Gulf Islands National Seashores are located in various places throughout the Pensacola Bay Area, which include: The Naval Live Oaks Visitor Center, Fort Pickens and Perdido Key Beach (Johnson Beach). Please note the following: FORT PICKENS/SANTA ROSA ISLAND: Access to the area is by boat only and visitors may access the beaches east of the Campground Registration/Ranger Station. Road construction areas and the developed area west of the station remain closed.
The Florida Department of Transportation is rebuilding sections of the Fort Pickens Road. Historic Fort Pickens which has been standing since 1834 held its ground during the hurricane with only minor damage. Lead roofing was placed over the sallyport and sink holes filled in along the parade ground. There is increased erosion around the casemates and the tower bastion will be buttressed by sand.
Paneling has been added to the Fort Pickens Visitor Center which will, once again, provide books, memorabilia and educational materials about Gulf Islands National Seashore for visitor enjoyment. The popular Firehouse concession area will be fully operational when the park reopens.
Many visitors young and old come to Fort Pickens to enjoy its scenic location on the beach. The white sands of Santa Rosa Island are the perfect place for a long walk or an afternoon of building sandcastles. The warm ocean waters are great for swimming and snorkeling.
Fishermen will find a pier just a short distance from the picnic pavilions. It can be used by visitors without a Florida fishing license. Many hiking trails through the sand dunes provide beautiful views and hours of exploration.
Historic Fort Pickens, a pentagonal fort built to defend Pensacola Bay in 1834, is just 1 mile from the campground. The structure was fortified after the War of 1812 and was one of four forts in the South never occupied by Confederates during the Civil War.
Pavilion with tables only, no grills. First come, first served.
Battery Langdon Picnic Pavilion
Pavilion with six tables and two large grills. Reservations accepted.
Casino Beach Bar & Grille
Laid-back spot alongside a beach & pier with beach recliners, sandwiches, drinks & live bands.
Address: 41 Fort Pickens Rd, Pensacola Beach, FL 32561
Phone: (850) 932-6313