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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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  • Great old fort with ample places to explore and learn about our countries history. There are walking tours, activities and a great gift shop. The beaches surrounding the fort are gorgeous with ample o...  more »
  • Such an amazing place. My boyfriend and I have completely different interests. He loves to read and absorbs information like a sponge whereas, I like to physically do things and be hands on as opposed...  more »
  • We toured Fort Pickens one afternoon during vacation. It was interesting especially for history lovers. The grounds was well kept. The price was reasonable. We enjoyed fishing in this area a lot  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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! :)
  • 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!
  • 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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