Naval Air Station Pensacola
In Pensacola, the summers are long, hot, and oppressive; the winters are short, cold, and windy; and it is wet and partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 45°F to 89°F and is rarely below 31°F or above 94°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best times of year to visit Pensacola for warm-weather activities are from early April to mid May and from late September to early November.
No description of the area can begin without first mentioning Pensacola’s two most obvious and notable features — its emerald-green waters and its miles and miles of white-sand beaches that resemble pure cane sugar. Best of all, both are free. Santa Rosa Island is one long, spectacular beach the whole family will love and want to return to again and again.
For those who enjoy being out on the water, Pensacola offers the ability to participate in a wide range of water-based activities which include surfing, paddle boarding, fishing, diving, snorkeling and swimming.
For history buffs, the forts of Gulf Islands National Seashore span almost 150 years, from the Spanish colonial Bateria De San Antonio (1797) to the WWII-era Battery 234. This reflects the historic value of the anchorages at Pensacola Bay, Florida and Ship Island, Mississippi. Most striking among these are the American Third System forts: Fort Pickens, Fort Massachusetts, Fort Barrancas and the Advanced Redoubt, all which saw action during the Civil War.
Don’t forget to visit the Pensacola Lighthouse, established in 1859, just down the street from the aviation museum. The Pensacola Lighthouse is the oldest and tallest light station on the U.S. Gulf Coast. You can climb the Pensacola Lighthouse’s 177 cast iron steps and visit its museum. The fully restored Keepers’ Quarters — built in 1869 — is home to the Richard C. Callaway museum, which houses numerous exhibits on local history and the lighthouse itself. For more information, visit www.pensacolalighthouse.org.