The Navarre Beach area has many attractions just a short drive from the beach including; touring the naval aviation history at our National Museum of Naval Aviation, feeding the giraffes and taking a train ride at The Gulf Breeze Zoo, catching a dolphin show at the Gulfarium, or riding the water slides at Big Kahunas.
Open everyday from sun up to sun down. Take a walk out on Navarre`s newest addition. The Navarre Beach Pier is 1500 feet long and considered the longest fishing pier in the Gulf of Mexico. Fisherman are reeling in pompano, flounder, cobia, king and Spanish mackerel. Walking passes are $1.00, children under age 5 are free. Adults may buy fishing passes for $7.00. Youth (15 and under) may fish for $4.00. Children under age 5 are free.
Location: 8579 Gulf Blvd. Navarre Beach FL
The Gulf Breeze Zoo is a wonderful learning experience for all ages. The Zoo is home to over 900 animal species including gorillas, a Great Indian rhinoceros, monkeys, wildebeest, kangaroo, and more. You can feed alligators at the Gator Hole, visit the petting zoo, or take a ride on the Safari Line Ltd. The Safari Line Ltd. is a safari train ride through 30 acres of free-roaming animals in their habitats. The Zoo is just 10 minutes from Navarre Beach. Take a left off of the Navarre Beach Bridge and travel 8 miles west on Hwy. 98.
Location: 5701 Gulf Breeze Parkway (Hwy.98)
The Gulfarium is the world`s oldest marine show aquarium. Their mission is to provide education about sea life inhabitants and entertain at the same time. Catch one of the the Gulfarium`s sea lion or dolphin shows. Their exhibits also feature sharks, sting rays, Loggerhead turtles, otters, tropical penguins, and tropical birds. Admission hours are 9am to 3:30pm. The park closes at 4:30pm. The Gulfarium is located in Fort Walton Beach, approximately 16 miles east of Navarre Beach on Hwy. 98.
Location: 1010 Miracle Strip Parkway (Hwy.98)
The National Museum of Naval Aviation is located at the Pensacola Naval Air Station. Admission is free and you can see and touch over 150 restored Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard aircraft. Try your hand at flying in the flight simulators and cockpit trainers, and vist the 4K resolution giant screen theatre to watch “The Magic of Flight” or “Aircraft Carrier” film. You can also grab lunch or dessert in the authentic Cubi Point Officers` Club that was a stop for many Navy and Marine Corps squadrons, ships and units on the their way to the Western Pacific.
Location: 1750 Radford Blvd., Suite C Naval Air Station Pensacola, FL 32508
Toll Free: 800-327-5002
The National Museum of Naval Aviation also hosts the Navys Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron! Admission to the Blue Angel`s practices are free, located behind the museum at NAS. Autograph sessions are given on certain Wednesday practices. Gates open at 9:30 AM and the Blues are scheduled to take to the skies at 10:30 AM
The museum and these practices are open to DoD ID card holders and their guests who can access NAS Pensacola.
The Blue Angels practice weekly March through November pending weather conditions.
Location: 1750 Radford Blvd. Suite C Naval Air Station Pensacola, FL 32508
Phone: (850) 452-2894
At the Air Force Armament Museum, experience the aviation warfare armament from the early days of World War I right through to today`s high tech planes and bombs. You will find an extensive collection of weaponry and interactive displays including the fastest plane ever built – the SR-71 Blackbird! Admission is free, hours are Monday-Saturday, 9:30-4:30, closed federal holidays.
Location: 100 Museum Drive, Eglin Air Force Base
Big Kahuna’s Water Park features a Lazy River, speed slides, white water tubing, two wave pools, surfing half pipe, four children`s areas with kid-sized slides, leisurely lagoons, and more! They also offer non-water activities like miniature golf and go-carts. Big Kahuna`s is located in Destin, east of Navarre Beach approximately 24 miles on Hwy 98.
Location: 1007 US Highway 98 East