Pensacola Beach in March – Travel Guide & Things to Do

Marking the start of spring break season, Pensacola Beach in March brings warmer weather, sunny skies, and the resurgence of fun things to do like live music and festivals. Find out about all things Pensacola Beach in March from weather predictions and activities to accommodations and answers to frequently asked questions here. 

March Weather in Pensacola Beach

Lazy Days on Pensacola BeachWith an average high of 70 balmy degrees (Fahrenheit), March weather in Pensacola Beach is an amazing escape after a cold winter. Greet spring weather on sandy white beaches with sparkling emerald water just warm enough to dip your toes into.

Temperatures dip into the mid-50s at night, the perfect temperature for a bundled up stroll along the beach at sunset. Pensacola Beach has an average of six rain days in March – but no worries if it rains a bit during your trip. Check out these fun things to do in Pensacola Beach when it rains

Things to do in March in Pensacola Beach

Pensacola Symphony Orchestra

March 2, 2024

Hailed as a classic Pensacola experience and one of the most enjoyable things to do in Pensacola, a show from the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra offers a night of exquisite live music complete with performers from a range of backgrounds for a diverse, unique sound that defies the limits of orchestral music. 

Pensacola Ice Flyers Hockey

Multiple Dates in March 2024

Support the local hockey team, the Pensacola Ice Flyers, at their home games against other area teams. Facing off against the Fayetteville Marksmen, Huntsville Havoc, and others at Pensacola Bay Center in Pensacola, these games see locals and visitors alike come together to cheer on this well-decorated hockey team. 

Sun Belt Basketball Tournament

Multiple Dates in March 2024

The annual Sun Belt Basketball Tournament is held each March in Pensacola. This tournament features the top teams from the area’s eleven member schools, playing in a single elimination tournament with the winning team receiving an automatic bid to the NCAA Basketball Tournament in Men’s or Women’s basketball. 

Death of a Salesman at Ashmore Auditorium

March 5 – 7, 2024

Leave Pensacola for the gritty setting of 1940’s Brooklyn with Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman at Ashmore Auditorium. Follow the journey of traveling salesman Willy Loman as he navigates his present in regards to his past, with talented students of Pensacola State College playing these classic literary characters. 

An Evening Under the Stars

March 16, 2024

Visit Big Lagoon State Park in Pensacola this March for An Evening Under the Stars. Clear skies permitting, members of the Escambia Amateur Astronomer Association will set up telescopes and binoculars so stargazers can capture breathtaking views of constellations, planets, and other celestial bodies. With little to no light pollution, Big Lagoon State Park is a can’t-miss destination for stargazing in Pensacola Beach. 

St. Paddy’s Day Pub Crawl

March 17, 2024

Hop from one buzzing pub to another during this annual St. Paddy’s Day Pub Crawl in Pensacola Beach. Indulge in traditional Irish drinks, go for your favorite beer, or keep your spirits up with spirits – either way, enjoy live music, plenty of good company, and all things green! Starting out strong with a 9 am breakfast at Crabs We Got ‘Em (free breakfast with a drink purchase), this crawl extends into the wee hours of the next morning. 

Book by the Bay Festival

March 23, 2024

With all genres from historical fiction and poetry to literary history and prose represented, the Book by the Bay Festival in Pensacola is one of the most unique festivals in the area. This festival brings an exciting blend of writers, publishers, book bloggers, agents, and more together for panel discussions, readings, workshops, and more fun events.  

Places to Stay in Pensacola Beach in March

Hilton Pensacola Beach hotel on the beach.Enjoy beach life no matter the weather when you book your March stay at one of these amazing Pensacola Beach hotels featuring heated indoor pools and plenty of on-site amenities. 

Hilton Pensacola Beach

Enjoy a heated indoor pool at Hilton Pensacola Beach, complete with a chairlift. Weather permitting, there is also a heated outdoor pool and a hot tub on the beachfront pool deck. Guests can also visit the indoor bar for a bite or a delicious handcrafted drink! 

Holiday Inn Pensacola Beach Resort

Enjoy the fun nautical theme of Holiday Inn Pensacola Beach Resort’s indoor pool any time, rain or shine. This brightly decorated indoor space brings the colors of Pensacola Beach indoors. Outside, the beautiful zero-entry pool and incredible seasonally-heated lazy river are just the answer to warmer days. 

Hyatt Place Pensacola Airport

Just 12.5 miles from Pensacola Beach, Hyatt Place Pensacola Airport is the traveler’s answer to convenient accommodations that don’t compromise on amenities. This hotel near the Pensacola National Airport features an indoor pool facility with a lap pool, chair life, poolside games, and poolside seating. 

Frequently Asked Questions about Pensacola Beach in March

Considering a trip to Pensacola Beach? See what others are asking about Pensacola Beach in March and make your decision. 

Is March a good time to go to Pensacola?

Anytime is a great time to visit Pensacola – but March marks the return of warm weather, fun festivals, and beach sports, making March an ideal time to visit Pensacola Beach.

Is it warm enough to swim in Pensacola Beach in March?

While the ocean may be “warm” enough for Northerners, locals and most visitors stay out of the ocean until the weather really warms up – instead, they opt for indoor pools, lazy rivers, and hot tubs if they need to take a dip. 

From live music and festivals to stargazing and sports, March is a busy time in Pensacola Beach! Come do as the locals do and welcome the warm weather back with a fun-filled Pensacola Beach trip.