Fort Pickens Area
Fort Pickens Area
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Visitors can take a self-guided tour of this authentic fort active during the Civil War and later used as a jail to hold the infamous American Indian chief Geronimo.
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  • Mandy
    Rockwall, Texas5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The kids enjoyed it as much as the parents!!!
    This was our 4th trip to Pensacola Beach and our first time to discover Fort Pickens! My kids (7 of them ages 7-16) were all complaining that we were going to go to see it. Boy did they. Ha he their tune once we got there. We all thoroughly enjoyed it. We spent quite a while exploring and touring the dark hallways that led to nowhere. The kids loved it just as much as my husband and I did. I would recommend though that you bring your water because we did get pretty hot and we failed to bring any, but were able to buy some at the gift shop on the way out.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 July 2023
  • spajnky
    Carmel, Indiana164 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worthwhile afternoon outing
    This was an amazing day trip and thanks to Trip Advisor for recommending it. We spent the day roaming the grounds, marveling at the construction of the fort, and reading about its history. I regret not doing the talking tour to hear more about the historical facts of this fort. We accidently started at the end rather than go straight to the souvenir shop where you can sign up for the tour.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 November 2023
  • Fam_o_5_plus_1
    Wisconsin2,287 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great stop
    We had our family of 5 (plus their boyfriends/girlfriend) as well as my parents. I was a little worried about this stop as my parents haven't been on vacation for 10+ years, my father uses a walker, and my mom had her arm in a sling since she broke it a few weeks before. We had been here before and really enjoyed our time so we figured they would as well. They loved it. And he had access to all of the ground level of the fort. They were able to see all of the fort and my mom made it to some of the second level areas. Definitely a spot I would recommend others to see. Also, one of the best laid out and most informative forts that we have visited, and we have done a lot.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 January 2024
  • tiffandemily02
    Pearland, Texas255 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great history and beautiful beach day
    We stopped at the fort. We walked around and went into the National Park store at the fort entrance. We went to the beach at the Langdon parking area. Water was cold but we still got in. Beautiful day at the beach. Bathrooms and covered picnic area too. We took all our gear. A ton of broken sand dollars on the beach so we snorkeled out to the sand bar hoping to find whole ones. (We had wet suits on.). No luck on the treasure hunt today. Nice 20 min drive from Pensacola Beach condo.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 March 2024
  • Stephanie K
    Orange, Texas27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just a neat place to wander
    This was an accidental find on our Pensacola trip. We wanted to find a place that was less crowded but also had the beautiful clear Florida water. This was it. The waves seemed more calm than closer to Pensacola and the water was clear and teal. More shells to find and hardly any crowd. There’s a $25 per vehicle fee, but that covers you for 7 days and allows entry to multiple locations in the area. While here we drove deeper into the area and found an incredible old military fort area. It’s self guided and exploitable. Bring hiking shoes because there’s so much more to find than what’s right off the road. There’s tent and RV camping areas that I can’t comment on, but we’ll return for that on another trip.
    Visited July 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 June 2024
  • Ray F
    Haysville, Kansas42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting and educational
    Great historic site, go early mornings if you’re wanting to stay cool. Water stations are available on site. We did a self guided tour, took 4 of us about an hour to see most everything. When entering the area be sure to check in at the ranger station for your pass. We had an all American pass so it was included. Great scenery along the beach drive with plenty of if areas to pull off and take in the beach.
    Visited July 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 July 2024
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C72DM
Edmonton, Canada305 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
When in Pensacola Beach, make a point to visit Fort Pickens! It is such a cool experience to see.....it is well preserved and it is interesting to see this part of American history. We didn't take a guided tour and only ventured around on our own, but at the end of our walk, we were stopped by a staff member who asked if we had any questions. He had an answer for everything asked was extremely knowledgeable....even down to how many bricks were used to build it. It was very interesting to hear more about the history behind the fort, so if you have the chance, a guided tour could be worth the time.
Even if you a history buff or not (I am not), you will still find this piece of the past a sight to see!
