Fort Pickens Area, Pensacola Beach

#1 of 29 in Historic Sites in Florida Panhandle
Must see · Historic Site · Tourist Spot
See an important piece of U.S. military history at Fort Pickens Area. The fort was used between 1834 and 1947 to protect Pensacola Harbor. It proved its worth during the Civil War, when its impregnable walls prevented Confederate soldiers from capturing it. For almost a year the fort served as a prison for famous Apache chief Geronimo. From old cannons to World War II batteries, you can see how the fort adapted to the current needs of warfare. You are free to explore by yourself. PutFort Pickens Area into our Pensacola Beach holiday planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Lots to see here. The centerpiece is the old brick fort at the end of the island. You're allowed to go in and climb many of the structures. There's a gift shop, visitor center, ferry landing, camping....  more »
  • We came out to this area 3 times while on our trip. We loved it that much. There‚Äôs so much to explore here. From the old buildings, to the more secluded beaches. We had a blast!!  more »
  • I've been several times over the years and it's always interesting. Generous walking trails , fishing pier , self guided tours with well marked historical signs. Park maintained in pristine condition. Park officers at front gate very helpful. Admittance is rather pricey but if you have a Senior Lifetime Park Pass you breeze right in. Sweet !
  • This was a very interesting place to visit. I liked that your admission price is good for 7 days, being that it is so hot in FL, it gives you more time to go through everything. They give you a map, but I wish there was more detail because we didn't get to see one of the forts, and still not sure if it was even possible. Learning about Fort Pickens and walking through it was amazing.

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