Day 26: The Blue Angels

While in Pensacola we enjoyed a great morning at the Naval Air Station.  We went to the National Naval Aviation Museum.  It is FREE admission and has planes, special exhibits, simulators and a nice kid's play area.  They also have a FREE 45 minute trolley tour to see other aircraft outside.  We did not have time for the trolley ride, but we did get to go inside the new hangar bay which had Vietnam era aircraft as well as a Marine One Presidential Helicopter. 

A view of one side of the main museum from the 2nd floor balcony. 
There are exhibits on both floors as well as a new hangar.

There are several Blue Angel planes on display in the atrium as well as on the base. 
They also have planes for children and adults to sit in near the front entrance.

The kid's play area

Part of the WWII Home Front Exhibit on the 2nd floor. 

WWII Ration Stamp Books

Nixon Era Marine One- The President's Helicopter
The Pensacola Lighthouse and Fort Barrancas on the naval base as well.  You do need to make sure you watch the signs when driving on the base because there are areas where visitors are strictly prohibited.  You also need to show ID to enter.

After leaving Pensacola, we headed over to Orange Beach to show the kids where we stayed a few years ago.  It was very hot and we didn't have an umbrella or canopy to set up, so we decided to just let the kids build in the shade of the state park's pier for awhile and then headed on to Jackson, MS.

The Pier at Orange Beach, AL.  The beach area is free to access here and there are bathrooms. 
It costs to go out on the pier to sight-see or fish.

We had fun building sand castles in the shade.  Our oldest son build a whole city.


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