Discover the best things to do around Pensacola and the Gulf Coast

Known for blending old and new with historic charm and the natural beauty of white sand beaches, Pensacola is a can’t-miss destination. Located just off I-10, the Country Inn & Suites, Pensacola West provides comfortable rooms within easy reach of historic sites like Fort Barrancas, Fort Pickens, and Pensacola’s downtown. For things to do less than eight miles from the hotel, spend an afternoon shopping at Cordova Mall or enjoy a stock car race at Five Flags Speedway, home of the famous Snowball Derby. Whatever brings you to the area, don’t miss a chance to soak up some sunshine at Perdido Key, lounge in the warm waters at nearby Pensacola Beach, or catch awe-inspiring views of the bay from the Pensacola Lighthouse & Maritime Museum.

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Fort Barrancas

11.9 mi / 19.15 km from the hotel
This military fort, completed in 1844, provides commanding views of Pensacola Bay. Visit this National Historic Landmark to learn more about the fort’s involvement in the Civil War.

Pensacola Lighthouse & Maritime Museum

11.97 mi / 19.27 km from the hotel
Take in stunning vistas of the Gulf Coast from this lighthouse, which was built in 1859. During your visit, you can check out the old keeper’s quarters, which have been repurposed into an educational museum.

Naval Air Station Pensacola (NAS)

9.3 mi / 14.96 km from the hotel
Nicknamed "The Cradle of Naval Aviation," this air station welcomes nearly 60,000 students annually for training. If you're visiting between March and November, don't miss a Blue Angels show.

Cordova Mall

7.15 mi / 11.5 km from the hotel
Home to more than 120 stores and restaurants, this upscale mall offers on-site dining at Red Robin, Zoës Kitchen, and Pieology in addition to retail therapy at shops such as Belk, World Market, Best Buy, and Dillard’s.

Five Flags Speedway

1.22 mi / 1.96 km from the hotel
Though it’s best known as the home of the famous Snowball Derby, one of the premier super late-model stock car races in the US, this venue features races throughout the year.

Historic Pensacola Village

9.8 mi / 15.77 km from the hotel
Don’t miss a guided tour of the beautiful 19th-century historic homes and buildings in downtown Pensacola. Located by the bay, this village also boasts the Pensacola Children’s Museum and fascinating exhibits at the T.T. Wentworth, Jr. Florida State Museum.

National Naval Aviation Museum

11.75 mi / 18.92 km from the hotel
One of Florida’s most popular museums, the National Naval Aviation Museum houses 150 restored aircraft—including Blue Angels, WWII aircraft, and the first plane to reach the South Pole—as well as flight simulators and an IMAX theater.

Pensacola Beach

16.67 mi / 26.83 km from the hotel
Voted one of the 25 best beaches in the nation by TripAdvisor, Pensacola Beach is sure to please with its clear waters, soft white sand, and opportunities for water sports, entertainment, and dining.

Perdido Key

17.96 mi / 28.9 km from the hotel
Golf, dine, or sunbathe at this stunning barrier island. In addition to sandy beaches, Perdido Key is also known for its year-round schedule of special events and live entertainment.