Located in Florida’s panhandle, Pensacola is surrounded by 50-plus miles of coastline which includes the emerald-green Gulf of Mexico waters and crystal clear bay areas. This makes Pensacola the perfect combination of a relaxed beach town and bustling metropolitan center.
There’s so much to see and do in Pensacola. So how do you narrow it down? That’s where we’re here to help. We’ve listed our top 9 favorite attractions in the area below. From eateries to events and everything in between, we hope we’ve added some inspiration to your Pensacola, FL trip itinerary.
So read on and start planning your next trip — and if you need lodging, book a Pensacola vacation rental to save money and gain so much more space & privacy over a traditional hotel.
Top 9 Pensacola, FL Activities
Perfect Plain Brewing Co. (50 E. Garden Street)
In their own words: Hi, we’re Perfect Plain Brewing Co., Garden & Grain, and The Well. Located in the heart of Downtown Pensacola, our mission is to create incredible experiences that make our beer, our brewery, and our hometown, Pensacola, unforgettable.
Designed to bring people together in a spacious, welcome environment, the taproom is a fully immersive experience with long communal tables and our entire 10-barrel brewhouse exposed within the gathering area. Portions of our building date back more than 75 years, and architectural signs of decades’ past have been preserved in our space.
Angelena’s (101 E. Intendencia Street)
In their own words: Angelena’s is located in the heart of downtown Pensacola and is the much-anticipated addition to the Merrill family’s Great Southern Restaurant Group. The authentic Italian restaurant is the flagship tenant of Studer Properties’ upscale apartment complex and retail center.
Helmed by Food Network personality and nationally-renowned Chef James Briscione, Angelena’s is a chef-driven restaurant with rustic-yet-elegant plates and an Italian coastal vibe. At the front of the house, Jean-Pierre N’Dione brings his inimitable Southern hospitality and grace to all guests. Wine Director, Brooke Parkhurst, curates a thoughtful Italian wine list, sourcing the best bottles from the edge of the Alps to the heel of the “Boot.”
Duh (501 N. 9th Avenue)
In their own words: Welcome to duh for garden and home. Our store, located in Pensacola, Florida, offers an eclectic collection of furniture, home accessories and found objects from all over the world. Our collections emphasize texture/pattern and natural design elements from a mixture of cultures and eras. Our belief is this defines today’s way of living in a comfortable, relaxed style with an elegant presence.
309 Punk Museum (309 N. 6th Avenue)
In their own words: 309 N. 6th Avenue became a punk house in the late 1990’s. Arguably the oldest continuously inhabited Punk House in the south, 309 and its residents played a role in the American Punk subculture for decades. Over the years, internationally renowned photographers, painters, writers, activists, and musicians have lived in 309. Long-standing local businesses and non-profit organizations rose out of the creative fires of 309.
In 2016, the non-profit, 309 Punk Museum Project was a collective founded to raise awareness about its history through curatorial practice and programming efforts and to raise funds towards the purchase and renovation of the house. The house was officially procured in 2019 and is to open its doors as a venue, community arts center, a Punk Archive and an Artist in Residence Program in August 2020.
The Leisure Club (1151 Office Woods Drive, Suite A)
In their own words: At The Leisure Club Coffee Bar in Pensacola, we are dedicated to making exceptional coffee. Each year since opening, our local customers have voted us “The Best Coffee Shop” and “The Best Cup of Coffee” in the IN Weekly’s “Best of the Coast” awards.
So what makes the coffee at The Leisure Club so special? We start with a remarkable product. Our coffee beans are sourced exclusively by Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea. The beans are shipped directly from family-owned farms across the world where Intelligentsia pays a high percentage above fair trade. They don’t just buy coffees; they actually develop them while working alongside the growers. We believe in this approach that expands economic opportunity and culinary possibility.
Seville Quarter (130 E. Government Street)
In their own words: Seville Quarter is proud to be the Gulf Coast’s Entertainment Destination since 1967. We’ve got a rich history dating back over five decades, when Bob Snow took a dilapidated 19th century warehouse on East Government Street and transformed it into “Rosie O’Grady’s Warehouse,” a beer-and-peanuts saloon offering up heaping portions of Dixieland jazz and good times.
Since then, Seville Quarter has grown to include seven rooms — the original Rosie O’Grady’s, Phineas Phogg’s, Lili Marlene’s, Apple Annie’s, Fast Eddie’s, End o’ the Alley and Palace Café — each with its own theme and atmosphere. There’s also the Seville Party Plaza, an outdoor concert venue, and Heritage Hall, a spacious banquet and event facility.
Wilmer Mitchell and his family have been operating Seville Quarter since 1988, and under their leadership Seville has continued to garner accolades and build community partnerships. Seville Quarter offers the best entertainment lineup along the Gulf Coast, fine dining with a unique ambiance, and a gift shop featuring the best wines at the best prices.
Pensacola Bay Cruises (750 Commendencia Street)
In their own words: Pensacola Bay Cruises is a regional ferry service providing service in Pensacola Bay between the cities of Pensacola and Pensacola Beach, and Fort Pickens – Gulf Islands National Seashore on Santa Rosa Island. Offering regular season service from May to August and shoulder season service from March to May and August to October, you’ll enjoy easy and accommodating schedule that gets you to your desired destination. Plus, enjoy specialty cruises such as sunset cruises and dolphin cruises, as well as service offerings on behalf of the National Park Service. Ferry service is a collaboration between Pensacola, Pensacola Beach, and the National Park Service.
Toad Hall Antiques (824 E. Belmont Street)
In their own words: Located in Historic East Hill at the edge of downtown Pensacola, you will find European painted furniture, unique and exclusive gifts, fun apparel, one-of-a-kind handmade jewelry, local art and home accessories that are sure to delight! We are happy to ship items to your home if needed.
We were blessed to be picked as a “Must See” by Southern Living Magazine and have had furniture featured in Coastal Living Magazine.
Toad Hall would like to invite you to come for a visit and find that perfect item for your home, self or special someone.
Pensacola Fruit Winery (5100 N. 9th Avenue)
In their own words: Wine should be fun. It is fascinating to learn about all the different grapes, growing regions, dirts, and winemaking traditions, and at the end of the day the best wine is the wine on your table. Let Beyond the Grape introduce you to specialty, small production wines made from a wide range of fruits, berry, citrus, and yes… grapes too! Let’s find a wine for you to enjoy today and let us know if we can help with special events. We love to host parties in our unique and accessible tasting room here in Pensacola. Cheers!