What to do and see in Perdido Key, United States: The Best Places and Tips

January 8, 2018 Vivienne Hutton

Perdido Key, which means “Lost Key” in Spanish is a narrow strip of white beaches and aquamarine waters where beachcombing, fishing and sailing are ways of life not just recreation choices. Perdido Key’s unspoiled beaches are the island’s main attractions. Undulating wind built sand dunes are dotted with sea oats, bunch grass and beach grass. Venture to the eastern end of the island to the Gulf Islands National Seashore where swimming, snorkeling, fishing, boating, bird watching and hiking are popular pastimes. Tee time, anyone? Two exceptional golf courses are easily accessible, the Perdido Bay Golf Club, a links style course, and Lost Key, a target-style design fashioned by Arnold Palmer designated as an Audubon Signature Cooperative Sanctuary golf course. Other preferred activities on Perdido Key include dolphin watching excursions, moonlight cruises and sailing tours. Perdido Key is also known for its out-of-the-ordinary celebrations such as the New Year’s Polar Bear Dip and the Interstate Mullet Toss. For a non-stop celebration, drop by the legendary Flora-Bama Lounge on Perdido Key, a beachside oyster bar, beach bar and Gulf Coast cultural landmark. Pensacola is located only 15 miles from Perdido Key offering a wealth of day trip options to attractions like Historic Pensacola Village, the National Museum of Naval Aviation, Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum and Fort Pickens, a fort built in 1834 and once occupied by federal troops during the Civil War.
Restaurants in Perdido Key

1. Dolphin Tales

Perdido Key Oyster Bar & Marina, Perdido Key, FL 36561-5808
Excellent
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5 based on 374 reviews

Dolphin Tales

We start by boarding you upon arrival so that you may enjoy our comfy padded seats, and canopied covered boat [sunscreen is optional on our boat]. From the moment we locate the first pod of wild dolphin, until our excursion ends, you'll be amazed by the phenomenal dolphin shows aboard our spacious boat. P.S. We let you keep your shoes on!

Reviewed By RayRL - Allen Park, Michigan

We had an excellent time on your tour. We saw plenty of dolphins throughout the trip. Note- where you turn in for the marina, it isn’t signed. It’s essentially under the bridge.

2. National Naval Aviation Museum

1750 Radford Blvd, Suite C, NAS, Pensacola, FL 32508-5400 +1 850-452-3604
Excellent
91%
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5 based on 5 reviews

National Naval Aviation Museum

Experience the magic of flight at the National Naval Aviation Museum! See over 4,000 artifacts and 150 aircraft representing Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Aviation. Ride the flight simulators or catch all the drama and power of amazing IMAX films. Dine in the authentic Cubi Bar Cafe and take home the spirit of Naval Aviation with a unique memento from the Flight Deck Store. Spend a cool day inside the Museum and experience Hands-on-History! New Naval Air Station Entrance: All visitors to the National Naval Aviation Museum, Fort Barrancas and Pensacola Lighthouse who do not possess a Department of Defense identification card or are unescorted by the holder of a Department of Defense identification card, will be required to enter the installation via the West Gate located off Blue Angel Parkway.

Reviewed By beerwriter - Indian Harbour Beach, Florida

One of the world's best military aviation museums tracks the history of U.S. Naval aviation from the earliest seaplanes to the 21st Century. Historic artifacts include the NC-4, which became the first aircraft to cross the Atlantic Ocean nearly a decade before Lindbergh's solo nonstop flight. One cautionary note: While GPS guidance may send visitors to the Naval Air Station's main gate, those without Defense Dept. IDs can't enter there. Instead, use NAS Pensacola's West Gate, which is reached via Blue Angels Parkway.

3. Big Lagoon State Park

Perdido Key, FL +1 850-492-1595
Excellent
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4 based on 187 reviews

Big Lagoon State Park

The park offers many activities for outdoor enthusiasts.

Reviewed By Cary and Kelly R - Pensacola, Florida

There’s nothing wrong with this little state park, but then again there’s really nothing super special about it either. It’s kinda small actually - especially for a place called BIG lagoon - lol. Anyhow, it’s reasonable, it’s got some trails, and some decent camping spots but really it’s kinda just so-so, just being honest. Nice staff and all! Just nothing too special about the place.

4. All Jack'd Up Charters

5851 Galvez Rd, Perdido Key, FL 32507-8416
Excellent
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5 based on 38 reviews

All Jack'd Up Charters

All Jack'd Up Charters is a family friendly charter service based here in Perdido Key,FL. Owner/ Operator Captain Michael Choron is a lifelong resident of the Gulf Coast with over 25 years of fishing experience. All Jack'd Up Charters offers both Inshore and Offshore Trips. Capt Michael's goal is to help the youngest angler to the most seasoned angler catch fish and make memories that will last a lifetime.

