National seashore and historic fort re-open to the public

Here on Navarre Beach we are blessed to neighbor one of the most iconic national parks in the U.S.

The Gulf Islands National Seashore offers an uninterrupted stretch of Florida beach in its undisturbed natural state, with huge white dunes and some of the world’s most beautiful sunsets.

The seashore has re-opened most of it’s public areas, and this May the historic Fort Pickens re-opened to visitors. This massive brick fortification has stood on the tip of Santa Rosa Island since the 1830s protecting the mouth of Pensacola Bay.

Just a short drive from Navarre Beach, this location offers a rich peak into nearly two centuries of history, bathed in sunshine and the smell of salt water from the shoreline.

 The Pensacola Bay Cruises are starting up as well with a modified schedule. Visit the cruise web site ( for more information. Starting May 23, the tram service at Fort Pickens will start back up and passengers on the Pensacola Bay Cruises will be dropped off and picked up at Fort Pickens.

For now, Fort Barrancas, the Fort Pickens campground, discovery center and bookstore will remain closed as well as the headquarters and indoor exhibits at the Naval Live Oaks Area. We hope to see these areas re-opening soon as safe practice will allow.

More information on the fort and national seashore can be found at

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