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June 2011 E-Newsletter from Visit Pensacola

Boat Loads of Fun in the Pensacola Bay Area

School's out for the summer. It's time to pack up the family and hit the road for a fun-filled family vacation. No need to go any farther than the Pensacola Bay Area. Whether coming south on I-65 or east on I-10, we're Florida's first beach. We're also Florida's first beach in the historic sense—founded by the Spanish in 1559, and each June we celebrate that fact. Come experience our amazing beaches and history while having boat loads of fun.

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Red, White, and Blues Week

2011 blue angels beach airshow

Two of the best weekends in the entire year in the Pensacola Bay Area are back-to-back: Fourth of July followed by the Pensacola Beach Air Show. For those visitors lucky enough to get a hotel room or rental for the week, they're in for a real treat. First, area fireworks light up the sky on July 4. Then, the world-famous Blue Angels take to the skies on July 8-9. There's no better time to be at the beach.

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Father's Day Five

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Dad's big day is coming up. The Pensacola Bay Area is the perfect place to celebrate and spend quality time together. Here are some ideas for making your dad feel special:

  1. Book a fishing charter (no license needed on Father's Day weekend)
  2. Golf one of the area's scenic courses
  3. Treat him to a great seafood supper at one of our area restaurants
  4. Take him to the National Naval Aviation Museum and IMAX Theatre
  5. Go camping on Gulf Islands National Seashore/Fort Pickens


Birds-Eye View

big lagoonThe Pensacola Bay Area offers some of the most amazing scenery in the country with a beautiful coastline, state and national parks and Florida's only bluffs. Plan a trip to one of these hot spots for the best views in town – and the best photo ops.

  • Pensacola Beach Fishing Pier – Walk out to the end of the 1,471-foot pier for great views and wildlife sightings.
  • Fort Barrancas– Many visitors miss this cool fort across from the National Naval Aviation Museum. It's filled with great history and offers stunning views of our two islands.
  • Pensacola Lighthouse – Built in 1859, the historic lighthouse is one of the tallest in the United States. Climb 177 steps to the top for amazing panoramic views.
  • Big Lagoon State Park Lookout Tower – Climb up the 40-foot lookout tower for a view of the 600-acre park, Intracoastal Water Way, Gulf Islands National Seashore and Gulf of Mexico.
  • Scenic Highway Bay Bluffs Park – Take in the sights along the highest point on Florida's coastline.

Fiesta Days

fiesta days boat paradeIn the Pensacola Bay Area, June days are Fiesta Days. The Fiesta of Five Flags is an annual celebration of the founding of Pensacola. In 1559, Spanish Conquistador Don Tristan de Luna established Pensacola as the first European settlement in the United States. This 10-day festival is one of the oldest and largest heritage festivals in Florida. Mark your calendar for June 4, the Fiesta Boat Parade and DeLuna Landing Ceremony at Portofino Boardwalk; June 5, the Beach Community Bank Sand Sculpture Contest on Pensacola Beach; and June 9, the Fiesta Street Parade in downtown Pensacola.


Free Fun Is One Tank Away


The prices at the pump aren't friendly, but good thing the attractions in the Pensacola Bay Area are. Check out these 10 fun – and free – activities while you're on vacation.

  1. Swimming in the emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico
  2. Exploring the world-renowned National Naval Aviation Museum
  3. Going to a summer concert five nights a week
  4. Catching beads at the Fiesta Days parade downtown
  5. Watching the amazing Blue Angels at the Pensacola Beach Air Show
  6. Celebrating the Fourth of July along the waterfront
  7. Taking your dog to the Bayview Park Dog Beach
  8. Attending Gallery Night on Palafox Place downtown
  9. Exploring Civil War history at Fort Barrancas
  10. Collecting seashells on our sugar-white beaches