10 Best Things To Do in Gulf Breeze, Florida

Tucked in the Fairpoint Peninsula, the Gulf Breeze is a waterfront suburb of the Santa Rosa County. Thriving along the Pensacola Bay, the Gulf Breeze, as the name suggests, is surrounded by three significant water bodies. The eastern side of the suburb is equipped by the Naval Live Oaks Reservation, resulting in rapid population increase along the U.S. Highway 98. From exploring taking a stroll along the Gulf Islands National Sea Shore to relax on the public beach with glistening quartz sand –the recreational opportunities are many.

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Here are the best things to do in Gulf Breeze

1. Nature Getaway at Naval Live Oaks Nature Preserve

Naval Live Oaks Nature Park is a nature preserve in the city of Gulf Breeze with hiking trails spanning about 7.5 miles through the coastal habitats. Enlisted in the US National Register of Historical Places, the park sprawls over 1300 acres with a visitor’s center, public beach area and picnic area containing a roofed picnic pavilion with numerous picnic tables. 

The trail from the picnic area will take you to a bluff offering panorama of the Pensacola Bay. Enjoy swimming, kayaking and padlle boarding in the shallow water areas. It offers free entrance and basic amenities like restrooms and parking lots. The park is opened throughout the year and is an apt destination for sighting birds like pelicans, herons, egrets, osprey and many more. 

2. Visit Iron Gargoyle Antique Mall

Iron Gargoyle Antique Mall is one of the best places to visit in Gulf Breeze for purchasing or browsing through antique items. This antique store with an area of 12,000 square feet stores many used and vintage items like Depression glass, fishing equipment, old tools, barn wood, fireplace mantles, mid-century pieces of frames and flatware, Porcelain cutlery and crockery and many more. The store is opened in all 7 days of the week except some major public holidays.

3. Enjoy Relaxing in Shoreline Park 

Shoreline Park is a waterfront park that features a public dock for boat launch, a swimming area and shoreline fishing spots. One of the best feature of the park is that it has a separate dog park where you can take your pet out for a stroll through the live Oak plantation. Enjoy fishing from the pier or from the shore, enjoy a picnic or go out for swimming –the choice is yours. 

The Shoreline Park North is also equipped with basic amenities of restrooms and a vast parking lot. Other prominent features of the park include:

  • 2 Dual Gymnasiums, 
  • 250 seat auditorium, 
  • 2 multi-purpose rooms, 
  • 6 Lighted Baseball fields, 
  • 1 Lighted soccer fields, 
  • 8 Lighted tennis courts, 
  • 2 Sand Beach Volleyball Courts, 
  • Skate Park and 
  • 18-hole Disc Golf Course

4. Wildlife viewing at Gulf Breeze Zoo

The 50 acre Gulf Breeze Zoo is a popular tourist attraction in Gulf Breeze that features a 30 acre preserve for free roaming through a guided train ride and the rest 20 acre dedicated to walking exhibits. The walking exhibit area showcases various wild animals like marsupials, tortoises, tigers, lions, bears and many exotic birds like Ostriches, Macaws, Rheas, Emus, Owls, Flamingos, Toucan and Peafowls. 

Explore the petting and feeding area, giraffe and parakeet enclosures, camel, otter, Red River Hogs and Alligator exhibits and Primate Exhibit with Golden Headed Lion Tamarins, Gibbons, Lemurs and more. You can also take a train ride where you can get close-up sightings of Nile hippos, gorillas, antelope, deer and rhinoceros in guided tours of 20 minutes. View Antelope, Capybara, Kudu and Gorilla from the extended boardwalk.

5. Enjoy snorkelling at Deadman’s Island 

Deadman’s Island is a small island with sandy beaches which offers you multiple recreations like fishing, snorkelling and kayaking. It is a place where you can catch a glimpse of bottlenose dolphins which makes it one of major points of interest in Gulf breeze. The site also consists of artificial oyster reefs which make snorkelling enjoyable. You can reach this beautiful island from woodland park and Gulf Breeze Boat lunch.

6. Shop at Gulf Breeze Flea Market

The Flea Market is a 45 acre area with numerous vendors selling thousands of items on every Saturday and Sunday.  From new to used goods, rare to necessary items and those which are hard to buy –you will find everything here under one roof. Enjoy free admission, free parking and accessible paved walkways along with the pet-friendly area where you can carry your pet or put in a stroller. For gastronomy, there is the Hot Dog Shack that lets you have food while sitting down.  

