Summer is here, which means that the temperatures are skyrocketing, and Pensacola will soon be a hot spot for tourists looking for an oasis from the steamy humidity and scorching temperatures of the south. While most visitors tend to stay near the beaches on their trip to Pensacola, our city is privy to a whole host of options to stay cool in the summer months. From chilly frozen desserts to a breezy summer boat ride, Pensacola has plenty of places to cool off from the summer heat.
There’s nothing quite like a frozen treat on a hot summer day, and Pensacola is chock full of places to get them.
Downtown Pensacola has plenty of options. Bubba’s Sweet Spot on Palafox, has ice cream and milkshakes available, along with a huge variety of candy, chocolate, fudge, hand-dipped caramel apples, and more.
Also in downtown Pensacola, AJ’s Market and Ice Cream on Jefferson Street has a large selection of ice cream flavors and feels just like a vintage ice cream parlor. While you’re there you can pick up sandwiches, snacks, and convenience store essentials.
For those looking for vegan and dairy-free options, right down the street from AJ’s, Cinnaholic offers vegan and dairy-free Dole Whip ice cream, along with a variety of toppings, as well as their namesake vegan cinnamon rolls.
Cooling down at a splash pad is fun for the whole family, especially kids who love to run and play in the water. Pensacola has plenty of splash pads, though the most famous one at Plaza De La Luna is currently under construction.
Pensacola parents looking for splash pads can check out the splash pad at Legion Field on Gregory Street, the splash zone at the Bodacious Brew Thru, the splash pad at Sunset Park in Gulf Breeze, and the splash pad at Carpenter’s Park in Milton.
While Pensacola is known for its beautiful white-sand beaches, there are plenty of people who prefer the city’s pools to cool off. Both Cecil. T. Hunter Pool and Roger Scott Pool open on June 7th and are the perfect place to swim and relax this summer. There are other options to have a day at the pool as well. Many hotels on Pensacola Beach offer day passes for a minimal price. These passes allow you to use the pool and deck facilities without being a guest at the hotel. Not all hotels offer this option so call ahead to be sure. Additionally, some memberships allow you access to a pool. The YMCA offers access to great swim classes and family swim times, and The Pensacola Country Club and Pensacola Yacht Club have excellent pool facilities.
While it may sound super exclusive, cooling off on a sunset cruise is very affordable in Pensacola, thanks to the Pensacola Bay City Ferry. Sunset Cruises is available every weekend evening in the summer at 7 pm. The cruise only costs $22 per person, with kids two years old and under riding free. Pensacola Ferry sunset cruises last approximately an hour and a half and offer the opportunity to relax outdoors with snacks, cocktails, and nonalcoholic drinks available for purchase. If sunset isn’t your thing, the Pensacola Ferry operates a 50-minute ride from the city to the beach, for only $13 one way, or $26 round-trip. The ferry operates Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with departure times at 12 PM, 2 PM, and 4 PM.
Still need somewhere to cool off this summer in Pensacola? Check out the Solé Inn and Suites. The Solé Inn and Suites is the perfect downtown oasis in the hot Pensacola summer. With a prime location right on Palafox Street, the Solé Inn and Suites is the modern oasis you need. This summer may be a hot one, but you can always cool off at The Solé Inn and Suites. Reserve your room online or by calling today.