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Arts, Entertainment and Events In Pensacola Florida

The Pensacola Northwest Panhandle Florida area has a unique smorgasbord of arts and cultural events and just plain fun things for all of the family to do including the kids. From art shows and museums, rodeos, Indian Pow Wows, a night out at the Pensacola Symphony, hockey, baseball, The Beulah Sausage Festival, Mardi Gras  ... we've got it all. We've even have the fastest man alive, 100m Athens Olympic Gold medal winner Justin Gatlin is a Pensacola native and resident. 
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Amusement Parks
Big Kahuna's Water Park - Destin, FL. Biggest man-made waterfall in the world. 3 rushing rivers, lazy river, speed slides, body flumes, white water tubing, leisurely lagoons, 2 wave pools, four children's areas with kid-sized slides and variable-depth pools.

Fast Eddies Fun Center - go carts and arcade games

Paintball Panic - where you'll find everything for the Sport of Paintball

Sam's Fun City - water park, arcade games, laser tag, indoor rides, simulators, and restaurant

Waterville U.S.A - Gulf Shores, AL. The ultimate in family fun, is a 20 acre Water Park and Amusement Park


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Aquarium

Gulfarium - on Okaloosa Island in Fort Walton Beach, FL


Arts & Theater 

American Guild of Organists - Pensacola Chapter

Arts Council of Northwest Florida - Our Mission is to provide access, leadership, and support to the arts and cultural communities - promoting quality, diversity and economic growth.

Bayfront Gallery - "Largest Selection of American Fine Craft on the Gulf Coast." "480 American artists from 49 states represented."

BETA Children's Theatre - "Provide(s) a professional venue for the performing arts for children in acting, singing and dance."

Blue Morning Gallery - "Created to showcase the work of local artists and to encourage the development of new creative talent within the community."

Carol's Curtain Call  The best Pensacola site for theater events and audition news.

Choral Society of Pensacola - "A group of volunteer singers who for 68 years have demonstrated a commitment to excellence and professionalism in Northwest Florida."

Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival - "Hosting over 200 fine art and fine craft exhibitors, performing artists and heritage artists."

Jazz Society of Pensacola - "An organization of business and professional people, musicians, teachers, students and just plain listeners working together for the purpose of advancing jazz music."

Kaleidoscope and Ballet Pensacola - "A non-profit organization that provides Northwest Florida with exceptional classical and contemporary dance productions as well as local dancers and emerging professionals with a quality training ground in a professional environment."

Music Pensacola - The music guide to the Pensacola area.

Pensacola Children's Chorus - "Provides quality music education and performance opportunities that enrich the lives of children from all religious, racial, cultural, and economic backgrounds."

Pensacola Civic Band - "An organization of adult instrumental musicians who want to continue performing in a band after high school and/or college."

Pensacola Junior College - Music and Theatre

Pensacola Junior College - Visual Arts Gallery

Pensacola Little Theatre - "The oldest continually producing community theatre in the southeastern United States."

Pensacola Museum of Art - "A bridge to the visual arts for the diverse populations of Pensacola and the surrounding communities."

Pensacola Opera - "Enrich the culture of Northwest Florida by producing quality opera and making it available to audiences of all ages and to support these productions through education and other community programs."

Pensacola Symphony Orchestra - "A non-profit organization, the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra relies on grants and its corporate and private supporters for financial assistance."

Saenger Theatre - A Center for the performing arts.

University of West Florida - Division of Fine and Performing Arts

West Florida Literary Federation



Beaches

Beaches in the Pensacola area - Fort Pickens, Navarre Beach, Opal Beach, and Pensacola Beach.

Panhandle Beaches   of Florida 



Bicycling
Bicycling on the Gulf Coast Whether it’s riding along the trails at the Gulf Islands National Seashore, taking a quiet ride through the Blackwater Heritage State Forest, or cycling through the original atmosphere of The University of West Florida, Pensacola and the rest of the Gulf Coast have many trails, preserves, and natural land to tour with the simple use of a bicycle


Pensacola Off-Road Cyclists - was born in March 2000 and consists of recreational mountain bikers of all ages and all riding skills. The club's primary objectives are to enhance the sport in the Pensacola area and to ensure that existing trails are kept open for all mountain bikers, but especially for club members.

