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Fort Pickens Review

Constructed of more than 21 million locally made bricks, this fort, dating back to 1834, once served as a prison for Apache chief Geronimo. A National Park Service plaque describes the complex as a "confusing jumble of fortifications," but the real attractions here are the beach, nature exhibits, a large campground, an excellent gift shop, and breathtaking views of Pensacola Bay and the lighthouse across the inlet. It's the perfect place for a picnic lunch and a bit of history, too.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Fort Pickens Rd., at western tip of island, Pensacola Beach, FL, 32563 | Map It
  • Phone: 850/934–2635
  • Cost: $8 per car
  • Hours: Daily 7 am–10 pm
  • Location: Pensacola Beach
Updated: 05-12-2014

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