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Fort Pickens, Gulf Islands National Seashore

1400 Fort Pickens Road, Gulf Islands National Seashore, Pensacola Beach, FL 32561, USA

Fort Pickens was one of four forts in the South to remain in Union control throughout the war. It exchanged artillery fire on Nov. 22-23, 1861 with Confederate batteries at Fort McRee and Fort Barrancas, and on Jan. 1-2, 1862 with Fort Barrancas. The fort served briefly as a prison for Confederate soldiers and civilian political prisoners. The Battle of Santa Rosa Island was fought one mile east of fort October 10, 1861.


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Take I-10 to I-110; follow I-110 until it ends on Hwy 98; proceed east on 98 into Gulf Breeze, turn right onto County 399 to Pensacola Beach; turn right onto Fort Pickens Road.

Visitor Services

Visitor Center, Bookstore, Snack Bar, Campground, Life-Guarded Beach in Summer, Licensed Fishing Pier, Restrooms, Accessible Pathways

Regular Events

Tours are given daily at 2:00 P.M. and special Fort Pickens Candlelight Tours are given periodically throughout the year.

Available Interpretation

exhibits, tours

Plan Your Visit

Admission Fee

prices vary, usually around $8.00/vehicle for 7 days


Fort: 7:00AM to sunset, Visitor Center and Museum: March - October 9:30AM - 4:45PM November - February 8:30AM - 4:00PM



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