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Pensacola is a city in the U.S. state of Florida. It is situated in the Florida panhandle and is the state’s westernmost city. Pensacola lies on the Pensacola Bay, connecting to the Gulf of Mexico. The closest major city to Pensacola is Mobile, Alabama. This city is home to NAS Pensacola, the first Naval Air Station in the United States.
Pensacola’s economy is based on military defense, tourism, industry, education, and health care. Military establishments in the area include Pensacola Naval Air Station, Eglin Air Force Base, Naval Technical Training Center (NTTC) Corry Station Naval, and Air Station Whiting Field. The largest employers with office space or other facilities in Pensacola include the local, federal and state government. Other companies include Sacred Heart Health Systems, Baptist Health Care, Lakeview, Ascend Performance Materials, Gulf Power Company, West Florida Regional Medical Center, and the University of West Florida.
Entertainment And Dining Out
There are many things to see and do in Pensacola. The area supports miles of white sand beaches, several state and national parks, a historical district that includes some of the nations oldest buildings, a National Naval Aviation Museum, and many other attractions. One of the state parks is 655-acre Big Lagoon State Park. This state park offers habitat that includes saltwater marshes and pine flatwoods. It is known for the abundance of birds, beaches, shallow bays, nature trails, and open woodlands. Activities in the park include crabbing, fishing, camping, swimming, boating, canoeing, and hiking. Dining options in Pensacola include McGuire’s Irish Pub, The Fish House, Outback Steakhouse, Angus Seafood Steaks and Spirits Restaurants, Dharma Blue and Jackson’s Steakhouse. Five Sisters Blues Café provides soul food and soul music to match, a great place to socialize and enjoy some authentic southern flavors.
The nearest major airport is Pensacola Gulf Coast Regional Airport. Featuring domestic flights, this airport is 7 miles from the city center.