We Love Pensacola!
With a regional population of more than 400,000 people, Pensacola and its neighboring communities provides a tremendous amount of comforts from home while you are away at UWF. The city is one of the oldest in the hemisphere. Our students have been finding sunken vessels in the Gulf not far off campus that date back more than 400 years. Yet, UWF is fairly new to the community having arrived in Pensacola in the mid-1960's. It is no coincidence that UWF is fully intertwined with this community in both the discovery of its rich history, the enjoyment of its beautiful present, and in the manufacturing of its dynamic future.
All this history and so many people scattered about the area, and somehow we've managed to keep that small town nature about us. Pensacola is really a large, small town. This community is one that takes a lot of pride in its size and has worked hard to perfect it.
Having Fun Outside @ UWF
All work and no play makes....please. This is Pensacola! We're 50-50 easy. From the shores of the most beautiful, white, sandy beaches to the crystal blue skyline of the Gulf of Mexico close by, this is a college student's paradise. No ordinary college town, there are seemingly weekly festivals that celebrate our multinational history, maybe the 2nd most famous Mardi Gras celebration, arts and savory food. Oh, the food is enough by itself. Add to the mix Seville Square, the clubs, and about 10 months of short sleeves and short shorts with about 2 months of long pants and sweaters, college students couldn't ask for more.
Nestled in the heart of Spring Break tourism year round, Pensacola sits perfectly between Panama City/Destin and Gulf Shores, AL, on the way to New Orleans. Just remember that in March, almost the entire nation comes to this neck of the woods for a reason.
There's plenty to do outside in Pensacola. Just on campus, of course, is the 1,600 acre nature preserve and more than 25 miles of trails if you're game. But, the community features the Pelicans (baseball) and the Ice Flyers (hockey) teams to follow as well. There are different running events 5Ks all the way to Ironman Triathalons that take place throughout the region. Just about every other week through the fall and spring there's some kind of running activity for you to take part.
While there is so much to do on your own, Pensacola is most famous for the Blue Angels. Based right here in town, the Blue Angels perform a breath-taking airshow annually down on Pensacola Beach. Well over 100,000 people pack the beach for their exclusive look at this spectacular event, literally taking place right over the water. Actually, frighteningly close to the water. You're family will absolutely want to take in that event. Everyone does!