Known for its white sandy beaches, Pensacola, Florida is a very popular and exciting tourist attraction for people to visit from all over the world. It is one of the furthest western cities in the Florida Panhandle and is only about 13 miles from the Alabama border. Pensacola is located in Escambia County and the current population is just under 53,000 residents. The entire Pensacola metropolitan area, however, has over 450,000 people who call the area home.
Things to see and do in Downtown Pensacola
Things to see and do in Pensacola Beach
Things to see and do in Fort Pickens
During the Civil War, Fort Pickens was one of the few forts in the South that remained under Union control. In 1861, Confederate troops attempted to seize the fort but were unsuccessful. The fort played an important role in protecting the blockade of Pensacola Bay and served as a base for Union operations in the Gulf of Mexico. After the war, Fort Pickens remained an active military post and was used as a training facility during World War II. Today, Fort Pickens is part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore and is open to the public for tours and exploration of its historic structures and natural beauty.