7. Take a sip in Rollins Distillery

Rollins Distillery is one of the famous places to visit in Gulf Breeze as it offers guided tours to know about its meticulously crafted vodka and rum. This small distillery at the Midway Plaza also offers you free sample tasting of its produce and if you are satisfied you can even purchase bottles of vodka and rum right there. During the tour you would be made aware of the distillation process of its products while also learn the bartending basics with your favourite spirits and liquors. All the products are 100% distilled from Florida Molasses and hence, the taste is magnificent. 

8. Play golf at Tiger Point Golf Club

Tiger Point Golf Club is opened daily from 7 am to 6 pm with a nice restaurant on the site by the scenic shores of the Santa Rosa Sound. The golf club organizes several golfing tournaments and is a perfect blend of challenge and recreation while cherishing the coastal view from the coastal golf course. It also features practice facilities with putting and chipping green areas where beginners can learn golf in a private atmosphere. There is also a gift shop selling equipment, accessories and apparels from top manufactures, golf lessons, clinic and the Sunset Grille.

9. Enjoy seafood at restaurants of Gulf breeze

The city has numerous restaurants like Dave’s Oyster Bar and Grill, La Brisa Restaurant and Aegean Breeze which are famous for sea food delicacies. While Aegean Breeze specializes in Mediterranean and Greek sea food, La Brisa Restaurant specializes in American sea food. Dave’s Oyster Bar is famous foods like Baked Oysters, Soft Shell Crab, Clam Chowder, Red Fish, Tuna Dip and more. 

10. Check out the Pensacola Beach Sign

Pensacola Beach sign is a historic landmark in the city of Gulf breeze that points the way to the Pensacola Beach and Bob Sikes Bridge. It is a colourful sign featuring a yellow, green and orange finned sailfish on both sides. This sign has been featured regularly for the promotion of Pensacola tourism and is a prominent point of interest in Gulf breeze since decades.

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  1. Gulf Breeze Zoo

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    Gulf Breeze Zoo

    Tags: Zoo

    Address: 5701 Gulf Breeze Pkwy, Gulf Breeze, FL 32563, USA

    Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    The best way to experience wild life without walking through a dense forest is to visit a zoo. This 50-acre zoo located in Gulf Breeze has many reasons to keep it on the list of ‘must-visit&rsqu...Read more

  2. Naval Live Oaks Nature Preserve

    # 2 of 140 Things To Do in Gulf Breeze | Added 9 times in trip plans
    Naval Live Oaks Nature Preserve

    Tags: Trail, Park, Nature

    Address: Andrew Jackson Trail, Gulf Breeze, FL 32561, USA

    To enjoy a long walk amidst the peaceful nature you must consider spending a sunny day in Naval Live Oaks Nature Preserve which houses plenty of oak trees and a wide variety of wildlife animals and bi...Read more

  3. Oriole Beach Boat Ramp

    # 3 of 140 Things To Do in Gulf Breeze | Added 23 times in trip plans
    Oriole Beach Boat Ramp

    Tags: Boating

    Address: 3165 Linden Ave, Gulf Breeze, FL 32563, USA

    If you are traveling in Gulf Breeze and looking for something different to explore, you should come to Oriole Beach Boat Ramp. Located in the exotic surroundings of Gulf Breeze, Florida, Oriole Beach ...Read more

  4. Shoreline Park

    # 4 of 140 Things To Do in Gulf Breeze | Added 12 times in trip plans
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    Tags: Park

    Address: Shoreline Dr

    Google Reviews
    Odell Mullis

    Beautiful view. Rarely crowed. Nice facility. Great place to walk.

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  5. Breeze Cinemas

    # 5 of 140 Things To Do in Gulf Breeze | Added 10 times in trip plans
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    Address: 1233 Crane Cove Blvd

    Timings: 12:30 pm - 09:30 pm Details
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    Joshua Jackson

    Great place to go for a movie. We were here for a special needs special showing of Hotel Transylvania 3 and they were awesome. Very nice, helpful, and understanding of what we were there for. I will m...

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  6. Crabs We Got Em

    # 6 of 140 Things To Do in Gulf Breeze | Added 5 times in trip plans
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    Address: 6 Casino Beach Boardwalk, Gulf Breeze, FL 32561, USA

    Timings: 10:00 am - 11:59 pm Details
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    Christy Jennings

    Great food and drinks! Best views! Crabs is a great restaurant with delicious food and tasty drinks. We stopped in on our last evening in the Pensacola area and wish we had know about Crabs earlier!...

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  7. Coastline Calvary Chapel

    # 7 of 140 Things To Do in Gulf Breeze | Added 10 times in trip plans
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    Address: 1122 Oriole Beach Rd

    Timings: 08:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
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    John Baker

    We find CCC to be friendly with a good message every service! We.are always made to feel welcome!

