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Perdido Key, FL

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Encompasses 247 acres on a barrier island, which buffers the mainland from winds and threatening tides. Provides habitat for shore birds and other coastal animals. Saltwater fishing licenses required. Occupied shells are alive and should be left alone. The wide white sand beaches and the rolling dunes covered with sea oats make this a pristine oasis along the rapidly developing panhandle. Picnic shelters are between the Gulf and the Old River, which bounds Perdido Key on the north.
Address: 5 miles southwest of Pensacola, off State Road 292
Phone: (850)492-1595
Website: http://www.floridastateparks.org

Nestled among oaks, Spanish Moss and scenic Fowl River, the 65 acre gardens of Bellingrath boast a bloom every day of the year. Rose Garden, Rookery, Riverfront Walk, Butterfly Garden, Great Lawn, Oriental American Gardens, Mirror Lake, Conservatory, Formal Gardens, and Chapel. Magic Christmas in Lights. See Bellingragh transformed into a winter wonderland, Thanksgiving through Dec. 31. Open year round.
Address: 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd, Theodore, AL 35582
Phone: (800)247-8420
Website: http://www.bellingrath.org
Derives its name from a bordering body of water called Big Lagoon. The Park of 678 upland acres was opened in 1978 and beckons visitors with all the recreational opportunities expected at a Florida State Park. Follow the Cookie Trail, maintained by the Girl Scouts. Natural habitat includes numerous birds and animals – gray foxes, raccoons, skunks, opossums, great blue herons and other waterfowl, in addition to a variety of other birds. More than 75 campsites; five picnic areas with shelters, 500-seat amphitheater; boat ramp with dock; boardwalks and nature trails; and observation tower offering a panoramic view of Big Lagoon, the park and Gulf Islands National Seashore across the Intracoastal Waterway.
Address: 12301 Gulf Beach Highway, Pensacola, Florida 32507
Phone: (850)492-1595
Website: http://www.floridastateparks.org
Canoeing is an activity that appeals to just about everyone and Blackwater River State Park provides the perfect opportunity. Blackwater River considered to be one of the purest sand bottom rivers in the world is still in a natural state for most of its length. Recreational enthusiasts will enjoy camping, picnicking, fishing, nature trails, boating and canoeing. Located 15 miles Northeast of Milton, Off US 90.
Address: 7720 Deaton Bridge Rd, Holt, FL 32564
Phone: (850)983-5363
Website: http://www.floridastateparks.org
Open year-round during daylight hours for hiking, fishing, wildlife observation, photography, nature study and sun bathing. During fall month's wildflowers light up the peninsula with a spectacular array of colors. Look for scarlet colored red basil and the feathery goldenrod. Take binoculars and camera, walk the trails and look closely. See fall migrants in addition to the year-round brown and white pelicans, ospreys and a wide variety of wading birds. You may also see bobcats, squirrels, marsh and cottontail rabbits, opossum, raccoons and nine-banded armadillos. The Jeff Friend Trail is the newest nature trail, featuring a wheelchair accessible one-mile loop. No camping or vehicles allowed. Collection of artifacts and plants is prohibited. Pets must be on a leash at all times.
Address: 12295 State Highway 180, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Phone: (251)540-7720
Website: http://www.fws.gov
Located on Pensacola Naval Air Station. The British built the first Fort on this site in 1763. The Spanish built a second Fort in 1797. When Florida was added to the country in 1821, Pensacola was selected for a navy yard. To protect that yard four Forts were built: Pickens, McRee, Barrancas and Advanced Redoubt on the mainland. The work began in 1829 and completed 30 years later. Free to the public. Guided tours each weekend at 2 p.m.
Address: US Naval Air Station, Pensacola, FL 32507
Phone: (850)934-2604
Website: http://www.nps.gov
Open year-round; see the amazing dolphins performing behaviors requiring split-second timing, and the antics of those natural clowns, the sea lions. Don’t forget the tropical penguins, otters, birds, Harbor seals and alligators. The Living Sea is a natural setting with clear glass windows where you can see and photograph sharks, stingrays, huge sea turtles, moray eels and many other exotic deep-sea species.
Address: 1010 Miracle Strip Parkway, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
Phone: (850)243-9046
Website: http://www.gulfarium.com
Located on the eastern end of Perdido Key. It is open from 8 am to sunset. Picnic shelters, restrooms, showers, seasonal lifeguards and snack store. Fort McRee is located at the eastern tip of Johnson Beach and is accessible by boat or foot only. Sound side Nature Trail is a self guided nature trail that winds past a salt marsh and through a maritime forest. The Johnson Beach Road is an enjoyable place to walk, jog, bike and view beautiful sunsets. There is a park fee of $6.00 per car, which is good for 7 days and gets you into Fort Pickens on Santa Rosa Island and the Naval Live Oaks located in Gulf Breeze.
Address: Johnson's Beach Rd., Pensacola, FL 32507
Phone: (850)492-7278
Website: http://www.nps.gov
Campgrounds, nature center, hiking trails, lakes, lake store, and picnic areas off Highway 182, Gulf Shores. Look for wildlife and tracks among the thickets, marshes and sandy areas on the trails of Gulf State Park: Hurricane Ridge Trail, Bear Creek Trail, Bobcat Branch Trail and Middle Lake Trail. Visit the Nature Center in the park.
Address: 20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Phone: (251)948-7275
Website: http://www.alapark.com
Experience West Florida's rich heritage through the museums, furnished houses, and Colonial Archaeological Trail of historic Pensacola Village. Located in the heart of one of the oldest National Register historic districts in the Southeast.
Address: 205 E. Zaragoza Street, Pensacola, FL 32502
Phone: (850)595-5985
Website: http://www.historicpensacola.org
Construction of the first Pensacola Lighthouse began and completed in 1824. First one on the Gulf Coast and Second one in Florida. It was completed at a cost of $5,725. The lighthouse stood 80’ above sea level on the northern entrance of the bay near the present day Lighthouse Point Restaurant.
Address: United States Coast Guard
Phone: (877)NOW-USCG
Website: http://www.nps.gov
The National Museum of Naval Aviation is one of the largest and most beautiful air and space museums in the world. See over 150 restored aircraft representing Navy, Marine corps, and Coast Guard Aviation. Kids of all ages enjoy strapping into the many cockpit trainers for pretend test flights. A breathtaking new film about Dolphins and the Magic of Flight plays daily at the IMAX Theater located inside the museum. The Magic of Flight narrated by Tom Selleck features the Blue Angels.
Address: 1750 Radford Blvd, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida 32508
Phone: (850)452-3604
Website: http://www.navalaviationmuseum.org

