Just like other vacation destinations, the sun isn’t always shining in Pensacola. But fear not! Pensacola has a ton of great kid-friendly activities to take advantage of on a rainy day. Here are a few of our favorites:
In this case, MESS stands for “Math, Engineering, Science and Stuff!” The MESS Hall is Pensacola’s children’s science museum. It features some ongoing exhibits (wind tunnels, a river station, Keva planks, etc.) as well as a bunch of rotating “MESS Kits” – short science experiments that foster learning and discovery. Located in downtown Pensacola.
With 177 steps up to the top of Lighthouse, parents and kids will appreciate the exercise …or the tuckered-out kids that result from the exercise … and the great views of Pensacola and the Gulf. Located on the active military base, Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, visiting the light house presents great opportunities to explore the National Naval Aviation Museum right across the street! Be sure to avoid flip flops – they’re a safety hazard on the steps of the lighthouse.
For a more cultural experience, visit our local art museum. Located in downtown Pensacola, the Art Museum does a great job developing kid-friendly activities. Call ahead to see what special kid-friendly programs are occurring during your visit to Pensacola. Admission is free for kiddos 5 and under, and Tuesday is free admission for everyone!
Even on a rainy day, the view from a trolley is fun and exciting! We like Beach Bum Trolley Tours for their variety and flexibility. You can schedule a one hour tour of downtown Pensacola, or a longer tour of Fort Pickens and the Pensacola Beach, or the National Aviation Museum and NAS. You can catch a trolley at a downtown location or, depending on your party size, they’ll pick you up from your hotel. Then you get to ride the trolley, getting fun historic tidbits along your journey.
This is just a sampling of rainy day activities – share other tips about Pensacola activities with us at firstname.lastname@example.org!