Fort Barrancas is one attraction visitors can see for free during trips to Perdido Key.

You don't have to spend a lot of money to have a great time during your vacation to Perdido Key, Florida. The fun you'll have on the beaches is priceless, but you can also visit plenty of historical sites in nearby Pensacola for free.

3 things to do for free near Perdido Key

Everyone likes a good deal, and when your Perdido Key vacation is chock full of fee-based recreational activities and dinners out, it helps to find some things to do in the area that are easy on the wallet.

Whether you're pinching pennies or just looking for a different type of experience, here are three things you can do for free near Perdido Key, Florida.

Discover the history of naval aviation

Pensacola is the closest major city to Perdido Key, and it's known as the "cradle of Naval Aviation." As such, it's also home to the National Naval Aviation Museum, where a great number of naval aircraft are
on display for visitors to explore. Admission to the museum is free, and staff members also give free
tours of the facility that explain the many exhibitions and offer insight into naval aviation history. Lucky visitors may catch a practice session by the Blue Angels. These flight demonstration practices are free and the tentative schedule is posted online, so you may want to keep that handy as you plan your trip.

Learn about Native American cultures

The Perdido Bay Tribe of the Southeastern Lower Muscogee Creek Indians has a vibrant culture they are proud to share with visitors at their Native Paths Cultural Heritage Museum in Pensacola. The museum showcases Muscogee art and other artifacts of the tribe's heritage that will be fascinating for visitors young and old. Kids might be particularly excited about the museum's educational programs, which allow them to create traditional Native American crafts and participate in other activities.

Revisit U.S. history

The Perdido Key and Pensacola areas are rich in U.S. history, and visitors can experience this at Fort Barrancas, which sits on a bluff overlooking Pensacola Bay. This National Parks Service site was originally constructed out of dirt and logs in 1763 by the British, but the Spanish then built two forts at the site in 1797. Today, visitors see the American-engineered Water Battery that was built in 1840, with the nearby masonry connected by a tunnel.

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