Families & Kids

The Gulf Coast is the place for family-friendly fun. Our arts and history organzations have full calendars geared toward elementary school and high school aged children. Our events and festivals are open to kids of all ages and most include a children's area with crafts, games and live music.

MESS Hall Math, Engineering, Science and Stuff – it’s all at the Pensacola MESS Hall. Inspired by the popularity of the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition’s Science Saturdays, the MESS Hall is not a typical science museum. Kids and families are invited to explore and experiment with hands-on activities throughout the museum.

Pensacola Children’s Museum Explore Pensacola’s multi-cultural history with hands-on activities and fun at this new addition to Pensacola’s downtown. Visitors can visit Pensacola's Maritime and Lumber Industries, explore our Military History, experience Native American ways, and learn about the Multicultural History of Pensacola. The two-story Children’s Museum is geared toward children up to 9 years old.

Emerald Coast Science Center The Emerald Coast Science Center is located in a beautiful waterfront park directly on the sound in Fort Walton Beach with outdoor space for picnics. The center has plenty of hands-on activities that kids can explore on their own or enjoy with family.  It's located just one mile west of the Gulfarium and the Boardwalk.

Florida's Gulfarium Sea creatures from the Gulf of Mexico and around the world are so close you can touch them at the Gulfarium. Dophin and sea lion shows, touch tank,s and aquariums full of the wildest ocean life thrill visitors of all ages.

Gulf Breeze Zoo More than 50 acres of free roaming wildlife plus wild cats, kangaroos, giraffes, apes, a bat house and interactive animal exhibits. Ride the train for the full safari experience and enjoy special holiday events and camps with animal encounters.

Festivals and Events

Downtown, the beach, your neighborhood, the community right next door – from our rich history to the arts to our favorite foods, we can always find a reason to celebrate. Here’s a sampling of some of the area’s biggest events:

Pensacola Mardi Gras
Fiesta of Five Flags
Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival
Pensacola Fiesta of Five Flags Seafood Festival
Pensacola Winterfest
Pensacola Pelican Drop
Gallery Nights

Check out the Pensacola area full calendar of events.