Santa Rosa County's white sandy beaches and dense forests are just a short drive from the City of Pensacola. Rich in both history and archaeology, Santa Rosa County provides a wealth of opportunities for visitors interested in Northwest Florida's past. Places of interest include the Arcadia Mill Site, Gulf Islands National Seashore, and several historic districts.

Many of the sites listed below are on the National Register of Historic Places. See the complete list for Santa Rosa County

Parks

National Parks

State Parks Navarre Beach State Park

Navarre Beach State Park is home to one of the most popular fishing destinations along the Emerald Coast. Anglers catch cobia, redfish, mackerel, flounder, bonita, Gulf kingfish, and Florida pompano from the park's 800-foot pier. Walkers visit the pier to see coastal and aquatic wildlife such as bottlenose dolphins, sea turtles, manta rays, and a variety of shorebirds. A multi-use trail provides access for bicycling, jogging, in-line skating, and wildlife viewing. Beach visitors can sunbathe, swim in the blue-green waters, or watch a stunning sunset over the Gulf of Mexico. A concession at the base of the fishing pier offers drinks, snacks, ice cream, and fishing amenities.

Other Historic Places & Organizations

Trails

The Blackwater Heritage State Trail, a 7.0 mile, non-motorized paved trail is mostly a rural trail with only a few dwellings at some of the cross roads. There are some nice creek crossings on wooden bridges with few hills or grades. This is a pleasant trip for the whole family with lots of access and safe riding.

Underwater Sites
  • Bethune Blackwater Schooner Shipwreck
Historical Places & Organizations