The Panhandle Sights

Fort Pickens

  • Fort Pickens Rd. Map It
  • Pensacola Beach
  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Published 09/18/2015

Fodor's 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.

Sight Information


Fort Pickens Rd., at western tip of island, Pensacola Beach, Florida, 32563, United States

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Sight Details:

  • $8 per car
  • Daily 7 am–10 pm

Published 09/18/2015


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