Hotels in Northwest Florida
With a balmy climate and sugary-sand beaches that stretch 227 miles, discover Florida’s Panhandle and soak in those warm, calm nights. Known for its rich history, the Florida Panhandle runs at a gentle pace, perfect for relaxation. Whether you’re looking unwind or get wild on spring break, the northwestern part of the Sunshine State offers everything needed for an ideal getaway.
Between the natural splendor, local charm, outdoor adventures, and miles of unspoiled coastline, it's no wonder that the Panhandle is so beloved. When visiting northwest Florida, take in the local sights and enjoy everything under the sun from deep sea diving, ample fishing, world-class golfing, coastal cuisine, hiking, an abundance of nightlife, performing arts, and culture. Dubbed "The World's Luckiest Fishing Village, Destin offers a unique preserved coastline perfect water sports and outdoor recreation. Peer back in time in Pensacola and tour over 30 historic sites, including the Colonial Archaeological Trail. With so much to see and experience, you’ll never run out of things to do in the Florida Panhandle.
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With a past that dates back 450 years, learn all about the rich history of this beach town while taking in the local culture, museums, architecture, and sites. Explore the many historic forts, walk in the steps of early European settlers, and listen to ghost stories at the lighthouse. Visit Pensacola’s Fort Pickens, Fort Barrancas at Pensacola Naval Air Station, and Fort McRee on Perdido Key.
Perfect for family outings, take a peek at Pensacola’s wildlife right from Gulf Islands National Seashore. Explore sea creatures along the secluded and protected shores or hit the water for fishing, diving, and snorkeling. Drive over to Panama City to the Gulf World Marine Park, the Gulf Breeze Zoo, and ZooWorld Zoological Conservatory for more animal exploration and wild encounters.
Museums & Galleries
With over four centuries of history, discover multiple hands-on museums that engage and tell stories of days gone by. Stop by the National Naval Aviation Museum and crawl in real cockpits and see over 150 restored military aircrafts and Blue Angel jets. Delve into over 600 works of art at the Pensacola Museum of Art that include pieces by Picasso and Warhol. Travel back in time at Pensacola Village and take a tour of historic homes and churches to explore how life was back in colonial times.
Hit the Emerald Waters
Pensacola offers an outdoor bounty unlike any other city. The sugary sand beaches and the emerald waters stretch for over 50 miles. Named one of the top 25 beaches in the US, surf, dive, paddle board or relax on sand to enjoy your surroundings. Stretching out over 1470 feet the Pensacola Beach Fishing Pier offers any fisherman perfect conditions to get good catch, as well as a breathtaking vantage point for postcard-like sunsets.
For endless recreation and exploration in Pensacola, FL, make your way to the federally designated, Gulf Islands National Seashore. Spanning 160 miles along the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico, explore the barrier islands, Fort Pickens, Fort Barrancas, and the natural preserve. With year-round outdoor activities at your disposal, try your hand at fishing, paddle boarding, surfing, or just relaxing in the sand.
Play & Fun Zones
Take a break from the beach and have some fun discovering your inner child at Pensacola’s best fun centers and amusement parks. When visiting Pensacola, take the family to Sam’s Fun and Surf City and Fast Eddie's Fun Center, both offering over 20 rides and attractions including Go-Karts, mini-golf, arcade games, bumper boats, water slides, and a lazy river.