Visitors are always amazed of the rich heritage and culture that Pensacola is part of. The best way to gain an understanding of the city and its people is by taking a tour of the city and surrounding area.
Visitors can begin the tour by walking down Palafox Place, the main street in downtown Pensacola. This section of town is made up of shops, galleries, cafes and plenty of entertainment. Throughout the year, shoppers can be seen taking a break at one of the many restaurants and outdoor cafes.
Continuing south on Palafox Place to Palafox Pier, visitors can stop and look out over magnificant Pensacola Bay. Pensacola Bay is full of sunken ships and their treasure from a bygone era. Pelicans and seagulls can be observed waiting for a fish or two from locals fishing off the pier.
A walk through Historic Pensacola Village will take visitors back in time to the American Territorial Period. The area consists of some 37 blocks containing museums, art galleries, shops, and over 20 historic buildings dating back to the 1800's.
The National Naval Aviation Museum located on the Pensacola Naval Air Station consists of more than 150 magnificently restored aircraft from past wars, exhibits and more than 4,000 artifacts representing the Navy, Marines and Coast Guard. It is the world's largest naval aviation museum.
Across from the National Naval Aviation Museum lies the historic Pensacola Lighthouse. The Pensacola Lighthouse offers tours to the top where visitors can get a spectacular view of the bay and surrounding area. The lighthouse has towered over Pensacola Bay since 1858, enduring area hurricanes.
Further down the road lies Fort Barrancas, it is one of four fortified locations that marked the southern defenses. The fort is part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore, and provides visitors a view into the past. The fort consists of the historic Water Battery, walking trails, visitor center, picnic areas, and the Advanced Redoubt.