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Topic: Just for Kids

Florida Beaches Spring Travel Deal: Great Events Plus Free Gas for Perdido Key Travelers!

Posted By Perdido Key Insider on 04/18/2014 at 06:51PM

Get a $50 Gas Card When You Visit Perdido Key, Florida!

Perdido Key, which is ideally located between Pensacola, Fla., and Orange Beach, Ala. is home to sugar-white beaches, turquoise water, great restaurants and top-rated events that provide the perfect spring beach getaway for the entire family. Book now and Perdido Key Visitors Center will give you a free $50 gas card when you stay at least four nights before May 31. Many area resorts offer their own specials as well, from discounts to free days. Visitors can take advantage of the final days of low, off-season rates.

Perdido Key Visitors Center will reward travelers with a $50 gas card for staying a minimum of four nights in Perdido Key accommodations between now and May 31. Registration for the promotion is going on now through April 25, or until all cards are gone. For a full list of rules and regulations visit www.visitperdido.com/you-play.

You’ll find plenty of fun activities in addition to pristine beaches, nature trails and Gulf Coast cuisine. The Blue Wahoos play minor league baseball at a waterfront stadium in downtown Pensacola, and Pensacola Naval Air Station is just a few miles from Perdido Key. There, you can watch the Blue Angels flight demonstration team practice their maneuvers and then tour the National Naval Aviation Museum, the world’s largest Naval Aviation museum and one of the most-visited museums in the state of Florida.

Fun, FREE things to do while you’re here:

Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Team
When: Air show practices at 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays when the team is not away (weather permitting)
Where: Sherman Field, Pensacola Naval Air Station

Gulf Islands National Seashore Free Park Admission Days
When: April 19-20
Where: Johnson Beach, Gulf Islands National Seashore, Johnson Beach Road

Interstate Mullet Toss & Gulf Coast’s Greatest Beach Party
When: April 25-27
Where: Flora-Bama, 17401 Perdido Key Drive
Cost: Free to watch; small charge to toss a mullet (proceeds go to charity)

Pensacola Crawfish Festival
When: May 2-4
Where: Bartram Memorial Park, downtown Pensacola

Remembrance of Korean War hero Rosamond Johnson
When: May 3 at 10:00 am
Where: Johnson Beach, off 292 in Perdido Key, FL.  Johnson Beach named after Rosamond Johnson, a 17-year-old African-American who was killed in the Korean conflict after he rescued two fellow soldiers and tried to save a third. Cost: Event is open to the public and park entrance fee is waived for attendees.

12th Annual Art in the Park
When: May 17-18
Where: Seville Square, downtown Pensacola

Topics: Events and Festivals, Special Deals, Accommodations, Parks and Nature, Dining and Nightlife, Extreme Perdido, Art and Culture, Day Trips, Just for Kids

Flora-Bama's Interstate Mullet Toss and Gulf Coast's Greatest Beach Party

Posted By Perdido Key Insider on 04/08/2014 at 07:59PM

Perdido Key Mullet Toss

April won't be complete until we have crowds of people cheerfully throwing fish across the Alabama-Florida state line on the last full weekend of the month.

The 2014 interstate mullet toss will take place April 25-27 at the Flora-Bama Lounge, the beachfront bar that uses fishy fun each year to raise more than $20,000 per year for charity, award prizes to fish-flingers and to hold "the Gulf Coast's Greatest Beach Party."

It's a great way to get beach season underway; thousands of people make the Mullet Toss one of their must-attend events each year because there's so much fun to be had at the rambling bar just feet from the Gulf of Mexico.

The mullet toss begins at noon on Friday and 10 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. There are more than a dozen categories for contestants, including men, women, children and physically challenged people.

In addition, there will be beach games, live music from local performers, bikini contests and great food.

Before you plan your trip, check out www.VisitPerdido.com/you-play to see how you can get free gas for your trip. Register, then book four nights at a participating Perdido Key vacation property and get a $50 gas card. Learn more today!

