Fun, Fast-paced, and fascinating, this tour provides the best historic overview of Pensacola. While the tour officially begins on Pensacola Beach, Go Retro’s bus can take passengers from its depot or the Pensacola Beach Visitor’s Center; simply indicate so at time of booking.
On Pensacola Beach, local Nan Harper describes some of the unique stories about the beach. A few landmarks are driven by, where passengers hear “the rest of the story.” She even will provide some shopping ideas.
Another guide, Wesley Odom, picks up the narrative as the bus travels through Gulf Breeze. There you will hear how these residents used to swear they saw UFOs.
The trip over the 3 mile bridge even is eventful as one learns about shipwrecks, sharks, and villains.
The first stop is Veterans Memorial Park, where all will get to visit the Wall South and other monuments to Pensacola’s service members.
Back aboard the bus, the tour commences again, entering the Aragon and Seville areas. Passengers will go by a haunted house, see where General Jackson’s army in 1814 surprised Spanish and British forces, and drive by the oldest home and cemetery in town.
Outside Seville, riders can see the longest operating business in Florida, Dr. Martin Luther King Plaza, and the site where the British lost the Battle of Pensacola in 1781.
There at the fort, passengers will be able to get out of the bus and tour the historic fort marker.
Back aboard the bus, it will take people to the town’s only Confederate Soldiers Monument, by the oldest Catholic church, and down one of the “Top 10 Streets” of America—South Palafox, with its rich charms.
Our ultimate destination will be the Historic Pensacola Village, where riders will disembark for two hours so they can tour a period 19th century village or several museums that encompass thousands of square footage of space. There even is a children's exploration center.
With entrance fees and tolls included, this is an awesome tour for those who want the immersive historic experience.