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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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  • Easy access to a truely historic site. If you go in April or later, be sure to watch for the Blue Angels who are based right across the inlet.  more »
  • What a cool old fort. Museum had some great information. Learn some new things about the marine life. We went the day the Blue Angels practiced and watched them practiced. That was very cool. Good his...  more »
  • Nice drive down Ft Pickens Road. Goes thru National Seashore wildlife nesting area. Plan a half day to see all of the fort.  more »
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  • 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.
  • Wow.... what a beautiful place. The fort is an adventure in to the past and can fill an entire day. We loved the campground in loop A. Beautiful and well maintained. We will be back again .
  • Very educational. Would have loved to see the museum but they closed at 430 pm. They need to stay open later.
  • Awesome old fort to explore - dark tunnels, crusty old walls, beautiful view from the top, and the tour is very interesting if you're a history buff.
  • What an amazing historical place. Lots to see. Kids loved the ability to explore and I enjoyed wonderful history lesson plus it's all surrounded by beautiful beaches. Rangers were very informative and helpful. To truly see and absorb it all plan at least a couple hours. Bring a camera, water and possibly a flashlight if your feeling adventurous. Admission was $15 for the car full.