West Florida Wheelmen - Club of bicyclists that enjoy riding the rural roads of Northwest Florida and Southwest Alabama. The memberships range from the hardcore cycling enthusiast, to dedicated triathletes, road racers, and casual everyday riders.




Bird Watching

Birds of Pensacola - over 300 species of birds can be found in the Pensacola area



Fishing & Sailing Charters and Lessons

 

Fishing in Pensacola - Where we are when not working?


Adventure Perdido - Perdido Key, FL. Sailing charters for sailing instruction, moonlight or sunset sails, dolphin watches, or exploring deserted islands. Variety of boat sizes for rent, including ski boats, speedboats, run-a-bouts, pontoons, parasailing, and jet skis. Also has a "Yellow Crab" Water Taxi (1˝ Hr. Boat Rides).

Adventures Unlimited - Milton, FL. Canoeing, Kayaking, Tubing, and Camping

Beach Marina - Pensacola Beach, Florida. Bottom fishing, off-shore trolling, party boats, and private charters.

Blackwater Canoe Rental - Milton, FL. Round trip service for canoeing, tubing, or kayaking

Capt. Bubba Thorsen - Pensacola, FL. Has the 26 foot Katelyn and the 70 foot Chulamar for various fishing trips, sightseeing, beach combing, moonlight cruises.

Capt. Wes Rozier - Pensacola, FL. 30 years of fishing experience in the Florida Panhandle & Alabama inshore waters. 18' Sea Ark side-console boat with 90HP Johnson trained to go where the fish are!

Dive Pros - Pensacola & Gulf Breeze, FL. Scuba diving trips.

Emerald Coast Sailing - Sailing Charters and school located on Pensacola Beach. Crewed and Bareboat Sailing Charters available. Largest selection of sailing yachts in the area.

Floridaze Sailing School and Charters - Pensacola Beach, FL. Sailing school, charters, and leisure lessons

Gulf Coast Charters, Inc. - Pensacola Beach, Florida. Deep sea fishing, trolling (inshore or offshore) on the Angie Lynn. Highly personalized, climate controlled, private charters available for up to 6 passengers. Guaranteed fish on 6 hour or longer trips!

Key Sailing - Pensacola Beach, FL. Kayak, powerboat, sailboat, pontoon, run-a-bout, and waverunner rentals, parasailing, and boat sales.

Lanier Sailing Academy - Pensacola Bay, FL. Sailboat rentals, history / ecology tours, sailing club, sunset sails, or lessons.

Lively's Gulf Charters - Pensacola Beach, FL. The 55 ft. Lively One II for deap sea or tournament fishing, boat rides, sunset cruises, historic Pensacola tour, etc.

Moorings Charter Boat Service - Pensacola Beach, FL. From 18' trolling specialists to 65' sport fishing, for all types of fishing, scuba diving, or parties, reunions, receptions, etc.

Pensacola Angling Adventures - Pensacola, FL. Fishing trips from 4-12 hours, sightseeing or dolphin watching cruises, or moonlight cruises.

Pensacola Sailing Tours - Two-hour public or private trips, private half-day or whole-day trips, special event cruises, sunset cruises, moonlight cruises, and fireworks cruise.

Reel Eazy Charters - Pensacola Beach, FL. A 30 ft Island Hopper for deep sea fishing, diving, sunset cruises, dolphin excursions, party cruises to local restaurants and clubs, etc.

Scuba Shack - a full-service scuba diving center located in downtown Pensacola, right on the water. A 50' dive boat, the Wet Dream, is conveniently docked right behind the shop for customers to make a one-stop trip to go diving.


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Boating Information

Florida Boating Safety Course - has online course approved by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission - boating safety information.

Pensacola Beach Yacht Club - Gulf Breeze, FL.

Pensacola Yacht Club


See also Boat Charters for all types of boat rentals.


Camping 

Adventures Unlimited - near Milton, Florida. Cabins, pull-through sites, full hookups, tenting.

