Fort Pickens, Pensacola Beach

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#1 of 16 in Historic Sites in Florida Panhandle
See an important piece of U.S. military history at Fort Pickens. The fort was used between 1834 and 1947 to protect Pensacola Harbor. It proved its worth during the Civil War, when its impregnable walls prevented Confederate soldiers from capturing it. For almost a year the fort served as a prison for famous Apache chief Geronimo. From old cannons to World War II batteries, you can see how the fort adapted to the current needs of warfare. You are free to explore by yourself. Put Fort Pickens into our Pensacola Beach holiday planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • October 2, 2017
    Plan to spend the day at Fort Pickens. Walk the corridors of the 19th century fort. Have a picnic and snorkel on the Gulf or bay side of Santa Rosa Island. Great camp ground and fishing pier too.  more »
  • September 27, 2017
    We visited early in the morning passing through the entrance gate around 8:30 and no fee was collected at this time. The fort doesn’t open till 9:00. We used the self guided tour from the gift shop an...  more »
  • September 27, 2017
    Took cub scouts to fort Pickens while camping at Naval Live Oak wildlife preservation. They loved wondering around all the hidden tunnels and worked on junior ranger program.  more »
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  • July 1, 2017
    We love this Park, it has excellent campgrounds, clean bathrooms and showers, friendly staff. Beautiful white beaches, both on the gulf and the bay side. The fort is incredible. Nice little gift shop for souvenirs. Great place for hunting for shells. We stay here weeks a time multiple times a year. Definitely recommend a visit here, you won't be disappointed.
  • May 25, 2017
    There are so many reasons why my husband and I love this national park! It has the best beaches in Florida--pristine white sand dunes and emerald waters. We tent camped for 3 nights on the C-loop. The site was tranquil, the bathrooms and shower rooms were exceptionally clean, and we could quickly walk to the gorgeous beach from our site. The park rangers run a tight ship, and we appreciated their professionalism and knowledge. Fort Pickens is an interesting and scenic place to tour, worthy of a day trip for those guests not spending the night. The bird watching is amazing! Just be careful with your food as the birds will open bags of potato chips or bread on your picnic table when you're not looking. If this is a destination for you, do yourself a favor and take the long way in down as much of Santa Rosa Island as you can. It's slow going but the views are amazing.
  • July 5, 2017
    We always spend our beach time here... Well kept facilities and grounds. Love the bike trail. If you get tired of the beach on the gulf side you can go over to the bay and look for star fish and hermit crabs. But don't get in a hurry while driving, the speed limit is 25 so set the cruise and enjoy! :)
  • June 20, 2017
    You can spend some time here really walking around & looking at the old buildings. We thought it was really cool! They have a tour you can take with a guy who tells you all about the place. There is a gift shop with friendly employees!
  • June 20, 2017
    Awesome! Very historical, and a beautiful landscape. The Blue Angel's fly here,and they are fabulous! What a blessed Nation we are. Thanks​ to God so much for how He has blessed the USA so abundantly​.

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