Top 9 Things to See at Gulf Islands National Seashore

Florida Region of Gulf Islands

The panhandle’s beautiful white sand beaches and emerald coast attract millions of people, making it an exciting destination to explore and live nearby.

Fort Pickens

The Fort Pickens area is located roughly 40 minutes from downtown Pensacola. A short drive from Pensacola Beach, follow Highway 399, with dunes and shoreline along Santa Rosa Island.

Johnson Beach – Perdido Key

Who doesn’t love a good beach vacation? And if you’re looking for one with stunning sugar sand beaches and clear water, look no further than the Perdido Key area of the Gulf Islands.

Opal Beach – Santa Rosa Island

Have you ever driven along Santa Rosa Island? If not, you’re missing out! Opal Beach is famous for its sparkling emerald-green waters and magnificent white sand beach.

Fort Barrancas

Aside from the gorgeous beaches and natural spaces, the Gulf Islands National Seashore protects Fort Barrancas. The historic fort overlooks Pensacola Bay on Naval Air Station Pensacola.

Naval Live Oaks Nature Preserve

Located near Gulf Breeze, Florida, the Naval Live Oaks Nature Preserve is known for being the first federal tree farm. The wood was harvested initially to build ships in the late 1800s.

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