Things To Do

Things to Do in Pensacola Beach, Florida

Unparalleled Experiences

If you’re here, you’re wondering what to do in Pensacola Beach. Well, look no further. Are you searching for a little adventure? Take a diving trip exploring the world’s largest artificial reef, the USS Oriskany, or book an unforgettable guided jet ski dolphin tour. Are you a history buff? Pensacola Beach is ripe with opportunities to dig into the area’s rich history, like Fort Pickens, a naval fort built in 1834, named after an American Revolutionary War hero. Or maybe you’re simply looking for a nice, relaxing break from the 9-to-5 grind with a spa or the island’s catered beach services.

That’s only scratching the surface. You’ll always find something special to do on our gorgeous emerald coast. With more than 300 days when the sun shines every year, Pensacola Beach is the perfect choice for your next vacation in Pensacola Beach.

Adventure & Outdoor

If adventure’s what you’re after, Pensacola Beach has you covered. Boating, fishing, diving, surfing, biking down trails overlooking our pristine beaches—we’ve got it all. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a first-timer looking for new experiences, there’s something for everyone in this vibrant resort town.


Pensacola Beach is one of America’s first colonies, settled by the Spanish conquistador Tristan De Luna in 1559. After a few weeks, the settlement was decimated by a hurricane, and the area was eventually abandoned. But Pensacola is resilient as all get out and eventually, it was rebuilt, stronger than ever.


Justin Saxton’s Pensacola Beach story begins over 30 years ago in the mid ‘80s when he and his mom moved here from the Midwest. He was born Justin Shafer in Moline, IL in 1980—Shafer being his biological father’s last name. The early ‘80s in the Midwest were brutally cold and sent many families south in search of warmer weather, beautiful beaches, and the promise of new opportunities.


Hampton Inn Adventure Package

Don’t miss out on the Hampton Inn’s exclusive Adventure Package. This amazing package includes: one parasailing trip and dolphin cruise per person, 30 minutes of jet ski use per day, UNLIMITED zip lines, ropes course, climbing features (four different climbs), Go Karts, kayaks, paddle boards and splash pad for up to four days at Laguna’s! Don’t miss out on the opportunity to make life long memories.


One of the most memorable features of Pensacola Beach is the crystal clear emerald coast, edged with white-sugar sand. Our beaches stretch the length of Santa Rosa and include the Gulf Island National Seashore, American’s longest federally protected shoreline.


If you ever want to hop off the island, it’s just a quick 15-minute drive back over the Pensacola Bay Bridge to get to downtown Pensacola. With a vibrant nightlife, live music, bars, restaurants, public parks, museums, boutiques, and shops, you’re certain to discover something memorable in the modern heart of one of America’s cities.