From adventurous water activities to relaxing sunset vibes, explore Perdido Key and plan your island getaway with things to do for everyone!

101 Things to Do in Perdido Key includes links to some of the local’s favorite activities, dining, and entertainment in the Perdido Key Area!



1. Sip a specialty martini at The Jellyfish

2. Eat crab legs at The Crab Trap

3. Pack up a picnic and hit the beach

4. Drink a cold beer on the state line at the legendary Flora-Bama roadhouse

5. Have a Cheeseburger in Paradise

6. Down a raw oyster while taking in the view at Cobalt

7. Enjoy a relaxing dinner with a water view

8. Order To-Go and eat dinner on your room balcony overlooking the ocean

9. Take your fresh-caught fish to the chef at  Fresh off the Boat  to prepare it for you

Relax & Unwind

10. Enjoy the area’s adult drink of choice, a frozen Bushwacker

11. Pamper yourself at Spas of Eden at Eden Condominiums

12. Sip a Mai Tai, poolside at Purple Parrot Tiki Bar

13. Build a sandcastle at Johnson Beach

14. Work on your tan at a top ranked beach

15. Find your Zen with a massage at Bodyworks

16. Lounge by the pool at your home away from home

17. Watch birds migrate to the saltwater marsh at Big Lagoon State Park

18. Catch a beautiful sunset over the water

19. Take a sunrise stroll on the beach and look for sea shells

Shopping & Entertainment

20. Shopping, Art Galleries and Food at Villagio Shopping Center

21. Pick up a kite to fly in the ocean breeze

22. Visit the Historical Pensacola District

23. Shop in Downtown Pensacola

24. Find unique, hand-made jewelry in local shops

25. See the National Aviation Museum

26. Take a haunted lighthouse tour

27. Visit historic Forts McRee, and Barrancas 

28. Visit a local art gallery

29. Learn about hurricane hunters at the Gulf Shores Museum

30. Find a hand-crafted treasure at Perdido Artist Gallery and Gifts

31. Test your luck at Pensacola Greyhound Park and Poker Room

32. Learn about Geronimo at nearby Fort Pickens

33. Take a sunset cruise on a beautiful open ocean Catamaran

34. Go to Opera or Symphony, or watch live entertainment at Pensacola’s historic Saenger Theatre

35. Sip a pint and listen to some traditional Irish music at McGuires Irish Pub

36. Look at masterpieces at Pensacola Museum of Art

37. Take in a Las Vegas style show

38. Tour USS Alabama Battleship Park in Mobile

39. Check out the local live music scene

Action & Adventure

40. Take a dolphin cruise

41. Fly a helicopter with a certified FAA certified instructor

42. Rent a  charter boat

43. Go Deep Sea Fishing and hook the big one

44. Go Scuba diving

45. Dive the USS Oriskany, the World’s Largest Artificial Reef

46. Learn to wake surf at Gravity Island

47. Go snorkeling

48. Watch a Blue Angels Practice session

49. Rent a Jet Ski

50. Go parasailing

51. Rent a Pontoon boat

52. Rent a canoe

53. Kayak the Intracoastal Waterway

54. Circumnavigate the saltwater paddling trail

55. Jog or bike along the Perdido Key Multi Use Path

56.  Race a Go Kart at the Track

57. Canoe in two states through the Perdido River

58. Hit the links at the Lost Key Golf Club

59. Dive to the USS Massachusetts

60. Play a game of lazer tag

61. Compete in Perdido Key or Santa Rosa Island Triathlons

62. Compete for fun in the McGuires 5k Run


63. Discover the Bon Secour National Wildlife Sanctuary

64. Hike a nature trail

65. Visit Bellingrath Gardens to see flowers of every season

66. View rare wildlife

67. Climb the Big Lagoon observation tower

68. Witness a sea turtle hatching

69. Visit Gulf Island National Seashore

70. Take in a Geocache treasure hunting tour

71. Take a nature hike at Tarkiln Bayou trail

72. View a rare carnivorous plant, the pitcher plant

73. Go crabbing at Little Lagoon Pass

74. Ride the ferry  to Dauphin Island

75. Visit Civil War exhibits at Fort Gaines and Fort Morgan

76. Head out on the Alabama Coastal Birding Trail

77. Visit the Wildlife Sanctuary of Northwest Florida and see their rescued animals

Special Events

78. Show your team spirit at the annual Super Chili Bowl Cook-Off

79. Toss a fish at the Annual “Interstate Mullet Toss” (April)

80. Brave the cold at the annual Polar Bear Dip (Jan.)

81. Catch a Blue Angels Air Show (July & Nov.)

82. Catch beads at a Mardi Gras parade in Orange Beach or Pensacola

