Pensacola is home to the first established city in the United States. Before the Spanish settled at St. Augustine FL, a small colony off the Florida coast was discovered, now known as Pensacola Bay. The Spanish sold the territory to the United States in 1819. Each June the city celebrates it’s founding with the 10-day Festival of Five Flags.
There are many festivals, concerts, and farmers markets throughout the summer. The Great Gulf Coast Arts Festival is one of the most popular arts festival in the United States. The National Naval Aviation Museum is not only the world’s largest aviation museum, but the most visited museum in the state of Florida! Fort Pickens is the largest fort built to defend Pensacola Bay and it’s Navy yard. The Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum is also a must see for the history buff. Climb 177 stairs to get to the top of the lighthouse for an incredible view of the gulf coast. Joe Patti’s Seafood Market has been the go-to fish market for over 75 years! There are many local shops, boutique’s, and art galleries in downtown Pensacola.