The city of Pensacola is historically known as America’s First Settlement. Founded in 1559 by Don Tristan de Luna and his Spanish settlers. Nicknamed as “The City of Five Flags,” Pensacola has had many claims of ownership during its early history.
Today, Pensacola is known as a desirable Florida destination for sun, sand, and seafood. However, there is so much more to explore and enjoy beyond the beach.
The Blue Angels, stationed at the Naval Air Station, are extremely popular. They prepare their routines here for their touring air performance all over the country. Distinctly recognized, these blue and yellow, super-fast jets are worth the visit.
NAS Pensacola is often called “The Cradle of Naval Aviation” as it is the sought-after training base for aspiring Naval Aviators and Flight Officers.
It is also home to the world’s largest Naval Aviation Museum. Attracting families, school groups, and history buffs with over 150 aircraft from the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard aviation, you’ll get up close and personal with unique planes and relics that shaped our country’s history.
The National Aviation Museum at NAS offers interactive activities for the entire family.
Are you brave enough to climb the 177 steps to the top of the Pensacola Lighthouse? If so, you’re in for a breathtaking view of the Emerald Coast at the top. Make sure you bring your walking shoes if you are thinking about braving the climb!
Located at Pensacola NAS and built in 1859, visitors can explore the original keeper’s living quarters, explore the grounds, check out the museum, and even join in on a ghost hunt. A visitor hotspot, the “haunted” Pensacola Lighthouse . In 2009, the SyFy Channel’s Ghost Hunters made a special trip to the “haunted” lighthouse.
Pensacola Beach may be the big draw for tourism, but a quick drive from the iconic white sandy beaches is Historic Downtown Pensacola hugging the Pensacola Bay.
At the center of Pensacola’s historic downtown district is the famous Palafox Street. Rich with culture and entertainment, there are a variety of local boutiques, restaurants, art galleries, coffee shops, and more.
Visit the Pensacola Saenger Theater for musical concerts, comedy shows, and plays, or walk over to Vinyl Music Hall for the latest touring act.
Beyond Palafox, the historic district spans several streets lined with beautiful buildings, including the famous cottages of Seville Square.
Once a month, they halt traffic on the main section of Palafox at 5 pm for Gallery Night. It is essentially a local street party, with vendors, artists, food trucks, and more lining the street only open for foot traffic. Businesses along Palafox open their doors, musicians play on the pavement, and the night comes alive to one and all.
Each Gallery Night has a different theme and is open to the public—both locals and tourists alike.
If you are planning a visit to Pensacola, Florida, and want to enjoy all the city has to offer, consider booking your stay at Sole Inn and Suites, centrally located downtown on the corner of Palafox and East Gregory Street. If you have any questions, let us know and we’ll make sure you find the perfect venues for your trip. Our doors are always open and the lights never go out – unless you want them too.