Santa Rosa Island Authority | Pensacola Beach, Florida - ranked among Trip Advisor's top beaches in the U.S. and worldwide (visitpensacolabeach.com) As you come across Bob Sikes bridge from Gulf Breeze you see our beach ball water tower. This is a main parking area. This area has restrooms, outside showers, the pier, and a few restaurants. If you go east or west you will see various parking areas. If a sign says no roadside parking, do not park there. It's most likely a soft shoulder and you will get stuck in addition to a ticket. At each end of the beach you will see larger lots that have restrooms. (Pensacola Beach Park West & Pensacola Beach Park East) The smaller lots only have a portable. You cannot go wrong with any of the beach destinations in the area. These gulf coast beaches are gorgeous.
Children are allowed anywhere however the gulf can get rough. Many locals bring their kids to:
Baby Beach- Take a left at 920 Panferio Dr. You will see the beach right past the church.
1334 Ft Pickens Rd- there is a playground also. There are restrooms across the street on the gulf side
Quietwater Beach 253 Pensacola Beach Blvd. As you come over the bridge, it is on the left. Parking can get difficult here in peak season. There are restrooms on the boardwalk and plenty of food choices on the boardwalk.
There's more, but this is a good start.
Radical Rides Wave runners, boat, parasailing, kayak & paddle board rentals
Park — Laguna's Beach Bar + Grill (lagunaspensacolabeach.com) Ropes course, mini golf, go karts, splash pad, restaurant, & water sports rentals
The Fun Store – Your one stop shop for fun on the beach (funstorefl.com) Funny cars, bikes, and beach accessory rentals
Pensacola Bay Cruises, Ferry & Boat Trips | Pensacola Bay Cruises (pensacolabaycityferry.com) If you are planning on going on the ferry for the Blue Angel cruise, buy tickets early. You can also buy tickets to see a Blue Angel practice, which is much less crowded.
Fort Pickens - Gulf Islands National Seashore (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov) You can visit the beach, the historical fort, camp, fish off the pier, & visit the learning center. The east & west sides of Pensacola Beach are a national seashore. Ft.Pickens is on the west side.