Naval Air Station Pensacola, Pensacola

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Home to the National Naval Aviation Museum, Naval Air Station Pensacola serves as the main training base for all U.S. Navy, Marine, and Coast Guard pilots, including the elite Blue Angels. The Blue Angels practice their precision flying skills directly above the base; check the website in advance for practice schedules. At the National Naval Aviation Museum, you can view over 150 restored aircraft, including the NC-4, which holds the title of the first plane to cross the Atlantic, and the rare SBD Dauntless Bureau Number 2106, which fought in the Battle of Midway. Admission, parking, and guided tours by foot or by trolley are all free. Put Naval Air Station Pensacola into our Pensacola trip planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • We went to the Naval Air Station to see the Blue Angels perform. What an air show! Six experienced pilots put their aircraft through their paces for 45 minutes. It was a performance deserving of high ...  more »
  • NavSta Pensacola is a wonderful stop for veterans and civilians alike. You can spend time at the museum and take in hours of history. You can stay at the trailer campgrounds, where the morning view is...  more »
  • Can't begin to describe how amazing this place is. Free admission, free guided tours from wonderful, knowledgeable volunteers. Too much too see in one day. Blue angels practice here during the week.  more »
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  • Visiting the base was a great experience. All the workers were very welcoming and helpful. Great day.
  • We love this place some much to see you just can't it in words. A must see.
  • The base was very clean and had beautiful grounds. We found all the staff very professional and thorough. A lot to do in the general vicinity.
  • A great place to visit. Tons of tourist opportunities and historical markers. Spend a day at the naval air museum and another seeing the rest of the sites.
  • Pensacola Naval Air Station or "Pensacola" as it is known, is the home of the Blue Angles and the National Naval Aviation Museum. The museum features 150 aircraft and spacecraft plus simulators and an iMax theater. Come see the Blue Angels practice, check out the simulators, and see the exhibits. This is a great experience. There is often a practice airshow on Fridays from spring through fall that is often open to the public. Check ahead as schedules frequently change. Final note is that this is a real, working air station. This review is only about the two parts most open to the public.

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Where to stay in Pensacola

You'll find places to stay throughout Pensacola, but reserve a place downtown for the best local atmosphere and access to nearby beaches. Downtown Pensacola is on the water, and it features a collection of inns and bed and breakfasts in historical buildings and upscale tower hotels. The national chain hotels and motels along Interstate 10 by the Davis Highway and Pensacola Blvd. exits provide budget-friendly options within driving distance of downtown. It might be tempting to choose one of the budget motels along Highway 90 just west of downtown, but these reside in a rundown area. If you're arriving to spend most of your time by the ocean, stay on Pensacola Beach or Perdido Key, which sit just outside the city limits.
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