7.21.2015

30+ Day Trips on the Emerald Coast

I'm gonna warn you, this is a long post. Just pin it for later! You can always refer to it when you're planning that trip. We love this area and we are always looking for something new to explore! There is always something going on. During the fall, it seems like there is a festival in Pensacola every weekend. It's absolutely beautiful in the spring and fall. The summer is HOT, but that's when you go the beach, splash pads, or the pool! The winter is mild and very short, but gets surprisingly cold. I wouldn't say we get 4 seasons, but Florida has definitely grown on me since we've lived here.

The list is in order by city, then by state. It's mostly centered around Pensacola with just a few places that are a little far for a day trip, but totally do-able if you really wanted to. My husband or I took all  of these pictures and we have been to almost all of these places.

Big Kahunas water park, Destin, FL-over 40 play areas, tons of water slides

Dolphin cruise, Destin, FL-Olin Marler is a good one to use. It's worth every penny. We saw a baby dolphin last time we went!

Air Force Armament Museum-Eglin AFB, free admission

Dino Island, Fort Walton Beach-just opened, amusement park

Gulf Breeze Zoo, Gulf Breeze, FL-small zoo, seems to be struggling, but cute for the kids


Florida Caverns State Park, Marianna, FL-the only caverns that conduct tours in FL

West Florida Train Museum, Milton, FL-model trains, tour a real train car, train rides for the kids



Bike trails, Milton, FL-paved trails, scenic routes

Blackwater River State Park, Milton, FL-tubing, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, camping, picnics

Sweet Season Farms, Milton, FL-hayrides, corn maze, bouncer, pony rides, rides, games, great for birthday parties!


Holland Farm, Milton, FL-pumpkin patch, peanut farm, hayride, farm animals, country store

Touchablue Berry Farm, Molino, FL-blueberry picking (June through mid-July) HOT!

Beulah Berries-Pensacola, FL-blueberry picking 

Pensacola M.E.S.S. Hall (Math, Engineering, Science, and Stuff)-The Pensacola MESS Hall is not a typical science museum. Rather than exhibits with planned outcomes, visitors get to work like real scientists, developing questions and creating experiments, engaging in complex reasoning and learning science just through tinkering. It’s all hands-on science. Learn more.

Uncle Sandy's Macaw Bird Park, Pensacola, FL-parrot rescue and adoption service, completely volunteer run, volunteers needed to socialize with the birds. 

Palafox Pier, Pensacola, FL-walking, splash pad, free fireworks during baseball season, a new park is opening summer 2015, ice cream shop, people fishing, romantic at night


National Museum of Naval Aviation-rides, IMAX theater, life-size planes to climb into, guided tours

Fort Pickens, Pensacola Beach, FL-tour a real fort, see the beach, great for picnics

Gulf Islands National Seashore, Pensacola Beach, FL-nature trails, walking next to the beach, hiking trails

Navarre Butterfly House, Navarre, FL-butterfly house next to a fantastic park with a splash pad, right on the beach, there is also a pier on the other side of the bridge

Benny Russell Park, Pace, FL-best park in the area, secret passages, tunnels, several separate areas for various age groups, towers to climb, lots of picnic tables

Blue Wahoos Minor League Baseball, Pensacola, FL-baseball game, fireworks after many of the games, right on the beach next to a new park, new facilities, go on $5 night

Wakulla Springs, Wakulla Springs, FL-freshwater springs, manatees, glass-bottom boat, pontoon boat

Fairhope, AL-shopping, high-end thrifting/antiquing, also a pier and nice restaurants

Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, Gulf Shores, AL-it's a nice zoo

KOA Perdido Bay, Lillian, AL-camp ground right on the beach, steps from the water, fire pit, pier



USS Alabama, Mobile, AL-tour a real battleship, takes a couple hours to see everything. Bring good shoes, there are a lot of ladders to climb!


Gulf Coast Exploreum, Mobile, AL-science center

Gulf Quest, Mobile, AL-opens 9/26/15 National Maritime Museum

Wharf & Marina, Orange Beach, AL-Ferris Wheel, splash pad, putt-putt, shopping, paddle boats

Derailed Diner, Robertsdale, AL-eat in a real train car, has a really cute shop attached



Alligator Alley, Summerdale, AL-feed and hold alligators

Bellingrath Gardens, Theodore, AL-beautiful Christmas lights, flowers and beautiful grounds during the summer
Congratulations if you have finally reached the end of the world's longest post. We have a blast here and I hope you do too. Let me know in the comments if you have any places to add!
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