Rainy and cold? No problem!
Downtown Pensacola offers lots of exciting things to do indoors, even on a rainy day. Perhaps a rare freeze has you seeking a cozy escape. Here are some ideas to inspire you:
FOR THE HISTORY BUFF
Pensacola Museum of History: Immerse yourself in the fascinating past of Pensacola, one of the oldest and most contested cities in America's history.
Pensacola Museum of Commerce: Learn why Pensacola was once called "The Red Snapper Capital of the World." Experience the booms and busts of Downtown Pensacola from the 17th century onward.
Historic Pensacola Village: Listen to the tales at the Appleyard Storytelling Cottage. It's the perfect haven for travelers hear an authentic take on the city and its most defining moments.
Take a ghost tour: Pensacola is a haunted city, with a rich and modern history, dating back to the 16th century. Experience tragedy along the Old Spanish Trail. Listen closely for ghostly echoes and the voices of Pensacola's past.
WHEN YOU HAVE CABIN FEVER
Escape on Palafox: Perfect for a workday getaway or workplace field trip! Put your teamwork and problem-solving skills to the test in one of their themed escape rooms.
Pensacola MESS Hall: Go head-to-head in hilarious Minute-to-Win-It challenges on this interactive obstacle course. Tip: they also host birthday parties!
ARTY ACTION: FROM THE NUANCED TO THE NOUVEAU
Pensacola Museum of Art: Explore diverse collections of contemporary, regional, and European art. Adults will enjoy the artist talks events. For the kids, the museum offers a Preschool Art and Story Time.
Saenger Theatre: A beautiful theater that is nearly a century old. Catch a live performance, from musicals and plays to concerts and comedy shows.
Pen Arts Theatre Company: Off-Broadway shows, or as we like to say, Off-Palafox. Enjoy intimate productions staged in the historic Belmont-Devilliers neighborhood.
HOT SOUP, COOL PLACES
Beyond the Grape: Indulge in a wine tasting experience with expert tasters in their cozy tasting room. Say that three times fast.
Explore the diverse culinary scene of downtown Pensacola, with options from fresh seafood to international cuisine. Insider tip: Dog House Deli serves incredible sandwiches as well as hot dogs. Also try Garden and Grain, AJ’s Market, The Ruby Slipper Cafe' and O’Riley’s Irish Pub.
Remember to check websites or call ahead for current hours, ticket prices, and any special events during your visit. With so many options, you're sure to find the perfect indoor activity to keep you entertained in downtown Pensacola! There's no such thing as a rainy day when you're here!
Photo: Pensacola Museum of History