This map shows the main places of interest in the Florida Panhandle region.
Pensacola, Florida, is the closest city to the Gulf Islands National Seashore. Places of interest include the National Museum of Naval Aviation, Pensacola's Museum of Art, the Civil War Museum, and Historic Pensacola Village. Parades, fairs and festivals occur all year including Mardi Gras festivities. Other types of entertainment include, golf courses, many movie theaters, a zoo, skate parks, go-cart tracks and amusement parks. There are places that rent boats, kayaks, canoes and have charters for sightseeing, fishing and diving.
The Gulf Islands National Seashore is a fishing paradise. Most of the park is underwater. The boundaries extend a mile into the Gulf of Mexico and a half mile into the bay. With miles of beaches that have easy access this is a favorite area for surf fishing. Fort Pickens has a pier that reaches out into the bay. Many charter fishing facilities and two bridges for fishing the bay side of the islands are in the area.
There are extensive trails for hiking throughout the Gulf Islands National Seashore, with a wide variety of habitats that can be explored from beach to forest. The beautiful white sand beaches are perfect for walking or hike the many trails through barrier islands, maritime forests or wetlands. Self-guided trails help hikers discover the park's natural resources.
The Emerald Coast is over 100 miles of white sugar-sand beaches that offer great campgrounds and RV Parks that run between Pensacola and Panama City. The beaches are sugar-white and known as the most beautiful in North America. The blue-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the white sandy beaches have earned the name Emerald Coast.
Panama City Beach is located in Florida’s Panhandle gulf coast. With more than 28 miles of pure sugar-white sand beaches and the clear, emerald-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico, Panama City is a favored destination of those seeking affordable beach vacations.