Located in the Florida panhandle, minutes from the Alabama Border, emerald waters and some of the world's whitest beaches, Pensacola is unique in that it shares a warm and friendly attitude, with a growing economy to enhance the area and improve the overall quality of life through a strong military backbone, original history and true southern charm.
Pensacola is home to numerous attractions, both scenic and celebrated. Located on the Gulf Coast of Florida, UWF is minutes from the emerald waters and white sand of some of the world's best beaches. Convenient to both I-10 and I-65, the university's main campus in Pensacola is only 3 hours from Tallahassee, less than 4 hours to New Orleans, 4 Â½ hours to Birmingham and about 5 hours to Atlanta.
Pensacola's waters provide a wealth of opportunities for activities on the water including swimming, surfing, kayaking, canoeing, fishing and diving. The white sands and warm, emerald waters along the Gulf of Mexico attract thousands of local and vacationing visitors to the beach from spring break to well past Labor Day. The area boasts various prized attractions, such as the U.S. Oriskany, sunk 24 miles offshore to create a 130-foot-deep artificial reef for sport divers, Fort Pickens and several Spanish American War batteries.
Pensacola is known as the "Cradle of Naval Aviation." American air and space history is also on display aboard Pensacola NAS at the National Museum of Naval Aviation. One of the most visited attractions in Florida, the museum features more than 140 restored military aircraft.
Downtown Historic Pensacola Village, managed by UWF Historic Trust, consists of 27 properties in the Pensacola National Register Historic District. Eleven of these properties are interpreted facilities that are open to the public. The T.T. Wentworth, Jr. Florida State Museum, originally the 1908 City Hall building, is a virtual treasure trove of historic artifacts, Americana, and West Florida history. The T.T. Wentworth, Jr. Museum houses three floors of permanent and traveling exhibits. The Arcadia Mill Archaeological Site, located in Milton, Florida, is an antebellum industrial site offering visitors a historical experience as well as the opportunity to visit a unique wetland ecosystem. The Norman Simons Building houses the Pensacola Historical Society Resource Center.