Blue Angels & Naval Heritage
Seeing the Blue Angels fly is a thrilling experience. This tour is offered on days in which the Blue Angels are practicing on the airfield behind the Aviation museum. There is always a chance that weather or other matters might cancel this part of your adventure, but Go Retro aims for success.
The tour originates downtown at the Go Retro depot, 610 N. Spring St. It is fully narrated and includes all kinds of information about the Pensacola Navy story. Aboard the airbase, the bus will drop you off at Sherman Field, where you can watch the Blue Angels practice for 50-55 minutes. Afterwards, you can visit the Aviation museum for about 1.5 hours. Then it will be time to visit the Pensacola Lighthouse, where folks can climb its 177 steps to the top. After 30 minutes there, you will be ready to return to the depot.
Tour fare includes all background check processing, transportation, admission to the Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum, guided tour at the National Naval Aviation Museum, and popcorn or soft drink with the purchase of a big screen movie ticket.
This experience--typically 4.5 hours--is entertaining and educational. You will learn more about the base's history, its personnel, and current operations. You will have new pride and appreciation for those in uniform.
All adult civilians are required to submit to background checks 48 HOURS (2 days) prior to coming on base. Immediately after reserving a space, each adult civilan must include their Driver's License number or Passport number to process the background checks. Without a properly completed background check, your reservation could be invalidated. Children 1-17 years of age are exempt from the background checks. If you fail the background check, you will be notified before the tour; otherwise, plan on arriving at the Go Retro depot, 610 N. Spring St, about 15 minutes ahead of the time of your departure.
There are additional regulations governing the lighthouse:
- Oversized purses and backpacks are not permitted
- Only shoes with secured backs are permitted (no flip-flops)
- Climbers must be at least 44" tall or 7 years old. Children 12 & under cannot climb without a ticketed adult.
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