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Sightseeing



Putting together an itinerary for seeing all the best sights this vacation? Perhaps you've got a few hours to kill between business meetings, and want to know the best stuff to see. Either way, our 10Best list should have you covered. While there are always great things to experience, there are typically things you wish you would have passed on as well. Historic Pensacola Village located in the Airport - Pns area is among our top picks for sightseeing in Pensacola.


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Old Christ Church


Florida's oldest Protestant church is located across the street from Seville Square and is surrounded by a white-washed picket fence. It's endeared by locals and has become Pensacola's downtown Meeting Hall.

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Palafox Historic District

Take a self-guided tour up Palafox Street beginning at Wright Street heading down to the water to view a wide variety of Spanish Renaissance and Mediterranean-style architecture. Stop at Plaza Ferdinand, a National Historic Landmark, to view the commemorative statue of Andrew Jackson who, at this very spot, accepted Florida into the Union in 1821.

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North Hill Preservation District


A 50 square block district located north of Palafox Historic District and bounded by Wright, Blount, Palafox and Rues Streets, this area features more than five hundred homes originally owned by Spanish and French nobility, merchants, Creoles and buccaneers. These legendary homes are not open to the public but afford sight-seers an excellent opportunity to view truly stunning architecture. Be sure to stop by Lee Square, Palafox and Gadsden, where in 1863 the Union troops erected a fort.

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Seville Historic District


Bounded by Bayfront Parkway, Tarragona, Romana and Cevallos Streets, this square city block of historic clapboard houses has been transformed into unique shops, coffee houses, restaurants and galleries. The nearby Seville park is a peaceful place with lovely park benches for lounging and enjoying a sunny day.

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"Quaint" and "cemetery" do not usually occupy the same sentence, but this is one of those instances where it seems appropriate! Due to the water table, many final resting places dating back to the 1800s had to be built above ground, and burial choices here include brick box tombs, Ovan style tombs, slab tombs and underground vaults. You can even find a replica of Napolean's tomb here. An interesting way to spend a bit of time learning more about Pensacola's past inhabitants.

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Fort San Carlos de Barrancas


Built by the Spaniards in 1698 and restored between 1839 and 1845, this impressive brick structure saw military service up through the Civil War. It was captured by the French, then the British, reclaimed by Spain and finally became an American installation. Enter by way of drawbridge into a meticulously restored scarp gallery. Well worth the visit!

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Colonial Archaeological Trail

Located within Historic Pensacola Village, the Colonial Archaeological Trail provides access to historically important sites such as the 1775 Officers' Room/Kitchen, the Commanding Officers' Compound, the Garrison Kitchen, the remains of the Government House which was demolished in 1821, and a 1700's well.

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Located in the heart of one of the oldest historic districts in the Southeast, Historic Pensacola Village brings to life the intriguing past of Pensacola. Enjoy the historic collections of the T.T. Wentworth, Jr. Florida State Museum or follow the Colonial Archaeological Trail as it winds along Plaza Ferdinand and Seville Square. You can also tour the Museum of Commerce, circa 1800s, the Victorian-era Dorr House, the Museum of Industry, the Julee Cottage, the LaValle House, the Quina House and the Weaver's Cottage. Tickets may be purchased at the Tivoli House, 205 East Zaragossa or at the T.T. Wentworth, Jr. Florida State Museum. Closed Sundays, Mondays, and state holidays.

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This one-half size replica of the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial in Washington, D.C., is a must see for those who can't get to our nation's capital. An emotional tribute to those who gave their lives in the controversial war. Look for the "Huey" helicopter suspended atop the wall.

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N.A.S. Pensacola


This majestic lighthouse was erected in 1823 and stands at an amazing 160 feet, making it the fourth tallest lighthouse in the country. With a magnitude of one, it has the largest fresnel lens ever made. Located on the grounds of the Naval Air Station, the the Pensacola Lighthouse Association operates the tours for this historic monument and may be toured on Saturdays only.

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