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Fort Pickens, Pensacola Beach
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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. Using our international travel planner, Pensacola Beach attractions like Fort Pickens can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Fort Pickens was a fort, prison. outpost with 100 years of history. Geronimo was imprisoned here with his family. We also got to see the Blue Angels practice, which is a popular activity judging by al...  more »
  • At the tip of one of the Gulf Islands guarding the entrance to the Pensacola Bay Harbor and Naval Shipyard, the fort is a wonderful place for a visit. Not really as full of artifacts as I'd hoped, but...  more »
  • Ft Pickens is a great way to spend the day. I definitely recommend taking your camera, especially if you're there around sunset. It is absolutely gorgeous! 
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  • I love it ..This place is great for see the sunrset and walk...perfect for take a good photo shooting. The entrances cost is $15 valid for 7 days.. They have trailet and camping area...you can fish. The White sand and beach is beautiful.
  • I started coming here as a toddler and have always been fascinated by the enormous fort and it's history. It had been 25 years but I this year I took my 5 yr old and she loved it as well. The place is full of history and stories of the past and tales of ghostly sightings. The staff is very friendly and helpful. You have the option to do a self guided tour with either a brochure or an app. Or there are set times for a tour guide to take you through. It is a lot of walking and summer in Florida is HOT so wear comfortable shoes and bring plenty of water. I suggest reading up on the history before you go. Also, in the gift shop there is a book of the ghost stories related to the fort. It's been a good read.
  • There's a lot explore. I recommend going out there on a bike. You can get closer to nature and have more freedom to explore. The fort itself is interesting, but there are other cool things like a disappearing Canon nearby.
  • A well maintained fort and historical site if you are in Pensacola Florida. This is a great educational opportunity for all ages. The park rangers (if taking the tour) are very knowledgeable and friendly. Great photo opportunities abound. Camping is also available is you want to add to the experience. One word of caution: be sure to bring bug spray!
  • Gorgeous drive, wonderful historic site. The Fort itself is very cool and fun to explore. You can also walk to the end of the island, and see the beautiful white Sandy beaches where the ocean and the sound meet. Pack a lunch, bring your towels and suits and spend the day exploring all the beautiful nature out in Fort Pickens.