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 those who prefer their sports on land, Pensacola has plenty to offer. For the hunter, there are woods galore in the immediate area alive with deer, quail, squirrel, dove and wild pigs. For runners, there are the 15k Double Bridge Run in February and the Blue Angel half-marathon in March. For those who like to chase the little white ball, the Pensacola area offers both nine- and 18-hole golf courses in addition to those on base.
Pensacola also has something for those who would rather watch than participate. The Pensacola Bay Center hosts a professional Ice Hockey team, the Pensacola Ice Flyers. Located in the heart of downtown Pensacola, the Blue Wahoos play Minor League Baseball. Soccer fans will get a kick out of Ashton Brosnaham Park, Pensacola’s soccer complex. The 103-acre park features 10 soccer fields and four softball fields. Auto racing fans will love Five Flags Speedway. Whatever your interest, Pensacola has something for you.