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Trip List by Brian_Abroad

Pensacola in the Rain

May 30, 2006  I visited so often I finally moved to the Florida Panhandle!
4.0 of 5 stars based on 5 votes

Ready to hit the Florida Emerald Coast's most beautiful beaches but Mother Nature poops out?

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Pensacola
  • Category: Perfect weekend
  • 1. National Museum of Naval Aviation
    National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola

    Huge, FREE museum on Naval Air Station Pensacola, featuring planes from the dawn of flight to today's jet fighters. Great souvenir shop! IMAX theatre and flight simulator require admission payment (and latter is a waste of money!). If you go on a Sunday, you can first climb the historic lighthouse, also on the base, right near the museum. (Lighthouse is closed to climbers the rest of the week.) Also nearby is Fort Barrancas, a historic coastal fortification that is also free to explore.

  • 2. Historic Pensacola Village
    Historic Pensacola Village, Pensacola

    Collection of fascinating vintage buildings clustered around historic Seville Square district. Cheap walking tours, interesting museums of commerce and industry included in price.

  • 3. Dharma Blue
    Dharma Blue, Pensacola

    Located in a neat old house right on Seville Square, great nouveau cuisine (i.e. trimming stuff sprinkled around the dge of your plate), awesome hommade potato chips, killer desserts, great lunch and dinner menus. Lots of local artwork on the walls, including some unusual tributes to pop stars.

  • 4. Pensacola Little Theatre
    Pensacola Little Theatre, Pensacola

    One of the nation's oldest community theatre companies. Produce consistently excellent shows, including musicals, dramas and comedies. Great luncheon restaurant in the lobby. Right off Plaza Ferdinand near Historic Pensacola Village.

  • 5. T.T. Wentworth Jr. Florida State Museum
    T.T. Wentworth Jr. Florida State Museum, Pensacola

    One of those great small-city eclectic museums. Everything from Spanish and French colonial artifacts to T.T. Wentworth's office equipment. (He loved collecting stuff and it's all here in the former City Hall.)

  • 6. Mesquite Charlie's

    Some of the world's most stupendous steaks in a Wild West atmosphere. Servers have names like Annie Oakley, Wild Bill, etc. The new salad bar is tremendous, but I never get it cuz the steaks are so huge. "The 76er" is the masterpiece: 76 ounces of prime cow. Eat it all in under an hour (some folks have) and it's free. I settle for the succulent prime rib myself.

  • 7. Fish House
    Fish House & Atlas, Pensacola

    Great seafood, not outrageously priced considering its prime, marine-side location across Bayfront Pkwy. from Seville Square. Sit outside, even in summer, and enjoy the views of the bay and Old Town.

  • 8. Downtown Pensacola

    All the convenience and charm of a historic small city, with great art galleries, eclectic shops, stately churches, superb restaurants and fascinating museums, all very strollable and convenient.