At the western end of the Florida Panhandle, Pensacola lies only five miles inland from the beautiful beaches of the Gulf of Mexico. The city has many nicknames: The Cradle of Naval Aviation, The Western Gate to the Sunshine State, Americaís First Settlement, and the City of Five Flags. In November the famous U.S. Navy Blue Angels return to Pensacola for their annual homecoming air show. A popular spot is Flounderís Restaurant, known for its kid-friendly atmosphere, complete with a jungle-gym boat outside in the sand area, surrounded by dining tables along Santa Rosa sound and filled with antiques from around the globe.
Pensacola also is home to many beautiful parks. Feed the ducks at Bayview Park or watch an osprey return to its nest with a freshly caught fish at Big Lagoon State Park. The old Pensacola Bay Bridge is one of the longest fishing piers in the US and for a small charge; you can fish right in the middle of the bay. With a moderate climate year round, any time of year is suitable for a visit. In January the temperature averages a comfortable 52, with highs in the mid 60ís. Itís the time of year the Polar Bear Club holds its annual Polar Bear Dip.