For more about the Mullet Toss, please visit www.FloraBama.com.

Topics: Events and Festivals, Special Deals, Accommodations, Extreme Perdido, Art and Culture, Day Trips, Just for Kids

Blue Angels will begin practices over Perdido Key area March 26

Posted By Perdido Key Insider on 03/25/2014 at 06:25PM

Blue Angels
Photo by Emerald Coast Images

Now you can sleep in and still easily see the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, as they practice their amazing aerial maneuvers over the Perdido Key area.

The practice times have been moved to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Sherman Field at Pensacola Naval Air Station. The practices are free and open to the public.

The Blues used to start practices much earlier, but the time has been moved to 11:30 a.m. because it more closely matches the time of many air shows they perform each year. It also will help reduce traffic aboard the base during the busy morning commute for civilian workers and military personnel.

The Blues have been at their winter home in California, but are slated to begin practices in Pensacola on March 26.

The Blue Angel pilots will continue their tradition of meeting the public after Wednesday practices. They will sign autographs and talk with people at the nearby National Naval Aviation Museum. A seating area behind the museum also offers a good vantage for seeing the team practice.

For more information about practices and shows in 2014, see www.blueangels.navy.mil/show/

Topics: Events and Festivals, Extreme Perdido, Day Trips, Just for Kids, Perdido Snowbirds

Expect plenty of young soccer players, families this weekend

Posted By Perdido Key Insider on 03/20/2014 at 09:50PM

Soccer Tournament in Perdido Key

For the seventh year in a row, a major youth soccer tournament is bringing thousands of soccer enthusiasts to the Perdido Key area.

The Soccer Shootout tournament, founded by the Perdido Bay Futbol Club in 2008, will be held this year at two primary venues - the Perdido Sportsplex in Southwest Escambia County and the Orange Beach Sportsplex. Some games will also be played at the nearby Foley Sportsplex.

More than 170 teams from eight states will attend, some from as far away as Missouri and Illinois. Teams of boys and girls ages 8-18 will compete against teams from Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, Alabama and Tennessee.

Thousands of players, parents and coaches will flood the Perdido Key area, filling hotels, condos and restaurants. The tournament begins Friday and ends Sunday.

The tournament began with just 60 teams and was hosted at the Orange Beach Sportsplex. With the recent opening of the Perdido Sportsplex, organizers were able to accept more teams and expand the event. Friday night check in for teams is hosted at Cobalt’s Restaurant.

Attendance to all games is free; there is a charge of $5 per car for a weekend parking pass.

For more information and game schedules go to www.perdidobayfc.com or www.snapsoccer.com

Topics: Events and Festivals, Extreme Perdido, Day Trips, Just for Kids

Captains can enjoy great boating weather Saturday and cash in, too

Posted By Perdido Key Insider on 02/27/2014 at 11:36PM

Perdido Key Mardi Gras
Photo by Jim Beasley

The forecast calls for great boating weather on Saturday—temperatures in the low 70s—and it could be a great day to join the decorated boat parade at Perdido Key’s Mardi Gras.

Crews on colorfully decorated boats will throw beads and moon pies to spectators on the shore when the events begin at noon at Hub Stacey’s at the Point, Galvez Landing, off Innerarity Point Road. The parade lines up at 11:30 a.m.

There’s money, too—$550 in prize money will be divided among the top three finishers for best boat decoration. Sign up!

This year’s route leaves Hub Stacey’s, sails east to the Oyster Bar, then southwest along the Intracoastal Waterway to the east end of Ono Island and back to Hub Stacey’s.

While you’re there, stay for the Cajun Cook-Off, three live bands and fantastic fireworks that cap the day at 8 p.m.

Join the Facebook event today!

Topics: Events and Festivals, Art and Culture, Day Trips, Just for Kids, Perdido Snowbirds