If you find yourself in Pensacola (Florida) or within a day trip, I recommend visiting the National Museum of Naval Aviation and the Pensacola lighthouse. Both are located on the Pensacola Naval Air Station. Citizens need to show proper photo ID at the entrance gate. (UPDATE December 2015: You will also need to show your ID at the museum entrance and need to have your bag or purse checked. Day packs and backpacks are no longer allowed inside the museum.)

The museum has adequate parking for larger vehicles, yet the lighthouse has limited parking. Fortunately the lighthouse is across from the museum and if you don’t mind a brief walk before your “climb” up the lighthouse you can leave your rig in the museum parking lot.

Be prepared to spend at least three hours in the museum. There are two floors of exhibits, as well as other attractions (IMAX theater and trolley tour). The museum also has a restaurant, gift shop and library/gallery to enjoy. The lighthouse has an interesting history… and is haunted!

And be sure to take your camera and spare batteries, as you will be sure to take a number of photos.  I take an average of 500 photos each time I visit! 

Photo by H.S. Cooper ©

National Museum of Naval Aviation

Free Parking and Admission (see website for additional attraction prices)

Museum Open Daily (except holidays) 9 am – 5 pm


Photo by H.S. Cooper ©

Photo by H.S. Cooper ©

And again, don’t forget to visit the lighthouse while you’re there! 😉

Pensacola Lighthouse

Located across from the National Museum of Aviation

$6 for adults – $4 for seniors  (see website for additional prices and special events)

Open Monday – Saturday 10:00 am – 5:30 pm (except holidays)


Check their websites for special Blue Angels dates, especially if you want to view them from the top of the lighthouse. Additional cost for lighthouse climb during Blue Angels schedule.

Photo by H.S. Cooper ©

Photo by H.S. Cooper ©