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Florida is a state best known for its exciting amusement parks, lush beaches, stunning Everglades, impressive military establishments and ultra-swanky cities. Pensacola has all of the luxuries of modern convenience, but also has a little more than you would expect. There is nowhere else in Florida where the history of the state is so alive. Pensacola has an air of grandeur that stems from its rich, 450-year past and colourful European background. It is also the site of significant American and Civil War events and is the home of Florida's birthplace as an American State.
Known also as "The City of Five Flags" due to the five governments who have controlled it over the centuries, Pensacola has been ruled by Spain, France, Britain, the Confederacy and finally by the United States. Historical sites and monuments are at every turn and will not disappoint even the most avid history buffs.
A number of old forts from the Spanish period and the Civil War era are open to visitors year round, each with mysterious and fascinating stories, legends and lore that surround them. These include Apache Chief Geronimo being imprisoned at Fort Pickens, to Confederate soldiers who died in battle at Fort Barrancas, culminating with some forts being used as military posts during World War II. Historic Pensacola Village, T.T. Wentworth, Jr. Florida State Museum and the Pensacola Lighthouse are just some of the dozens of the historical attractions here that will enthrall guests of all ages.
As part of the state's compelling military presence, Pensacola is home to the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels. With two high-energy, action-packed and thrilling aerial shows in the Pensacola Bay Area each July and November – where F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets can top out at 700 mph – the Blue Angels are a massive hit with all of their fans. If you aren’t able to attend a show, you can still catch the heart-stopping and jaw-dropping moments by taking in one of the practice sessions held over at the Naval Air Station Pensacola. Practices run from March through November on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, with an autograph session with the pilots every Wednesday after practice.
Pensacola has loads of great value-packed and family-friendly activities that will keep the whole clan smiling. Powdered sugar sand and calm, warm gulf waters make the beaches along the Gulf Islands National Seashore a sure bet for kids of all ages. For something a little more adventurous, go snorkeling, pier fishing, crabbing or hiking and biking in one of the many national or state parks.
Canoeing or kayaking along the Blackwater River or Coldwater Creek will provide hours of fun while you admire the unique landscape of wetlands, secluded coves, concealed beaches and the natural habitats of local water birds and some endangered species.
There's also a world-renowned aviation museum, and a top-notch, hands-on zoo, so there is no shortage of fun, interesting and exciting things to do on a Pensacola vacation.
WestJet is pleased to offer service to this destination through our code-share agreement with American Airlines, one of our great airline partners.
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