All Star RV Resort - on Perdido Key Beach, full hookups

All Star RV Resort - (no website), 3 miles south of I-10 on Escambia bay, tenters welcome. Phone: (850) 623-0262.

Big Lagoon State Park - 12301 Gulf Beach Highway, approximately 10 miles southwest of Pensacola.

Blackwater River State Park - 15 miles northeast of Milton. Campsites, cabins, canoes, hiking trails

Camping on the Gulf Holiday Travel Park - Milton area, all types of RV's, tenting, cabin rentals.

Cedar Pines RV Campground - Milton area, big rig, tent sites, modern hookups.

Destin RV Resort - Destin area, pull-through sites, tent and pop-up area.

Emerald Beach RV Park - (no website), Navarre area, on Santa Rosa Sound Beach, full hookups, Phone: (850) 939-3431.

Florida Camper Club - 10% discount at over 100 Florida campgrounds.

Fort Pickens - A 200 site campground with all of the modern conveniences such as electricity and laundry facilities.

Gulf Pines RV Resort - Milton area, pull-through sites, cabin rentals

Lake Stone Campground - (no website), Century, Florida, paved RV pads, hookups, tenting, Phone: (850) 256-5555.

Lakeside at Barth - (no website), Molino, Florida, pull-throughs, hookups, tenting, Phone: (850) 587-2322.

Magnolia Beach Campground - Navarre, FL. 50 spacious sites on 5.1 acres. All sites are shaded and have full hookups with 30 and 50 Amp service.

Navarre Beach Campground - pull-throughs, hookups, cabin rentals

Pelican Palms RV Park - Milton area, Our sites are all full hook-up and easy pull through. They are level and large enough to accomodate the largest RV including slide-outs. We offer 30 amp or 50 amp sites for your convenience. Pets are welcome with some restrictions. For tent camping, we offer sites with water and electric or primitive sites.

Playa del Rio RV Park & Yacht Club - Perdido Key area, full hookups



Canoe Trails

Blackwater River Canoe Trail - This 31-mile canoe trail flows through the Blackwater River State Forest.

Blackwater Heritage State Trail - This is a 7.0-mile, pleasant trip for the whole family with lots of access and safe riding.

Chipola River Canoe Trail - Begins at Florida Caverns State Park, where you can explore the intriguing network of caves and formations made by droplets of mineral water. This beautiful trail flows through river swamps and hardwood forests of beech, magnolia, oak and dogwood. Beaver, alligator, and turtles are sometimes seen on the river, and pileated woodpecker can be heard drumming in the forest.

Coldwater Creek Canoe Trail - Because it is spring-fed, the shallow water is always pleasantly cool. The sandy bottom and broad sandbars will remind you of the sugar white sands of nearby Gulf Coast beaches. A brisk downstream current helps carry you past pine and hardwood forests.

Sweetwater/Juniper Creeks Canoe Trail - The 11-mile Sweetwater/Juniper Creeks Canoe Trail is officially designated as part of Florida’s Statewide System of Greenways and Trails.



Dancing

Pensacola Swing - "If you have a mind to swing dance, even if you've never danced a step in your life, then make a point to come see us this Friday night! We have a beginning dance lesson from 8:30 to 9:30 pm and then we open up the dance floor 'till 12. You are sure to have a good time."

U.S. Amateur Ballroom Dancers Assoc. - "Pensacola Chapter of USABDA! Pensacola is a dancing town! Visitors will find opportunities to dance almost every night of the week."

See also the Arts for dance instruction or performances.



Entertainment Places

Civic Center - concerts, sports event

Pensacola Little Theater PLT has long been the area's leader in quality community theater.  

Saenger Theatre - A Center for the performing arts.



Events & Festivals

Crawdad & Creole Fest

Fiesta of Five Flags

Flora-bama Mullet Toss

Frank Brown Int'l Songwriters Festival

Grace Fest

Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival

Pensacola Bay International Film & Television Festival

Pensacola Interstate Fair

Pensacola Jazz Fest

Seafood Festival

See also the Pensacola Event Calendar for an extensive, searchable listing of events.