Reviewed By Jannie L - Springdale

A GREAT day !! Our 4 hour fishing trip was also a mini guided tour with dolphins thrown in for good measure. Captain Michael is patient,knowledgable and a joy to spend time with. Looking forward to fishing with him again in 2017.

5. Perdido Key Visitor Information Center

15500 Perdido Key Dr, Perdido Key, FL 32507-9411 +1 850-602-9279
Excellent
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5 based on 45 reviews

Perdido Key Visitor Information Center

The Perdido Key Information Center along with VisitPensacola.com is your resource for up-to-date information along the Gulf Coast. Our friendly Visitor Center Ambassadors can assist with lodging, attractions, event information, local businesses, and coupons to help make your trip to Perdido Key unforgettable. While you're here, stop by our gift shop for unique items from local vendors and artisans, and check out our Pirate Ship fish tank, which makes for great photos! Perdido Key's literal translation means “Lost Key,” so named by the early Spanish who discovered it in 1693. Until then, the Key was the well-kept secret of gulf coast Native Americans – Perdido Key’s first inhabitants. Bridges link Perdido Key to the Florida mainland and neighboring Alabama. Those who have visited our emerald green waters and sugar white sands will agree that this “Lost” island is definitely worth discovering!

Reviewed By Lynn30620 - Huntsville, Alabama

A good home base to guide you through this beach community. Convenient, right on the beach road. We will return.

6. Lost Bay Guide Service - Private Charters

Perdido Key, FL 32507
Excellent
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4.5 based on 58 reviews

Lost Bay Guide Service - Private Charters

Shallow water professional with over 25 years of local knowledge serves Gulf Shores Al, Orange Beach Al, Perdido Key Fl. and Pensacola Florida. Light tackle and artificial baits are our specialty at Lost Bay Guide Service.

Reviewed By CraigJGulfShores - Gulf Shores

Capt. Bill picked us up at the dock on time like advertised. The boat blew me away with the state of the art electronics . The day only got better from there . Caught alot of Fish of all varieties . Highly recomend

7. Johnson Beach

13333 Johnson Beach Rd, Pensacola, FL 32507-9609
Excellent
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4.5 based on 335 reviews

Johnson Beach

Reviewed By TravelVidaa

$15 per car admission

$10 motorcycle admission

$7 per person if walking or bicycling

Open 5:00 am to 10:00 pm

Free admission on Veterans Day

Restrooms available

Water fountains available

Showers available

Picnic tables available

Miles of quite , beautiful beach

Locals walking, running, biking

Ideal for families or weddings

Child stroller and wheel chair accessible

8. Lost Key Golf Club

625 Lost Key Dr, Perdido Key, FL 32507-9698 888-2LOSTKEY
Excellent
48%
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4 based on 76 reviews

Lost Key Golf Club

Arnold Palmer signature course challenges all golfers.

Reviewed By out-of-here-arizona - arizona

First time playing this course - it is in excellent condition, very challenging, undulating fairways and greens, bunkers aplenty, short hitters could have a tough time with the few forced carries. Aim for the center of the fairway otherwise you could be in trouble!
My wife and I were able to walk on with no reservations and were done in about 3 hours, and that was waiting on the group in front of us. We were told it is very crowded during the winter season when all the snowbirds arrive. The staff is friendly and very welcoming. This is a fun course, bring a few extra golf balls.

9. Perdido Key Seafood

13506 Perdido Key Dr, Perdido Key, FL 32507-9605 +1 850-492-0455
Excellent
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5 based on 11 reviews

Perdido Key Seafood

Reviewed By Kendraburton - atlanta, ga

We visited Perdido Key last week and I wanted to cook some fish and shrimp in our condo. I heard about Perdido Key Seafood and stopped in for shrimp and tilapia. Fresh, perfect! Pricing is fair. Service was great. Definitely would go back if we come to Perdido Key again!

10. Perdido Bay Golf Club

1 Doug Ford Dr, Perdido Key, FL 32507-8707 +1 850-492-1223
Excellent
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4 based on 51 reviews

Perdido Bay Golf Club

Reviewed By Pkey707 - Ocean Springs, Mississippi

My husband and I walked in for lunch, three wait staff and no welcome. We must have inconvenienced them from doing nothing. My husband's food was good mine was completely burned. I would have never served a customer crap like that. She saw I couldn't eat it but I was scared to send it back since they were so unfriendly. Poor service and food at lunch. Evening meals have been good in the past. Will never eat lunch there again. If I see any of those staff members I will leave in the future.

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