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With this fun 3-day journey around Pensacola, your student group will get to experience haunted history, local art, wildlife viewing, and so much more!
Pensacola Museum of Art
While here your group can take a docent-led tour through the featured exhibitions, these tours taking place each Tuesday through Friday, 10 am through 3 pm. They last about 45 minutes, and some examples of the types of exhibits you will see during your tour include STEAM 2020, Poppy Garcia, and I Forgot to Laugh: Humor in Contemporary Art (all 2020 exhibits). There are also several different classes and educational program opportunities, such as the popular one-day art class, Art Academy for Autism, and Youth Art Focus program. The classes here at the Pensacola Museum of Art seek to 'encourage an artist's curiosity, experience and explore new materials, and develop their artistic skills'.
Go Retro Ghosts and Graveyards Tour
'From fear to laughter and somewhere in-between', the Ghosts and Graveyards Tour from Go Retro is the ultimate spooky experience in Pensacola! This riding tour provides guests with in-depth stories based on interviewed eyewitnesses, old documents, and modern footage, the 1.5/2 hour tour guaranteeing to satisfy your every spooky desire. The tour makes various stops in the Commerical Business District, Seville, Sanders Beach, and North and West Hill. It sometimes even makes a special stop in a cemetery or haunted house!
National Naval Aviation Museum
This museum is considered to be the world’s largest naval aviation museum, as well as one of the most visited museums in all of Florida. Within this 350,000 square foot exhibition space and 37 acres outdoors your group will find over 150 restored military aircraft, flight simulators, IMAX and X4D theaters, cockpit trainers, and even a "kiddie hawk" play area. This entire complex helps capture the "human element of the enduring history of naval airpower," and it does so quite well! It is easy to see why this is one of the most popular museums in the state, with such a rich history on display of the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Aviation. Inside and on the expansive grounds you will see historically accurate and one-of-a-kind aircraft, from the NC-4 to the SBD Dauntless.
Pensacola Lighthouse & Maritime Museum
While visiting the Pensacola Lighthouse and Maritime Museum you can 'climb the tower, take a ghost hunt, or get the best seats in the house for the U.S. Navy Blue Angels practice flights.' The tower sits at 151', with 177 stairs to the top. At the top, you will see what many people consider to be the most beautiful views on the Gulf Coast. Please note that visitors must be over the age of 7 and must be wearing secured-back shoes. Down below you can visit the 3-story Richard C Callaway Museum, a tribute to the area's maritime past. You will see several different exhibits inside, including Coast Guard, Living History, Women Who Lit the Way, History of Illumination, and more!
Historic Pensacola Tour
Pensacola boasts over 450 years of history as America's first multi-year settlement, with plenty for your group to explore within the historic village! Historic Pensacola sits on 9 acres, holding 30 different historic sites and properties within, all of which are within the footprints of the original Spanish and British forts in downtown Pensacola. While here you can choose to explore the area on your own, take a village tour, or listen to the period-dressed living history interpreters at your leisure. Historic Pensacola puts on its own village tour that lasts about 1.5 hours and allows you to see the Tivoli High House, 1805 Lavalle House, 1871 Dorr House, 1832 Old Christ Church, and 1890 Lear House.
Premier Dolphin Cruise
Considered to be the 'best cruising experience on Northwest Florida's Gulf Coast', the Premier Dolphin Cruise happens aboard the 63' open-air covered catamaran called The Portofino I. The boat holds restrooms, music, a bar, food, and souvenir sales. It has the capacity to hold 130 guests and goes an average of 23 knots cruising speed, allowing for a nice, relaxing 2-hour cruise. You will see dolphins, birds, and other wildlife that live along the protected Gulf Islands National Seashore during the tour, which will be guided by experienced and entertaining captains.