Pensacola Bay Area
In 1698, Fort San Carlos de Austria became the first permanent settlement in Northwest Florida and remains of the fort can be found at Pensacola Naval Air Station.
Letting loose and enjoying your vacation is what Pensacola thrives on! The Flora-Bama Lounge and Package Store in Perdido Key gives visitors the opportunity to party in two states at ones - the Florida/Alabama state line literally runs through the middle of the bar. Seville Quarter is the place to party in downtown Pensacola. The 19th century building includes eight individual entertainment venues.
If you think that Pensacola is all lighthearted amusements......think again! The area is home to its own ballet, symphony, opera, active community theater and museum of fine art. Each year the historic Saenger Theatre and Pensacola Bay Center host national touring companies and headliners. Art galleries line the downtown corridor, with quarterly events that entice the public to explore the art offerings in an open-house atmosphere with music, food and free trolley transportation..
The outdoorsman traveling with you will meet their match along the Pensacola waters. The Escambia River, a fresh water fishing hot spot, boasts 85 species of fish, the largest variety of North American freshwater fish of any Florida river. To challenge your fishing ability on the Gulf, the Pensacola Bay Area is most popularly known for its offshore game fish including red snapper, tuna and marlin.