Sea Life up close. The Estuarium is the public aquarium of the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, Alabama's marine education and research center. Visitors explore the four key ecosystems of coastal Alabama: the Delta, Mobile Bay, the Barrier Islands, and the Gulf of Mexico.
Address: 101 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island, AL 36528
Phone: (251)861-7500
Website: http://estuarium.disl.org
Spend a day in the wild. Up close. It's how you'll experience The Zoo in Gulf Breeze. More than 700 animals including rare and endangered species. 5701 Gulf Breeze Pkwy 10 miles east of Gulf Breeze.
Address: 5701 Gulf Breeze Parkway, Gulf Breeze. Florida 32563
Phone: (850)932-2229
Website: http://www.thezoonorthwestflorida.org
Veterans Memorial Park is 51/2 acres of land over-looking Pensacola Bay. It is the only memorial park to honor the veterans who fought in all of the American wars. The Wall South lists all of the 58,217 men and women veterans' names who lost their lives in the Vietnam War.
Address: Bay Front Parkway at 9th Avenue, next to Gulf Power Building
Phone: (850)436-4490
Website: http://www.pensacolawallsouth.org
A sanctuary for injured or orphaned indigenous wildlife. Providing care to foster, rehabilitate, and release. Provides educational outreach to the local community through tours, exhibits and specialized programming.
Address: 105 North "S" Street, Pensacola, FL 32505
Phone: (850)433-9453
Website: http://members.aol.com/wildlifenwfl
Visit this years newborns at the Petting Zoo. View exotic animals added during the past year. Elevated decks allow viewing of everything from alligators to zebras – lions, tigers, bears and giraffes. Open daily at 9 a.m.
Address: 1204 Gulf Shores Pkwy, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Phone: (251)968-5731
Website: http://www.alabamagulfcoastzoo.org