Dreamy ocean views await, y'all.

By Perri Ormont Blumberg
June 20, 2018
Pensacola Bay Cruises
Credit: Courtesy Pensacola Bay Cruises / Visit Pensacola

Beach days in Pensacola are about to get even better. Starting Friday, June 22nd, Pensacola Bay Cruises will make its debut with two ferries, named Pelican Perch and Turtle Runner. The ferries will run from 8:30am to 10:00pm and shuttle passengers from downtown Pensacola to the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk and Fort Pickens on the Gulf Islands National Seashore.

"As a thriving, waterfront community with extensive maritime history, what an exciting addition for our destination," President of Visit Pensacola Steve Hayes said in press statement. "The ferries bring a whole new adventure to the Pensacola experience and tell a story of our cities history by sea. As America's first settlement, this just made sense."

The ferries hold up to 149 passengers and each boat has a climate-controlled enclosed main deck, a shaded upper deck for observation, a food and beverage station, restrooms, passenger storage, flat screen TVs, and a sound system so travelers can enjoy history and landscape narratives from National Park Service rangers and Gulf Coast Maritime Services.

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These ferries prove an affordable way to travel Pensacola in-style: All-day, hop-on, hop-off tickets cost $20 for adults and come with admission to the Gulf Islands National Seashore (which usually costs between $10 and $20). Children's tickets are $13, with discounted tickets for active duty military and seniors offered for $18.50. All kids under two can ride for free. For more information or to book your tickets, visit pensacolabaycruises.com.