Perdido Key, Florida

By: Terry Wedding

Perdido Key, Florida is a beautiful area of protected beaches between Orange Beach and Pensacola, near gulf Shores, Alabama. Located near historic Pensacola, America's first settlement, Perdido Key, Florida offers a unique blend of traditional beach pastimes like angling, deep sea fishing, and water sports along and shopping, golf, and historic and artistic flavor. Perdido Key, Florida is an ideal place for a family vacation because there is something for everyone of all ages. Below is just a sampling of the eclectic offerings available.

For water sports aficionados, Perdido Key, Florida offers common water sports like surfing, deep sea and pier fishing, diving and SCUBA. For an interesting military twist, consider diving the USS Oriskany CV/CVA 34, the largest vessel ever sunk as an artificial reef. The ship is 911 feet long, 157 feet wide and over 150 feet tall. If this type of exertion doesn't fall into your vacation style, try chartering a Perdido Key Florida cruise that offers reduced rates for sunbathers, swimmers and wildlife aficionados. Your fishing family members will love the thrill of the chase, while the rest of you relax, walk the decks, and spot sea turtles, dolphins and other ocean fauna. Also, considering visiting the longest pier in the Gulf of Mexico for sightseeing and fishing action.

If you're more interested in cultural diversions, Perdido Key, Florida has a multitude of local museums, and your whole family will love the excitement of visiting the home of the Blue Angels and learning about naval aviation. If art is more your style, you can visit local studios, or stop by the Pensacola Museum of Art, which offers everything from wine tasting classes to Saturday Art "Ed-ventures" which include tours of the museum and hands-on creative activities for children. Perdido Key, Florida visitors in the fall can also enjoy the Great Gulf Arts Festival, where hundreds of local artists come together to celebrate their creative endeavors.

Kids also will love Perdido Key, Florida's eclectic mix of learning and play. Perdido Key Florida kids parks range in size and type from the Big Lagoon State Park and wildlife sanctuary, which offers everything from beaches and water activities to playgrounds, canoeing and camping, to local water parks and entertainment arenas. Many of these parks are located within or near shopping and dining, so that after a hard day of play the whole family can relax.

And when you're choosing where to enjoy dinner, remember that Perdido Key, Florida seafood is so famous that they have an annual seafood festival, generally held each September. All year round, however, Perdido Key, Florida offers fine dining at both popular chains and local hangouts filled with local flavor and the finest seafood dishes.

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