Congratulations on your child’s admission to the University of West Florida. They will spend the next four years in a beautiful community where millions of visitors come to vacation. While they’re here, and while you’re here visiting them, we hope you’ll take advantage of our many attractions, most of which are absolutely free.
We are home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the word. Gulf Islands National Seashore on Perdido Key and Pensacola Beach is actually the longest stretch of protected seashore in the country where you can take part in a variety of outdoor activities or just relax and enjoy yourself.
Besides natural beauty, our community is rich in history. Pensacola was the first European settlement in the United States, founded by the Spanish in 1559. You can explore our history at various sites such as the National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola Lighthouse, Fort Pickens, and Fort Barrancas. And, the university is affiliated with the T.T. Wentworth, Jr. Florida State Museum, Historic Pensacola Village, and St. Michaels’ Cemetery, which I encourage you to visit.
Downtown Pensacola is a hub for culture, dining, and entertainment. Home to the “Big Five” arts disciplines; you’ll find an opera, symphony, community theater, ballet, and museum of art. Downtown Pensacola also hosts special events throughout the year as well as offer exciting nightlife, wonderful restaurants, and unique shopping.
And, new this year is the Maritime Park, a 30-acre park right on the Pensacola Bay that’s home to the Blue Wahoos baseball team, an AA affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds.
I know this is an exciting time for your family, and it’s an exciting time to be in the Pensacola Bay Area. We encourage you to use our web site as your resource, and we hope the next four years bring your family much success. Welcome to Pensacola!