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.

Originally Published: May 30, 2020

Top 9 Pensacola Activities

Perfect Plain Brewing Co.

The taproom has an exposed 10-barrel brewhouse. The building has lots of history, it is over 75 years old, with some beautifully preserved architectural details. Go to visit for some drinks and food or have an event here! They also offer a calendar of public events, so make sure to check out their website!


Located in the heart of downtown Pensacola this cool spot offers authentic Italian cuisine. The vibe is coastal and rustic with some elegance. The food is amazing, plating beautiful and the wine list incredible! They are a must-visit!


This unique store offers some fantastic finds for your home and garden. They utilize natural design elements and lots of interesting textures and patterns. You will be wowed with their selection. This shop is definitely a cool find the next time you are in the Sunshine State.

309 Punk Museum

This museum is a community arts center, Punk Archive, venue and so much more! Check out who their “artists in residence” are, as well as, their most current events happening. This place brings creativity to a new light. When you need a break from the beach, this is a great spot to get a little culture and something different.

Seville Quarter

Well known as the Gulf Coast’s Entertainment Destination. This super fun spot has been open since 1967! The complex has 7 rooms of fun and courtyards. Each spot has a different theme and its own unique atmosphere.

Pensacola Bay Cruises

This regional ferry service offers a convenient way to get around the local area while also taking in some sights from the water. They offer regular service from May-August. They also have specialty cruises including a sunset and dolphin cruise.

Toad Hall Antiques

This shop is one of a kind with all sorts of interesting gifts, handmade jewelry and so much more! Whether you are looking for something for your home or yourself, you will find something unique and special here!

Pensacola Fruit Winery

Looking for an amazing wine tasting experience on your next trip to the Sunshine State? Look no further! This winery is lots of fun and the wine is well incredible. Learn about what you are drinking and try a wide variety. They also offer special events here and love to host parties! Cheers!


Hi, I'm Jen and I love to travel, go to the beach and write about all the places I have visited. I also have a bucket list of places I can't wait to try! I've visited Cape Cod every summer since I was a kid and now enjoy traveling to all great beach destinations, including Florida! I have worked in the travel industry for all of my career. I love sharing my experiences of different restaurants and places and helping travelers find the best fit for them!