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  8. Paradise Bar & Grill

    # 8 of 140 Things To Do in Gulf Breeze | Added 4 times in trip plans
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    Tags: Bar

    Address: 21 Via De Luna Dr, Gulf Breeze, FL 32561, USA

    Timings: 11:00 am - 11:30 pm Details
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    Gerri Jenkins

    Great atmosphere and food. Place is right on the water. Went on a Friday evening and a band was playing. Outside covered bar and patio atmosphere. Food below: the Reuben, the Black and Blue Burger (...

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  9. Pensacola Beach Gulf Pier

    # 9 of 140 Things To Do in Gulf Breeze | Added 4 times in trip plans
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    Address: 41 Fort Pickens Rd

    Timings: 24-hrs Details
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    Midge Blocker

    The beach has beautiful white sand throughout the whole area, warm water, but still cool enough to do the job. As for the fishing dock when first entering Pensacola Beach I was not there this particul...

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  • Naval Live Oaks Reservation

    Historic and Protected Sites
  • Clara Barkley Dorr House

    311 S Adams St

    Historic and Protected Sites
  • Uss Massachusetts - Bb-2

    Historic and Protected Sites
  • Barrancas National Cemetery

    80 Hovey Rd

    Historic and Protected Sites
  • Arcadia Sawmill And Arcadia Cotton Mill

    Historic and Protected Sites
  • Lavalle House

    203 Church St

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  • Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum

    1150 Fort Pickens Rd

    Museums
  • T.T. Wentworth, Jr Florida State Museum

    330 S Jefferson St

    Museums
  • Pensacola Children's Museum

    115 E Zaragoza St

    Museums
  • Pensacola Museum of Art

    407 S Jefferson St

    Museums
  • Museum Of Commerce

    201 E Zaragoza St

    Museums
  • Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum

    2081 Radford Blvd

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  • Bonifay Water Sports

    460 Pensacola Beach Blvd

    Amusement Parks Arcades
  • Funny Cars

    5 Via De Luna Dr

    Amusement Parks Restaurants
  • Pensacola Music Co.

    49 Via De Luna Dr

    Amusement Parks
  • Gulf Coast Parasail

    288 Highway 87

    Amusement Parks
  • Elite Soccer

    3505 Morningtide Dr

    Amusement Parks
  • Poppy's Super Track

    5563 Gulf Breeze Pkwy

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  • Paddy O'Leary's Irish Pub

    49 Via De Luna Dr

    Bars Restaurants Breweries
  • Shaggy's Pensacola Beach

    701 Pensacola Beach Blvd

    Seafood Burgers Bars
  • Paradise Bar & Grill

    21 Via De Luna Dr

    American Bars
  • Chili's Grill & Bar

    4781 Bayou Blvd

    American Bars
  • Chili's Grill & Bar

    529 W Nine Mile Rd

    American Bars
  • Intermission

    214 Palafox Pl

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  • Beachside Bingo

    4830 W Jackson St

    Casinos and Gaming
  • Pensacola Greyhound Track and Poker Room

    951 Dog Track Rd

    Casinos and Gaming
  • Hoot N Holler Bingo

    9859 N Davis Hwy

    Casinos and Gaming
  • Highway 90 Bingo

    4201 Highway 90

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  • Fort Pickens

    1400 Fort Pickens Rd

    Natural Parks
  • Gulf Islands National Seashore

    1801 Gulf Breeze Pkwy

    Natural Parks
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  • Pensacola Beach Dog Park

    Dog Parks
  • Bill Dickson Dog Park

    3151 Fenceline Rd

    Dog Parks
  • Home Network Solutions

    Dog Parks
  • Bark Park

    Dog Parks
  • Rissys Mommas

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  • Gulf Islands National Seashore

    1801 Gulf Breeze Pkwy

    Beaches
  • Pensacola Beach

    5 Via De Luna Dr

    Beaches
  • Langdon Beach

    Beaches
  • Quietwater Beach

    253 Pensacola Beach Rd

    Beaches
  • Pensacola Bay

    Beaches
  • Portofino Beach

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  • UWF Running And Bike Trails

    Hiking
  • Stop 17 - Pensacola Beach Eco Trail

    Hiking
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  • Pensacola Beach Gulf Pier

    41 Fort Pickens Rd

    Hunting and Fishing
  • Gulf Breeze Bait & Tackle

    825 Gulf Breeze Pkwy

    Hunting and Fishing
  • Entertainer Charters

    655 Pensacola Beach Blvd

    Hunting and Fishing
  • Bout Time Charters

    715 Pensacola Beach Blvd

    Hunting and Fishing
  • A Reel Eazy Charter Service

    1010 Fort Pickens Rd

    Hunting and Fishing
  • Fish Happens Charters

    887 Shoreline Dr

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