Pensacola offers everything for the quintessential staycation. Whether you’re a history buff, nature lover, adventurer or just seeking relaxation, Pensacola has something for everyone.
The luxurious Oyster Bay Boutique Hotel is the ideal hub for a Pensacola staycation. Bordered by Pensacola Bay on one side and Pensacola Historic District on another, Oyster Bay is perfectly situated for downtown sightseeing and easy access to Pensacola Beach and other attractions. Each room at Oyster Bay is custom designed with furnishings, artwork and accents taking inspiration from the local natural terrain and paying homage to local artisans and surrounding community. Escape to the balcony overlooking the bay or historic areas to enjoy beverages and complimentary charcuterie while you forget your cares.
The Pensacola Historic District downtown serves as a testament to its intriguing past. Immerse yourself in the city’s heritage and wander the cobblestone streets exploring over 20 museums and historic properties. America’s First Settlement Trail is a 3-mile walking path through the Pensacola Historic District with various markers with QR codes providing information about Pensacola’s rich history and unique landmarks. Meander through the Pensacola Museum of Art, showcasing an impressive collection of both contemporary and traditional works or reminisce at the Trader Jon’s exhibit in the Pensacola Museum of History.
You can grab a quick bite at Lucy’s in the Square while downtown. Lucy’s features daily happy hour specials, street tacos, flatbread and sharables. Or make time for a Seville Savories Food Tour, a non-traditional way to try items from several food outlets while learning fun facts about Pensacola – choose from coffee, lunch or dinner tours.
Since NAS Pensacola has reopened to the public, be sure to schedule your tour of the National Naval Aviation Museum to catch a Blue Angels practice. Visit the historic Pensacola Lighthouse and Maritime Museum, where you can climb to the top for panoramic views of the city and the Gulf of Mexico.
Play a round at one of the oldest miniature golf courses in the country! Goofy Golf Pensacola features two 18-hole courses full of twists, turns, ramps, windmills and more hazards. It’s fun for all ages, and proceeds benefit the mission of nonprofit The First Tee of Northwest Florida.
For wildlife enthusiasts, Gulf Breeze Zoo provides an opportunity to encounter exotic animals up close. Explore one of the many area parks where you can hike through nature trails, go fishing or simply enjoy a picnic surrounded by tranquility as you bask in Pensacola’s natural beauty.
A late breakfast or unrushed brunch at a favorite local spot is one of the perks of a staycation. Indulge at The Leisure Club where breakfast and brunch are served daily including unlimited mimosas. Try the tasty vegan and gluten-free options along with your favorite coffee bar selections.
Purchase a day pass at Hilton Pensacola Beach for access to the pool, cabana and poolside bar, as well as the two restaurants, Piazza Pizza and Salt. Or, instead of packing all your gear for lounging on the beach, simply grab a refreshing frozen cocktail in the shade at a local’s beach favorite, The Dock.
Witnessing a vibrant sunset is the ideal way to end any day, and Condor Sailing Adventures offers an excellent sunset cruise. Captain Kirk hosts a fun, relaxing experience on the world-class 40-foot Condor racing trimaran where no leaning means no seasickness.
Pensacola is the ideal destination for a memorable staycation. With its captivating history, natural wonders and myriad entertainment options, there’s always something happening in Pensacola. Our hometown paradise offers an unforgettable experience for locals looking to explore, be entertained or just relax. Plan your Pensacola staycation and create memories that will last a lifetime.
STAY AND PLAY DETAILS
Seville Savories Walking Food Tours, sevillesavoriesfoodtour.com
Condor Sailing Adventures, condorsailingadventures.com
Oyster Bay Boutique Hotel, stayoysterbay.com. Contact hello@stayoysterbay for 10 percent locals discount using code “LOCAL” through Sept. 30, 2023.
National Naval Aviation Museum, navalaviationmuseum.org
Pensacola Lighthouse and Maritime Museum, pensacolalighthouse.org
Lucy’s in the Square, facebook.com/Lucysinthesquare
The Dock, facebook.com/TheDockPensacola
The Leisure Club, facebook.com/theleisureclub
Hilton Pensacola Beach, hiltonpensacolabeach.com
Salt Restaurant, saltpensacolabeach.com
Goofy Golf Pensacola, firstteegulfcoast.org/goofygolf
Historic Pensacola, historicpensacola.org
Gulf Breeze Zoo, gbzoo.com