National Naval Aviation Museum and the Pensacola Lighthouse

Blue Angels in the atrium

From the top of the walls of Fort Pickens we could look across Pensacola Bay and see the Pensacola Lighthouse. To get there by roads, we had to drive about 45 miles, crossing bridges and driving through downtown Pensacola before arriving at the Naval Air Station Pensacola where the museum and lighthouse are located.

National Naval Aviation Museum

The National Naval Aviation Museum is one of the world’s largest aviation museums and has been rated by TripAdvisor as the number 12 museum in the United States. The history of U.S. Naval aviation comes alive with more than150 beautifully restored aircraft hanging from the ceiling and on display on the floor for close inspection. In addition to the aircraft there are exhibits including an Apollo Space exhibit, models of air craft carriers, flight simulators, an IMAX theater, and the Blue Angel 4D experience (great fun!).

National Museum of Naval Aviation
National Naval Aviation Museum
Old U. S. Naval Biplane
Old U. S. Naval Biplane
Old U. S. Naval Biplane
Old U. S. Naval Biplane
Flying Tiger from WWII
Flying Tiger from WWII
The Turtle
The Turtle
Helicopter from the U. S. Coast Guard
Helicopter from the U. S. Coast Guard
Marine 1 used by President Nixon
Marine 1 used by President Nixon
Blue Angels in the atrium
Blue Angels in the atrium
Up close with one of the Blue Angels
Up close with one of the Blue Angels
Apollo Lunar Module
Apollo Lunar Module
NASA Capsule
NASA Capsule
Pensacola Lighthouse
Pensacola Lighthouse
Pensacola Lighthouse

Across the road from the museum is the Pensacola Lighthouse. The lighthouse is still in use as an aid to navigation. We had planned on climbing the 177 steps to the top but the tower was closed for renovations the day we visited. We wandered around the grounds and visited the keeper’s cottage before walking across a boardwalk to the beach for a look back at the lighthouse.

Pensacola Lighthouse
Pensacola Lighthouse

Next up, a wrap  up of our Ft. Pickens stay.