Welcome to Pensacola

While urban-chic trends (locavore food, craft cocktails etc) are taking root, visitors still primarily come to Pensacola for an all-American, blue-collar vacation experience: white-sand beaches, fried seafood and bars serving cheap domestics. During March and April, things reach fever pitch when droves of students descend for the weeklong bacchanalia of spring break. Beware.

Downtown, centered on Palafox St, lies north of the waterfront. Across the Pensacola Bay Bridge from here is the mostly residential peninsula of Gulf Breeze. Cross one more bridge, the Bob Sikes (toll $1), to reach pretty Pensacola Beach, the ultimate destination for most visitors.

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Pensacola activities

$19.99 Tours & Sightseeing

Pensacola Historic Landmarks Sightseeing Tour in Historic Bus

Your morning tour begins in the historic Belmont-Devilliars neighborhood of Pensacola and brings you to many of Pensacola's historical sites. As you explore Pensacola through its landmarks you'll hear stories which can be bizarre, humorous and just amazing. Pensacola's landmarks are truly one-of-a-kind,and reflect the city's diverse cultural identity. See a locomotive in the middle of the street, monuments of statesman and soldiers, unique buildings and historic homes. You'll become transfixed, entertained and awed by the narration provided by your tour guide, a native of Pensacola, who will share some of their favorite landmarks and associated stories. The tour even includes a walk inside the Pensacola Visitor's Information Center. Monuments, buildings and businesses are often overlooked, but they characterize the community and its culture.

$19.99 Cultural & Theme Tours

Ghosts and Graveyard Tour of Pensacola

Learn about the five types of hauntings that are common in Pensacola.Begin at an active funeral home and learn about the embalming process.  Learn about others who have worked on bodies and some who enjoyed their occupation a little too much.  Visit another funeral home that has been converted into a Youth center and hear why so many children go home with nightmares.  There are even stories of bones that were dug up in the backyard.  Travel into the Seville Historic District and see a house where abortions were conducted and the remains were hidden in the walls until the smell gave away the secret hideaways.  See where a murder happened and why some still hear the gunshots.  Learn where one man took a psychic's advice:  He dug up his yard and removed his house to find a buried treasure.  Hear what happened when one adolescent let the Devil inside or another who got tempted to play too close to the stove.  There also is the story of the man who got his skull crushed just outside where the bus was parked.  What about the Greek immigrant who everyone hated and somehow disappeared?  Then in Sanders Beach, you can see the outside of the most haunted house where psychics now won't even visit.  In a cemetery, you can see where a person was almost buried alive and another who was.  You can also see the grave of the most notorious black train robber in U.S. history and hear why some say he is still upset.  In North Hill, you can see Pensacola's first upscale neighborhood, where most of the homes are over 100 years old.  One home was featured on the Science Fiction Channel's hit TV series, Haunted Collector.  The residents still see things.  This is a fast paced tour for the person who wants fascinating ghost stories with historical background.  All stories were heavily researched and are sure to entertain.  We operate under moonlight and unfortunately can't predict the visibility of landmarks from specific distances.  We can guarantee you a fun tour though!

$11.99 Cultural & Theme Tours

Pensacola St John's Cemetery Walking History Tour at Dusk

This local supplier has teamed with Friends of St. John's Cemetery Foundation to offer a spooky and exciting walking tour of Pensacola's largest historic cemetery.  With graves dated back to the early 19th century, there are several stories to share with many that will chill you to your core!  All will be fascinating and are the perfect way to get the goosebumps.  Wear walking shoes.  Park in the lot across the street from St. John's Cemetery, which is located at 301 N. G St.  Your uniformed guide will meet you at the cemetery gatehouse.  This tour is slightly over an hour.

