Pensacola, FL

Historic Downtown and Waterfront Route

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This easy and attractive run features the highlights of Pensacola’s waterfront and historic district. Start at Memorial Park, which has a 1/4 mile walking path around the perimeter, and pedestrian path leading out to Hawkshaw Lagoon Memorial Park. Next, choose the short or long option for our route.

Long option: this option is a 2-mile out and back, heading north from Memorial Park along Bayfront Parkway, to Greenshores, Wayside Park, and Fishing Bridge, which parallels the Pensacola Bay Bridge for 1/4 mile. It’s pleasant waterfront running, although the section of Bayfront Parkway leading to the bridge is a bit of an unpleasant road tangle. Then, add the rout ebelow

Seville Historic District. Flickr: Ebyabe

Short Option. Returning to Memorial Park, head south on Bayfront Parkway, which has a wide, waterfront sidewalk. Just after Bartram Park, LEFT on Jefferson St. to do a 3/4 mile loop around the Plaza De Luna Memorial Monument. Head west on Main St., to then so a similar loop down the next pier, around the waterfront Admiral Fetterman Field (stadium for the Blue Wahoos minor league baseball team). Then, head back east to the start through the Seville Historic District, using W. Government St. and Zaragoza St. through Seville Sq./Fountain Park.

Essentials
  • Short option: 4.5 mile (7 km) loop; Long option: 6.5 mile (10.5 km) loop
  • Fairly flat
  • Memorial Park (Government St. & Bayfront Pkwy.)
  • Walkable from downtown; ample parking