The Pensacola Bay Area is famous for its natural beauty and historic culture—yet it never stops accommodating the latest attractions and events. A unique destination where locals and tourists alike find themselves enjoying a vast array of adventures and experiences. From the brick-paved sidewalks of Downtown to miles and miles of shoreline…museums, outdoor activities, fine dining, festivals, concerts, and award-winning sugar-white beaches are only a glimpse of what Pensacola has in store for you! Check out Visit Pensacola’s list of the Top Things to do while visiting.
Downtown Pensacola is evolving on all fronts, with chic shops and trendy restaurants popping up around historic Palafox Street, the city’s award-winning main street. From gourmet food trucks to water views to award-winning fine dining, Downtown Pensacola offers options for any craving. Relaxed Southern-style sums up the unique shopping atmosphere you’ll find when you stroll through the Crepe Myrtle-lined streets and shaded city parks.
Pensacola boasts a thriving visual arts scene with the First City Art Center and numerous downtown galleries; an eclectic local theater scene highlighted by the Pensacola Little Theatre; and numerous opportunities to catch touring music artists at Vinyl Music Hall or the Pensacola Bay Center.
Pensacola is more than a pretty face. She’s a city with a past, one that stretches back more than 460 years. Visitors are often lured by her gorgeous beaches, yet find themselves captivated even more so by her rich and incredibly diverse history and heritage. Whether you’re a history buff who likes to delve into every battle or you simply enjoy taking in local architecture, museums, and cultural influences, Pensacola has centuries of stories and sites to explore.
You simply can’t go wrong when it comes to choosing the perfect beach in the Pensacola Bay Area as your vacation destination. Our visitors find some of the most pristine beaches in the world along the barrier islands that are home to Pensacola Beach and Perdido Key. In fact, these beaches have been ranked among the best in the country by the likes of USA Today, TripAdvisor, Dr. Beach and the Travel Channel.