Written 3 February 2020
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Gordon L
Fort Wayne, IN37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
Fort Pickens national Discovery center is on the far west end of Santa Rosa island. It was a great discovery even if we had to drive 90 minutes to get there. There's a small museum building with several displays. Perhaps the best part of this area is the fact that you can tour the remains of the old Fort either on your own or with guided tours. since this is a national park you can get in for free with your national park passes otherwise it's $25 per car to get in. This is a good stop for families as there is quite a bit of space to walk around and discover on your own. There are quite a few stairs and rough brick pathways which may pose a problem for some.The drive out to the West end of Santa Rosa island is a really great drive with several spots to stop and visit the beach along the way.
Written 18 February 2020
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carnalismocc
Sunnyside, WA.254 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
If you're in Pensacola (or Pensacola Beach, like we were), you definitely have to visit this historic fort. There is no guided tours or anything at this time, and the museum area was also currently closed, but this is to be expected at this time. However, it is easy to explore the fort on your own, and get lots of info from the signs posted up. Go, walk around for an hour, take lots of pics and learn a bit of the area's history.
Written 10 July 2020
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Bretta C
Shawano, WI24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We really enjoyed our self-guided tour. The amount of work that went into building the Fort is amazing. We went early before the gift shop was open. Would recommend getting the brochure from the gift shop which is open at nine am. After we walked around we ran into the Park Service guide who told us some awesome info about the Fort. I would highly recommend this self-guided tour with the brochure available at the gift shop.
Written 23 March 2020
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imahappy
Fort Walton Beach111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
Arches everywhere! Great place for history buffs, photographers, bird lovers, & just about anybody else. We have done just about everything here. If you have kids, there are 2 Junior Ranger badges they can earn. We have tent camped here, & walked to the beach at night to gaze at the stars & play in the moonlight. Tent campers have their own section away from the RV's section (thank you!). You can see endless dark skies here at night. We have climbed on top of the fort & other structures. This is one of my favorite places to shoot photos. The light changes depending on the weather & time of day, creating many dramatic moments. You can usually see a wide variety of birds, both on the beach & at the fort. Great spots for picnics, & cookouts. Educational center fun & well thought out, interesting exhibits & videos. If there is a hurricane or water event, the roads do close & the park will evacuate campers before hand. Sand has covered the roads MANY times, so make sure you have a back up plan. The fort is not 100% accessible for mobility impaired people, due to the nature of the structure but there is still a lot that can be seen from lower level.
Written 3 December 2021
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Tour595931
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2020
We went to Fort Pickens to check out the fort, which was very cool. We went when we knew the Blue Angels were supposed to be practicing. We had amazing views of the Blue Angels and it was so much fun to watch them practice. It was one of the highlights of our trip. I definitely recommend going to the Fort during the Blue Angels scheduled practice times.
Written 31 May 2020
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Trey S
Nevada, MO79 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
We went to Fort Pickens to watch the Blue Angels practice and then afterward toured the Fort. It was one of the most mesmerizing experiences of the vacation. There is a lot to take in, but it's all worth it and I highly recommend going to the Fort to see the historical monument and to watch the Blue Angels practice.
Written 27 June 2022
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litenin77
74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
I live about an hour away and frequent the fort a few times a month during the summer season and have been for about 30 years. It is clean, is really open for wandering and researching and sight seeing for the whole family. Worth it!
Written 18 August 2020
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GodlyMommy
127 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Family
This place is historically awesome! Most monuments and parks comparable to this are limited availability or are by tour only. Here, you are able to freely roam the grounds, and they are rich with history and intrigue. Tunnels/passageways, dungeons (jail cells), cannons, just so much! My teens absolutely loved it! They said it was like the movie National Treasure (one of their faves). There is a National Park entrance fee ($15+) but my mom has a senior pass (look into those if you travel and visit National parks a lot!). It's at the far west tip end of the Pensacola Beach area, and there was hardly anyone there during our visit (maybe three or four other families). They have events, but nothing was going on during our visit (that I know of). And they also have a small gift shop. Highly recommend this trek if you're in Pensacola!
Written 7 May 2022
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Dale G
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
This is one of the best civil war forts I have visited. It is definitely worth the drive and the turn of the century old costal batteries are an added plus. Do yourself a favor and visit this place and learn a little about this great country we live in. I was a little disappointed that they built one of the costal batteries inside of the old civil war fort but it was different times back then.
Written 11 July 2020
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