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1400 Fort Pickens Rd
Pensacola Beach, FL 32561
National Park: Bike, Birding, Hike, Picnic, Walk, Water Sports
Fort Pickens is the largest of four forts built to defend Pensacola Bay, Florida, and its navy yard. The fort was begun in 1829, completed in 1834, and was named in honor of Major General Andrew Pickens of the South Carolina militia, who fought with distinction in several Revolutionary War battles. The Fort Pickens Area is open daily 7:00 am to sunset and the fort is open 8:00 am to sunset. The Fort Pickens Visitor Center is open 9:30 am to 5:00 pm March through October and 8:30 am to 4:00 pm November through February. Fort Pickens is part of Gulf Islands National Seashore.