$21.99 Cultural & Theme Tours

Pensacola Civil War History Tour with Lighthouse, Ft Barrancas

Your morning will begin by visiting downtown Pensacola and discovering the city's Civil War past. You'll learn how Pensacola went from being the largest and most prosperous city in Florida to a town largely burnt and destroyed. Your guide will explain how the citizens of Pensacola got caught onto the secessionist sentiment and how President Lincoln and the nation felt the war would begin in Pensacola.The tour will progress toward the Naval Air Station, which in 1861 was the site of the second largest shipyard in the South and three fortifications.  Soon, Pensacola became the most militarized and hotly contested city in Florida. You'll see the battle lines and experience why the Federal enclave became a haven for runaway slaves. Your guide will provide you with expert commentary and will play music from the era to bring this story alive with remarkable clarity, action and strategy. The tour includes a visit to the top of the Pensacola Lighthouse and inside Ft. Barrancas--one of the best preserved Civil War forts in the South.

$21.99 Cultural & Theme Tours

North Hill Historic Homes Tour of Pensacola

The tour begins at Ft. George, which was a fort that sat on the southern end of the neighborhood.  You will hear how the military denuded the tree canopy from 1780-1865, after which people with means decided to build on the former military grounds and enjoy the scenic views and breezes off Pensacola Bay.  Even today, people in North Hill sometimes dig up artifacts because most of the neighborhood was a battlefield.  You will learn about the "Jingle Bell" house, because its owner was the son of the person who wrote the famous Christmas song.  It has been in the same family for over 100 years.  You will see examples of the first type of pine shake roofs, which were popular initially, and then hear why asbestos shingles became the rage.  You will also examine interior styles--why and when some covered up their stained wood work.  There is the house whose owners defied many experts and saved it from demolition.  Their efforts won them recognition in "This Old House" magazine.  You will see what a house looks like when one shoots Roman candles inside and how it too was saved.  Barbara will describe how the recent housing bubble effected prices in North Hill, and show examples of what happened to one house in particular.  You can experience how a young builder used his talents to rehab a hippy house.  Another man describes the home as a wedding gift and also how his father would have his workers move the azaleas around so they got enough sunlight on all sides.  Another neighbor describes how there is no central heat in his 5000 sq. ft. mansion.  They use fireplaces exclusively.You can even see the homes of Marilyn Monroe's mother and Wallis Warfield Simpson.The tour includes tragic stories also.  One family laments how their daughter got lead poisoning.  Living while renovating an old house can be dangerous.  Another tale involves residents who tried to evade City authorities and do work without a permit.   The stories Barbara and the neighbors relate are amazing. The list goes on.  This tour should be mandatory for anyone interested in buying an old house.  It is fun, engaging and informative.  There is a reason North Hill has the largest voluntary neighborhood association and is seen by some as one of the best places to live in Pensacola.

$795 Outdoor Activities

8 Hr - Private Off Shore Fishing Charter

You will arrive at Bear Point Marina approximately 10 minutes prior to your departure time where Capt. James, your  U.S. Coast Guard Licensed Captain will be there to greet you and assist you on board. You are welcome to bring any drinks or snacks as we have a large YETI cooler on board to store them in.  We do provide bottled water and Gatorade at no additional charge. We will also provide courtesy transportation to and from the Marina so please let us know where you will be staying and we can make arrangements to transport you and your guests. You will be stepping on board a either our 2018 22' Mako Center Console running on a Mercury Verado 250, the boat is rigged with the latest and greatest electronics that include a Minn Kota Terrova trolling motor with I Pilot and Spot lock, a Lowrance 4G radar and Lowrance Carbon 12 Chart/Sonar, Sirius XM Marine Weather, Bluetooth Stereo, Sat Phone and Personal Locator Beacon, and also padded seating all around to keep you comfortable on the water. OR Our recent addition to Blue Water Charters, our 2019 24' Blazer Bay Center Console running on a 300 Suzuki, this boat is also rigged with the latest and greatest electronics that include a Motor Guide trolling motor with I Pilot and Spot lock, a Simrad EVO 12 Chart/Sonar, Bluetooth Stereo, Sat Phone and Personal Locator Beacon,  35 Gallon and 30 Gallon Live Bait Wells, 16 rod holders, Hydraulic Jack Plate. All the required safety equipment is found on board all of our vessels as safety is a priority for all of our guests.