20 Things to Do on Your Next Summer Vacation (and some are free)

Portofino Island Resort

At Portofino, we encourage you to explore all the resort has to offer. Whether it’s biking along the Gulf Islands National Seashore, paddle boarding in the Sound or hitting the tennis courts, we know there is plenty for you to enjoy while you are here. But, we also hope you’ll discover some new adventures on and off the resort. If you need some ideas, we’ve put together a fun list of some of our favorites. Here’s to a great summer …

• Visit the Naval Aviation Museum. The world’s largest Naval Aviation Museum features more than 150 beautifully restored aircraft, state-of-the-art simulators and an IMAX theater. Plus admission is free. Visit the Naval Aviation Museum website or call 850.452.3604 for more information.

• Go see the Blue Wahoos – Pensacola’s own minor league baseball team. Their spectacular new, waterfront stadium is situated directly on Pensacola Bay just a short drive from Portofino. For tickets or more information, visit the Blue Wahoos website.

• Bring a blanket and go stargazing on the beach. There is even a free stargazing event on the beach hosted by the Escambia Amateur Astronomers’ Association in June and August on Pensacola Beach. More information can be found on the Visit Pensacola Beach website.

• See the beach like you’ve never seen it before on the new 360° Pensacola Beach Observation Wheel. The fully-enclosed, air-conditioned gondolas lift you 200 feet in the air for sweeping views of the Gulf of Mexico and Santa Rosa Sound. For tickets or more information, visit their website.

• For things that go ROAR … visit nearby Gulf Breeze Zoo for an adventurous day off the beach. Check out their website for more information.


Portofino’s “Pelican in Paradise”

Portofino Island Resort sponsors and  is home to one of over 60 ”Pelicans in Paradise” throughout Pensacola.  Each fiberglass pelican stands nearly 5 feet tall and weights about 70 pounds.  Our Pelican, “The Godfeather” is located on the upper outdoor pool deck at the Lifestyle Center.  The “Pelicans in Paradise” is a public art project organized by the Pensacola News Journal with all proceeds from sponsorship benefiting the News Journal’s Newpapers in Education literacy Program.




Lots to Celebrate at Portofino!

Our dolphin cruise had a great crowd this morning – with many special occasions. Happy 6th Birthday to Shriya and Neha who celebrated their day with a birthday dolphin cruise on the Portofino I and Happy 50th Anniversary to Mr. & Mrs. Busby who were also aboard for the morning cruise. We wish you all a very Happy Happy and hope your day has been spectacular at Portofino Island Resort!