Pensacola US Naval Air Station, Pensacola Florida 32501
Situated on a bluff overlooking Pensacola
Bay, this is the site of one of the country's first Naval yards, built after Florida gained statehood in 1821. Forts have been built at this location by 3 nations, the first of which was fortifications by Spain in 1698. Britain in 1763. A dry moat surrounds the inner walls and makes access to the fort possible only by way of a drawbridge.
The Fort Barrancas Army Post, east of the fort, later became headquarters for the 13th Coast Artillery Regiment. New weapons in use during World War II finally made all coast artillery obsolete for the US, and the area was turned over to the Navy in 1946; the fort became a part of Gulf Islands National Seashore in 1971.
Following 18 months of restoration costing $1.2 million and using tens of thousands of new bricks, the fort was reopened in 1980 by the National Park Service. Regular tours are offered. The site is closed Christmas Day. Admission is free to the public.
Other History nearby:
(Fort Walton Beach) Air Force Armament Museum
(Elberta) Baldwin County Heritage Museum
(Pensacola) Civil War Soldiers Museum
(Pensacola) Fort Barrancas
(Dauphin Island) Fort Gaines Historic Site
(Foley) Holmes Medical Museum
05/24 Coming to The Pensacola area
Ozark Crawdad and Music Festival Ozark AL April20 This family & pet friendly festival is FREE to the public and
features Great Live Music, Wonderful Foods,
Arts & Craft Vendors, Children's Activity Area,
Sonic's Popular Hotdog Eating Contest,
the Crawdad 5k Run, Walk, or Crawl and much more!
Seabreeze Jazz Festival Panama City Beach FL April17-21 The ultimate weekend of smooth jazz comes to Florida's Emerald Coast! The Seabreeze Jazz Festival features the top names in smooth jazz--all coming to the Gulf Place Outdoor Amphitheater just east of Destin.
Musical Echoes Fort Walton Beach FL April19-21 Musical Echoes Flute Festival hosts the largest Native American Flute and Art Festival in the USA. Located on the beautiful Emerald Coast of Fort Walton Beach/Destin Florida, the festival offers a garland of exqusite sights and sounds.
Gulf Coast Charity Horse Show and Music Festival Pama City Beach FL April25-27 The show will be more exciting than ever. Great food and merchandise vendors, music and the greatest breed of horse, the Tennessee Walking horses stepping high performing for you.
Pensacola Repticon Show Pensacola FL April27-28 Features two days of reptile fun, with over 100 tables of top-quality reptiles, amphibians, exotic pets and pet products, hourly seminars and presentations, door prizes sponsored by Exo Terra, and much more!
Pensacola Crawfish Festival Pensacola FL May4-6 The festival is one of the largest crawfish boils in the state and is always held in downtown Pensacola on the beautiful waterfront of Bartram Park. The Pensacola Crawfish Festival brought a little of the Louisiana bayou right here to Pensacola Bay.