pier, visit the Pensacola Art Museum. Make a day of it and just explore.
Visit the Pensacola Historic Village
Take a step back in time and visit this 8 1/2 acre Historic Village in downtown Pensacola that includes 28 properties including the TT Wentworth Museum, Museum of Commerce, Museum of Industry, Julee Cottage, Voices of Pensacola and more. The “One Ticket, Seven Days to Explore” allows you to pay one price to explore all of the Pensacola Historic Village museums and take 7 days to do it! Admission is $8 dollars for adults | $7 for ages 65 and older, active duty military and their dependents, AAA members, Pensacola Museum of Art members, and UWF Alumni Association Members | $4 for ages 3 to 14 | FREE for UWF students and EBT cardholders (4 family members free per EBT card). On Sundays admission to the TT Wentworth Museum and the Pensacola Children’s Museum is $5 for adults | $3 for children’s ages 3 to 14 | FREE for EBT card holders and UWF students with Nautilus card.
Feed the Giraffe’s at the Gulf Breeze Zoo
Or the goats, pigs and sheep in the petting zoo, take a train ride or just visit the animals at the Gulf Breeze Zoo. Located at 5701 Gulf Breeze Hwy, Gulf Breeze. Check website for prices, daily tickets as well as memberships are available. The zoo is open daily from (last admission is one hour before closing) 9am-5pm now through September 30th.
Visit the Birds at Uncle Sandy’s Macaw Bird Park
This is one of our families favorite things to do in Pensacola. We love it so much my oldest volunteers here. We love visiting and feeding the birds. Uncle Sandy’s Macaw Bird Park is a parrot rescue and sanctuary. They only accept cash and cost of admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children 7-13 and children 6 and under are FREE. Active duty personnel, veterans and their families can receive $1 off admission with their ID.
Go to the Beach
That’s one of the best things about living in Pensacola right? The beach. GO and have fun in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Our favorite spots to go where the beach isn’t very crowded even on the busiest days are Ft. Pickens, Johnson’s Beach and just past the Portifino and the west beach dog park.
Naval Aviation Museum
Learn about Naval Aviation History and what Pensacola was like during WWII at the Naval Aviation Museum. Located on the Pensacola Naval Air Station. The museum has a indoor playground, an IMAX theater, simulators and hands on exhibits that explore aviation history. The museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The best part admission is FREE!
Picnic at the Park
We are blessed here in Pensacola to have a lot of fabulous parks and playgrounds for our children to play. Take a picnic to the park for lunch or dinner. Two of our favorite parks include this cute beach park on Ft. Pickens Road and Perdido Kids Park.
Whatever you do, get out of the house and enjoy all the fun the greater Pensacola area has to offer! You’ll be glad you did.
What is your favorite thing to do in Pensacola during local summer?