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Map Out an Adventure-Filled Pensacola to Gulf Shores Drive

April 2023

Sometimes, the best vacation destinations are closer than you think. Rather than booking a plane ticket, load up the car with your favorite road trip snacks, queue up your top playlist, and set off on a drive from Pensacola to Gulf Shores. This Alabama Gulf Coast town is the ideal destination for anyone looking to enjoy the sand and surf. Before arriving at your Beachball Properties rental, have fun on the drive, checking out memorable attractions and activities.

Things to See on Your Memorable Road Trip

The drive from Pensacola to Gulf Shores is only about an hour. While this distance may not make it the longest road trip, you can extend the drive to your vacation rental by checking out some of the exciting things to do and see along the way. To help you get started, we’ve put together a list of some popular options.

  • Before getting in the car, burn off some energy by wandering the Pensacola Museum of History. Located on Jefferson Street, this stop is home to permanent and changing exhibits that tell the story of the city’s past.

  • Make a detour to visit the National Naval Aviation Museum. Not only can you get an up-close look at restored aircraft and memorabilia, but you can also try your hand at one of their flight simulators.

  • As you make your way closer to the state line, get out and stretch your legs at Perdido Key State Park. Make your way across the boardwalk to walk along the rolling dunes and sandy beaches.

  • Give yourself plenty of time on the drive to or from Pensacola to check out all there is to do at Adventure Island. This Orange Beach amusement park has everything from go-karts to mini-golf and more.

  • Before arriving at your final destination, make a pit stop at New Orleans Original Snoballs for a sweet treat. Not only is this Gulf Shores restaurant known for its shaved ice creations, but it also plates up things like muffulettas and cajun burgers.


Don’t worry about trying to cram all the fun into one drive. These attractions and more will be there for you to explore on the way home.

Unwind in Comfort at a Beachball Properties Rental

No matter how long it takes you to make the drive from Pensacola to Gulf Shores, rest easy knowing you have a cozy place to call home. At Beachball Properties, we work to ensure our inventory has the best vacation rentals in town. Regardless of the type of home, from condo to duplex to single family, we look for properties that have everything our guests need to feel right at home. Email reservat[email protected] or call 251-968-8896 to learn more.