Gulf Islands National Seashore


Ending our winter with another one of our grand National Parks.

Gulf Islands National Seashore stretches 160 miles along the Gulf of Mexico in Northwest Florida and Mississippi.  Barrier islands, forest, historic forts and much more to see and do.  We stayed at Fort Pickens National Park Campground outside the town of Pensacola Beach on the Santa Rosa Island.

Since we have done the Canaveral National Seashore and Everglades National Park this winter, I thought it was only fitting for us to finish our trip at the most western National Park – Gulf Islands.

The first time I came to this area was about 14 years ago.  The Amish ladies that worked for us at the time wanted to see Florida. We started our trip at Pensacola and drove around the whole state of Florida coming out 10 days later in Jacksonville.  When we drove over to Santa Rosa Island/Pensacola Beach and into this National Park, I couldn’t believe the natural untouched beach coast line.  Then about 5 years ago I brought Kim and the girls here on our way home from Florida that winter.  We drove the whole coastline on 98 looking for the beautiful scenery!  HMMMM where did it go. From Panama City, I kept telling Kim it was beautiful now all we saw were high rises along the coast line.  I kept telling here it is here somewhere.  Then we finally came across Santa Rosa Island and we found it.


George was having a major gout attack so walking around the fort was not an option for him. So we first went to the Discovery Center and he was able to watch a 15 minute video about the history of the fort!  We then drove over to Fort Pickens I and took a few pictures.

Luckily for us I was able to get reservations for 2 nights in the campground there.  Lifetime National Parks Senior Pass got us 50% off of our camping.

The Blue Angels Practice here.  You can view them from right there. (didn’t get to see them) There is the National Naval Aviation Museum located here and so much more.  You are only 2 hours away to Biloxi MS if you want to go gamble! (not me)

There is so much to see and do in the area.  Definitely a go back and to see The Pensacola Experience




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