Originally published Thursday, December 23, 2010
In my last installment of cold-weather activities along the Emerald Coast, I talked about the Destin area. This week we'll be traveling west to Pensacola, which is within easy reach of both our Perdido Key and Pensacola Beach vacation rentals.
A night out at the movies is always good fun, but this year, bring your family to a different kind of theater. Pensacola has two wonderful live theatres to choose from:
- Saenger Theatre, 118 South Palafox Street, Pensacola, FL 32502, (850) 595-3880 —
The Saenger is offering some amazing performances during this winter season, including two concerts by the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, a musical based on The Color Purple, and an operatic adaptation of Little Women.
- Pensacola Little Theatre, 400 South Jefferson Street, Pensacola, FL 32502, (850) 432-2042 —
This "Little" theater is featuring two plays, The Lamentable and True Tragedie of M. Arden, and Clarence Darrow. The musical review, Side by Side by Sondheim, will be presented in late January and early February.
Pensacola was the site of one of the first European-inhabited settlements in what would later become the United States of America, so naturally the area is rich in history. As a result, there are many intriguing museums providing fascinating experiences:
- Naval Aviation Museum, 1750 Radford Boulevard, Naval Air Station Pensacola, FL 32508, (850) 452-3604 —
This museum is located within the Naval Air Station Pensacola and has a multitude of aircraft on display, many military exhibits, and an IMAX theater with various movies available. Admission to the museum is FREE.
- T.T. Wentworth, Jr. Florida State Museum, 330 South Jefferson Street, Pensacola, FL 32502, (850) 595-5990 —
The museum is part of Historic Pensacola Village, which brings to life the historic homes and buildings within downtown Pensacola, featuring guided tours and a hands-on children's exhibit.
- Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 South Jefferson Street, Pensacola, FL 32502, (850) 432-6247 —
Enjoy fine art as you browse the museum's collections and exhibits, including artists such as Alex Katz, Andy Warhol, Alexander Calder, Pablo Picasso, and many, many more.