83. Meet a Grammy winner at the Frank Brown International Songwriter’s Festival (Nov.)

84. Try the best German sausage at the Elberta Sausage Festival (March)

85. Eat Cajun-style at the Crawfish Fest (May)

86. Test your metal in the Mullet Man Triathalon (April)

87. See one-of-a-kind art at the Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival downtown (Nov.)

88. Fly high at the Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival (June)

89. See professional cowboys at Bulls on the Beach  (September)

90. Eat shrimp at the National Shrimp Festival (Oct.)

91. View the finest Southeastern artists at The Orange Beach Festival of Art (Mar.)

92. Go after the big one at the Flora-Bama Fishing Rodeo (June)

Fun, Kid-Friendly Things To Do

93. Visit Perdido Kids Park

94. Check out the baby animal encounters at Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo

95. Check out Fast Eddies Fun City

96. Splash around at Waterville USA

97. Take in a magic show

98. Check out the Pirate Ship Fish Tank featured on the Animal Planet TANKED show at the Perdido Key Chamber office

99. Take in Story Time at the Southwest Branch Library

100. Take a thrill ride on The Alabama Wham’a at OWA

101. Challenge the family to a round at historic Goofy Golf putt putt course

Best Sunsets on Perdido Key

The Sun is an essential part of our everyday life in Perdido Key.  It keeps our white sandy beaches a sunbather’s dream and provides us with reflective, shimmering beauty atop our emerald, blue-green waters. We cannot help but flood our social media timelines with...

Military in Perdido Key

By Emily Klinga   Pensacola has a deep-rooted history of military presence positioned by our very own Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola. Proclaimed a Naval Air Station in 1914, NAS Pensacola is renowned as the “Cradle of Naval Aviation” supporting the initial...

Sunset Weddings Are the Best by Karen Qualls

By Karen Qualls, Beach Bride Weddings You are one of many getting married in 2021 and have been debating the wedding time. Since you are getting married on the beach in Perdido Key, Florida, you should seriously think about the sunset. Why? you ask, why not midday?...

Recreational Boating in the Perdido Key Area

Thinking of renting a boat or bringing your own vessel to explore the ways of the water here in Perdido Key? Then you definitely do not want to miss these boating hot spots in the area! Be sure to pack lots of sunscreen because you will want to enjoy these exclusive...

Invasive Lionfish in the Gulf

You may have heard of or seen lionfish during your visit to the Gulf coast, maybe you even were able to visit during the Annual Lionfish Removal and Awareness Festival held in nearby Destin each May. But did you know the reason behind the festival was to REMOVE these...

Perdido Pets

Although no dogs are allowed on Escambia County beaches, there are several places in the Perdido Key area that your furry friends will love! Perdido Key is loaded with park areas that allow dogs on the walking trails if they are on a leash. Some great trails for your...

Eat and Drink Like a Local

When visiting the gulf coast, it should be a part of everyone’s itineraries to enjoy our local fare from some of our favorite area restaurants. Explore our mix of eateries and find hidden gems throughout the Perdido Key Area! Whether you are craving smoked barbecue,...

Hindsight 2020: How to Visit Safely in the time of COVID-19

By Emily Klinga In 2020, all was quiet on the shoreline of Florida’s most western barrier island. Although the tourism industry was met with an unwelcomed setback in 2020, it did not stop some devout Perdido Key goers from visiting their favorite barrier Island for an...

Perdido Chamber Masters the Art of Resiliency in 2020

An economic shutdown, a global health crisis, and even a brutal hurricane season showed to be no match for the strength, prosperity, and resiliency of the people of Perdido Key. Perdidoans are no stranger to looking tough times in the face. Living in an active...

Doing Business Across Statelines

By: Emily Klinga   Something that makes the Perdido Chamber unique, is that the membership is basically split down the middle- literally between state lines! As a state line Chamber, one of the most important things we can do for our members is to stay up to date...