Pensacola with Kids’ Guide to Spring Break

It is time for spring break and if you are staying in town, you might be looking for ways to entertain the kids.  I have compiled a long list of activities around the area.  If you think we missed something that should be on the list, please leave me a note.  I will make changes as necessary.

You can scroll through the post or you can click on one of the links below to jump to the section of the post.

You can also download a .pdf version of this list to use as a checklist.  Set a goal for yourself and try to check a certain number of activities off of the list.  It isn’t too late to sign the kids up for spring break camp.  See our list of area spring break camps.

Have fun exploring Pensacola!

Free Things to Do  *  Things to Do Under $10  *   Things to Do Over $10  *  Things to Do By Date – Santa Rosa County  *  Things to Do By Date – Escambia County

Free Things to Do

Visit a park you haven’t been to yet.  Two of our favorite parks include Miralla Park and Beulah Regional Park.  We are planning on visiting Woodcliff Park and Aragon Park.

Attend story time at Barnes and Noble or the public library (Santa Rosa County or Escambia County).

Pretend to be a colonist at the T.T. Wentworth Discovery Gallery.

Take a nature walk.  Some of our favorites include the Edward Ball Nature Trail and Arcadia Mill.  Don’t forget to print off the PKW Nature Walk Scavenger Hunt!

Go for a bike ride on the Blackwater Heritage State Trail.

Visit the Naval Aviation Museum.

Head out to the beach for a day of splashing in the water and building castles in the sand.  Don’t forget to hunt for seashells.

Attend Safari Club at Petland.

Watch the planes take off and land at Aviation Park. Be sure to listen to the air traffic controllers.

Try geocaching with the kids.

See the trains at the West Florida Train Museum.

Grab your flashlight and explore Fort Barrancas.

Take the family on a photo walk.

Visit the Pensacola Museum of Art on a Tuesday.

Watch the first Blue Angels practice of the season (March 21) **According to the Naval Aviation Museum website, this practice has been cancelled.

Things to Do Under $10

Visit the Wildlife Sanctuary.  Visiting is free (unless you are in a large group tour) but be sure to bring something to donate.

Visit a national seashore.  Visit Gulf Islands National Seashore, explore Fort Pickens, and a have a picnic lunch by the water.

Get a sweet treat together as a family.  Try 32 Degrees, TCBY, or Berry Yogurt.  Maybe a cupcake sounds tastier.  Try Oh Snap! or Cupcake Emporium.  Visit Krispy Kreme and watch the donuts being made.

If the strawberries are ready, pick some fresh strawberries.

Explore a state park.  We have five state parks that are less than an hour’s drive away from Pensacola:  Big Lagoon State ParkBlackwater River State Park, Perdido Key State ParkTarkiln Bayou State Park, and the Yellow Marsh Preserve State Park

Play a round of miniature golf.

Go roller skating together.

Things to Do Over $10

Go bowling with the family.

Go for a sail.  See our review of Condor Sailing Adventures!

Visit Sam’s Fun City.

Get out of town and take a day trip.  Stay tuned for our day trips that can be made with one tank of gas.

See a movie together.

Ride the Cottontail Express.

Hit the batting cages.

Feed the giraffes and the goats at the Gulf Breeze Zoo.

Things to Do During Santa Rosa County Spring Break (March 12-16th)

See our calendar of events for more details.

March 13th

Make and Take at the Westside Branch

Read to Dogs at Navarre

Story Time at Barnes and Noble

March 15th

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at the Century Branch

Story Time at Tryon Branch

March 16th


Gallery Night

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at the Tryon Branch

Things to Do During Escambia County Spring Break (March 19th-23rd)

See our calendar of events for more details.

March 20th

3 Little Pigs Performance at Tryon Branch

Perdido Springfest and Fair

March 21st

Blue Angels Practice **According to the Naval Aviation Museum website, this practice has been cancelled.

Perdido Springest and Fair

March 22nd

Tour de Fort

Perdido Springfest and Fair

March 23rd

Perdido Springfest and Fair



  1. Great list! Thanks for the information. We’ve lived in the area for two years and there is still so much to see and do that we haven’t yet.

  2. cindy bennett says

    Just wanted to tell everyone to check out Sam’s Fun City before going. We took my grandchildren for the first time approximately three weeks ago (and we’re natives) for the first and last time. There was no available to tend the rides. You literally had to chase someone down! For the cost, I honestly have never been anywhere so poorly run. I understand this may be their “off” season, but you’ve got to keep the locals coming to stay in business.

  3. I was wondering what I need to do to be added to the SPRING BREAK CAMPS and SUMMER CAMPS section of your web site? Thanks, this is a great web site. I am listed under birthday parties now. Ellen McGaughey

  4. Hi, Ellen! Just message me with the details and I will add you in. It’s Julie at Pensacolawithkids dot com. 🙂

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