Pensacola was the capital of Florida until 1822, but just because that honor was turned over to Tallahassee doesn’t mean Pensacola withered away. In fact, the U.S. government considers Pensacola a pretty important place. In 1914, the U.S. naval air station was established here and the National Museum of Naval Aviation continues to draw millions of visitors booking Pensacola flights every year. The museum pays homage and respect to the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps pilots who trained at Pensacola. While your flight to Pensacola might not be piloted by a Blue Angel, you can still see The Blue Angles and their fancy flying at the naval air station, where the fastest fighter jets are based. Take a walk to historic Fort Barrancas during the visit to the naval station and take in the gorgeous views of Perdido Key and Santa Rosa Island.
Pensacola’s downtown district has been revitalized and re-energized over the years. Today, visitors to Pensacola can experience a downtown center full of theaters, restaurants, bars and nightlife. Don’t dismiss the various Pensacola festivals like Florida Springfest, a 3-day music festival channeling the Woodstock era, which boasts big name acts like Bonnie Rait, the Allman Brothers, Jethro Tull and more.
Whether your Pensacola flight leaves you at Fort Pickens or picking up seashells on the powdery-white beaches, it’s hard not to enjoy this Florida destination.
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Situated on the Gulf of Mexico, Pensacola's climate range from hot and humid in the summer to mild and sometimes rainy in the winter. The city has an average 343 days of sunshine a year. Late summer and autumn can be very windy.
Best Time to Fly to Pensacola
Thanks to its year-round sunshine, there is bad time to book a flight to Pensacola. Summer sees the highest volume of travelers. Spring break season draws hordes of students to the area.
Autumn can be windy in Pensacola, and the temperature is a bit cooler than the summer months. If you're not coming for the beach, this is a great time to find cheap flights to Pensacola and discounted hotel rooms.
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Getting around Pensacola
Hop aboard the Five Flags Trolley to tour Pensacola. The Escambia County Area Transit System runs the trolley that departs frequently from the Pensacola Visitor Center. The trolley runs during the week through historic Pensacola Village, downtown, Palafox Street, the waterfront and North Hill Preservation District. Renting a bike is another great way to get around. Biking is very popular in sunny Florida – find rentals at the beach or through your hotel concierge. Taxis are also available if you need a ride.
Pensacola Travel Information
- After your flight to Pensacola, grab a copy of the Pensacola News Journal and take a look through its Friday entertainment section. The paper is full of things to do around the city, and offers a great array of options for nighttime and weekend events.
- The entertainment center of Pensacola is Seville Quarter, located in Pensacola's downtown historic district. This complex is home to a number of bars and restaurants catering to every type of customer.
- Rent a car and drive to the Florida-Alabama border for a beer and a burger at The Last Great Road House. This Gulf-side pub is famous for its Saturday and Sunday jam sessions.
- For more happenings in Pensacola, visit www.visitpensacola.com