Fishing

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission - all you need to know about freshwater fishing in Florida, licensing, limits, piers, boat ramps, hot spots, etc.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission - all you need to know about saltwater fishing in Florida, licensing, limits, piers, boat ramps, hot spots, etc.

FlSuncoast.com - Provides you with fishing information about license, bag limits, fish identification, artificial reef locator, knots, tides and fishing reports.

Gulf Breeze Fishing Pier - 1.5 mile bridge for fishing, includes rules, fees, and other information.

Gulf Coast Angling - Information about saltwater fishing for Pensacola, to Destin, Florida and Orange Beach, Alabama.

Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council - Federal Fishing Rules for the Gulf of Mexico

Pensacola Bay Fishing Bridge - 1.5 mile bridge for fishing, includes rules, fees, and other information.

Pensacola Beach Gulf Pier - longest pier on the Gulf of Mexico

Pensacola Big Game Fishing Club

Pensacola Blue Angels Bass Page


See also Boat Charters for chartered fishing trips.


Golfing

Bluewater Bay Golf Resort - Niceville, FL

Champion Golf Course - Cantonment, FL

The Club at Hidden Creek - Navarre, FL

Creekside Golf Club - Pensacola, FL

Emerald Bay - Destin, FL

Fort Walton Beach Golf Club - Ft Walton Beach, FL

Green Meadows Par Three - Pensacola, FL

Hidden Creek - Navarre, FL

Indian Bayou Golf Club - Destin, FL

Island Golf Center - Ft Walton Beach, FL

Kelly Plantation - Destin, FL

Lost Key Golf Club - Perdido Key, FL

Marcus Pointe Golf Club - Pensacola, FL

Moors Golf and Lodging - Milton, FL

Osceola Municipal Golf Course - operated by the City of Pensacola, Department of Leisure Services.

Pensacola Country Club - Pensacola, FL

Perdido Bay Golf Club - Perdido, FL

Regatta Bay Golf & Country Club - Destin, FL

Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort - Destin, FL

Santa Rosa Golf & Beach Club - Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Scenic Hills Country Club - Pensacola, FL

Seascape Golf & Tennis Resort - Destin, FL

Shalimar Pointe Golf & Country Club - Shalimar, FL

Stonebrook Golf Club - Pace, FL

Tanglewood Golf & Coutry Club - Milton, FL

Tiger Point Golf & Country Club - Gulf Breeze, FL

Village Golf Center At Stonebrook - Pace, FL



Hiking

Blackwater State Park - 15 miles northeast of Milton. The terrain, plant communities and wildlife are highlighted along the park's three nature trails. Guided walks and campfire programs for park guests are offered seasonally.

Florida Trail Association - Western Gate Chapter. Has a calendar of upcoming hiking events.

Ft. Pickens - hike the Dune Nature Trail or the Blackbird Marsh Nature Trail. Another hiking option is to walk along the seawall.



Jogging

Pensacola Runners Association



Movie Theaters

Carmike 10

Rave Motion Pictures Pensacola 16

IMAX Theater - Located in the National Museum of Naval Aviation.

Silver Screen Theatre

Pensacola Historical Museum


Museums

Archaeology Institute at the University of West Florida

Civil War Soldiers' Museum

Fort Pickens Museum

Historic Pensacola Village

Naval Aviation Museum Foundation

Pensacola Historical Museum

Pensacola Museum of Art

West Florida Railroad Museum


Scuba Diving

Dive Pros - trips, lessons and training facilities, rentals, sales, repairs.

MBT Divers - trips, lessons and training facilities, rentals, sales, repairs.

Scuba Shack - trips, lessons, rentals, sales, repairs. Phone: (850) 433-4319.

YMCA Scuba Program - Certified the first 20 instructors in 1959 and set the stage for diver education worldwide. To this day we maintain the highest level of training standards in the industry. Safety and education are the keys to the success of our program.



See also Boat Charters for diving boat charters.


