It's the first day of spring! Students in both Escambia and Santa Rosa County are out for spring break this week. Spring Break typically marks the beginning of a busy tourist season in the beaches of Northwest Florida.
According to Visit Pensacola, the tourism industry employs over 16,000 inidividuals in Escambia County and nearly another 4,000 in Santa Rosa County. Over 72% of visitors surveyed said they chose the Pensacola area for our beautiful, white sand beaches. According to studies done by Visit Pensacola, vacationers from Atlanta, Detroit, New Orleans, Birmingham, Nashville, Dallas, Gulfpot-Biloxi, Baton Rouge, and St. Louis flock to the Pensacola Beach area in large numbers during spring and summer. One of our favorite sayings in the state of Florida is that we live where others vacation.
Check out this video from Visit Pensacola on the value of tourism in our community.
To plan your vacation to Pensacola Beach, check out Visit Pensacola online.
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Plan your Visit to Historic Fort Pickens
Fort Pickens is located at the end of Fort Pickens Rd on Pensacola Beach in the Gulf Islands National Seashore
area and is part of the National Park Service. This historic site was completed in 1834 and was used for 113 years as a military fort.
Fort Pickens has a rich history and is open to the public for exploration. Fort Pickens offers both guided and self-assisted tours of the different sections of the fort and several batteries. Fort Pickens area of Gulf Islands National Seashore offers miles of beaches along the Gulf of Mexico and offers views of Pensacola Bay.
You can even see Pensacola Naval Air Station and the Pensacola Lighthouse in the distance across the bay. From snorkeling to hiking to boating, Fort Pickens has recreational opportunities for families of all ages.
Fort Pickens offers the following amenities and entertainment:
- Historic Fort Tours
- Fishing Pier
- cuba Diving
- Snorkeling Reef
- Hiking Trails
- Biking Trails
- Boat Launches
Lifeguards are present on Langdon Beach during the summer from 9:30- 5:30.
Fort Pickens area is a favorite among nature enthusiasts! You can explore nature in my ways especially during shore bird nesting season, turtle nesting season, and during the butterfly migration. It is also one of our favorite places to watch the sunset along the Gulf Coast.
Remember, the National Park Service offers free entrance for certain holidays including often Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents' Day, Weekends of the National Park Week, National Park Service Birthday, National Public Lands Day, and Veterans Day weekend. Check their calendar for a list of free dates here.
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