The professional pilots at Timberview Helicopters ferry passengers high into the clouds aboard a sky-scraping whirlybird during flight tours through Destin and Kansas City. Having chartered flights for National Geographic and the Travel Channel, these pilots expertly navigate planes toward sweeping, picturesque views, allowing sightseers to steal glances of Fort Walton Beach, downtown Kansas City, and Key West's ocean views from a perspective normally reserved for birds and astronauts with binoculars. Additionally, their high-definition videos grant guests a lasting commemoration of their in-flight experience. When they're not chartering tours, they teach budding pilots the gravity-defying tricks of their trade through pilot training and lug precious shipments from port to port with their cargo-lifting services
Alongside its Mediterranean platters, Jordan Valley Restaurant serves up ample hospitality. The restaurant strives to be a social space where friends and new acquaintances can mingle amongst Middle Eastern spices, or chat on the porch over hookahs. The kitchen?s staples include kebabs, gyros, and a variety of pitas filled with kafta, tandoori chicken, or meatballs.
Led by phantasm fanatic Pattie Krakowski, Pensacola introduces audiences to the Seville Quarter’s eerie history with stories gathered from employees past and present. Tour-goers assuage moaning stomachs with an optional snack at the Quarter's Palace Café (available for an additional fee), after which their costumed guide materializes to lead them through the haunted habitations of the Seville Quarter, even those normally closed to the living public. In each room, Krakowski will share chilling tales told directly to her by both former and current building employees and a tattling Haley Joel Osment. Attendees can fill brain caves with facts about the quarter’s architecture and antique furnishings while keeping eyes peeled for occasional unexplained phenomena, such as alley cats that can succinctly explain current tax regulations.
Pensacola Trolley Tours brings culture vultures aboard a replica 1880s streetcar at the Visitor Center downtown for a journey through America's first settlement, focusing on Pensacola's rich history and exquisite architecture. The 75-minute narrated tour starts at the shipwrecked de Luna expedition, which founded Pensacola in 1559. The trolley rolls on along its route through the Historic Pensacola Village to view more than 20 preserved Colonial homes, the exquisite mansions of Gage Hill, the Port of Pensacola, and the first U.S. naval air station. Throughout the tour, the Pensacola-savvy tour guide will regale sightseers with stories about the area's history, like the mysterious circumstances that led to the area being abandoned for 138 years (966 dog years). . Tours include a 15-minute stop and are scheduled seven days a week at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. with additional tours sometimes offered.
Pensacola's oldest surviving house located on its original site, the Quina House was built in 1810. The shingled-frame cottage was made of local pine, cypress, and oak with a double-fire chimney, butterfly roof, and a portico with columnettes. Its namesake, Desiderio Quina, bought the house in 1821, had seven children with his wife, Margarita Bauve, and ran an apothecary business. In the same year, the Spanish Floridas were incorporated into the United States of America⎯the official event was presided over by Andrew Jackson just a few blocks from the Quinas’ front porch. Desiderio and Margarita’s presence remains in the house today in their historical furnishings, which include a horse-hair sofa and a sleigh bed from 1830. Today, the Quina House Museum sponsors date-night house tours, monthly luncheons, and walking tours of the Seville Square Historic District so that visitors can experience life before fruit roll-ups.
Home to one of the oldest European settlements in what is now the United States, Pensacola has more history than your average town. Visitors don't have to stick to historical means of transportation to see all the sights, though; that's the job of the inventive vehicles at Pensacola Pedal Trolley. Aboard pedal-powered transports that seat up to 15 passengers, guests roll their way past the significant sites of downtown Pensacola during leisurely two-hour tours. Tours aren't always focused on historical trivia; the group also schedules pedal pub crawls that find guests reaching for pints at numerous local watering holes.