Sports and Recreation:
In the Pensacola Bay Area Sports abound. There is always an amateur competitions or professional sporting event to keep you busy the year round. . Whether it is just for fun or a serious competition, you can do more than watch by taking part in events such as the Pensacola Marathon, Santa Rosa Triathlon, 13th Annual Battleship Century Ride Benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project, Girl Scout Trail Run 5K Run and One Mile Family Fun Walk/Run Benefiting the Girl Scouts of the Florida Panhandle, I Pink I Can Run 2 Benefiting Krewe du Ya Yas/ Keeping Abreast Foundation Inc., The Color Vibe 5K Benefiting the American Diabetes Association, to name a few. There are all kinds of fishing tournaments up and down the coast and a variety of golf tournaments at one of the hundreds of golf courses. If your interest is Baseball, the Blue Wahoos, Pensacola’s Minor League Baseball Team, may be just what you need for an afternoon of family fun, Wahoo!
With bays, rivers and the Gulf of Mexico, water sports abound. If you love fishing, the Emerald Coast offers the best fishing in the world. You can take a deep sea fishing trip and fish for Marlin, Snapper, or even Shark if that’s your cup of tea, or you can take the plunge by diving a local reef or exploring Florida’s paddling trail. Or, try your hand at parasailing or jet skiing. Fishing tournaments abound. Pensacola Bay Areas is known as the “Angler’s Paradise” and there is no end to the fun that can be experienced in our beautiful waters. There are many festivals you can enjoy as well. Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival held in Niceville FL the third weekend in October. The enduring formula of top notch entertainment, great seafood, and superior arts & crafts offers all-around family fun. Or enjoy the Destin Seafood Festival at Destin Harbor – HarborWalk Village – Fisherman’s Wharf. Three full days of fun and entertainment, free to the public…donations accepted. The best local and coastal musician’s on the beach, featuring Rock, Reggae, Country and tropical music along the Harbor. Pull up a chair and enjoy or get your dancing shoes on! There is always something to do, festivals abound.
Pensacola is the “Cradle of Naval Aviation,” and home of the renowned Blue Angels, also known as the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron. March through November, on Wednesday mornings at 11:30 a.m. visitors and locals have the opportunity to meet the pilots. You will be able to take photos with them and even ask for their autographs, at the National Naval Aviation Museum, one of the world’s largest air and space museums. Also at the museum, visitors can visit the Blue Angels atrium to have their photos taken with real Blue Angels aircraft, positioned in flying formation.
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