Taking a summer vacation to Pensacola Beach is one tradition that many people, all across the South, participate in every year. Whether it be to kick off the summer on Memorial Day weekend, watch fireworks on the Fourth of July, or just enjoy the cool blue waters on any day of the week. While Pensacola Beach is a great place to host your traditional summer gathering, there are plenty of other great summer traditions that Pensacola residents take part in all season long. Let’s take a look at how to live like a Pensacola local with 5 of the most essential summer traditions in Pensacola.
If you’re looking for a real Pensacola tradition, you have to observe a practice of the Blue Angels. These practices are spectacular to watch and are completely free. For those who have a Department of Defense ID, the National Naval Aviation Museum located on the grounds of the Naval Air Station hosts viewings on the flight deck of the museum. However, for the many Pensacola visitors and locals who do not have DoD ID, Pensacola Beach is a great place to watch the Blue Angels Practice. Many people recommend viewing them as close to NAS as possible, somewhere on the west side of the beach near Fort Pickens. The Blue Angels have many practice dates from May-October and take to the skies on each date at 10:30 AM.
For a full list of Blue Angels practice dates go to https://www.visitpensacola.com/events/blue-angels-practice-schedule/
A night out at The Blue Wahoos Stadium in Community Maritime Park is a summer tradition for many Pensacola locals. The Blue Wahoos offer an exciting night out for a very reasonable price, with tickets for games offered Tuesdays-Sundays and starting at only $17. Blue Wahoos Games on the weekends even have excellent promotions, like free giveaways on Friday, and a spectacular fireworks show after every Saturday night game.
To check out the full schedule and purchase tickets go to https://www.milb.com/pensacola/schedule/2022-07
While the Bushwacker wasn’t technically invented in Pensacola, it came to Pensacola Beach in 1975, after the owner of the Sandshaker Bar visited St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands. Since then, enjoying a Bushwacker at the Sandshaker, or any of the other bars in Pensacola that serve the delicious drink has become an essential summer tradition. For those who don’t know, the drink is a creamy blended combination of rum, creme de cacao, chocolate syrup, Kahlua coffee liqueur, and either half and half or ice cream. Bushwackers can even be made without alcohol for the whole family to enjoy this Pensacola tradition.
The perfect refuge from the blistering Pensacola heat this summer is in the cool dark cavernous rooms of a movie theater. With plenty of summer blockbusters like Top Gun Maverick, Thor: Love and Thunder, Elvis, Lightyear and more, it will be a great summer to relax for a bit at the movies. If blockbusters aren’t your thing, Pensacola Cinema Art will be hosting screenings of indie movies all summer long at the Studer Community Institute on Garden Street.
Summer traditions had to have been built back in the past to be traditions. If you are looking to take a look at how traditions in Pensacola came to be, you have to explore Pensacola’s museums and look back at the rich history of this city. Historic Pensacola, in downtown Pensacola, offers a comprehensive look back at the past with guided tours and museums that are open to the public. Another great option is the Pensacola Museum of History, located in the old Pensacola City Hall. Whether it be the Museum of Transportation, Museum of Commerce, or a downtown Pensacola ghost tour, there are plenty of ways to connect to the history and traditions of one of America’s oldest cities.
One tradition that you shouldn’t miss out on in Pensacola this summer is staying at the Solé Inn. and Suites. With a unique historical setting and a prime location, located in the heart of the beautiful downtown, the Solé Inn and Suites keeps you close to the action in a relaxing and restful environment. Call or reserve your room at the Solé Inn and Suites online today.