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Tour Fort Pickens

  Maintained by the US National Forest Service, Fort Pickens is the biggest of four forts in the Pensacola Bay area. It was built from 1829 – 1834 and was named after Major General Andrew Pickens, who was in a number of battles during the Revolutionary War. Pickens is also known for leading battles against…

New Year’s on the North Gulf

  Want to catch the best fireworks show in the North Gulf? Head to Baytowne Wharf in West Miramar. The biggest resort in town hosts one of the biggest fireworks spectaculars in the area, and you can easily spot them from the beach. Sandestin also offers a number of activities and parties on the big…

Christmas in the Park

  On December 2, the local Chamber of Commerce brings the holidays to the beach at the annual Christmas in the Park celebration. For 23 years, the annual event has taken place from 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. at the foot of the Navarre Bridge. A holiday marketplace offers prime shopping for one of a…

A Unique Thanksgiving

  The laidback beach town of Navarre largely shuts down for Thanksgiving Day, but locals know to pre-order a Thanksgiving meal from the local Publix for a Wednesday night pickup. Call 850-515-0999 and order your customized old-fashioned Thanksgiving dinner to enjoy in your spacious guest room. The large supermarket has decadent desserts, all your favorite…

History of Navarre Beach

  The unincorporated community in the Florida Panhandle is considered a bedroom community, and permanent residents are largely military personnel along with retirees. The beach includes four flawless miles along the Gulf of Mexico and Gulf Islands National Seashore. Just 25 miles east of Pensacola, it’s convenient to US Route 98 and State Road 87,…

Halloween Treats

  Around Navarre, Pensacola and Milton there are plenty of tricks and treats to be found, starting with the Ghost Walk at Imogene Theater. Find out more about Milton’s past on this one-mile walk through historic downtown. Guides are dressed in period costumes and legend has it that ghosts lurk in many of the stops….

Navarre Family Watersports

  Helicopter rides, water skiing, deep sea fishing—oh, my! At Navarre Family Watersports, the best recreation on the beach and water is at your fingertips with professional guides, professional-grade rentals, and a variety of packages no matter what your dream beach getaway fantasies entail. For a unique experience on the water, check out Wibit Waterpark…

Southern Star Dolphin Cruises

  Just east of Navarre Beach, visitors can board the glass-bottom Southern Star. Located in Destin, the original sunset and dolphin cruise has been featured on National Geographic Explorer and offers a unique perspective on the green Gulf of Mexico waters. Flowing alongside the white sandy beaches, it’s your best chance to see dolphins and…

Gator Beach

  What’s in a name? A lot of teeth if you head east to Gator Beach! Aptly named, Gator Beach is certainly a beach, but it’s located within Fudpucker’s Restaurant in nearby Destin. Open at 11 a.m. daily, guests are invited to feed the gators and snap some photos while holding a live alligator. The…

Navarre Beach Ice Cream Picks

  It’s the peak of summer, and Navarre Beach really heats up—what better way to cool down than with a local ice cream stop? Tommy’s Sno Balls is a bustling window-service favorite stop where you’ll get Hawaiian-style shaved ice in a variety of flavors. There are sugar-free options for the health-minded, and wacky flavors if…