Pensacola is certainly well-known for its beautiful white sands, but just a short trip across the Pensacola Bay and you can be transported back in time at The Historic Pensacola Village just downtown. Out of the 27 buildings listed on the National Historic Register, eleven are open to the public.
Ever wonder where the phrases “Don’t let the bedbugs bite” or “Don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater” originated? The Historic Pensacola walking tour will shine an (oil) lamp on Pensacola’s rich history, architecture … and fun facts such as these.
The walking tour guides are all volunteers and don the clothing of the era. The tour will stop at Old Christ Church, one of the oldest churches in Florida. You will also be able to see how the architecture changed from Victorian to Classical styles before and after the Civil War.
Before your walking tour, we recommend a quick stop by the T.T. Wentworth, Jr. Museum. With both photographs and archeological exhibits, the museum is an ideal stop to learn the story of Pensacola, from before the 19th century to today.
After the walking tour, your ticket will give you access to the Pensacola Children’s Museum, a historical museum geared at the younger people in your group. Here, kids will be able to participate in hands-on historical learning activities and even listen to costumed storytellers.
For a spookier look at Downtown Pensacola, be sure to check out Go Retro for its Ghosts and Graveyards nighttime tour. This retro bus will take you to all of the best creepy spots in Pensacola. Since this particular tour is intended to send a chill up your spine, it is recommended that young children in your group be supervised. (Or hang back at the hotel.)
Whether you just need a break from the beach or the clouds refuse to go away, walking around Pensacola’s Historic District is a lovely way to spend the day.
And since tickets are good for a full week, you can spread out your history binges.
– Logan Singleton
Assistant Storyteller, Innisfree Hotels