Best time to visit Pensacola, FL

Pensacola, FL

Best time of year to visit Pensacola, FL

Mid-September through October is “shoulder season” in western Florida, which makes it the best time to visit Pensacola. During this time—when the weather is moderate and the risk of hurricanes is receding from its late-summer peak—room rates drift down, but activities like surfing or dolphin watching are still at their best. The low season in Pensacola runs from November to February, and is a perfect time to visit for the best price and without crowds of tourists. Wintertime may be chilly, but birdwatching during these months can be an amazing experience. March through early September means peak season in Pensacola. First come the spring breakers, while the summer months draw families looking for beach activities and events like the Pensacola Beach Air Show. Summer days are usually hot, bright, and humid with a chance of hurricanes. Be prepared for skyrocketing prices as well.

7 THINGS TO DO IN PENSACOLA, FL (MAY 23 - JUNE 01)

Hummingbirds

Hummingbirds

early March–late September • nature

Our wee friends flock to the Sunshine State as eagerly as tourists do

Wildflowers

Wildflowers

March–November • nature

Discover the best blooming fields of Florida

Sea Turtles

Sea Turtles

May–October • nature

A few turtle species choose Pensacola beaches as their nesting area

Mamey Sapote Harvest

Mamey Sapote Harvest

May–July • food

Sweet and smooth. Don't forget to try this exotic fruit!

Dolphin Watching

Dolphin Watching

all year round (best in late May–August) • nature

Observe playful sea mammals all around Florida's coast

Pensacola Mardi Gras

Pensacola Mardi Gras

May 21–29, 2021 • event

A vibrant celebration with over 150 years of history

Big Lagoon State Park

Big Lagoon State Park

all year round (best in April–November) • nature

Go on a kayaking or fishing adventure near Pensacola

6 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival

Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival

out of rangeMay 7–8, 2021 • event

Beach season kick off with dozens of bright balloons

Kiteboarding and Windsurfing

Kiteboarding and Windsurfing

out of rangeNovember–April • activity

One of top-five wind sports destinations in the United States

Birdwatching

Birdwatching

out of rangeNovember–March • activity

In winter, Pensacola area is heaven for a birder

Surfing

Surfing

out of rangeearly August–mid-April • activity

Not so popular with pro surfers, Florida could nevertheless be attractive for beginners

Pensacola Winterfest

Pensacola Winterfest

out of rangeNovember 27–28, December 5, 11, 18–24, 2020 • event

Watch Downtown Pensacola transforming into a true winter wonderland

Pensacola Interstate Fair

Pensacola Interstate Fair

out of rangeOctober 22–November 1, 2020 • event

The biggest fair on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico

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