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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  • 8 miles or so from Pensacola on a scenic drive by white sand beaches is a 1830's fort. I have been to many forts in the US an this one is one of the best. It shows over a 100 years of history with dis...  more »
  • Fort Pickens road is now open again and finished. watch our for the drifting sand. they clean it off as soon as they find it but at any one time it can be a problem. The fort is well worth you time an...  more »
  • We have camped here twice and plan on returning often. Very clean facilities. It is a short walk to the beach. It is nice to be able to walk for miles and not be hemmed in by high rise condos. The ope...  more »
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  • What a great addition to our trip. We have visited a few of these types of forts and have had a great time at all of them. We spent quite a bit of time exploring the fort and all of its sites, as well as the Discovery Center which was very educational and interesting. A big surprise for us though were the great beaches! Easy access and not crowded at all, even in June. It was so nice that we did not spend much time on the beach in front of our condo for the rest of our vacation. Instead, we would pack up and come to the Fort Pickens beaches to spend the whole day. We will definitely be back to explore the sites, visit the beautiful beaches, and fish from the pier.
  • It's a great and interesting place to visit. There is a gift shop on site, which is full of items and keepsakes you might like. Walking around the inside the fort is safe and clean. The shoreline is beautiful and relaxing. The surrounding area has numerous bunkers and batteries to explore which are scattered around the park grounds. There are hiking trails, and an area to camp out if you like. There is a fee to get into the park though which is understandable.
  • A great place to come visit! They have a $15 per vehicle, 1 week pass. And there is a 1 year pass for only $30, it's such a great deal if you ever plan on coming back, and there is so much to see you could never see it all in one visit. There is the old late 1800's brick-and-mortar fort, and then there are multiple ww2 era gun batteries all around the area that offer two different ages to travel back through time to see how it was back then! Great swimming and BEAUTIFUL beaches!!!!!!! The best in all of Pensacola!
  • Such a great place to explore. Rich with history and beautiful scenery. At the right times you can see the blue angels flying. Highly recommend. 30 for 1 year pass. The beaches along the way are top notch. Brought my pups.....
  • great tourist spot. if the weather permits, it's a great place to walk around and explore. lots of historical architecture.

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