Sea Shelling

Sea Shells of Pensacola - what can be found and where to go for sea shells in Pensacola area



Shopping

Cordova Mall - in Pensacola with more than 140 specialty stores

Crestview Flea Market (no website) - off of I-10 and Hwy 85 outside of Crestview. With 500 booths and 40 acres offering northwest Florida's largest market. (850) 683-1117

Flea Market - with 400 dealer spaces

Riviera Centre Factory Stores - located midway between Pensacola, Florida and Mobile, Alabama, in Foley, Alabama. One of the largest outlet shopping centers in the country with over 120 of the best outlet stores

Silver Sands Factory Stores - 8 miles east of Destin with over 100 designer-name stores and claims to be the largest Factory Store center in the nation.

University Mall - in Pensacola with more than 80 specialty stores


Skateboarding

Big Air Skate Park - 2601 E. Olive Road, Pensacola, FL. (850) 505-7955

Calvary Chapel - 1140 Harrison Ave., Gulf Breeze, FL. (850) 932-8197

Pensacola Skateboarding - A Pensacola skateboarding forum

X-Park @ Phoenix Crossing - 3200 N. Palafox, Pensacola, FL. (850) 430-4242



Skating

Pensacola Civic Center Ice Skating - Offers public ice skating sessions from October through March. Public skating sessions are also offered after most Pensacola Ice Pilots hockey games held on Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays.

Dreamland Skating Center - 2607 Olive Road, Pensacola, FL. (850) 478-3994

Gulf Breeze Skating & Fun Center - 800 Gulf Breeze Pkwy., Gulf Breeze, FL. (850) 916-4386

Landmark Skate & Fun Center - 1002 N. Navy Blvd., Pensacola, FL. (850) 453-5621

Skateland - 6056 N. Stewart St., Milton, FL. (850) 623-9415



Sports-Organized

Gulf Coast Sports Club
YMCA - Offers a wide range of programs and events.

Hockey
Pensacola Jr. Ice Pilots - children's hockey leagues and even an adult league

Rugby
Pensacola Rugby

Soccer
Bayside Soccer Club - Bayside is a registered affiliate of FYSA (Florida Youth Soccer Association), the state affiliate for the United States Youth Soccer Association. FYSA is a volunteer organization that sponsors state championships, and enforces the rules of USYSA. For ages between 9 and 18.
Bazooka Soccer Camps - Member of the Florida Youth Soccer Association.
FC Santa Rosa - an affiliate of the Florida Youth Soccer Association and is a charter member of the ESCAROSA Soccer League.
PASO Adult Soccer Club - is fully sanctioned by the F.S.S.A. (Florida State Soccer Association). As such, we are able to sponsor tournaments with state sanctioned referees officiating all games.
Pensacola Futbol Club - A non-profit organization that has been committed to the promotion of youth soccer in Northwest Florida since 1982. Home-based at the Ashton Brosnaham Soccer Facility off Ten Mile Road in Escambia County, PFC is dedicated to providing the highest quality program at the lowest cost for boys and girls ages 4 to 18.

Swimming
Greater Pensacola Aquatic Club - Allows athletes of all ages the opportunity to grow and develop mentally, socially, as well as physically through the pursuit of excellence in swimming.

Volleyball
Ball Banger Beach Volleyball
Volleyball Pensacola - Offers Northwest Florida female volleyball players the opportunity to participate in the sport after their high school season is over. The idea is to offer a less stressful environment to have fun and to showcase their talents before their parents, peers and college coaches.



Sports-Professional

Emerald Coast Classic - Senior PGA tour

Pensacola Barracudas - arena football

Pensacola Greyhound Track - greyhound racing and betting

Pensacola Ice Pilots - minor league hockey

Pensacola Pelicans - The Central Baseball League enters its 11th season in 2004 and it's third year under the current name. For the first eight years of its existence it was known as the Texas-Louisiana League.

Pensacola Power - National Women's Football League



Water Parks

Big Kahuna's Water Park - Destin, FL. Encompassing more than 25 acres...features more than 40 water attractions for all ages.

Waterville U.S.A - Gulf Shores, AL. The ultimate in family fun, is a 20 acre Water Park and Amusement Park.



Zoo

The Zoo - over 700 animals surrounded by botanical gardens

 

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